NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — French duo Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy scored second-half goals as Newcastle ended Chelsea's nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions with a 2-0 victory in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Frenchmen combined to hand Jose Mourinho's team its first defeat since mid-September. The Blues, who also missed the opportunity to move provisionally top of the standings, have 20 points from 10 matches.
After a long spell of Chelsea dominance, Gouffran opened the scoring in the 64th minute with a header from Yohan Cabaye's superb free kick. Remy sealed Newcastle's win from close range from Vurnon Anita's cross in the 89th.
"We worked hard today to win this game. I am very happy because the whole team worked hard. We were strong at the back and in attack as well," said Remy, who joined Newcastle on loan from Queens Park Rangers during the summer.
"I have a very good time at Newcastle, all the supporters have been very sociable with me and I had a good welcome. I will try to do my best for the club. I am very happy."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fielded a strong team at St James' Park, with Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres returning to the starting XI following the Blues' victory over Arsenal in the League Cup earlier this week.
Amid heavy rain and slippery conditions, Newcastle gave the home fans very little to cheer as Chelsea monopolized the ball and created several chances in the first half.
Terry hit the bar with a looping header in the 11th minute before Newcastle keeper Tim Krul intervened to prevent Hazard from opening the scoring after a one-two with Mata. Krul had to make another save in the 22nd minute when he blocked Ivanovic's effort from Torres's pass.