Chelsea dominated proceedings during their successful 2-1 visit to St. James’ Park.
The Blues earned their third win to maintain their maximum Premier League points haul, but their first goal wasn’t without controversy.
With Eden Hazard back in tow, Chelsea were threatening throughout the first half, but couldn’t make the breakthrough despite an extraordinary amount of possession.
It's been a frustrating half for #CFC on Tyneside.
Sarri's side have had 79% of possession but haven't made the breakthrough…
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 26, 2018
Their role as seemingly the home team continued after the break, with the aforementioned Belgian and Pedro in particular keeping Martin Dubravka busy in the Newcastle goal.
It took a defender in Marcos Alonso to force the issue twice.
In the 75th minute, the Spaniard ventured into the Magpies’ box and was judged to have been brought down by Fabian Schar. Eden Hazard converted the penalty after much protest to give Chelsea a lead that was deserved but had arrived in an unexpected manner.
In calling the action for Sky Sports, former Manchester City and Everton player Andy Hinchcliffe was adamant that Schar won the ball.
“He gets the ball,” Hinchcliffe stated. “It’s poor positioning initially and Alonso gets goalside of him, but when he slides in he gets the ball.
“That is not a penalty. That’s why all the Newcastle players are adamant. There’s no real appeal from Alonso, it’s harsh.”
The home side soon equalised via a brilliant cross and fine header from DeAndre Yedlin and Joselu respectively, but Alonso haunted them again just before added time to rifle in a shot that may well go down as a Yedlin own goal.
That first Newcastle goal was also hotly debated, with the defender elbowing Olivier Giroud in the build-up.
Maurizio Sarri’s side join Liverpool and Watford on nine points.