London: Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season ended with a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United, PakistanTribe reported.
Champions Manchester City took full advantage of Chelsea’s surprise reverse to cut the gap at the top to three points as Yaya Toure’s penalty earned a 1-0 home victory over Everton.
Arsenal’s hopes of a third successive win were dashed by a 3-2 defeat at Stoke City, where they trailed 3-0 at halftime. Liverpool were held to a 0-0 home draw by Sunderland, one of three goalless stalemates on Saturday.
Undefeated in 23 matches in all competitions since April`s Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea proved far from invincible as 10-man Newcastle survived a late barrage to prevent the Londoners creating a club record unbeaten run.
Few could deny Newcastle a deserved win that lifted them to seventh in the table although visiting manager Jose Mourinho said his side was unfortunate.
The hosts lost goalkeeper Rob Elliot to injury at halftime, replaced by young rookie debutant Jak Alnwick, and had to man the barricades with only 10 men when Steven Taylor was dismissed after getting a second yellow card nine minutes from the end.
Substitute Cisse, who replaced Remy Cabella after the break, put Newcastle in front after 57 minutes following a slip by Gary Cahill and struck again on the break 21 minutes later, seconds after Eden Hazard was denied an equaliser by the woodwork.
Didier Drogba`s majestic header halved the deficit late on but Newcastle survived six minutes of stoppage time and Chelsea`s 14-match unbeaten start to the league season, which had drawn comparisons with the Arsenal Invincibles` of 2003-04, was over.
“We were unlucky,” said Mourinho who criticized Newcastle’s fans and ball boys for wasting time by not returning the ball when it went out of play.
“The best team lost, the team that tried to win lost, but that’s football,” he told a news conference.
Do you have information you wish to share with PakistanTribeCom? Email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share. Follow PakistanTribe on Twitter Follow @PakistanTribe and Join us on Facebook