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Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Rudiger, Zouma, Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Ziyech, Abraham, Werner. Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.
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Newcastle XI: Darlow, Clark, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Hayden, S Longstaff, Lewis, Murphy, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton. Subs: Gillespie, Schar, Krafth, Hendrick, Shelvey, Almiron, Carroll.
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It was an especially busy international break for Chelsea's players. The Blues were hitting some good form before the break.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of today's Premier League clash between Newcastle and Chelsea, live from St. James' Park.
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KICK OFF: We're underway on Tyneside.
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Encouraging start for Newcastle as an early bulldozing run from Joelinton sets the tone early early. A quick free-kick catches Chelsea off guard, as Lewis' floated ball finds Saint-Maximin unmarked at the back post, and his headed cross is turned behind for a corner off Chilwell.
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Save! A brilliant, important early stop from Darlow low down to his left tips Werner's shot around the post as Chelsea threaten for the first time and so nearly make the breakthrough.
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Block! Mount floats the corner out to James on the edge of the box and he thunders an effort towards goal that is bravely blocked by Manquillo. A lively start at St. James' Park with action at both ends.
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Save! Another fine save from Karl Darlow, this time to prevent Abraham from nodding Ziyech's stunning cross from the right.
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GOAL! Fernandez own goal! Mount slides the ball across the face of the goal and Fernandez bundles it in at the back post. He's claiming he was fouled by Chilwell, who was putting pressure on the defender, but VAR has a look and lets the goal stand. 1-0 to the Blues.
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Newcastle probe for a route back into the game as Manquillo and Saint-Maximin combine down the right but Chelsea break up the move before breaking on the counter.
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Chance! Nearly a second goal for Chelsea. Werner breaks at pace down the left and shifts the ball onto his left foot once in the Newcastle area. His effort is more of a cross than a shot, and is flashes across the face of goal with Abraham unable to get a toe on it.
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Chelsea in complete control here with Newcastle unable to retain possession and gifting the visitors the ball in dangerous positions.
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Chance! Newcastle are really lacking the intensity needed to take the game to Chelsea, and it's all too easy for the visitors to break forward as James sends a ball in from the right which Werner comes within inches of tapping home.
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Murphy looks to inject some pace into the Newcastle attack with a decent run down the right, but he's match stride for stride by Chilwell, who ushers the ball out of play while winning a free-kick.
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Kovacic gives possession away in midfield and Joelinton spots Mendy off his line. The idea is great from the Newcastle striker but the same cannot be said about his execution, with the speculative shot drifting wide.
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Chance! Mount fizzes a pass into Abraham after Newcastle lose possession on the edge of the box and he shifts it inside to Werner, who has the goal at his mercy. You expect the net to bulge but Werner is too precise with his shot as it trickles inches wide.
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Longstaff makes the initial break into the box and the ball is shifted out to Saint-Maximin on the right. He cuts inside onto his right foot and plays a backheel out to Lewis on the overlap, but Mendy reads the danger and races off his line to smother.
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Abraham gifts Newcastle possession and Joelinton leads the counter. He finds Saint-Maximin on the right and the danger bells are ringing for Chelsea as he lines up a shot on his right foot but Kante flies across with a brilliant last-gasp block.
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Chelsea clear the resulting corner and release Werner away down the left. There's a temporary one on one as Werner hurtles forward but a perfectly-timed challenge from Lascelles nicks the ball away before he can get a shot away.
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Booking: Kovacic drives forward and goes to ground under a challenge from Hayden, who gets a booking.
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We're into one minute of added time, although there will be a delay as Lascelles – not for the first time this half – is down receiving treatment for a knee injury. It'll be interesting to see if he comes back out for the second half.
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Booking: Another yellow for Newcastle as Murphy goes in late on Mount in midfield.
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Substitution: Lascelles came out for the second half but realised, before play restarted, that he couldn't continue. Fabian Schar is on in his place.
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SECOND HALF: We're back underway.
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HALF TIME: Chelsea are good value for their lead at the break, even if it did come from a Newcastle own goal.
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Hayden clatters into a tackle of James and makes contact with the ball. He also gets a good chunk of the man and it's the kind of challenge he will have to think twice about going forward having already been booked.
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Schar has slotted in nicely in the Newcastle defence, spraying a number of decent balls out from the back to ease the early Chelsea pressure and get the hosts up the pitch.
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Saint-Maximin and Lewis are having some joy down the left, with the three-man Newcastle defence giving the wing-back licence to offer his services in attack.
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Chance! Schar dithers on the ball and has his pocket picked by Werner, who races through on goal. He opts to square for Ziyech instead of taking the shot on himself, and it's a costly decision as his poor pass is cut out.
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Chance! Chelsea knocking on the door for a second here and Zouma very nearly obliges. The centre-back hangs in the air for what seems to be an age to reach a corner from the right, but his towering header flashes inches wide of the near post.
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Chance! Joelinton picks up the ball in space 20 yards out and has a clear sight of the Chelsea goal. He opens up his body and aims for the top corner, but his shot sails over the angle of post and bar.
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Block! This game is really open now, and it's Chelsea's turn to register another attempt on goal. This time it falls to Abraham as he is found in space on the left-hand side of the box, but Schar throws his body in the way of the shot.
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Sensational counter attack and assist from Timo Werner as Tammy Abraham doubles Chelsea's lead. Werner gets to the edge of the box and has the end product to match, slipping a perfectly-weighted ball forward for Abraham to rifles in off the near post.
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Substitution: Second change for Newcastle as Miguel Almiron replaces Javier Manquillo.
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Crossbar! Newcastle take a short corner that sees Almiron pick out Longstaff in space. He unleashes a stunning effort towards the top corner, Mendy dives at full stretch but is nowhere near it, and the bar comes to Chelsea's rescue.
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Substitution: Third and final change for Newcastle as Andy Carroll replaces Allan Saint-Maximin.
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No goal! Werner has the ball in the back of the net after a nice through ball from Ziyech. It won't count though as he's flagged for offside. That was Werner's last touch of the game, he's about to be replaced.
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Substitution: Werner makes way for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
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Chance! Kovacic plays a great ball over the top to pick out the run of Mason Mount, who beats his defender. He's one on one with Darlow but can't beat the angle as the midfielder fumbles his shot into the ground and wide.
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Chance! Almiron strikes from the edge of the area but it takes an unkind deflection off Zouma and forces a great save from Mendy. Corner for Newcastle.
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Substitution: Emerson is on for Ben Chilwell.
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Newcastle looking for Andy Carroll in the box with a couple of late deliveries into the box. Zouma gobbling up most of them though.
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Substitution: Hakim Ziyech is off for Giroud.
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There will be three minutes of added time.
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FULL TIME: Chelsea go top of the log with a comfortable 2-0 win!
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Squad
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Darlow Karl
Manquillo J...
Fernandez F...
Lascelles J...
Clark Ciaran
Lewis Jamal
Murphy Jacob
Hayden Isaac
Longstaff Sean
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Joelinton
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Mendy Edouard
James Reece
Zouma Kurt
Ruediger An...
Chilwell Ben
Kovacic Mateo
Kante N'Golo
Mount Mason
Ziyech Hakim
Abraham Tammy
Werner Timo
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Gillespie Mark
Schaer Fabian
Carroll Andy
Shelvey Jonjo
Hendrick Jeff
Krafth Emil
Almiron Miguel
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Christensen...
Jorginho
Emerson
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Giroud Olivier