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Newcastle United - Chelsea
Premier League - 14 May 2018
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Chelsea suffer a bruising defeat at the hands of Newcastle, as their top-four dreams are shattered with a woeful performance.
Antonio Conte may have managed his last Premier League game with the Blues, but he will have to pick his side up for the FA Cup final clash with Manchester United next week.
Only two minutes will be added on.
'Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay' is the chant from the Newcastle fans. It is going to be very difficult for the Spaniard to leave now, isn't it?
Perez races onto a through-pass as he chases his hat-trick, but he is beaten to the ball by Courtois who is quick off his line to hoof the danger clear.
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- OnMassadio HaidaraNewcastle United
Newcastle sub: Massadio Haidara comes on for only his second appearance of the season, he replaces Diame.
GOAL UPDATE: Anfield is rocking as Liverpool score their fourth against Brighton - Andy Robertson grabbing the goal.
Bakayoko's shot is blocked, but it falls kindly to Moses on the right side of the box.. but he's in an offside position. It's been that kind of day for frustrated Chelsea.
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Chelsea sub: Hazard makes way for Pedro.
Into the final 10 minutes. Chelsea are preparing their third and final change.
Newcastle are knocking the ball around confidently in defence, prompting cheers at every touch from the buoyant home supporters.
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DOUBLE CHELSEA SUB: Alvaro Morata and Willian replace Giroud and Barkley.
Emerson swings in a cross into the Newcastle box, but has few team mates in support in the middle. It's deep to Moses but he can't make anything happen.
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Newcastle sub: Isaac Hayden replaces Ritchie.
Bakayoko fizzes the ball across the face of goal, but Giroud blazes his first-time shot high and wide - it wasn't the easiest of chances, to be fair.
Hazard does well to keep his balance in the Newcastle box and manages to poke the ball into the path of Moses but the Chelsea wing-back takes a heavy touch. Newcastle goal-kick.
Not for the first time this season, Chelsea are in self-destruct mode. If this is to be Conte's last game in the Premier League as Blues boss, then the Italian is going out in sorry fashion.
- GoalAyoze PérezNewcastle United
GOAAAAALLLLLL! Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea
Chelsea are falling apart - they are now three goals down!
Shelvey is involved again, his free-kick delivery picks out Lejuene at the back post, he knocks it across the face of goal and Perez pokes it home for his second goal in four minutes!
Hazard finds Barkley completely unmarked inside the Newcastle penalty box but with the goal gaping he can only shoot at the feet of Dubravka to beat!
Joselu's devilish cross searches for Perez at the back post but Christensen rises highest to clear behind for a corner. Newcastle resuming control!
- GoalAyoze PérezNewcastle United
GOAAAALLLLL! Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea
Perez doubles Newcastle's advantage with a real poacher's effort! Shelvey unloads a venomous shot at goal and Perez sticks out a toe to divert the ball into the bottom corner, leaving Courtois helpless.
Barkley finds space in the Newcastle box and he has team mates waiting centrally, but his cut-back is blocked by Dubravka.
GOAL UPDATE: Dominic Solanke extends Liverpool's lead over Brighton, it's now 3-0 at Anfield.
Fourth-place is now wrapped up for the Reds.
He doesn't do things simple, does he? He scored a sensational scorpion kick earlier in the season and now Giroud almost gets on the score-sheet with another acrobatic effort. The Frenchman flicks a shot at goal with the outside of his boot, forcing Dubravka into tipping the ball over the top of the bar.
Their first-half performance was simply awful but Chelsea are moving the ball forward a little quicker since the restart.
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NEWCASTLE SUB: Gayle appeared to pick him an injury in the first-half and it seems he hasn't been able to run it off. He's coming off for Joselu.
Hazard's cross is blocked by Lascelles, right in the area you don't want to be hit by a football!
The Newcastle man is down in some pain and it will take him a little while to recover.
- 2nd Half
Newcastle get the second-half underway, with Chelsea somewhat surprisingly unchanged.
- End of 1st Half
Thibaut Courtois was forced into a number of saves as Newcastle dominated the first-half, but the Belgian couldn't keep out Dwight Gayle's opener on 23 minutes, a goal which separates the sides at the interval.
Perez tries to find the bottom corner with a first-time sweeping shot, but it drifts just wide of Courtois' left-hand post.
Two minutes will be added on at the end of the first-half.
A desperately poor corner from Emerson encapsulates Chelsea's first-half performance.
GOAL UPDATE: Dejan Lovren has doubled Liverpool's lead - they're now 2-0 up at home to Brighton.
It's going from bad to worse for Chelsea and Conte.
With five minutes of the first-half remaining, Chelsea have yet to register a shot on target. Dubravka has been a spectator.
Giroud has scored eight goals in the nine times he has played against Newcastle - but the Chelsea forward has been left isolated up front this afternoon.
Another penalty appeal! Azpilicueta has his arms all over Perez but the Newcastle forward doesn't go down.
Newcastle work the ball dangerously into the visitors' penalty box. Perez rifles a shot at goal, it appears to be deflected behind by Christensen's hand - Newcastle want a penalty but Martin Atkinson signals for a corner.
It has been an extremely lethargic opening half-hour by Chelsea's standards - and Conte isn't exactly animated on the touch-line, he certainly doesn't appear his usual self.
That was Newcastle's NINTH attempt at goal. Chelsea have yet to muster a single shot, on or off target.
Courtois with another important stop to deny Newcastle a second! This time Gayle has a go from 25 yards, and the Belgian goalkeeper has to be at full-stretch to push the effort wide of goal.
There is more bad news for Chelsea as Liverpool have taken the lead against Brighton, Mo Salah grabbed the opener at Anfield.
The hosts smell blood, and they should double their advantage! Shelvey dances his way inside the Chelsea box, he has a clear sight on goal but blazes his effort over the bar.
- GoalDwight GayleNewcastle United
GOAAAAAALLLLL! Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea
Newcastle are ahead - and it's been coming!
Murphy's looped header is tipped off the line by Courtois but Gayle is well positioned to head it home from only a few yards out!
Diame breaks up Chelsea's attack and comes charging forward with real intent. He rifles a shot from 30 yards but it drifts inches wide of Courtois' post.
Perez drives forward for the visitors, before feeding Ritchie to his right. And Courtois is forced into a good reaction save to prevent an own-goal as Kante's attempted clearance is goal-bound!
Hazard looks to the stars in frustration as Emerson overhits a simple pass down the line.
A couple of dangerous crosses are delivered into the Chelsea 18-yard box but the visitors are defending well.
Ritchie tries to switch play with a diagonal ball to Murphy but he overcooks his pass.
Giroud is expected to hold the ball up and wait for team mates to gather in support, but instead he tries to find Hazard with a back-heel and it doesn't come off.
Conte is fuming on the touchline.
Courtois forced into action once again - Diame rifles a shot from the edge of the penalty area which the Belgian pushes behind for a corner. It looked like it was going wide, but the Chelsea keeper wasn't going to take any chances.
CHANCE FOR NEWCASTLE!
Ooooh, what a hit Jonjo Shelvey! He leathers the ball on the volley from 25 yards, catching it really sweetly and forcing Courtois into a reaction save.
Hazard seems fine to continue - he's back on his feet and straight into the action.
Rafa will be pleased with the start his side have made - his players are getting to the second balls quicker than the visitors.
Diame wrestles the ball from Hazard in midfield, and the Belgian stays down after the challenge.
Ritchie's in-swinger doesn't beat the first man as the delivery is headed clear by Azpilicueta.
Ritchie has his ankles clipped by Bakayoko, winning Newcastle a free-kick in a wide position.
Barkey, who is making only his second Premier League start for Chelsea, appears to be playing in a slightly deeper role than his central midfield partner Hazard.
- 1st Half
Chelsea get the game underway.
Here comes the players... Kick-off is NEXT!
Newcastle can place anywhere between 10th and 15th, depending on the result here and elsewhere. If they manage to claim a spot in the top-half of the league they would be rewarded with £2m more than they would for recording a 15th-placed finish.
Fifth-placed Chelsea have 70 points, two points behind Liverpool - but the Reds have a much superior goal difference (+42 to Chelsea's +27).
It means Conte's side need to win while Liverpool must lose at home to Brighton, if the Blues are to claim the last Champions League place.
But with the Italian making eight changes for today's game, is it a sign that Conte has given up on the league bearing in mind they have the FA Cup final to contest with Manchester United on Saturday?
DID YOU KNOW?
Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games against Chelsea, scoring at least twice in each match (W3, D1).
It has been a season to forget for Chelsea and Conte, and many believe this could be the Italian's final Premier League game in charge of the Blues.
"We're struggling to take a place in the Champions League," admitted Conte. "But we play in a very tough league where there are six top teams fighting for a place.
"Two years ago Chelsea ended the season 10th and not in the final of the FA Cup or semi-final of Carabao Cup. They were eliminated in the last 16 (of the Champions League) against Paris St Germain.
"I'm the last person to judge the moment of the club. There must be other persons to see the situation, to judge the situation, to take the right evaluation after two years of work and understand what the position is of Chelsea in the panoramic of football."
Newcastle are currently sitting 10th in the Premier League and only a victory this afternoon would guarantee a top-half finish.
"I said so many times, it has been a great season. At the beginning, the target was to stay up. To do that with five games to go is amazing," beamed Benitez.
"We need to finish on a high. The team deserve that and the fans need to see that at home."
Benitez makes just one change from the side that lost to Spurs last time out, with Jacob Murphy coming in for Kenedy, who can't play against his parent club.
Antonio Conte makes EIGHT changes to the Chelsea side which was held to a frustrating draw with Huddersfield in midweek.
In comes Courtois, Cahill, Emerson, Bakayoko, Hazard, Moses and Giroud, while Ross Barkley is also handed a starting berth.
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses, Barkley, Hazard, Giroud.
Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Morata, Pedro, Willian.
NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Diame, Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez, Murphy, Gayle.
Subs: Darlow, Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu, Merino, Haidara, Gamez.
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On this final day, the Blues simply MUST beat Rafa Benitez's side and hope Brighton record a somewhat surprising victory at third-placed Liverpool, otherwise Chelsea will have to settle for a Europa League place next season.
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