Chelsea vs Newcastle - Premier League best and worst
Newcastle United visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday to face Chelsea in a fixture which has taken place 19 times in the Premier League era, and these are the highlights:
Chelsea produced a solid performance in August 2012 to secure what was, in truth, a fairly routine victory. The Magpies were below-par throughout and rarely threatened the home side, who went in front on 17 minutes when Eden Hazard converted a penalty after Fernando Torres was brought down by Vurnon Anita.
Torres, who enjoyed one his best games in a Chelsea shirt to date, added the second on the stroke of half time when he finished a delightful passing move with a powerful shot past Tim Krul.
Most Emphatic Victory
Under Claudio Ranieri, Chelsea produced a marvellous attacking performance to defeat Newcastle in November 2003. Glen Johnson opened the scoring from close range, before Hernan Crespo made it two. Things went from bad to worse for the visitors on 41 minutes when Andy O’Brien was sent off; Frank Lampard scoring the resulting penalty. Damien Duff’s solo goal and Eidur Gudjonsson’s header completed the rout.
Chelsea won two major trophies in May 2012, but also during that month they were stunned by Papiss Cisse, who took his relentless form to a whole new level. His second goal, a swerving shot from around 35 yards which found the far corner, must count as one of the best goals in Premier League history. His first was not bad either, but Cisse’s late effort was the abiding memory as Newcastle triumphed 2-0.
Most Dramatic Finish
There was little to play for concerning either side in their meeting in May 2011, but they still delivered an entertaining spectacle, which ended in Newcastle defender Steven Taylor netting a dramatic stoppage time equaliser to deny Carlo Ancelotti’s side victory. Alex had put the home side 2-1 in front with just seven minutes to go, but the Blues could not hold on to all three points.
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