Newcastle United vs Chelsea: Abraham scores as Blues sits on top

Chelsea climbed to the top of the table, at least at some point, as Tammy Abraham put the fine finishing touch to an easy win at Newcastle.

Chelsea fought off early Saturday’s start that Frank Lampard tried to scrap as they crossed to a 2-0 win at Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Federico Fernandez’ own goal and Tammy Abraham’s second-half goal gave the visitors a big victory over opponents who barely threatened.

the win took Chelsea to the top of the Premier League, at least for a few hours, as they returned from the international break with a vibrant performance at St. James’ Park.

A staggering Fernandez turned in a cross from Mason Mount to the goal in the 10th minute, and Abraham, who was mostly silent, hit at the centre of the second half.

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Karl Darlow made a sharp early save from Timo Werner’s low shot and the goalkeeper excelled for a second time when he touched Abraham’s powerful header over the bar after an excellent cross from the left by Hakim Ziyech.

The Newcastle goalkeeper did not get near a whipped cross from Mount moments later, though, when the ball came in from the right and Fernandez put the ball into his own net.

Newcastle, weakened by the absence of injured leading scorer Callum Wilson, had won five of their last seven Premier League home games against Chelsea.

But Werner should have doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 30th minute only to slip the ball wide and half-chances continued to come the way of the visitors, who had 78.9 per cent of possession in the opening 45 minutes and played 439 passes against a meagre 109 from Newcastle.

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Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles took a blow late in the first half and was replaced by Fabian Schar for the second 45 minutes, with the replacement soon caught napping by Werner who yet again ought to have scored.

The Germany international raced in from the left and had only Darlow to beat, but he tried to give Ziyech an easier finish and made a mess of his pass.

Abraham’s goal essentially ended the contest, as he rifled home off the inside of the right post from Werner’s pass, with Sean Longstaff denied a stunning consolation when his strike bounced off the bar.

Werner was denied by an offside flag after rounding Darlow to net, but two was enough for Chelsea.

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