EDEN HAZARD was the star of the present as Chelsea got here from behind to win their fifth Premier League sport in six.
Dwight Gayle’s 12th-minute opener solely served to get up the Blues.
Eden Hazard levelled with a shot hit off the bottom within the 21st-minute earlier than Alvaro Morata headed his tenth aim of the season 12 minutes later.
Hazard added a 3rd from the spot with 16 minutes left earlier than being substituted to a standing ovation.
Newcastle definitely didn’t come to Stamford Bridge to park the bus, going toe-to-toe with the Premier League champions.
They usually moved right into a shock lead.
Gayle received a header and Jacob Murphy induced panic within the Chelsea defence with the ball operating free off Marcos Alonso.
Thibaut Courtois dived at Murphy’s ft however the ball run free to Dwight Gayle, who swept house.
The Blues poured ahead searching for an prompt equaliser.
Andreas Christensen headed over a Cesc Fabregas nook – after which Hazard was set clear by a Fabregas by ball however Karl Darlow raced out to dam.
Christensen was then denied by the submit after heading a cross in direction of aim… however there was no stopping Hazard levelling for Chelsea.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross was half cleared by Florian Lejeune solely so far as Hazard, who smashed the ball down on to the bottom and previous Darlow.
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And Chelsea moved in entrance when Victor Moses cashed in on Matt Richie’s poor defensive clearance, drilled a ball throughout aim just under head top and Morata crouched barely to nod house.
The Blues nearly added a 3rd when Hazard picked up a cross from Alonso, superior just a few yards earlier than putting a shot from 20 yards that took a depraved deflection of Clark.
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It wrong-footed keeper Darlow, however the ball trickled simply vast.
Hazard was once more within the thick of the motion.
Selecting up the ball from a Morata knockdown, he managed to weave his well past three Newcastle defenders however misplaced his footing with simply Darlow to beat.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was fuming on the touchline, believing his staff ought to have been awarded a penalty – however referee Kevin Buddy bought it spot on by waving the protests away.
Hazard was on fireplace and was denied including his second when he exchanged passes with Drinkwater however the ball bounced wrongly for him and Darlow was simply in a position to block him.
However referee Buddy pointed to the spot when Fabregas performed in Moses, earlier than being introduced down by Ritchie.
Hazard duly stepped as much as ship Darlow the flawed manner from 12 yards.
Then the good Belgian charged by and Darlow made an incredible save to disclaim him his hat-trick, earlier than he was subbed off to a standing ovation.
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FACTS, STATS, GOALS & LOLS
- Chelsea had solely misplaced one among their final 22 top-flight house video games towards Newcastle (W15, D6).
- Newcastle’s solely away victory towards Chelsea within the Premier League got here in Might 2012, with Papiss Cisse scoring twice in a 2-Zero win.
- Forward of the sport, Newcastle had received simply one among their final 18 Premier League away video games (D4, L13).
- Previous to kick-off, Rafa Benitez had solely received one among 12 aggressive video games as an opposition supervisor at Stamford Bridge (D4, L7).
- Eden Hazard has scored extra Premier League targets versus Newcastle than towards every other staff within the competitors (6).
- Because the begin of final season, Alvaro Morata has scored 11 headed targets, greater than every other participant in Europe’s large 5 leagues.
WHAT THEY SAID
Chelsea ahead Eden Hazard: “It is not an issue for me [to not score a hat-trick]. We received the sport; that is a very powerful factor.
“We play on Tuesday so a relaxation is usually good, after I rating two I wish to rating a hat-trick however the different boys rating, no downside.
On his cheeky penalty: “Once I take the ball in my fingers, intuition. I simply wish to do that. I simply need the goalkeeper to maneuver, if he does not transfer, I am in bother.
“He moved, the ball is within the center, It was a very good penalty.”
DREAM TEAM RATINGS
CHELSEA: Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 6, Christensen 7 (Cahill 80, 6), Rudiger 6, Moses eight, Alonso 6, Drinkwater 6, Kante 7, Fabregas 7 (Bakayoko 78, 6), Hazard 9 (Willian 78, 6), Morata eight.
Subs not used: Caballero, Pedro, Zappacosta, Batshuayi.
NEWCASTLE: Darlow 7, Manquillo 6, Lejeune 6, Clark 6, Mbemba 6, Diame 5 (Shelvey 75, 6), Merino 6 (Yedlin 85, 5), Ritchie 5, Perez 6 (Hayden 62, 6), Murphy 6, Gayle 6.
Subs not used: Elliot, Aarons, Joselu, Mitrovic.
STAR MAN: EDEN HAZARD (Chelsea)