|Eden Hazard opened his scoring account in his first start for Chelsea in this Premier League season in their 1-2 away victory at Newcastle. Photo credit: Getty Images|
Chelsea continue their impressive start to the Premier League season with victory away at tough Newcastle United.
Maurizio Sarri gave Eden Hazard his first start this season for Chelsea and he was impressive despite been targeted for fouls by Newcastle players, he later opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 76th minute.
Substitute Joselu equalized with a fantastic header to send St James' Park into a frenzy.
Benitez had set up his team to be compact and solid defensively but they failed to clear their lines when Marcos Alonso's shot took a deflection off DeAndre Yedlin for the blues' winner.
Sarri's team dominated the match with a possession of 82% with total completed passes of 834 compared to Newcastle 128.
Chelsea are the first team this season to finish a Premier League games with 80%+ possession team.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 26, 2018
81.09% to be exact against Newcastle. 🕰 pic.twitter.com/LS5UAqpOmt
Most passes completed in a single game in Premier League history:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 26, 2018
🥇 İlkay Gündoğan: 167 vs. Chelsea (2017/18)
🥈 Fernandinho: 164 vs. Everton (2017/18)
🥉 Jorginho: 158 vs. Newcastle (2018/19)
Didn't take him long to break the top three. pic.twitter.com/6kELrNYZNw
Chelsea are now levelled on points with Liverpool and Watford at the top of the table with the three sides yet to drop a point in the Premier League this season, while Newcastle have only one point.
Watch Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea full match highlights below: