By James Agberebi:
Chelsea came from behind to defeat Newcastle 3-1 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Super Eagles forward Victor Moses made his first start for Chelsea since October 14 and provided the assist for his side’s second goal scored by Alvaro Morata.
Moses also had a hand in Chelsea’s third goal scored by Eden Hazard from the penalty spot after the Nigerian was fouled inside the box.
Dwight Gayle had given Newcastle a shock early lead before his goal was cancelled out by Hazard.
The win means Chelsea sit in third position on 32 points, eight points behind leaders Manchester City who will host West Ham on Sunday.
Newcastle had a strong start to the game and were rewarded in the 12th minute as Gayle pounced on a loose ball to put the visitors 1-0 up.
Chelsea went close to leveling the score in the 17th minute through Hazard whose effort was kept out by Karl Darlow.
In the 21st minute, Chelsea equalised thanks to Hazard who got to a loose ball before hitting a low shot into the back of the net.
Chelsea continued to dominate after leveling the score and unsurprisingly went 2-1 up on 33 minutes as Morata headed in Moses’ cross.
Four minutes later Danny Drinkwater almost extended Chelsea’s lead only to see his shot from outside curl away from target.
Two minutes into the second half Moses’ dangerous cross almost resulted into an own goal by Chancel Mbemba but luckily his clearance went just over the bar.
Newcastle went close following a dangerous cross by Jacob Murphy which went away from the back post and to safety.
Hazard should have had his second goal of the game but his shot deflected off Ciaran Clark and flew off target.
In the 67th minute Moses had a chance to get on the score sheet but his header was claimed by Darlow.
Chelsea went 3-1 up in the 74th minute as Hazard converted from the penalty spot after Moses was fouled inside the box by Matt Richie.
Hazard was unlucky not to bag a hat-trick as he was denied on 76 minutes by Darlow who rushed out to block the Belgian.
In the 85th minute, Moses almost marked his return to Chelsea’s first team with a goal only to see his goal bound effort blocked after Marcos Alonso’s initial shot was saved.