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Premiership: Newcastle 2-1 Chelsea

Papiss Cisse double sees 10-man Newcastle to victory over Chelsea
Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season as Papiss Cisse’s double condemned them to a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United.

Chelsea made the brighter start, but they failed to take advantage and allowed the hosts to grow into the first half, with Jack Colback threatening an opener.

Newcastle had to bring on rookie goalkeeper Jak Alnwick at the break after seeing Rob Elliott succumb to injury.

The setback did not appear to trouble them, though, and they found themselves ahead on 57 minutes when substitute Cisse turned home a cross that Gary Cahill had failed to clear.

Cisse then looked to have settled it when he netted his second on 78 minutes as Newcastle broke away on the counter after Eden Hazard hit a post, but the match then took a dramatic twist.

First, Steven Taylor collected a second yellow card for a foul on Andre Schurrle and then Didier Drogba headed home from Cesc Fabregas’ free kick on 83 minutes.

The visitors applied heavy pressure as they desperately sought an equaliser, but Newcastle held firm for a memorable victory.

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Premiership: Chelsea 3-0 Spurs

Ruthless Chelsea extended Tottenham’s torment at Stamford Bridge with a 3-0 win which saw Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Blues consolidate their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Spurs were bidding for a first win at their rivals’ west London home since February 1990 at the 28th attempt and began well, with Harry Kane hitting the crossbar with an early header.

There was a sense the visitors had to take an opportunity when enjoying the early supremacy and their failure to do so was punished by two goals in four first-half minutes through Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba.

Drogba, deputising for suspended striker Diego Costa, returned a pass to Hazard, whose shot squirmed under Hugo Lloris to give Chelsea a 19th-minute lead.

Worse was to follow for the France goalkeeper as his dreadful clearance went straight to Hazard, who found Oscar, with the Brazilian playing the kind of pin-point pass Drogba relishes.

The striker’s fifth of the season – and 162nd Chelsea goal – effectively ended the match as a contest and ensured Mourinho’s men would extend their unbeaten start to the season to 21 matches ahead of this weekend’s trip to Newcastle.

Substitute Loic Remy embarrassed the hapless Jan Vertonghen in netting Chelsea’s third to complete a comfortable victory.

It was not all positive for Chelsea as Nemanja Matic will miss the trip to St James’ Park through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign, while Gary Cahill could be a doubt after going off at half-time following an earlier clash of heads.

Chelsea, who lost at Newcastle last season, remain six points clear of second-placed Manchester City, the defending champions, with Spurs 16 points adrift in 10th.

Tottenham, who play Crystal Palace on Saturday, will hope to climb the table before their next contest with Chelsea, on New Year’s Day at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea had failed to score for the first time this term in drawing last Saturday at Sunderland, while Spurs, who lost 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in March, travelled in optimistic mood following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of Everton.

Gary Lineker scored the winner when Spurs last won at Stamford Bridge and Kane, born more than three years after that victory, appeared to be on a crusade to emulate the England striker turned Match of the Day presenter.

Cahill appeared groggy after a clash of heads with Vertonghen and was then caught napping as Kane stole a yard on him to meet Aaron Lennon’s cross.

The striker’s header beat Thibaut Courtois, but bounced back off the woodwork.

Kane then dispossessed Cahill on the left wing and ran into the area before firing across goal as Spurs spurned another opportunity.

Chelsea stepped up a gear. John Terry surged to win the ball down the left and fed Willian, who in turn found Drogba.

The striker teed-up Fabregas, whose attempted curling shot was held by Lloris.

Again Chelsea attacked down Spurs’ right as Hazard turned Lennon before finding Drogba, who had his back to goal and held off Federico Fazio with ease.

Lennon neglected to follow the run of Hazard, whose shot beat the unconvincing Lloris at the near post to give Chelsea the lead.

Lloris then presented Hazard with the ball midway inside the Spurs half. Two passes later it was 2-0.

Hazard played it centrally to Oscar, who threaded the ball through to Drogba, who shook off the attentions of Vertonghen and finished with aplomb.

Spurs were deflated.

Drogba needed assistance in departing the field at half-time, but did return for the second half. Cahill did not, with Kurt Zouma on in his place.

Spurs failed to test Kurt Zouma in what had almost turned into a defensive drill for Chelsea, who were content to play on the counter-attack.

Speculative shots were about all Spurs could muster and manager Mauricio Pochettino turned to his bench, with Paulinho and Nacer Chadli replacing ineffective duo Mason and Lennon.

Tottenham still lacked energy and were being outplayed by a 36-year-old veteran.

Drogba was unable to direct Hazard’s fizzing pass towards goal and, despite appearing laboured, managed to out-muscle Fazio before firing straight at Lloris.

The Ivory Coast striker was then granted his leave as Remy came on with 23 minutes to go.

The France striker made his mark six minutes later, receiving the ball in the left channel before brushing off Vertonghen and passing into the corner to complete the rout.

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Champions League: Schalke 0-5 Chelsea

Blues romp into knockout stages

Roberto Di Matteo played down the talk of a revenge mission as Chelsea visited Gelsenkirchen to take on his Schalke side – but it was embarrassment that greeted the Italian as the Blues eased into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted in the build-up to this clash that his side needed to keep up their good form to avoid blowing their place at the head of Group G and ending up playing in the Europa League.

But he need not have worried as his ruthless side blew Schalke away – dominating throughout and eventually running out clear 5-0 winners.

The Portuguese was also steadfast that he did not want to talk about Di Matteo’s achievements at Stamford Bridge but did question whether the side the 44-year-old led to European Cup success was a good one.

The two exchanged a cursory handshake before kick-off that lacked the warmth of a meeting of friends but that was in stark contrast to the travelling Chelsea fans, who sang Di Matteo’s name as the game got under way – and that was as good as it got for their former midfield favourite.

John Terry was suspended when Di Matteo oversaw Chelsea’s memorable European Cup success in 2012 but the two celebrated together in Munich like the captain had been one of those out on the pitch.

And it was Terry who quickly took the sting out of any kind of payback mission Di Matteo was mounting having been axed by Roman Abramovich just six months after the biggest night in the club’s history.

The 33-year-old rose to nod home a corner supplied by the impeccable Cesc Fabregas inside 60 seconds to silence the Veltins Arena.

Willian added a second and, when Jan Kirchhoff headed in an own goal two minutes before the break, the writing was on the wall.

Chelsea took their foot off the gas during times in the second half but switched on and decided to go for the kill with 15 minutes remaining, as substitutes Didier Drogba and Ramires got in on the goalscoring act.

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs said earlier this week that Mourinho’s side are “head and shoulders” above everyone else in the Premier League, and it shows on the continent too.

Uncertainty remains over the immediate futures of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal in Europe’s elite club competition, but this win means the Blues are already assured of their place in the knockout rounds.

Chelsea stormed into a lead as Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann did well to turn a Diego Costa effort behind for a corner in the opening minute, only to see Terry head home Cesc Fabregas’ set-piece.

The hosts were hemmed inside their own half for much of the opening exchanges and, when they did finally mount something of an attack, Kevin-Prince Boateng was robbed by Willian and only a smart challenge from Felipe Santana denied Costa a clear run on Fahrmann’s goal.

Schalke faired much better on their next foray forward and Eric Choupo-Moting was unlucky not to level as his shot hit Gary Cahill, looped over Thibaut Courtois and came back off the crossbar.

A lull in play allowed Chelsea’s fans to burst back into ‘One Di Matteo’ chants and this time the Italian gave them a wave of appreciation as his side continued to grow into the contest.

But they were two down before the game was 30 minutes old as Willian exchanged passes with Eden Hazard before firing a low shot which Fahrmann failed to keep out as the ball squirmed underneath him.

Schalke’s fans soon turned on their side as they were caught dawdling on the ball and Costa intercepted an under-hit back pass but was unable to keep his balance as he tried to round Fahrmann and was eventually crowded out.

Chelsea continued their domination as Fabregas’ cute ball over the defence allowed Oscar to volley at goal, with the busy Fahrmann able to push the ball behind.

But once again the respite was short-lived as Fabregas delivered another corner into the danger area and Kirchhoff mistimed his headed clearance under no pressure from a Chelsea shirt and it flashed into his own net to put the visitors well and truly in command.

The second half started in much the same vein as Costa robbed Santana of possession, only for the Brazilian defender to atone for his error by getting back to poke the ball away as the in-form Chelsea man looked to strike.

Di Matteo altered both his system and his personnel at the break and, although Schalke were able to keep better hold of the ball, it was Chelsea who were still carving out the better chances.

Branislav Ivanovic fired a well-struck volley wide having been found free inside the box by a clever Willian pass before Costa, still without a European goal for Chelsea, fluffed his lines when played in by Oscar.

That was the last piece of action for Costa as he was replaced by Drogba, the man who scored the decisive penalty in the final against Bayern Munich, shortly afterwards.

The experienced forward netted his first chance of the evening as both he and Willian beat the offside trap and the Brazilian unselfishly squared for Drogba to tap home.

Fellow substitute Ramires headed home just 73 seconds later as Drogba turned provider and Chelsea moved further ahead.

Chelsea decided enough was enough at five and saw out the remainder of the contest to leave Mourinho no doubt happy with progression and, in all likelihood, inwardly delighted at putting one over on Di Matteo.

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Premiership: Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea

Robin van Persie’s equaliser deep into injury time gave Manchester United a point and kept Chelsea within range of their Premier League title rivals after a dramatic Old Trafford finale.

Didier Drogba’s header, glanced in off Van Persie early in the second half, looked to have extended Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to six points until a thunderous conclusion in front of the Stretford End.

In scenes reminiscent of days gone by at the Theatre of Dreams, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Angel Di Maria as United applied late pressure.

Di Maria’s resulting free-kick saw Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois save brilliantly from Marouane Fellaini but Van Persie was on hand to thrash home the rebound and spark wild celebrations around Old Trafford.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho turned away in disgust as Van Persie scored, frustrated that the victory his side deserved for controlling long periods had slipped away in a chaotic conclusion.

The Portuguese’s side remain four points clear of second-placed Southampton – and, perhaps more significantly, six points ahead of last season’s champions Manchester City – but this is a result that will almost have the after-taste of defeat, even though Chelsea’s unbeaten run continues.

Without injured top scorer Diego Costa, the old warrior Drogba stepped into the breach and, when United did threaten Chelsea’s defence, keeper Courtois was faultless. The Belgian was powerless to prevent Van Persie’s leveller.

Despite the late concession, Chelsea looked ominously powerful and carry all the hallmarks of the team to beat this season.

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Champions League: Chelsea 6-0 NK Maribor

scored his first goal since rejoining Chelsea as they recorded their biggest Champions League win with a dominant victory against Maribor at Stamford Bridge.

Loic Remy swept in the opener but was quickly replaced by Drogba after injuring himself when scoring.

Drogba then converted a penalty before John Terry slid in a third.

A Mitja Viler own goal put Chelsea in command before Eden Hazard scored a penalty and drove in a late sixth.

Agim Ibraimi hit the post with a penalty for Maribor, but in truth the Slovenians were well beaten.

Chelsea have seven points from three games to sit top of Group G, and will be confident of reaching the knockout stage.

It was almost the perfect win for boss Jose Mourinho, although the injury to Remy was a cause for concern.

With Diego Costa out with a hamstring injury, the Blues could face Sunday’s Premier League trip to Manchester United with Drogba as the club’s only fit first-team striker.

For now, Mourinho will surely be satisfied with another impressive performance from his side which extends their run of wins to 10 from 12 games in all competitions.

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