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Pedro and Willian see off Newcastle

12 Jan 2019
Chelsea v Newcastle United

Chelsea move to within a point of third-placed Spurs with 2-1 home win over Magpies

Goals from Pedro and Willian gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge to strengthened their hold on fourth place. 

Pedro opened the scoring on nine minutes, latching on to a searching David Luiz pass before lobbing Martin Dubravka.

Ciaran Clark equalised five minutes before the break, powerfully heading Matt Ritchie's corner into the bottom left corner. 

Pedro was denied a second goal two minutes after the restart before Willian restored Chelsea's lead with a curling effort from the edge of the penalty area. 

Salomon Rondon came close to earning a point for the visitors late on, but headed Javier Manquillo's cross just wide of the target.

The win means Chelsea are within a point of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who face Manchester United on Sunday, and six clear of Arsenal, in fifth.

Newcastle are third from bottom with 18 points.

See: Chelsea report | Newcastle report

Next fixtures

Chelsea: 19 Jan v Arsenal (A)
Newcastle: 19 Jan v Cardiff (H)


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