Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea: Blues go top of the Premier League

Match report and free highlights as Tammy Abraham strike and Federico Fernandez own goal seal comfortable Chelsea win on Tyneside; Chelsea go top of Premier League for the first time under Frank Lampard ahead of Leicester on goal difference and a point clear of Tottenham and Liverpool

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Saturday 21 November 2020 15:17, UK

Chelsea moved top of the Premier League for the first time under Frank Lampard – for a few hours at least – with a routine 2-0 victory at Newcastle on Saturday.

Federico Fernandez’s early own goal gave Chelsea the lead at St. James’ Park before Timo Werner’s stunning assist set up Tammy Abraham to seal the points midway through the second half.

Newcastle hit the bar through Sean Longstaff after Abraham’s strike but the hosts were well off the pace throughout as they slipped to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

Chelsea’s fifth consecutive victory extends their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 games and lifts them above Leicester into top spot on goal difference ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures. Newcastle remain 13th.

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Newcastle: Darlow (6), Fernandez (5), Lascelles (5), Clark (5), Manquillo (5), Hayden (5), S Longstaff (6), Lewis (5), Murphy (5), Saint-Maximin (6), Joelinton (5).

Subs: Schar (5), Almiron (6), Carroll (5).

Chelsea: Mendy (8), James (7), Rudiger (8), Zouma (8), Chilwell (8), Kante (8), Kovacic (7), Mount (7), Ziyech (7), Abraham (8), Werner (8).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (n/a), Emerson (n/a).

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How Chelsea cruised on Tyneside

Chelsea’s international players showed little sign of fatigue as they raced into an early lead at St. James’ Park.

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Karl Darlow prevented Werner and Abraham from breaking the deadlock with two fine saves inside the opening 10 minutes, but the Newcastle goalkeeper was helpless when Fernandez bundled Mason Mount’s cross into his own net while under pressure from Ben Chilwell.

Fernandez and Newcastle appealed for a push in the build-up, but a VAR check found no infringement from Chilwell, and the goal was allowed to stand as the centre-back registered his fifth Premier League own goal since making his debut in the competition in 2014.

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Newcastle’s reluctance to engage Chelsea saw the visitors assume complete control of the contest, and they should have doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when Werner dragged a gilt-edge opportunity wide after Abraham had released him through on goal.

N’Golo Kante’s brilliant block prevented Allan Saint-Maximin from restoring parity as Newcastle grew as the interval approached, but Chelsea kept the hosts at arm’s length.

Fabian Schar replaced the injured Jamaal Lascelles at half-time and endured a torrid time as Werner tormented the Newcastle defence.

The Switzerland international was let off the hook after having his pocket picked by Werner, who opted to square for Hakim Ziyech instead of shooting and allowed the covering Newcastle defence to break up the move.

Kurt Zouma nodded a header wide as Chelsea pushed for a game-clinching second, and it came in stunning fashion on 65 minutes.

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