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Moses returns, lifts Chelsea over Newcastle…Benitez laments

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Victor Moses provided an assist and won a penalty as Chelsea thrashed Newcastle 3-1 yesterday in their England Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Victor Moses

The Super Eagles ace missed nine matches with a hamstring injury after limping out of Chelsea’s shock defeat to Crystal Palace on October 14, but returned as a substitute in Wednesday’s 1-0 home win over Swansea City.

Eden Hazard continued his scintillating form with two goals and a dominating performance converting a Moses won penalty with an impetuous Panenka after cancelling out Dwight Gayle’s early opener for the visitors with a first-time strike on 21 minutes.

Alvaro Morata also netted his ninth goal in 14 Premier League appearances but it was Hazard who was voted man of the match.

Meanwhile Newcastle manager, Rafa Benitez was frustrated to lose the lead so soon after going ahead.

“We knew it could be like this, but it’s a pity, because we started really well,” said Benitez, who was booed by some Chelsea fans despite leading the club to the Europa League trophy during a short managerial spell at Stamford Bridge in the 2012-13 season.

“After that, we made some mistakes, and as I said against Manchester United, we paid for that.

“You can stop them if you do things a little bit better, although it’s still very difficult, because they have players who can beat people in one-against-one situations.

“We did well, it was a pity that we couldn’t keep the score (at 1-0) for a while.”

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