WE were heading for the dullest Premier League game of the season.
And from nowhere, this game exploded into life in the final 15 minutes with Marcos Alonso scoring a late deflected effort with DeAndre Yedlin having the final touch.
We all thought Joselu had grabbed a controversial leveller for Newcastle to end Chelsea’s winning run before the match had a cruel twist.
Chelsea were handed a penalty after Alonso was brought down by Fabian Schar with Eden Hazard scoring from the spot for 1-0.
But then Yedlin seemed to elbow Olivier Giroud before crossing for Joselu to get in front of David Luiz to score.
Yet just a few minutes later, Alonso once appeared at the other end to make a difference.
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It was tough on Newcastle who were both physical and defensive but will feel hard done by.
But it has proved to be an impressive start to life in England for new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who has won all of his games along with Liverpool and Watford.
A few hundred Newcastle fans once again protested against owner Mike Ashley outside Sports Direct.
And ahead of the game, boss Rafa Benitez made six changes to the team which drew with Cardiff and there were debuts for Ki Sung-yeung, Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar along with a first start for Salomon Rondon.
With Jamall Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey omitted from the team, Benitez opted for a three-man defence against his former club, with Chelsea giving a first start to Hazard.
Newcastle started well enough, Jacob Murphy forcing a save from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
But Chelsea started to get a grip in midfield and looked more dangerous going forward.
Hazard sent an effort flashing across the goal while Alvaro Morata had a couple of half-chances.
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After suffering a couple of crushing challenges, Hazard danced around the home defence before teeing up Pedro and his low strike was gathered by Martin Dubravka.
Cesar Azpilicueta saw a goal-bound effort blocked by team-mate Morata
And in a rare home attack, Rondon headed wide from Matt Ritchie’s cross and should have done better.
Azpilicueta had another chance for Chelsea but they struggled to break Newcastle down.
The best chance of the game came a terrific shot from Rudiger rattled against the crossbar.
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Newcastle Martin Dúbravka goalkeeper were not troubled early on[/caption]
And with 15 minutes to go, ref Paul Tierney pointed to the spot and Hazard made no mistake.
But with eight minutes left, DeAndre Yedlin crossed and Joselu’s header could not be kept out.
Incredibly, Alonso delivered a cross-shot deflected into the net by Yedelin. It was after Giroud headed back Willian’s free-kick.
Toon striker Salomon Rondon hardly had an opportunity[/caption]