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Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse puts his side in front against Chelsea
Papiss Cisse's sixth goal of the season put Newcastle ahead against Chelsea
  • Chelsea's unbeaten 23 game run ended
  • Steven Taylor sent off for Magpies after 81 minutes
  • Didier Drogba nods in for Chelsea
  • Newcastle survive six minutes of added time to win

Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season as they were beaten at Newcastle in their 15th top-flight game of the campaign.

The Magpies took the lead when Cisse slotted in after Gary Cahill missed Sammy Ameobi's low cross.

An Eden Hazard shot hit a Newcastle upright before Moussa Sissoko set up Cisse for another tap-in.

The hosts had Steven Taylor sent off but, despite Didier Drogba pulling one back, held on for the win.

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Chelsea piled forward late on and striker Diego Costa had a shot tipped over by 21-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who was making his debut having come on as a half-time substitute for the injured Rob Elliot.

Newcastle had beaten the Blues in their last two league games at St James' Park but a repeat appeared unlikely considering the marauding form of their visitors.

However, a heroic defensive performance, marshalled by centre-back Fabricio Coloccini, was the foundation of a victory which ended Chelsea's hopes of setting a new club record of 24 matches unbeaten in all competitions.

The defeat will also end talk of the Stamford Bridge side repeating Arsenal's 'Invincibles' by going the whole league season without losing, and gives the London side's title rivals the chance to make up ground.

Mourinho had insisted that it was "impossible" to remain unbeaten all season and he was proven right as his side were frustrated by a disciplined and organised Newcastle side, much in the way they were in a goalless draw at Sunderland last weekend.

Before the break, Chelsea were limited to a couple of Willian strikes wide, a Cahill header over and a well-struck Oscar overhead kick past the frame of the goal.

The hosts gradually grew in confidence as they quelled the Blues' threat and might have taken a surprise lead.

Ameobi found Ayoze Perez and his sliding pass released Colback, but the midfielder was thwarted when Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois saved his close range shot with a foot.

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It was easy to see how Newcastle had lost just once in nine games but they suffered a setback when goalkeeper Elliot failed to emerge for the second half, having injured himself taking a goal-kick.

That meant a debut for Alnwick, whose first piece of action was to punch away a Cesc Fabregas free-kick assuredly.

Alnwick should have been tested again when another Fabregas free-kick found John Mikel Obi in space at the near post only for the midfielder to head wide.

The miss was immediately punished when, at the other end, Cahill missed a low Ameobi cross and Cisse slotted in gleefully.

Chelsea exerted more pressure but, 38 seconds after a Hazard shot came back off a post, Newcastle extended their lead when Cisse scored after a swift counter-attack.

A Taylor foul on Andre Schurrle earned the defender his second yellow card left the Magpies a man down.

And, in a dramatic finale, Drogba gave Chelsea hope when he nodded in a Fabregas free-kick.

However, Newcastle stood firm as Mourinho was left still searching for his first league win at St James' Park in five attempts as Chelsea manager.

Newcastle and Chelsea players have a joint team photo to mark 100 years since the Christmas Truce during WW1
Players pose for a joint team photo to mark 100 years since the Christmas Truce during WW1
Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback
Jack Colback was denied a first Newcastle goal by the foot of Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois
Papiss Cisse scores for Newcastle against Chelsea
Cisse's first strike ended a run of 498 minutes in all competitions since Chelsea last conceded a goal
Newcastle keeper Jak Alnwick
Newcastle keeper Jak Alnwick said his professional debut was "amazing" and "surreal"
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scores a header in his side's 2-1 defeat at Newcastle
Didier Drogba scored in consecutive league outings for Chelsea for the first time since February 2012
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (second left) shakes hands with chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has drawn twice and lost three time at Newcastle as Chelsea boss



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21ElliotSubstituted forAlnwickat 45'minutes
  • 22Janmaat
  • 27TaylorBooked at 81mins
  • 2Coloccini
  • 36Dummett
  • 24TiotéBooked at 74mins
  • 14Colback
  • 20CabellaSubstituted forCisséat 53'minutes
  • 7SissokoBooked at 48mins
  • 28AmeobiSubstituted forWilliamsonat 83'minutes
  • 17Pérez


  • 6Williamson
  • 8Anita
  • 9Cissé
  • 11Gouffran
  • 19Haidara
  • 29Riviere
  • 31Alnwick


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forFilipe Luísat 67'minutes
  • 4FàbregasBooked at 79mins
  • 12Mikel
  • 22WillianSubstituted forDrogbaat 67'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forSchürrleat 61'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 10E Hazard
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 80mins


  • 1Cech
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 5Zouma
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 11Drogba
  • 14Schürrle
  • 18Remy
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Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamChelsea
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Chelsea 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Chelsea 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Filipe Luis with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Didier Drogba with a headed pass.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Didier Drogba with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ayoze Pérez.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but André Schürrle is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Costa with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Filipe Luis (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jak Alnwick.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Didier Drogba.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel tries a through ball, but Didier Drogba is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Newcastle United 2, Chelsea 1. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas following a set piece situation.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Michael Williamson replaces Sammy Ameobi.

  18. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Steven Taylor (Newcastle United) for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    André Schürrle (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Steven Taylor (Newcastle United).

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4Man Utd147432416825
5West Ham147342317624
13Aston Villa14446818-1016
15Crystal Palace153571823-514
16West Brom153571420-614
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