Newcastle v Chelsea: Premier League – live! | Football
August 26, 2018
GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea (Joselu 83)
GOAL! Newcastle 0-1 Chelsea (Hazard 76 pen)
PENALTY TO CHELSEA!
August 26, 2018
Joselu equalises out of nothing with a brilliant header!
81 min I wonder what Kepa’s been thinking about during this match.
80 min Jorginho’s alert first-time pass releases Willian down the right, but he underhits a low pass towards the unmarked Hazard in the area. Jorginho’s passing is a joy.
79 min Newcastle’s final change. The unhappy Fabian Schar is replaced by Yoshinori Muto.
79 min Chelsea’s final change: Ross Barkley replaces the lively Mateo Kovacic.
77 min Newcastle are fuming about the penalty decision, and you can understandwhy. Schar got a lot on the ball as he challenged from the side before taking Alonso down in his follow through. That looks a really harsh decision.
Eden Hazard doesn’t miss penalties, and this one is crashed emphatically into the left corner. Dubravka went the right way but had almost no chance of getting to it.
76 min Alonso gets the wrong side of Schar and goes down, and Paul Tierney gives the penalty.
73 min Another Newcastle substitution. Ayoze Perez replaces Jacob Murphy.
72 min: Rudiger hits the bar! That was a spectacular effort. He pushed the ball forward and hit a ferocious shot from 30 yards that beat Dubravka for pace and slammed off the bar.
71 min In the second half – and you’ll like this – Newcastle have had 10 per cent possession.
70 min Another yellow card: Ritchie is booked for flattening Hazard. That was a nasty tackle.
67 min Newcastle’s tactics will doubtless be criticised, but in the circumstances I can understand their approach. And they have defended admirably, with both brains and brawn.
65 min “Is it just me, or does it seem like Chelsea’s passing is actually very good, just their movement isn’t?” asks Adam Kline-Schoder. “I feel like if they kept up their current rate of passing (if such a thing exists) and just bloody MOVED, they’d create so many opportunities, even against such a strong low block. Could it be that there’s far too strong a dependency on Hazard?”
It feels like their passing has been a bit slow, though of course that’s linked to their movement.
62 min A Newcastle substitution: Salomon Rondon is replaced by Joselu.
61 min This is comically one-sided. I reckon Newcastle have been out of their half once in the last six or seven minutes.
60 min Pedro curls a dangerous cross towards Morata that is crucially headed clear by Schar.
58 min BREAKING NEWS: NEWCASTLE CROSS THE HALFWAY LINE.
56 min Azpilicueta finds Morata in the area, but his touch is heavy and Schar gets across to clear. Morata has been a bit disappointing, and with Newcastle defending so deep, this might be a day for Olivier Giroud.
55 min Hazard has been majestic today. It’s such a bonus for Chelsea that he is staying, as they would be pretty ordinary without him.
51 min “As Mitrovic continues to bang them in for Fulham, Andy Hinchcliffe posited that if Newcastle fans had been given the choice between Mitro, Rondon and Joselu, most would go for the Serb,” says Shaun Wilkinson. “I agree that most would think that (and I know I do), but a lot would be hesitant to say it as it would mean indirectly admitting that Rafa is not infallible. What’s your opinion? Mitro or Rondon? I am not going to insult you by entertaining the possibility you would choose Joselu.”
I haven’t seen much of Mitrovic so I don’t really have an opinion. Rondon is limited but at least he knows those limits and sticks to a fairly simple role.
50 min Good save from Dubravka. Hazard plays a brilliant pass to find Pedro on the right of the box. He eases it back to the onrushing Azpilicueta, whose first-time shot is too close to Dubravka.
49 min Chelsea have picked up where they left off before half-time. It’s almost painfully one-sided, and yet Newcastle are defending admirably.
Chelsea had 79 per cent of the possession in that first half, which must be at least seven tenths of the law.
Peep peep! Chelsea have been highly dominant, but Newcastle have restricted them to few clear chances. See you in 15 minutes.
45 min Kovacic’s cross is only half cleared to Azpilicueta on the edge of the area. He chests the ball up and fizzes a volley that is accidentally blocked by his team-mate Morata in the six-yard box. I’m not sure whether it was going in or just wide of the far post. Moments later, Hazard is slipped through by Kante. He turns away from the keeper Dubravka but can’t make space for a shot.
45 min Hazard is fouled for the 412432432nd time in the match, prompting Kovacic – who was booked a few minutes ago – to enquire as to whether there’s any danger of a Newcastle player being similarly punished.
44 min Hazard takes the corner, Diame heads it clear. It’s nodded back in towards Rudiger, whose speculative header drifts a few yards wide of the far post. Dubravka had it covered.
42 min “25-yard howitzers are too passé to be considered goals of the season, but I will always be partial to an outrageous effort from an improbable range,” says Matt Loten. “Not Beckham or Rooney or Adam, where they have time and space to think things through and play the percentages, but goals like Matt Taylor for Portsmouth against Everton a few years back, or Dejan Stankovic against Schalke in the Champions League. Halfway line, fizzing ball, hit on the volley. Sweet as.”
41 min Newcastle win three corners in quick succession, the third of which is eventually cleared by Hazard.
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