Palmer inspires Chelsea to key win in battle for Europe

Cole Palmer had a goal and an assist Chelsea ft Newcastle United 3-2 in a battle between two teams fighting for European qualification.

The Chelsea midfielder's first-half shot flicked Nicholas Jackson And, however Alexander Isaac Equalizing just before half-time, Palmer restored the hosts' lead for his 11th Premier League goal of the second half before the substitutes. Michael Mudryk and Jacob Murphy traded goals.

Palmer has now scored and assisted in five top-flight matches this season, more than any other player.

While they are still in 11th place, Chelsea now have eight points from four unbeaten matches and are one point behind Newcastle, while they are just four points behind seventh-placed West Ham United.

How did the match go?

Mauricio Pochettino He made two changes on that page 2-2 draw against Brentfordwith Raheem Sterling And Mark Gugurella instead of Ben Chilwell And Levi Colville.

Newcastle made two changes. Dino Livramento And Miguel Almiron replace the wounded Kieran Trippier And Harvey Barnes.

Chelsea made a dream start, scoring on six minutes for their opening goal of the season and their fastest at home in the Premier League. December 2018 against Fulham.

I want MaloWin's low cross forced a foul clearance Sven Bateman And the ball fell gently PalmerHe unleashed a low strike from the edge of the box which was brilliantly flicked on Nicholas Jackson For his ninth goal of the season.

Chelsea were comfortable and Newcastle suffered another blow in the 36th minute Anthony Gordon limped. But Pochettino's side failed to capitalize and allowed their visitors to equalize with their first shot on target in the 43rd minute.

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Chelsea lost the ball in midfield Bruno Guimaraes detected IsaacHe put a clinical side-foot finish into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box for his 12th Premier League goal of the season, and his first of the competition from outside the penalty area.


Three minutes later Chelsea put the ball in the back of the net through Jackson, but the forward's goal was ruled out for offside. Sterling also had a chance to restore Chelsea's lead, but his strike was comfortably saved Martin DubravkaAt the other end Joe Willock came in behind but couldn't finish.

Chelsea's right-back pairing of Gusteau and Palmer continued to trouble Newcastle in the second half and the Blues had more chances to secure victory.

Sure enough, in the 57th minute Palmer received Enzo Fernandez's pass in a pocket just outside the box and unleashed a stunning strike into the bottom right corner. It was Fernandez's first assist in the Premier League this season.

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Minutes later, a flick from Jackson was played goalwards by Sterling, but the forward rounded Dubravka and shot, Don Burn The ball was cleared off the line.

Almiron's header from a pre-kick gave Burn a chance to equalise, but instead Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners in the 75th minute.

Jackson found himself driving from the halfway line Conor GallagherMudric took the ball from his teammate and showed a moment of brilliance in the nutmeg before substituting Fabian Schar Before going around Dubravka.

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Mudric has now scored two goals and provided one assist in his last three Premier League home matches.

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Newcastle substitute Murphy gave Chelsea a late scare in the 90th minute to make it 3-2. Thunder strike in upper right corner.

But the Magpies could not find an equalizer and suffered their second defeat in three matches.

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Key facts

Chelsea have won 10 of their last 11 Premier League home games against Newcastle (D1), scoring 25 goals and conceding just 6 goals.

Since the start of November, only Brentford (8) have lost more Premier League games than Newcastle (7), while the Magpies have conceded more goals on the road this term (24 in 9 games).

Cole Palmer has scored in his last five home Premier League starts for Chelsea, becoming the sixth player to do so for the Blues in the competition and the first since Olivier Giroud in December 2020.

Chelsea have won eight and lost none of their last 10 Premier League games, scoring at least two goals in 10 matches (27 in total).

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