EPL 18/19 Week 3: Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea

It was almost a showing of an Iceland-esque defensive work that we’ve seen in the 2018 World Cup finals when Argentina were held to a shocking draw

Benitez was without six of his regulars and against a side like Chelsea, the Spaniard played with a five-man defence – something we’ve never seen from the esteemed manager.

In the first half, the Magpies held out the marauding runs of Hazard while blocking out Moratta and Pedro at every turn. It was more of the same in the second period with the home side choosing not to attack.

However, it took a clumsy challenge from Schar to gift Chelsea a spotkick in the 76th minute to break the deadlock via Hazard. And in controversial fashion, Newcastle leveled within 7 minutes after Yedlin crossed for Joselu to head home, when it looked like the American elbowed Giroud in the process.

Karma would come back and haunt the hosts as Yedlin would then put the ball into his own net in the dying minutes to gift the Blues their third win of the season.

 

 

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