Chelsea won 1-0 (0-0) on home soil after sanctions against Russian club owner Roman Abramovich had a significant impact on the club. In the final minute (89 ‘) German player Kay Howards scored the decisive goal. In the standings, the London players are in third place – nine points ahead of Manchester United, who have played one game. Newcastle, which has had great financial opportunities since capturing a group of Saudi investors last October, has gone bankrupt again after eight Premier League games, nine points ahead of the 14th-place exit zone. .
The British government already added the Russian oligarch Abramovich to the list of sanctions last week. Consequences: Chelsea currently have to accept strict restrictions, for example, no transfers or extensions are currently allowed. The sale of fan articles and day tickets was discontinued, so only season ticket holders were allowed into the game at Stamford Bridge. T-shirt sponsor “Three” has stopped collaborating with a mobile phone company, at least not yet visually. The logo continued to appear on the shirts of Londoners, as it was against Norwich City.
On the game side: After the last three consecutive wins in a row, supporters of German coach Thomas Toussaint, including German internationals Antonio Rudiger, Timo Werner and Howard in the starting XI, had a tough time in the beginning. Mason Mount missed the best chance, failing with a direct free kick in the goal net (31st) at Newcastle. On the other hand, Dan Burn (34 ‘) and Miguel Almiran (45’ + 2 ‘) made the initial claims for the attack, but they were unfortunate. Howard’s attention just before half-time when an elbow was checked for a red card at VAR All Burn. However, referee David Goode left it in the yellow.
In the second round, the “blues” pushed the maximum speed. Twice Werner became dangerous: first he took a long ball improperly with him, thus he missed a promising opportunity (58th) and then he was offside after making a mistake in the opponent’s sixteenth (62nd). The 26-year-old was replaced by Romelu Lukaku (63 ‘). But even the alternate striker could not set decisive accents. Only Howard’s technically strong ball handling brought success: 22 – year – old Jorgenho converted a corner ball and scored the sixth goal of the season (89th).
Other results of the Premier League’s opening Sunday games at a glance:
FC Everton – Wolverhampton Wanderers 0: 1 (0: 0)
Leeds United – Norwich City 2: 1 (1: 0)
FC Southampton – FC Watford 1: 2 (1: 2)
West Ham United – Aston Villa 2: 1 (0: 0)