Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
Fernando Torres produced a masterclass in forward play to help Chelsea to a deserved victory over Newcastle.
The Blues attack were at their fluent best, with £32m signing Eden Hazard scoring his first goal for the club when he converted from the spot after Torres was fouled by Vurnon Anita.
The Spain striker made it 2-0 before the break, latching on to Hazard's backheel to rifle in from 18 yards.
The goals were enough to send the Blues to the top of the Premier League table.
And on this performance, Chelsea, who have now won their first three league games, must now be regarded as serious title challengers.
Ever since Roberto Di Matteo took charge of team affairs last March, the club's rise from their rut has been remarkable. And one player who has benefited greatly from the change in management is Torres.
The Spaniard ended his 24-game goalscoring drought when Andre Villas-Boas was replaced and was then influential in guiding Chelsea to the Champions League title and helping Spain retain the European Championship.
And on Saturday, under dark rainclouds at Stamford Bridge, Torres once again shone brightly.
His first contribution came midway through the first half, when he outwitted Davide Santon with a change of pace before he was tripped in the area by his next obstacle, Anita.
Hazard, who along with Juan Mata and Torres, graced the pitch with numerous magical moments, converted low to Tim Krul's right.
The Belgian playmaker then provided the key touch for Torres as he delivered a powerful strike past the reach of Newcastle Dutch keeper for Chelsea's second. It was the Spaniard's sixth goal in nine games for club and country.
The Blues' defence was barely tested in the first half, but were made to work a little harder after the break.
France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was his usual precocious self, frequently teasing Chelsea's right.
He was rarely given a sight on goal though, and when he did on one occasion, the former Marseille player dragged his low shot wide of Petr Cech's left-hand upright.
Demba Ba, who scored in Newcastle's opening-day victory over Tottenham, had the Magpies' best chances - forcing two good saves from Cech and heading over from six yards.
Unlike at the end of last season, there were to be no jack-in-the-box moments from Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, who had a very quiet game. Such memorable moments were provided by the Chelsea number nine instead.
- 01 Cech
- 02 Ivanovic
- 03 Cole
- 04 Luiz
- 24 Cahill
- 34 Bertrand
- 12 Mikel
- 16 Meireles (Lampard - 87' )
- 17 Hazard
- 09 Torres Booked
- 10 Mata (Ramires - 67' )
- 22 Turnbull
- 05 Essien
- 06 Romeu
- 07 Ramires
- 08 Lampard
- 11 Oscar
- 23 Sturridge
- 01 Krul
- 02 Coloccini
- 03 Santon (Marveaux - 74' )
- 05 Simpson (R Taylor - 64' )
- 27 S Taylor
- 04 Cabaye (Perch - 77' )
- 08 Anita
- 10 Ben Arfa
- 18 Gutierrez
- 09 Cisse
- 19 Ba
- 37 Harper
- 06 Williamson
- 14 Perch
- 16 R Taylor
- 17 Amalfitano
- 22 Marveaux
- 25 Obertan
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +3:54
Centre by Hatem Ben Arfa, clearance by Gary Cahill.88:23
Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball, David Luiz makes a clearance.86:47
Free kick taken by Mikel.86:47 Substitution
Substitution Frank Lampard comes on in place of Raul Meireles.86:47
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by James Perch.84:38
The official flags Papiss Cisse offside. David Luiz takes the free kick.83:53
The ball is delivered by Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.83:17
Ryan Taylor produces a cross, clearance by Mikel.82:30
The ball is sent over by Ryan Taylor.79:46
Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard, clearance made by Steven Taylor.79:23
Eden Hazard sends in a cross, clearance by Steven Taylor.77:53
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Ramires.76:30 Substitution
Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with James Perch coming on for Yohan Cabaye.75:30
Vurnon Anita is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Raul Meireles produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.75:17
The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic.75:01
Fernando Torres delivers the ball.73:43 Substitution
Substitution Sylvain Marveaux joins the action as a substitute, replacing Davide Santon.70:11
Papiss Cisse is ruled offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.68:06
Jonas Gutierrez challenges Raul Meireles unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Luiz fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Ryan Taylor produces a cross, Papiss Cisse has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.66:08 Substitution
Substitution Ramires is brought on as a substitute for Juan Mata.66:08
Foul by Raul Meireles on Hatem Ben Arfa, free kick awarded.65:44
The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole.63:34
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor, Mikel manages to make a clearance.63:10 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Taylor comes on in place of Danny Simpson.61:59
Unfair challenge on Yohan Cabaye by Mikel results in a free kick. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.61:38
Foul by Fernando Torres on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. Davide Santon takes the free kick.61:09
Davide Santon sends in a cross.60:21
Juan Mata produces a cross, Tim Krul makes a save.59:50
The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres.58:36
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech. Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line to the near post, Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.58:22
Centre by Davide Santon, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.57:16
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Vurnon Anita. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.54:55
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Raul Meireles. Free kick taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.53:43
Danny Simpson produces a cross, Papiss Cisse produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.52:20
Jonas Gutierrez has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.51:21
Effort from the edge of the area by Hatem Ben Arfa goes wide of the right-hand post.47:38
Ashley Cole crosses the ball.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:00 +5:32 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.45:00 +2:17
Assist on the goal came from Eden Hazard.45:00 +2:17 Goal scored
Goal! - Fernando Torres - Chelsea 2 - 0 Newcastle Fernando Torres gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle.45:00 +1:25
The ball is sent over by Juan Mata, clearance by Danny Simpson.45:00 +1:05
Eden Hazard decides to take a short corner.44:15
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Papiss Cisse. Free kick taken by David Luiz.43:41
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.43:23
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance by Gary Cahill.42:34
Raul Meireles is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.41:40
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Eden Hazard results in a free kick. Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mikel manages to make a clearance.39:47
Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Papiss Cisse crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Demba Ba misses to the left of the goal.38:53 Booking
Booking Fernando Torres receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.36:17
Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Ryan Bertrand gets a block in.35:38
Eden Hazard produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.35:08
Juan Mata delivers the ball, clearance made by Danny Simpson.34:25
The ball is swung over by Juan Mata, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.32:25
Raul Meireles concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.30:25
The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.27:55
Papiss Cisse concedes a free kick for a foul on David Luiz. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.27:11
Foul by Vurnon Anita on Ryan Bertrand, free kick awarded. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.21:35
The assist for the goal came from Fernando Torres.21:35 Goal scored
Goal! - Eden Hazard - Chelsea 1 - 0 Newcastle Placed penalty scored by Eden Hazard. Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle.20:28
Foul by Vurnon Anita on Fernando Torres, Penalty awarded.19:09
The ball is swung over by Demba Ba, blocked by Gary Cahill. Yohan Cabaye takes the inswinging corner, Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.18:32
Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabricio Coloccini. Direct free kick taken by Vurnon Anita.17:33
Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.16:52
David Luiz fouled by Demba Ba, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.15:59
Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba. Free kick taken by Demba Ba.13:44
Eden Hazard takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.12:35
Effort on goal by Demba Ba from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.8:38
Effort on goal by Mikel from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.7:31
The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic.5:37
Eden Hazard takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.4:58
Foul by Danny Simpson on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Eden Hazard.4:13
Shot from long distance by Raul Meireles misses to the right of the target.3:31
The ball is swung over by Ryan Bertrand.2:42
The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, save by Tim Krul.0:00
The match begins.
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