Thiago Silva made history in Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle United on Saturday, becoming the oldest outfield player in the club’s history. But the 39-year-old endured a nightmare afternoon at St James’ Park, topped off by a horror blunder to help Newcastle on their way to an emphatic victory.
Mauricio Pochettino named Silva at the heart of a back four alongside Benoit Badiashile, marking a landmark appearance.
By featuring, he surpassed Dick Spence (39y 57d) – who held the record since 1947 – as Chelsea’s oldest-ever outfield player at 39y 64d.
However, Silva couldn’t inspire Chelsea to a huge three points in the Premier League as Newcastle ran riot on Tyneside.
Alexander Isak opened the scoring on 13 minutes before Raheem Sterling drew the visitors level with a stunning free-kick later in the first half.
But Jamaal Lascelles restored Newcastle’s lead on the hour mark, and just one minute later, Joelinton profited from a disastrous Silva howler to make it three.
Shortly after Chelsea’s kick-off, the experienced Brazilian seemingly lost concentration on the ball at the back, directing an aimless pass into the path of his compatriot, leaving Robert Sanchez’s goal at his mercy.
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