VIDEO: Salah debuts as Chelsea go top of the Premier League
Mohamed Salah started on the bench and came close to scoring in a 15 minute cameo appearance as Chelsea beat Newcastle 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
In a must win match in regards to the title race, Mourinho’s side started the better of the two teams. The first twenty minutes were scrappy, with Chelsea threatening, with no end product. Newcastle, sticking a lot of men behind the ball, seemed content to hit on the counter attack, but were limited to shots from distance, easy to handle for Cech.
The game sprung to life in the 26th minute, with Oscar going close after some brilliant interplay. A minute later, Eden Hazard broke the deadlock. A deceptive flick from the Belgian drew the Newcastle defence the wrong way, freeing up Ivanovic on the right wing, whose first time ball was received by Hazard who thumped a first time belter into the bottom right corner of the net, taking Tim Krul completely out of the equation.
5 minutes later, and it should have been 1-1. Chelsea were split apart by a brilliant through ball, though the resulting chance was missed by Sissoko, whose heavy first touch was pounced on by Peter Cech, ending up in a corner.
The chance came back to haunt Newcastle, with a scintillating display of counter attacking football being converted by Hazard for his second of the night from the cleared corner. The Belgian again made it look simple, after a quick 1-2 with Eto’o put him one on one with Krul, and he finished with aplomb, opening up his body to slot it into the bottom right corner of the net from the angle.
The woes continued for Newcastle a few minutes later, with Debuchy replaced by Yanga Mbiwa after the Frenchman sustained an injury. 2-0 the half ended, with Chelsea looking hungry for more.
With Chelsea holding the majority of possession, they nearly went 3-0 up with heart in mouth moment for Tim Krul leading to a goal kick in the 55th minute. A David Luiz clearance from inside his own half skidded over the Dutch shot stopper and looked on it’s way to an empty net, just skimming wide.
The Newcastle goal was again under threat 5 minutes later, with another sumptuous Ivanovic first time ball finding the feet of Samuel Eto’o, whose shot from 7 yards out was brilliantly blocked by Williamson.
The goal had been coming though, and Hazard had his hat-trick from the penalty spot 5 minutes later after a blatant foul on Eto’o by Yanga Mbiwa inside the penalty area. The Belgian stepped up to wrong foot Krul and score his first hat-trick of the season.
3-0 up, Egyptians all around the world got what they were waiting for in the 77th minute, with Mohamed Salah coming on to replace Willian – becoming the first Pharaoh to ever play for Chelsea.
The Egyptian almost had a goal in the 85th minute after a slick through ball from Schurrle was slipped wide of the far post. With his pace causing a big problem to the tiring Newcastle defence, Salah should definitely have had his debut goal a minute later, going one-on-one with Krul who saved a tame right footed shot well.
3-0 the final score, and with earlier slip ups by Arsenal and Manchester City, Chelsea moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League. The Blues face West Brom on Wednesday, looking to maintain their lead at the top of the ladder.
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