Chelsea, hit by Abramovich sanctions, beats Newcastle 1-0

The visitor, seeking to move further clear of the relegation area, had frustrated the European champion for much of the game with its harrying.

Chelsea players are ecstatic after Havertz's decisive goal.   -  REUTERS

Kai Havertz scored an 89th-minute winner to give Chelsea a 1-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle United on Sunday in their first home match since Britain's government sanctioned Russian owner Roman Abramovich with an asset freeze.

The visitor, seeking to move further clear of the relegation area, had frustrated the European champion for much of the game with its harrying.

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But with the match seemingly heading for a draw, Jorginho launched a long pass over the Newcastle defence to Havertz and the German controlled the ball with his left foot before firing past Martin Dubravka.

Havertz appeared to have got a second in added time but Dubravka got a hand to his shot which dropped onto the bar.

The win left the Blues in third place in the table, 10 points behind leaders Manchester City who play on Monday, but on course for a top-four finish to guarantee a spot in next season's Champions League.

Newcastle is 14th, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

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