Chelsea win over defensive Newcastle amid controversy and thanks to own goal in frantic finale

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Penalty from Eden Hazard and a soft own goal were enough to maintain Maurizio Sarri’s perfect Premier League start as Chelsea manager and this was an ugly, but necessary, challenge for his side to pass.

 

Eden Hazard put Chelsea ahead with a penalty after 76 minutes

* Substitute Joselu quickly levelled in a rare attack for hosts

* DeAndre Yedlin's late own goal gave Chelsea third win in a row

* Chelsea have three wins, matching perfect starts of Watford, Liverpool

* Chelsea host Bournemouth next, Newcastle visit Man City

Chelsea kept up their 100 percent start to the Premier League season by snatching a 2-1 win at a stubborn Newcastle United on Sunday, grabbing victory thanks to a late own goal by DeAndre Yedlin.

Eden Hazard had blasted Chelsea ahead in the 76th minute from the penalty spot after Swiss defender Fabian Schar had tripped Marcos Alonso, allowing the visitors a breakthrough after they had monopolised possession.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez had played a dogged 5-4-1 formation in an effort to shut out his former club. They created little at the other end, but they drew level when Spanish forward Joselu headed in at the near post in the 83rd minute.

 Chelsea got back in front with a fortuitous goal four minutes later from Yedlin, who had stretched his foot out to block a shot from Alonso which had looked to be going wide.

Chelsea join Liverpool and Watford at the top of the table on nine points after three games while Newcastle have one.

Watford 2 - 1 Crystal PalaceRoberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas score in second half to ensure Hornets pick up maximum points from opening three games

Watford celebrated a hat-trick of wins to kickstart the new season in style after Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas saw off Crystal Palace.

The Hornets held on despite a late surge from Palace.

Wilfried Zaha grabbed a consolation but his team-mate Joel ward could have snatched a share of the spoils.

The defender, however, wasted a golden opportunity in the dying embers of the game as he sent a free header from Luka Milivojevic's corner wide of the post.

There were a couple of major talking points early on with Zaha unsurprisingly at the centre of the controversy.

Zaha was sent sprawling to the deck after a matter of minutes after a shocking challenge from Etienne Capoue.

The midfielder only picked up a yellow before Zaha was booked himself for a foul on Jose Holebas.

On Capoue's tackle, Graeme Souness said: "He set out to nail Zaha and the referee has either bottled it or he does not understand football.

"It is 100 per cent a red card."

After a feisty first-half, Pereyra broke the deadlock on 53 minutes to celebrate three goals in as many games with a stunning strike before winger Holebas' cross caught out Wayne Hennessey to nestle in the net.

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