Wednesday 2 May 2012 7.45pm

Chelsea 0
Newcastle United 2 (Cissé 19,90+4)

A spectacular brace from Papiss Cisse kept Newcastle United’s Champions League dream alive with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The January signing put Newcastle ahead in the first half and then sealed the win in extra time with his second of two stunning goals, leaving Chelsea with no option but to win the Champions League final to enter the competition again next season.

Cisse’s Premier League record equalling 13 goals in 12 appearances since joining from German side Freiburg, has labelled him one of the signings of the season.

Alan Pardew’s men went into this game needing a result to keep up with Tottenham Hotspur, who won away at Bolton, and Arsenal in the race for third and fourth place in the Premier League.

Cisse’s first of the night, a half volley on the turn, was eclipsed by his second, another half volley but from well outside the box.

His 12th goal in as many games settled the Magpies after a nervy start. Gutierrez passed the ball to Davide Santon who challenged Jose Bosingwa and came infield. He then played the ball to Cisse who chipped the ball up with his right foot, turned and half volleyed the ball past Petr Cech just inside the box.

With one eye on Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool, Chelsea benched Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Juan Mata but all three saw action as they tried to pull the game back.

Newcastle looked a far cry from the side that was hammered 4-0 by Wigan on Saturday and contained Chelsea well in the first half as Roberto Di Matteo’s side struggled to find a foothold once going a goal down.

Early on he home side had almost caught out Newcastle’s defence in the opening five minutes with some balls over the top to Torres. Cheick Tiote was booked in the fourth minute after a foul on Ramires as Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini were tested early on.

Chelsea almost grabbed an equaliser through Florent Malouda’s header on the half hour mark only for the ball to sail just past Tim Krul’s back post.

Demba Ba, without a goal in over 1,000 minutes of football forced a fine save from Cech just before half time. He took on John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic and drilled his shot towards the far post but Cech managed to palm the ball out for a corner at full stretch.

From corners Newcastle almost found their advantage doubled on two occasions. Hatem Ben Arfa’s first cross almost caught Ryan Bertrand at the near post who had to stop the ball curling in, and with the second effort Ba smashed the ball against the crossbar and bounced out only for Tiote to shoot well wide from 35 yards out.

Needing a result, Di Matteo brought on Mata to replace the largely ineffective Daniel Sturridge at half time.

Chelsea rushed straight out of the blocks and tested Newcastle’s defence early on in the second period. Torres beat Fabricio Coloccini to a loose ball after a wayward pass, his cross was then brought down by Meireles into Mata’s path but his shot was blocked by Mike Williamson.

Yohan Cabaye was booked for allegedly bringing down Ramires as the Brazilian was hardly touched going  down the right hand side but Mata wasted the ensuing free kick.

Drogba, a player who has caused Newcastle so many problems in the past, both for Chelsea and his old-club Marseilles, was brought on for Malouda.

Newcastle were dealt a huge blow on the hour mark when Tiote had to be stretchered off after taking an elbow from Jon Obi Mikel in mid-air. The midfielder jumped up for a header with Mikel who led with his elbow and came down with a bang. After receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch he was replaced by Ryan Taylor.

With so much at stake, both sides looked nervy going into the final 20 minutes but the two had opportunities to score. Torres skewed  a shot over Krul’s bar inside the penalty area and Ben Arfa blasted one over from range.

Taylor gave away a free kick for a tackle on Ramires giving Chelsea the ball in a dangerous area. Drogba stepped up for the set piece and his shot from outside the box dipped and swerved as it fell into Krul’s arms.  Drogba had a second chance after Ameobi handballed outside the box, but his effort sailed over the bar.

Santon came to Newcastle’s rescue just before the end of normal time after clearing John Terry’s goalbound  header at the back post from Lampard’s corner.

With 10 minutes added time as a result of Tiote’s injury earlier in the game, Newcastle looked to be hanging on by a thread but for Cisse’s spectacular second goal.

Taylor threw the ball to Ameobi near the corner but the striker couldn’t bring the ball down to his feet, he instead chested it towards Cisse who lashed out on the half volley, beating Cech as the ball sailed over the Chelsea keeper.

The goal secured the win for Pardew’s side and just a point separates Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle with just two games left in the season.

Chelsea: Petr Cech, Jose Bosingwa, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand,  John Obi Mikel, Raul Meireles (Frank Lampard 78),  Ramires, Florent Malouda (Didier Drogba 61), Daniel Sturridge (Juan Mata 46), Fernando Torres

Subs not used: Ross Turnbull, Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba

 Newcastle United: Tim Krul, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa (Gabriel Obertan 87), Cheick Tiote (Ryan Taylor 69), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez,  Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 74), Papiss Cisse

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux

Referee: Mark Halsey

Attendance: 41,559

12 comments
nev fur
nev fur

Surely though a more successful NUFC playing in Europe would be more beneficial to ma so is the sd expansion into Europe not a good thing for NUFC? I'm not supporting him btw just saying what appears obvious from this article

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@nev fur To compete in Europe takes an obvious investment in a squad capable of that and domestic football at the same time.

Why invest in the team (which he plainly hasn't and refuses to do in real terms) when you can get Euro exposure just because of the televised PL games. 

Forget the bollix about FFP. Under the FA FFP we could be using commercial revenue to strengthen the team, but of course that is severely hampered by the free advertising and retail deal SD was given which deprives the club of income.

UEFA FFP only applies if we are competing in a Euro competition. 

We can't even field a chosen first team right now and all this should explain everything about Ashley and his 'ambition' for NUFC.

None, except for the profit and tv exposure for SD.




nev fur
nev fur

I agree, I wasn't supporting ma like I said just posing the thought that comes from the suggestion of the article

1957
1957

There would be little or no tv exposure for SD in European games. UEFA rules state that the clubs must provide a 'clean' stadium 2 days prior to a game, that is free from all advertising other than UEFA's partners. That includes branding placed on scoreboards and other parts of the ground visible from cameras, so the SD logos would have to be covered. The exception to this rule seems to be where a non UEFA commercial partners name is associated with the name of a ground, SportDirect.com@St James' Park for example?

So it seems to advertise SD would need to become an official partner of UEFA, perhaps a reason why competing in Europe isn't a priority.

Steve1221
Steve1221

Worthwhile contribution as usual moose

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Makes more sense than your obsequious dribbling Steve.

terriertwo
terriertwo

I used to believe in god but it looks as though the devil is taking over. If there was any justice in the world Ashley would bugger off somewhere hot to spend the rest of his life away from Newcastle

KevinBrown11
KevinBrown11

The truth is the greedy man won't let all the sky TV money go to anyone else it goes against the grain for him to pass up the chance to make money for nothing, he's not that stupid is he...

1957
1957

This is a story that did the rounds in December, when Ashley's people supposedly hinted at mergers with foreign companies with the rider that if these companies wouldn't play nicely, SD would use the tactics they used in the UK to dominate the market.

SD already have around 270 stores in 19 countries so they have a foothold for expansion already, do they need the tv coverage of NUFC to get what they want...I doubt it.

SD were mentioned on tv on the Daily Politics today over zero hours contracts, and they have had the publicity of MA not going to Parliament recently. Every article on this site or in a newspaper regarding Ashley appears to give them a mention and by default publicity. As is often said the only bad publicity is no publicity.

In truth SD is successful not because they get free advertising through NUFC, that just saves their marketing budget, but because they provide affordable sporting goods across the country, albeit of dubious quality. It's also why protests in our small corner of the world against SD will never be effective, if parents in Wolverhampton want cheap sporting goods for their kids they will go to SD, they don't care about us.

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@1957 Clearly, the UK's equivalent of Howard Hughes see's nothing wrong in the 'no publicity' angle. Every time he gets some it's all of the negative variety, which is no doubt we he and his minions are almost religiously tight lipped.

I'm sure Llambias was well and truly roasted over his gaffs here and at Rangers and why no one talks off message, or if they do they are ditched.

SD by the way take pride in spending (themselves) minimal amounts on direct adveising. That's where we and his other footballing interests come into play, both domestically and in Europe (undoubtedly behind his move for Rangers).

Sorry, but I agree with the direction of this article. The fact that SD are involved in a war of attrition with Decathlon (France's sporting goods empire) I am pretty sure influences where Ashley wants many of his players bought from.