Chelsea have ignored the early Saturday start that Frank Lampard wants to give up as he heads to a 2-0 win at Newcastle United in the Premier League. (More football news)
An own goal from Federico Fernandez and a second-half finish from Tammy Abraham gave the visitors a comfortable victory against opponents who barely threatened.
The victory brought Chelsea to the top of the Premier League, for at least a few hours, as they returned from the international break with a lively display at St James’ Park.
A stumbling Fernandez spun into a Mason Mount cross for the opener in the 10th minute, with Abraham largely calm striking midway through the second half.
5 – Since his debut in September 2014, no Premier League player has scored more goals against his own side in the competition than Federico Fernández (level 5 with Lewis Dunk). Misfortune. pic.twitter.com/p6Op0uHwa7
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Karl Darlow made a quick save on Timo Werner’s low shot and the goalkeeper excelled a second time when he touched Abraham’s mighty header over the bar after an excellent cross from Hakim’s left Ziyech.
The Newcastle keeper didn’t come close to a whipped cross from Mount moments later, however, when the ball came in from the right and Fernandez put the ball into his own net.
Newcastle, weakened by the absence of injured top scorer Callum Wilson, had won five of their last seven Premier League home games against Chelsea.
But Werner should have doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 30th minute to dodge the ball and the half-chances continued to present themselves to the visitors, who held 78.9% possession in the opening 45 minutes and played 439 passes against a meager 109 from Newcastle.
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles took a hit at the end of the first half and was replaced by Fabian Schar for the next 45 minutes, the substitute being quickly caught by Werner who should have scored yet again.
The Germany international ran from the left and only had Darlow to beat, but he tried to give Ziyech an easier finish and spoiled his pass.
Abraham’s goal essentially ended the fight, as he snuck inside the right post from Werner’s pass, with Sean Longstaff turning down some stunning consolation as his strike bounced off the bar.
Werner was refused by an offside flag after rounding Darlow at the net, but two were enough for Chelsea.
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