Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Chelsea 2.
Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea: DeAndre Yedlin own goal gives Blues victory
Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea 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.
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 81% 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.
All defence, no attack for Newcastle
Benitez was forced to make six changes to the side that drew with Cardiff last weekend, with captain Jamaal Lascelles and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey among those absent.
There were reports before the game that Lascelles had been dropped after an argument with Benitez but he insisted the defender was out with a thigh problem.
Benitez's starting XI, featuring three debutants, held their own as a five-man defence but never looked a threat up front.
Salamon Rondon, making his first start since arriving from West Brom, headed wide in the first half, while Joselu's 83rd-minute header was one of only two shots on target for the hosts.
The substitute's goal caused controversy, with Chelsea substitute Olivier Giroud claiming he was elbowed off the ball by Yedlin in the build-up.
It did not matter as Yedlin's own goal sent the Magpies to their second defeat of the season.
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.
Man of the match - Eden Hazard
Jorginho completes more passes than Newcastle - match stats
- Jorginho completed 158 passes out of a possible 173, more than the whole Newcastle side combined (131).
- Victory was Chelsea's first in the Premier League at St James' Park since December 2011, having drawn one and lost four of their previous five matches.
- Maurizio Sarri is the fifth Chelsea manager to win his opening three Premier League games after Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink and Jose Mourinho.
- All six of Joselu's six Premier League goals for Newcastle have come at St James' Park.
What they said
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "Both the penalty and foul leading up to it were very doubtful.
"We had six players out. Jonjo Shelvey was not there for us today but we did a good job and it was a pity. We showed last year that we finished 10th and didn't make mistakes in terms of decisions.
"We don't have any issues. We have some injuries and it's something we have to manage."
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: "I have never seen a Rafa Benitez side play with five defenders. It is very difficult to play here for every team - not only us.
"We were a bit unlucky when they scored to make it 1-1.
"Eden (Hazard) has played very well but maybe it was better if he played for only 75-80 minutes, but (Mateo) Kovacic asked me to be replaced so it was not possible."
Chelsea host Bournemouth, who are also unbeaten this season, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (15:00 BST).
Newcastle travel to Nottingham Forest in the EFL second round on Wednesday (19:45), before a trip to champions Manchester City in the league on Saturday (17:30).
- 5SchärBooked at 65minsSubstituted forMutoat 79'minutes
- 18FernandezBooked at 68mins
- 11RitchieBooked at 70mins
- 4Ki Sung-yueng
- 7MurphySubstituted forPérezat 73'minutes
- 9RondónSubstituted forJoseluat 62'minutes
- 30David Luiz
- 17KovacicBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBarkleyat 79'minutes
- 11PedroSubstituted forWillianat 69'minutes
- 29MorataSubstituted forGiroudat 65'minutes
- 10E Hazard
- Paul Tierney
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Chelsea 2.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ross Barkley.
Foul by Olivier Giroud (Chelsea).
Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Yoshinori Muto with a headed pass.
Ross Barkley (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mohamed Diamé.
Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Own Goal by DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle United. Newcastle United 1, Chelsea 2.
Attempt missed. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United).
Offside, Newcastle United. Federico Fernández tries a through ball, but Matt Ritchie is caught offside.
Goal! Newcastle United 1, Chelsea 1. Joselu (Newcastle United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.
Offside, Chelsea. N'Golo Kanté tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.
Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).
Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoshinori Muto replaces Fabian Schär.
Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic.
Goal! Newcastle United 0, Chelsea 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty Chelsea. Marcos Alonso draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Paul Dummett.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Jacob Murphy.
Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.
Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).
Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Pedro.
Federico Fernández (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Federico Fernández (Newcastle United).
Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.
Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).