A late comeback spared Jose Mourinho's blushes as Chelsea denied Steve McClaren his first Premier League win in charge of Newcastle United after coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
Goals from Ramires and Willian earned the champions a share of the spoils at St James's Park on Saturday after it appeared Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum had secured the points for Newcastle.
Chelsea entered the game on the back of off-field issues, with club doctor Eva Carneiro's controversial departure coming in a week when Diego Costa was retrospectively given a three-match ban for violent conduct in last Saturday's win over Arsenal.
And Jose Mourinho's issues grew as Newcastle enjoyed the better of the first half, deservedly heading to the break ahead thanks to Perez's fine strike.
Chelsea responded impressively after half-time, only to be hit by a sucker punch when Wijnaldum nodded home a second.
But the visitors showed their resolve thereafter, with Ramires' wonder strike and Willian's fortuitous goal ensuring they left the north-east with a point.
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