Chelsea's week goes from bad to worse, with 3-2 loss at Newcastle in Premier League

Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez, right, celebrates his goal as Chelsea's Demba Ba, left, stand's dejected during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

LONDON - Chelsea's week went from bad to worse on Saturday as Newcastle's French legion inspired a second successive Premier League victory.

France midfielder Moussa Sissoko scored twice on his St. James' Park debut to claim a 3-2 victory that lifted Newcastle six points clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea remains third but missed a chance to close the gap on second-placed Manchester City, which retains a six-point cushion going into Sunday's match against Liverpool.

Chelsea also drew against relegation-threatened Reading on Wednesday after being held by third-tier club Brentford in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Also Saturday, Arsenal responded to its midweek draw against Liverpool by beating Stoke 1-0.

Aston Villa missed a chance to climb out of the relegation zone after collapsing at Everton to draw 3-3.


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