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Premier League: Newcastle 3 Chelsea 2

Moussa Sissoko scored twice as Newcastle United overcame Chelsea 3-2 in a thriller at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Jonas Gutierrez flicked a header home to give the hosts the lead, but Frank Lampard and Juan Mata turned the English Premier League clash on its head after the break.

But Sissoko, a January signing from Ligue 1 side Toulouse, struck twice to earn Newcastle a crucial victory.

On his return to Newcastle, Chelsea striker Demba Ba was booed and jeered whenever the ball went near him in a quiet start that saw Petr Cech make simple saves from Yoan Gouffran and Davide Santon.

The visitors worked their way into the match patiently and should have taken the lead on 15 minutes.

Mata’s excellent chipped pass found Ashley Cole on the left and his cut-back fell to Lampard, but the midfielder lashed over with his left foot.

Alan Pardew’s side were well on top as Yohan Cabaye warmed Cech’s gloves from range and Papiss Cisse wasted a gilt-edged one-on-one chance with the Czech shot-stopper.

Ba had a great chance to silence the home support as he raced clear on Tim Krul off Lampard’s pass, but he fired his first effort at the Dutchman and nodded his follow-up wide while being caught in the face by Fabricio Coloccini’s boot.

Cisse wasted another one-on-one after Sissoko’s effort was charged down, but the home fans were soon cheering as Santon’s cross from the left was flicked home by Gutierrez to give Newcastle a deserved lead.

Ba played on after his challenge with Coloccini, despite appearing to have broken his nose and having a bandage applied, but was substituted immediately after the goal, with Fernando Torres replacing him.

After 10 quiet second-half minutes, Lampard equalised in stunning fashion as the 35-year-old let a throw-in from the left run across his body before launching a 30-yard effort past Krul.

The visitors were soon in front as Branislav Ivanovic charged down the right before finding Torres, who set up Mata to curl into the far corner.

Newcastle were flagging but they rallied magnificently and, after Cisse was denied by a great intervention from John Terry, drew level as Gouffran was set clear by a long clearance.

His effort was parried by Cech into the path of Sissoko, who tucked in the rebound on his home debut.

Both sides pushed for a late winner and it was Newcastle who found it as Santon burst down the left before cutting back to Sissoko, who thundered a low effort past Cech.

Sat 2 February, 2013
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