Alonso Fires Chelsea to Laboured Victory


Marcos Alonso found a way through Newcastle United's resolute defence to give Chelsea a hard-earned 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The vigour evident in a 4-1 victory over Southampton a fortnight ago largely eluded Frank Lampard's men on their return from the international break but inspiration eventually arrived in the 73rd minute.

Left-back Alonso steadied himself and unleashed a clean strike that proved too powerful for Martin Dubravka, who had not long earlier denied substitute Christian Pulisic at close range.

The victory, Chelsea's fifth straight in all competitions, lifts the Blues to third in the Premier League, at least until Manchester City's visit to Crystal Palace later on Saturday.

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