Chelsea have maintained their winning 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.
The Belgium international, on his first club start this season, scored a 76th-minute penalty before substitute Joselu levelled with a header at St James’ Park.
Late on in the game, however, Marcos Alonso’s shot took a deflection off DeAndre Yedlin to give Chelsea all three points.
“Everyone was thinking to draw when they scored but we are Chelsea and we never give up,” Hazard told BBC Sport at full time.
“We did well, created a lot of chances and we deserved to win. I feel tired tonight, the whole team is tired but we have the points.”
Hazard’s goal was his 70th for Chelsea in the Premier League, overtaking Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – who scored 69 – in third.
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.
Chelsea dominated the game with 82% possession and Pedro, Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata missed chances.
Antonio Rudiger rattled the crossbar in the 70th minute but Newcastle contained the pressure until Fabian Schar tripped Alonso in the box.
Chelsea’s third win in as many matches moved them level on points with Liverpool and Watford at the top of the table, while Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle have only one point.