Full-time: Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United

  • Diego Costa opens the scoring from close range
  • Pedro doubles Blues' lead after mistake from Rolando Aarons
  • Willian nets the third after a flowing team move
  • Pedro scores his second goal on the hour mark
  • Bertrand Traoré adds a fifth, poking home a cross
  • Townsend scores a lack consolation goal
Pedro scores for Chelsea
Pedro scores for Chelsea Getty Images

FT: Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle

That's all from Stamford Bridge for this evening.

Chelsea produced what was probably their best performance of the season to coast to an emphatic victory. The Blues were superb from start to finish and thoroughly deserved their win.

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Newcastle have a goal - and it's a first for the Magpies for Andros Townsend.

The England winger lashes the ball home from distance, to score one of the most eye-catching goals of the night.

His celebration - or lack thereof- said it all, though. A quick shake of the head and a jog back to the half-way line.

We're in stoppage time now.


GOAL: Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle (Townsend)


Well, Hazard almost makes it the perfect night for the Blues.

The Belgian finds himself through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but scuffs his shot at the crucial moment.

Chelsea continue to pile forward, though...


Goal number five has come from an unlikely source - Bertrand Traore.

The little-known 20-year-old steers home a cross from close range to put the cherry on top of the cake.


GOAL: Chelsea 5-0 Newcastle (Traore)


It'd be a massive exaggeration to suggest Eden Hazard has been on his top form this evening.

But he certainly appears to been increasing in confidence. There has been a style and swagger about his play, even if he hasn't always found the right pass.

Eden Hazard escapes a tackle
Eden Hazard escapes a tackle Getty Images


Another change for the Blues and it's a popular one.

The ever-impressive Willian has run his race for the day. He is replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has ten minutes to impress his manager.


A number of Chelsea players have really impressed this evening. Costa and Pedro, of course, have both found the net and were a constant threat. Willian, too, has produced another head-turning display.

But there have also been encouraging signs from the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, both of whom have come in for criticism this season.

With their Champions League tie against PSG on the horizon, the Blues may just be finding their best form at the right time. Guus Hiddink will be praying they can re-create this showing against Laurent Blanc's men.

Diego Costa in action
Diego Costa scores the opening goal for the Blues Getty Images


The game has lost a bit of its zip.

Chelsea appear happy with their evening's work, as well they might be. For the Blues, their next match is the rather more intimidating prospect of Paris Saint-Germain.

The reigning French champions were in action earlier today, drawing 0-0 against Lille.


A couple of changes for the Magpies, by the way.

Jamaal Lascelles replaces Cheick Tioté, while Seydou Doumbia comes on for his debut. Mitrovic makes way for him.


We have just over 20 minutes left at Stamford Bridge. Can Newcastle give their fans something to shout about?

Steve McClaren looks a worried man down on the bench - and you can hardly blame him.



For one of the first times this season, the Chelsea players actually appear to be enjoying themselves.

Costa, for example, seems to have rediscovered himself of late and was warmly applauded by the home fans when he left the pitch.

Pedro is showing flashes of his undoubted quality, too.

Pedro celebrates scoring
Pedro celebrates scoring Getty Images




Pedro makes it four!

The diminutive winger latches on to a long ball, chests it towards goal and finishes neatly. It is no less than Chelsea deserve.


GOAL: Chelsea 4-0 Newcastle (Pedro)


Up the other end, meanwhile, Mitrovic comes as close as any Newcastle player has this evening to finding the net.

The forward lashes a ball across the face of goal with his right foot. The effort was always heading wide, mind you.


Diego Costa has rediscovered his mojo in the last few weeks.

On this occasion, he tries an overhead-kick from near the penalty spot that is caught by the keeper. He looks like a man reborn under interim boss Guus Hiddink.

The Spaniard appears hungry to add to his tally.


It's all a bit scrappy at the moment. Frequent fouls ensuring neither team is able to find any fluency.

Newcastle are at least stringing some passes together, though. They're showing some fight and desire now - but where was it in the first half?


Not that it'll come as a shock, but there is something of all lull at the start of the second period.

Given what Chelsea have on the horizon and Newcastle's current state, they might both be happy if the game ended like this.

Diego Costa in action
Diego Costa in action Getty Images


We asked what the Newcastle manager would do and we have our answer.

Colback is introduced. The second half is under way, too.