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Chelsea 3-2 Newcastle United: Cole Palmer shines in dramatic win at the Bridge

Chelsea secured a 3-2 win against Newcastle United on Monday night, marking their return to the victory column.

By clinching all three points at Stamford Bridge, the Blues closed the gap to the top half of the Premier League table to just one point in gameweek 28.

Despite Chelsea’s struggles, Eddie Howe’s side failed to capitalize on opportunities before and after halftime when the hosts appeared vulnerable. They managed to narrow the deficit to one goal only in the final minutes of the game.

Chelsea grabbed the lead in just six minutes. Sven Botman’s clearance landed at the feet of Cole Palmer on the edge of the box. His shot, though tame, was skillfully redirected by Nicolas Jackson past a surprised Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle‘s first genuine chance came after thirty minutes. Chelsea struggled to deal with a long free-kick into the box, leading to Marc Cucurella blocking Anthony Gordon’s shot.

The visitors came close to equalizing when Miguel Almiron’s low cross found Joe Willock in the six-yard box. However, Cucurella’s presence was enough to disrupt Willock’s attempt, causing it to sail over the bar.

Just before halftime, Newcastle leveled the score. Bruno Guimaraes won possession in midfield, evaded Trevoh Chalobah, and played through Alexander Isak. Isak then skillfully curled the ball around Axel Disasi and past Djordje Petrovic.

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Chelsea thought they regained the lead when Palmer released Jackson on the counter. However, Jackson’s goal was disallowed for offside.

Early in the second half, Chelsea surged ahead once more. Enzo Fernandez played a penetrating pass to Palmer, who finished at Dubravka’s near post.

Almost immediately after the restart, Chelsea had another scoring chance. Raheem Sterling sprinted past the defense but hesitated when faced with Dubravka, allowing Dan Burn to clear his shot off the line.

With 15 minutes remaining, Chelsea added a third goal in impressive fashion. Jackson initiated a swift counter-attack down the left flank and fed the ball to Gallagher. Despite a challenge from Mykhailo Mudryk and Fabian Schar, Gallagher rounded Dubravka and scored into an empty net.

However, Jacob Murphy’s powerful strike in the final minute of regulation set up a tense finish, but Chelsea held on during over six minutes of stoppage time to secure the much-needed win.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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