- Costa opens scoring in fifth minute
- His 8th goal in 10 appearances
- Magpies back into drop zone on goal diff.
- Townsend strikes late to break shutout
Diego Costa and Pedro scored before the match was nine minutes old, and Willian put an exclamation point on a wild first half in the 17th minute as Chelsea battered Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Pedro added another in the second half before Baba Rahman tallied to make it 5-0, and that’s how it finished at the Bridge. Chelsea now has 33 points, and is within two points of 10th and nine back of fifth place Manchester United.
Newcastle is back in 18th, lower than Norwich City on goal differential. Andros Townsend scored late for the Magpies.
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It took barely more than four minutes for Chelsea to take the lead, as Costa burst past Steven Taylor to slide Willian’s pass past Rob Elliot. 1-0.
Pedro doubled the advantage when he took advantage of 20-year-old Rolando Aarons, who was forced to play right back despite starting as a right wing under Alan Pardew. It was an awful pass regardless of his normal position, and Pedro picked it off and went the distance.
Andros Townsend cut in from the left to provide a counter threat, but his low shot was gobbled up by Thibaut Courtois.
Still, 3-0 came first. Costa worked a long ball and then watched Fabricio Coloccini back off. Willian tore through an unmarking back line to push home an easy goal.
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The Magpies found some life in the second half, as Chelsea had to cope with an injury to John Terry that moved Branislav Ivanovic inside and put Baba Rahman into the game.
Aleksandar Mitrovic absorbed a tricky cleat to his achilles, staying in the game to hit a low shot wide of goal.
But Pedro added another goal moments later on a counterattack (of sorts) and it was 4-0 in the 59th minute.
Townsend broke the shutout when he belted a left footed shot home late for his first ever Newcastle goal.