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Moses Absent As Hazard’s Goal, Yedlin Own-Goal Help Chelsea Pip Newcastle

Moses Absent As Hazard’s Goal, Yedlin Own-Goal Help Chelsea  Pip Newcastle

By Johnny Edward :

Victor Moses was left out of Chelsea’s side that defeated Newcastle United 2-1 in a Premier League match at St James’ Park on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Moses has only made one substitute appearance for the Blues under Maurizio Sarri this season.

An own goal from DeAndre Yedlin three minutes from time secured Chelsea’s third win of the season and their first at St James Park in seven years.


Eden Hazard’s goal from penalty spot gave Chelsea the lead, but substitute Joselu restored parity for the Magpies with seven minutes left to play.

Despite Chelsea having much of the ball possession they could only get one shot on target in first half of the encounter.

The Blues looked dangerous going forward with Eden Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez going close to breaking the deadlock.

Newcastle also had moments of their own but Solomon Rondon failed to hit target from a corner kick.

In the start of second half, Cesar Azpilicueta had a good chance to shoot Chelsea ahead but he fired a lame shot at Dubraka in goal for Newcastle.

Antonio Rudiger also came close rattling the crossbar from 30 yards in the 72nd minute.

A fast counter-attack from Chelsea three minutes later saw Marcos Alonso fouled in the penalty area by Fabian Schaar.

Hazard scored to give the Blues the lead. The goal was Hazard’s 70th for Chelsea in the English Premier League.

The Belgian overtakes Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in third (69). Only Frank Lampard (147) and Didier Drogba (104) have scored more for the Blues.

But parity was restored when Joselu beat Arizabalaga with a thumping header from close range.

Yedlin’s slight touch on Alonso’s strike in the box condemned Newcastle United to their second defeat of the season.

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  • I think this right here is the main reason Victor Moses retired from the SE. Not saying there weren’t other motivations, but this one sums it up — the fear of losing his place in Chelsea’s starting 11 or at least the bench.

    With a new coach, fringe players often get scared that a new tactic/playing philosophy may be introduced that could freeze them out of the team. Some of them therefore choose to call it quits with their national team to concentrate on their club career and protect their income.

    It’s sad Moses was completely left out of the team today, a sad u-turn from the days of Conte. Damn! Even Loftus Cheek was on the bench. What else? Will Sarri bring back Tammy Abraham too and kick out Moses?

    It seems the ghost of the Mourinho era is back. Will Moses seek a loan out or chose to stay and fight as he’s no longer young like back then?

  • Obidee 4 years ago

    Nawaooh bliv me he wil b staying in the bench like Muhrinho use to bench him bfor…is a bad one for him duo
    Let’s hope he make it again in the starting eleven for Chelsea

  • Moses is better u come out of retirement and take ur place of honour in the super eagles so that chelsea coach can respect u. Nigeria really love u. Do u remember that u r nigeria’s best player of the year? Pls dont kill ur career

  • Chairmanfemi 4 years ago

    Unless Moses comes out of premature retirement sharp sharp he will continue to miss out of Match day squad. Shey he retired to focus on Club career, What good has the retirement done for him now? Has he achieved the aim of his retirement?

  • Chairmanfemi 4 years ago

    Has he achieved the aim of his retirement now?
    What good has the retirement done for him?
    My Advise: Moses if you like that your so-called club career ehn, Better come out of that your Premature-retirement ASAP

    • Haba Chairmanfemi, let Moses enjoy his retirement now. Wetin?
      Is this how you treat retired heroes.
      People like Moses, Balogun and Idowu will not be impressed by this shameful backlash from so called fans because of Moses retirement.
      Na by force? Whether he does well for his club or not, Moses has retired from international football and let that be that. Shikena.

      • I tire oh, this is one game out of maybe 46 matches in the season. In 2016/17 season he played in 35 out of 46 matches. No player plays ever single match in a season for their club. This is a new coach who is looking for his strongest lineup.
        It’s premature to be jumping upandan because he was not selected for a single match.
        There is League, FA Cup, Europa league and other competitions to play.‍♂️

  • Chairmanfemi 4 years ago

    @Ashy slashy, i just feel someone who retires when he’s needed the most does not deserve to be called a Hero. Even during his playing days for Nigeria, he displays unpatriotic attitude like forming Big boss on and off the pitch,always the last to report to camp. All this attitudes he puts when it comes to the National team does not sum up to be called a Hero after retirement.
    And @BigD, Moses omission from that match day squad is just a sign of Things to come for him this season

    • @Chairmanfemi, your logic is flawed. Nobody forced Victor Moses to pledge his international future for Nigeria when England needed him.

      Of his own accord, he chose Nigeria ahead of the country of his residence.
      Now, Victor has exercised the same choice to retire from international football and you have to learn to respect that and move on from it.

      Stop being bitter. Remember, bitterness in your heart will only consume you leading to your kind of utterances which I am sure are not a true reflection of the kind of man that you are. You are are good man.

      Wish Moses well in his club and family life, he deserves peace and well wishes just like you.

      An AFCON 2013 winner, 2 successful world cup qualifications and 2 world cup appearances have helped secure Victor Moses’ hero and legend status.

      The fact his retirement caused so much upset goes to show the legend that is the man.

      His retirement hit us all hard just like you but please, remember Victor Moses who chose Nigeria ahead of England, not the Victor Moses who retired from international football early.