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Chelsea get out of jail after late drama at St James' Park

A shock had looked on after Ayoze Perez’s moment of brilliance.

Updated at 19.33

Britain Soccer Premier League Source: AP/Press Association Images

GOALS FROM AYOZE Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum enabled Newcastle to claim a 2-0 Premier League lead over Chelsea at St James’ Park this evening, before a wonder strike from Ramires and a late Willian free kick earned the Londoners a point.

Perez latched onto a deep cross into the box, evading Chelsea defenders Branislav Ivanovic and Kurt Zouma, and finishing superbly to give the hosts a surprise lead.

After the break, the Chelsea defence was breached again, as Wijnaldum headed home to double the hosts’ advantage.

The Brazilian international Ramires then got Chelsea back in the game to make it 2-1, finding the top corner from distance after being set up by Eden Hazard.

Willian then scored the equaliser, with his curling free kick missing the onrushing attackers and defenders before creeping into the corner of the net.

With Newcastle struggling and yet to pick up a win, and Chelsea seemingly back on form after last week’s convincing victory over Arsenal, not many people tipped the Magpies to prevail.

However, Jose Mourinho’s team have failed to win on their last three visits to St James’ Park, and that trend continued tonight, with the Blues having to settle for a point.

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