WEEK3: Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with victory over Newcastle United

Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with victory over Newcastle United.

Eden Hazard (centre) scored his first goal of the season on his first start of the campaign
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with victory over Newcastle United in a match featuring three goals in 11 second-half minutes.

Eden Hazard, on his first start this season for the Blues, netted from the penalty spot in the 76th minute before substitute Joselu levelled with a brilliant header at St James’ Park.
But, having been resolute in defence for the majority of the game, Newcastle failed to clear their lines and Marcos Alonso’s shot took a deflection off DeAndre Yedlin.

MATCH ANALYSIS

First start, first goal, first-class Hazard
After a World Cup summer and reports of interest from Real Madrid, Belgium forward Hazard had to settle for two appearances from the bench before this match.

He received a less than friendly welcome by the hosts on his return to the starting XI. In the first minute, he was caught on the back of the ankle by the studs of Matt Ritchie, and was then clattered on the right leg by Mohamed Diame.
Off the ball Hazard moved gingerly at times, but for the most part he was the driving force for Chelsea, whose dogged and unrelenting attack finally came to fruition in the latter stages.
Hazard’s well-taken penalty was his 70th Premier League goal for Chelsea, which puts him behind only Frank Lampard (147) and Didier Drogba (104) in the club record books.

Team P W D L GD Pts
1
Liverpool
3 3 0 0 7 9
2
Chelsea
3 3 0 0 5 9
3
Watford
3 3 0 0 5 9
4
Man City
3 2 1 0 7 7
5
Bournemouth
3 2 1 0 3 7
6
Tottenham
2 2 0 0 3 6
7
Leicester
3 2 0 1 2 6
8
Everton
3 1 2 0 1 5
9
Man Utd
2 1 0 1 0 3
10
Arsenal
3 1 0 2 -1 3
11
Crystal Palace
3 1 0 2 -1 3
12
Fulham
3 1 0 2 -2 3
13
Brighton
3 1 0 2 -2 3
14
Wolves
3 0 2 1 -2 2
15
Cardiff
3 0 2 1 -2 2
16
Newcastle
3 0 1 2 -2 1
17
Southampton
3 0 1 2 -2 1
18
Burnley
3 0 1 2 -4 1
19
Huddersfield
3 0 1 2 -8 1
20
West Ham
3 0 0 3 -7 0
View full Premier League table

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