Uefa Champions League defending champions Chelsea snatched a dramatic win against Newcastle United in the first game at Stamford Bridge since Blues’ Russian owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government. The win-win ended Newcastle’s winning run. It looked like it was heading towards a goalless draw before Kai Havertz expertly controlled a ball forward and fired into the net in the 88th minute.
Chelsea Grab Later Winner Against Newcastle United
It was a tough goal to concede for Newcastle United who had wanted Havertz to be sent off in the first half for catching Dan Burn in the face with an elbow when jumping, but the referee only gave the German a yellow card. Before the goal, both sides had struggled to create clear-cut chances, with Chelsea taking 75 minutes to produce an effort on target.
Newcastle United star player Miguel Almiron had earlier forced a fine save from home goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with a well-struck 25-yard volley and Burn headed just wide. Just as had happened in Chelsea’s 3-1 away win over Norwich on Thursday, a small section of fans chanted Abramovich’s name, for a brief period in the second half.
Abramovich has been sanctioned as a part of the government’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, meaning his assets, including Chelsea Football Club, have been frozen. The club’s jersey sponsor has also withdrawn their sponsorship deal with the club. The win is a big boost for the home team Chelsea who is preparing to welcome Ligue 1 side Lille in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday.