August 26, 2018 / 5:12 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Late Newcastle own goal makes it three wins for Chelsea

* Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-1 to go joint top of the Premier League

* Eden Hazard put Chelsea ahead with a penalty after 76 minutes

* Substitute Joselu quickly levelled in a rare attack for hosts

* DeAndre Yedlin’s late own goal gave Chelsea third win in a row

* Chelsea have three wins, matching perfect starts of Watford, Liverpool

* Chelsea host Bournemouth next, Newcastle visit Man City

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 CHELSEA 2

Aug 26 (Reuters) - Chelsea kept up their 100 percent start to the Premier League season by snatching a 2-1 win at a stubborn Newcastle United on Sunday, grabbing victory thanks to a late own goal by DeAndre Yedlin.

Eden Hazard had blasted Chelsea ahead in the 76th minute from the penalty spot after Swiss defender Fabian Schar had tripped Marcos Alonso, allowing the visitors a breakthrough after they had monopolised possession.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez had played a dogged 5-4-1 formation in an effort to shut out his former club. They created little at the other end, but they drew level when Spanish forward Joselu headed in at the near post in the 83rd minute. Chelsea got back in front with a fortuitous goal four minutes later from Yedlin, who had stretched his foot out to block a shot from Alonso which had looked to be going wide.

Chelsea join Liverpool and Watford at the top of the table on nine points after three games while Newcastle have one. (Reporting by Richard Martin Editing by Toby Davis)

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