In a game marked by controversial decisions, Chelsea deservedly came out on top in a 2 – 1 win against Newcastle United at the St. James’ Park. The match was monotonous for a majority of the game with Chelsea building attack after attack and Newcastle United expectedly dropping deep and looking for opportunities to hit the Blues on the counter. It was Eden Hazard, Joselu and Deandre Yedlin’s own goal that sealed the game for Chelsea as they maintained their 100% record in the Premier League this Season.
Chelsea came out on top after a flurry of late goals at St. James' Park
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 27, 2018
The game at the St. James’ Park was goalless for 75 minutes and was followed by 12 minutes of absolute madness. First, to give you a broad idea of how the game went, Chelsea had 81.3% possession and completed 913 passes compared to Newcastle’s 200. Chelsea constantly bombarded Newcastle’s defence, and Rafa Benitez’s team held the fort up for a majority of the game. Eden Hazard looked dangerous throughout the 90 Minutes, constantly making his trademark dribbles. The Blues didn’t have any substantial changes in the first Seventy-Five minutes, Morata couldn’t get his footing right inside the box, Alvaro Morata’s head denied Azpilicueta’s bullet volley that seemed on target while Antonio Rudiger’s long-range shot was hit sweetly but found the underside of the bar. Newcastle’s best Chance in the first half came when Salomon Randon had an open header but nodded the ball wide.
Twelve Crazy Minutes
I appreciate the two goals in this Chelsea vs Newcastle game because they both would have been ruled out by VAR
— Zito (@_Zeets) August 26, 2018
Marcos Alonso was brought down in the box by Fabian Schar even though it was pretty evident that Schar made contact with the ball first. Referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot and Eden Hazard as expected found the back of the net from Twelve Yards. Seven Minutes later DeAndre Yedlin got a good piece of Olivier Giroud’s face and pushed the Frenchman down, the Referee denied all calls of a seemingly obvious foul. Yedlin crossed the ball to Joselu, and the Spaniard headed the ball past Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea looked distraught, but it seemed like Karma came back to haunt Yedlin just 4 Minutes later. Marcos Alonso took a shot from close range and as fate would have it, Deandre Yedlin deflected the ball into the goal to wrap up the three points for Chelsea who became the only other team aside from Watford and Liverpool with a 100% record (Spurs can join them provided they Beat Man United).
Newcastle: 1 Sep vs Man City (Away)
Chelsea: 1 Sep vs AFC Bournemouth (Home)