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Willock stunner gives Newcastle victory over below-par Chelsea

Joe Willock's stunning strike earned Newcastle a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at St James' Park as Graham Potter's side lost for the third consecutive Premier League match.

Neither goalkeeper was troubled unduly during a lacklustre first half, with Miguel Almiron volleying over at one end and Armando Broja forcing a routine save at the other as the opening 45 minutes ended predictably goalless.

The Magpies, sensing an opportunity to prey on a below-par Chelsea side, were much more progressive after the restart, although Nick Pope was forced into a sprawling save in the 65th minute to deny Conor Gallagher's curling shot.

Newcastle, who went ahead two minutes later when Almiron embarked on a jinxing run before finding Willock, will enter the World Cup break as the top-flight's third-placed team. Chelsea, however, are languishing in eighth.

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