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Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle: Willian sends Blues six points clear in fourth

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Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle: Spectacular curling strike from Willian moves Maurizio Sarri's side six points clear in battle for Champions League qualificationChelsea move six points clear of Arsenal in fourth place with hard-fought victory over NewcastlePedro opened the scoring for Chelsea early on with a chip over Martin Dubravka from David Luiz's long ballNewcastle levelled five minutes before half-time with Ciaran Clark heading home from Matt Ritchie's cornerWillian put Chelsea back ahead before the hour mark with a curling strike from the left-hand edge of the area Advertisement

Chelsea moved six points clear of Arsenal in the race for the Champions League after battling past Newcastle on Saturday evening.

Pedro chipped home from a long David Luiz pass in only the ninth minute but the hosts had it far from all their own way. A bullet header from Ciaran Clark brought Rafa Benitez's side level five minutes before the break.

It took a spectacular curling strike from Willian to separate the two sides and secure a vital three points for Maurizio Sarri and Co to go clear in fourth.

More to follow 

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was beaten all ends up by Willian as Chelsea regained the lead in the second-half

Willian takes the acclaim of the Stamford Bridge crowd after finding the back of the net just before the hour mark

Ciaran Clark powers a header into the bottom corner from Matt Ritchie's corner to level for Newcastle before half-time

The Newcastle defender and his team-mates race over to the away supporters after equalising at Stamford Bridge

Pedro got Chelsea off to the perfect start when he chipped the ball over the onrushing Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka

Pedro signals to his team-mate David Luiz after his long ball picked out the Spaniard in space and through on goal

David Luiz lets out a roar as he celebrates the opening goal in front of the home fans in the evening game on Saturday

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE 

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 63), Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 81), Hazard (Giroud 87), Willian

Subs not used: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu

Goalscorers: Pedro 9, Willian 57

Booked: Jorginho

Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 82), Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Perez (Murphy 82), Longstaff, Hayden, Atsu, Rondon

Subs not used: Schar, Murphy, Fernandez, Manquillo, Joselu, Sterry, Woodman

Goalscorers: Clark 40

Booked: Ritchie  

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

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Chelsea regain the lead through Willian's spectacular curling strike. CLICK HERE for more from MATCH ZONE

Stamford Bridge was treated to a spectacular fireworks show ahead of kick-off in the Premier League clash on Saturday

A cheerful Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez embraces his opposite number Maurizio Sarri before the start of proceedings

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was in attendance to watch his side take on Chelsea in West London on Saturday evening

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic appears to go towards ground as he tries to streak past his Newcastle opponents

Chelsea winger Willian looks to get the ball under control as Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden sticks a foot in

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune attempts to get a toe on the ball as Mateo Kovacic tries to keep hold of possession

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is left sprawled on the floor as Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin brings the ball out

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic can only watch as Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez looks to get the visitors on the front foot

Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon wins the aerial challenge ahead of Chelsea defender David Luiz in the first-half

Newacastle defender DeAndre Yedlin hits the deck as Newcastle try to keep Chelsea at bay in Saturday's game

Martin Dubravka stands up tall and makes himself big to deny Chelsea winger Willian when through one-on-one

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune slides in to win the ball ahead of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard in the second-half

Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles receives treatment after colliding with the advertising hoarding as he made a clearance

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante looks to clear the ball upfield as Newcastle winger Christian Atsu applies some pressure

Chelsea defender David Luiz clutches his knee after a collision with Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez in the second period




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