Sissoko scores 2 as Newcastle beats Chelsea 3-2

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Moussa Sissoko scored twice on his home debut to help relegation-worried Newcastle beat third-placed Chelsea 3-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

The France midfielder, who joined the Magpies on Jan. 24, scored in the 68th minute to level the game at 2-2 and then blasted home a brilliant winner to further boost Newcastle's hopes of avoiding the drop.

The defeat ended a week to forget for Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez after drawing against relegation-threatened Reading in the league on Wednesday and being held by third-tier club Brentford in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Chelsea looked on its way to a first victory in four attempts in all competitions. Frank Lampard canceled out Jonas Gutierrez's first-half opener by scoring his 10th Premier League goal of the season for the 10th successive season and Juan Mata curled home a superb 61st-minute effort.

But a rejuvenated Newcastle refused to accept defeat and Sissoko snatched a dramatic win which was secured when Steven Taylor blocked Lampard's goal-bound effort deep into injury-time.

It was meant to be striker Demba Ba's day as he returned to St James' Park. But having arrived to a less than harmonious welcome, with some Newcastle fans accusing him of chasing the money by heading for Stamford Bridge last month, he departed prematurely with a bleeding nose after just 42 minutes.

However, the confidence gained in Newcastle's 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Tuesday _ with new boys Mathieu Debuchy, Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran in the team _ resurfaced against Chelsea.

Papiss Cisse saw a fifth-minute effort blocked by defender Gary Cahill, but then failed to test returning goalkeeper Petr Cech adequately when played in by Sissoko after 20 minutes.

Yohan Cabaye and full-back Davide Santon both sent volleys just off target in an end-to-end contest in which the Magpies gave as good as they got.

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