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Monday's football photos

Grant receives a warm welcome from Newcastle's fans

Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea: Avram Grant's side travel to St James' Park knowing that they must avoid defeat to keep their title hopes alive

Frank Lampard starts the game on the bench

After starting the midweek game against Liverpool, Frank Lampard returns to the bench for the Blues

Owen and Ballack grapple

With the action under way, Michael Owen attempts to get free of Michael Ballack as Newcastle look for an early opening

Ballack comes across to tackle Martins

The Magpies make a much brighter start than their opponents with Obafemi Martins forcing a save after beating three men

Beye makes an acrobatic clearance

What little that does make it to other end of the pitch is dealt with by Habib Beye and his colleagues in the back four

Owen watches his shot head towards goal

A fantastic chance falls to Owen shortly before the half hour but a well-positioned John Terry clears off the line

Drogba tangles with Newcastle's defence

Didier Drogba endures a frustrating first half and has to wait until the 45th minute to have a shot, one that goes well over the bar

Ballack celebrates his goal

The Blues dominate the early stages of the second half and score when Ballack heads home from Drogba's free-kick in the 61st minute

Malouda beats Steve Harper in the 82nd minute to make it 2-0

Newcastle have chances to equalise before Florent Malouda scores the second eight minutes from time to seal a win for the visitors

Ballack and Drogba celebrate victory

The result leaves the Blues on level points with Man Utd as the pair head towards their final games against Bolton and Wigan respectively




see also
Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea
05 May 08 |  Premier League


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