Newcastle Beats Chelsea in Premier League on Sissoko’s Goal

A second Moussa Sissoko goal helped Newcastle snatch a 3-2 win over Chelsea in the 90th minute.

Sissoko, making his home debut, scored twice in the second half as Newcastle rallied at St. James’ Park for its second straight win in English soccer’s Premier League.

In the day’s other games, Manchester United extended its league lead with a 1-0 win at Fulham, Arsenal beat Stoke 1-0, Reading defeated Sunderland 2-1 and West Ham beat Swansea 1-0.

Everton came from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Aston Villa, Wigan and Southampton tied 2-2 and Mark Bunn saved a penalty kick to preserve Norwich’s goalless draw with Queens Park Rangers.

Newcastle moved six points above the teams in the three relegation places at the bottom of the standings.

The Magpies took a 1-0 lead on Jonas Gutierrez’s header in the 41st minute. Frank Lampard and Juan Mata then scored six minutes apart early in the second half to put Chelsea in front.

Sissoko, who joined Newcastle from Toulouse on Jan. 25, had scored off a rebound in the 68th minute before winning the game in the final minute with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Wayne Rooney scored in the 79th minute as Manchester United increased its lead to 10 points over defending champion Manchester City.

The match was interrupted in the 43rd minute after the floodlights went out at Craven Cottage. The players remained on the field for a brief time before going into the locker rooms. Power returned about five minutes later and the teams came back out to finish the first half.

Lukas Podolski’s deflected goal in the 78th minute gave Arsenal the win over Stoke. Jimmy Kebe had two goals, including the game-winner in the 85th minute, as Reading beat Sunderland to move two points clear of relegation.

Second Goal

Marouane Fellaini’s second goal, deep in injury time, earned Everton the home draw with Aston Villa, which is winless in eight league matches. Fellaini had scored in the 69th minute as the Toffees rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

Andy Carroll’s goal lifted West Ham past Swansea, while Shaun Maloney scored in the 90th minute to give Wigan a 2-2 home draw with Southampton.

Norwich goalkeeper Bunn dived to his left to save Adel Taarabt’s penalty in the 56th minute. QPR remains in last in the 20-team league with 17 points, four fewer than Wigan and Aston Villa above it in the standings.

Manchester City hosts Liverpool and Tottenham is at West Brom in tomorrow’s games.

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