Willian wins it for Chelsea v. Newcastle (video)

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  • Luiz sets up Pedro opener
  • Clark levels before half for Newcastle
  • Willian scores beauty off Hazard assist
  • Magpies drop into 18th

Stop us if you’ve read this one before: Chelsea has firmed up its Top Four credentials and Newcastle United is back in the drop zone.

Keep reading anyway, as the Blues got goals from Pedro and Willian in an entertaining 2-1 win over the Magpies on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Ciaran Clark scored for Newcastle, who is now a point back of Cardiff City and Southampton. The Magpies host the Bluebirds next weekend.

Chelsea now has a six-point advantage on fifth place Arsenal.

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Pedro made it 1-0 in the ninth minute, as David Luiz played the Spaniard over the top of the Newcastle defense. Ciaran Clark lost Pedro, who chipped Martin Dubravka with the Irish defender draped all over him.

There were not a ton more chances early, with Newcastle center back Florian Lejeune hitting a ball into the hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 27th.

A surprising rush saw a nice flick by Salomon Rondon spring Ayoze Perez on goal but the lunging Spaniard hit the ball wide of his countryman’s near post.

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Pedro almost regained the lead for Chelsea but was denied by Dubravka in the 47th minute.

Willian restored Chelsea’s lead with a goal that earned a collective gasp from the crowd, as he cut right to earn space past Yedlin for a shot that took a slight turn off Jamaal Lascelles‘ head on its way into goal.

Perez had calls for a penalty unheard, and Willian came close to scoring again at the other end as Chelsea warmed to its attack. Dubravka made the save, but Lascelles was injured in the event.

Rondon missed with a bid to head a Javier Manquillo cross past Arrizabalaga.

Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff earned a corner with a deflected shot deep in stoppage time. Ritchie’s service was played shot and wasted by Christian Atsu.

Hazard sends Chelsea into League Cup semis

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Stuck at nil-nil with a half-hour to play, Maurizio Sarri called upon his megastar.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard delivered off the bench, scoring an 83rd minute goal to send the Blues past Bournemouth and into the League Cup semifinals.

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The goal finally solved Bournemouth backstop Artur Boruc, who was very strong in defeat.

Working a late combination with Pedro, Hazard saw his left-footed shot take a hard turn off a Bournemouth player to beat Artur Boruc for the game’s lone goal.

Chelsea joins Spurs, Man City, and League One side Burton Albion in the final four of the tournament.

The Blues last won the League Cup in 2015.

Hazard runs Chelsea past Brighton

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  • Goal, assist for Hazard
  • Pedro scores
  • March pulls one back

Eden Hazard had a goal and an assist in the first half as Chelsea beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 on Sunday at the Amex Stadium.

Pedro scored Chelsea’s other goal as the Blues go fourth with 37 points, two back of Spurs.

Solly March nabbed Brighton’s marker, as the Seagulls are 13th with 21 points.

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David Luiz‘s early free kick sailed to Mat Ryan, as Chelsea issued the first test of the day.

Anthony Knockaert drew a foul in the 8th minute to set up a right-flank free kick, but it didn’t get past the first defender on the line.

Willian slipped Marcos Alonso through for a chance that led to a free kick in the 15th minute, but Willian’s effort hit the wall.

Chelsea went ahead soon after, Pedro at the back post to slam a well-slid Eden Hazard pass into the goal.

Brighton struggled to gather itself together, though Solly March forced Kepa Arrizabalaga into a save around the half-hour mark.

Willian picked off a Leon Balogun entry pass, and immediately sent Hazard through 1v1 with Ryan. The Belgian rolled a smooth effort past the keeper, and it was 2-0 in the 33rd.

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A mess in the Brighton box just after halftime led to a desperate and acrobatic kick from Pedro flying over the frame.

Alonso then hit the bar in the 63rd.

Brighton pulled to within one. Two minutes after threatening the Chelsea goal, March was a flash quicker than David Luiz to react to a bouncing ball across the box.

AT HALF: Hazard tortures Brighton; Saints lead Arsenal (video)

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There have been four goals across both of the Premier League’s 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday kickoffs.

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Chelsea has two of them in a visit to the Amex Stadium and a bid to beat Brighton and Hove Albion for the ninth-straight time.

It’s a goal and an assist for Eden Hazard, who has scored on a breakaway after sending an inch-perfect — no exaggeration — pass to Pedro for the Blues’ opener.

Over at St. Mary’s, the markers have both come via well-placed headers as Saints and Arsenal are 1-1 going into the break.

Danny Ings thumped a terrific Matt Targett cross past Bernd Leno to open the scoring for the hosts, but Arsenal fought back.

Alex Iwobi sent Nacho Monreal down the flank, and the Arsenal center back crossed for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to thump past Alex McCarthy.

Then Ings struck again! Just before halftime, the hometown hero popped a Redmond cross over Leno.

Early lead enough as Chelsea blanks Fulham

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  • Pedro scores in 4th minute
  • Arrizabalaga makes 3 saves
  • Loftus-Cheek puts it to bed

Chelsea outlasted a game Fulham thanks to an early goal from Pedro and late insurance from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, claiming London Derby honors with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Blues go third for the moment, a point better than Chelsea and three ahead of Arsenal before the North London Derby (Watch live at 9:05 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Fulham sits bottom of the table with eight points, two points back of 17th.

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Fulham’s Cyrus Christie dribbled 40 yards for a shot on Kepa Arrizabalaga before the match was a half-minute old.

Pedro danced around weak defending to make it 1-0 three minutes later, with N'Golo Kante stealing a sloppy Fulham touch and slipping the Spaniard into Sergio Rico‘s office for a cutback and finish.

Calum Chambers hit a 20-yard shot at Arrizabalaga at the quarter-hour mark.

At the other end, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard put Olivier Giroud into the path of Rico as the Fulham goalkeeper managed another stop.

Azpilicueta then cued up Giroud for a chance Rico did well to stop in the 43rd minute.

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Fulham’s second half challenge started well, with Antonio Rudiger forced to stop a bid to meet Mitrovic followed by an Arrizabalaga save on Chambers off the ensuing corner.

Chelsea sub Alvaro Morata missed an in-tight bid to cut an Eden Hazard rebound on goal in the 73rd.

It was another sub who made it 2-0, as Loftus-Cheek left no doubt when presented with a Hazard square ball in the right of the box.