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banner Wednesday, 12 December, 2001, 21:47 GMT
Chelsea break Toon hearts
Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink tussles with Nikos Dabizas
Hasselbaink helped continue Newcastle's London misery

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Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle

Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink's injury-time winner ensured Chelsea a place in the Worthington Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

The Dutch striker broke the deadlock in the 91st minute after a tense and full-blooded encounter at Stamford Bridge.

The game looked as though it might go into extra time as both sides failed to convert various chances.


My emotion was inside - but I was very happy
Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri
But a more dominant Chelsea side in the second half found their rhythm as Newcastle endured their 29th trip to London without a win.

Hasselbaink said afterwards: "We worked hard and battled away."

"It was a tight game for both teams that could have gone either way - but luckily for us we won."

In a highly-charged first half, both sides desperately tried to gain the upper-hand, but neither could find the finishing to convert their chances.

The first real opportunity fell to Chelsea in the 14th minute as Slavisa Jokanovic produced a deft touch to lob Shay Given in the penalty area, only to be denied by the crossbar.

Mario Melchiot also sent a teasing ball across the goalmouth after breaking through on the right, but no-one was there to nudge it into the back of the net.

Olivier Bernard (left) tries to hold off Chelsea's Mario Melchiot
Melchiot (right) gave Chelsea an early opportunity
But Alan Shearer showed that Newcastle were capable of producing a few scares when his header from Nolberto Solano's free-kick went just over the bar.

There was a flurry of chances towards the end of the half with Eidur Gudjohnsen and Craig Bellamy missing opportunities.

After the break, Chelsea seemed to have more purpose despite having made only one change from the opening line-up - Mario Stanic coming on for Jokanovic.

On 53 minutes Given had to be sharp to parry Gudjohnsen's drilled shot from the right of the penalty area.

Just as the game seemed set for extra-time, a low cross from second-half substitute Boudewijn Zenden from the left gave Hasselbaink the chance to volley home the winner.


Chelsea: Cudicini, Melchiot, Babayaro, Gallas, Terry, Lampard, Jokanovic, Dalla Bona, Le Saux, Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink. Subs: de Goey, Zenden, Stanic, Zola, Forssell.

Newcastle: Given, Hughes, Elliott, Dabizas, O'Brien, Solano, Lee, Speed, Bernard, Shearer, Bellamy. Subs: Harper, Dyer, Lua-Lua, Ameobi, Distin.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill).

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"A fantastic finale to a splendid match"
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