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DATE: 22 August 1998
OCCASION:Second game of the season
SIGNIFICANCE: Celestine Babayaro put Gianluca Vialli’s Chelsea in front early on, but Kenny Dalglish’s Magpies fought back to level before the break and pushed hard for a winner throughout the second half. With 20 to go, Alan Shearer saw a 12-yard snapshot beat Ed de Goey, only to rebound off the inside of the post…
SCORE: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle Utd
SCORERS: CHELSEA: Babayaro (23) NEWCASTLE: Andersson (43)
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Having led Newcastle to runners-up spot in 1996-97 and 13th place the following season, Dalglish’s opening draw against Charlton was deemed less than acceptable. Almost incredibly, this pulsating performance at the Bridge proved the final straw for a trigger-happy Toon board...
Chelsea: De Goey, Babayaro, Leboeuf, Desailly, Poyet (Flo 73), Casiraghi, Duberry, Le Saux (Petrescu 58), Di Matteo, Ferrer, Zola
Newcastle: Given, Watson, Charvet, Pearce, Pistone (Albert 67), Lee, Hamann, Dabizas, Speed, Andersson (Solano 67), Shearer
STADIUM: Stamford Bridge
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