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Watch Newcastle United stun Chelsea at death with Isaac Hayden header

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Watch Newcastle United stun Chelsea at death with Isaac Hayden header

The biggest goal of Newcastle United's season came off the head of midfielder Isaac Hayden. 

Hayden's 94th-minute header, his first goal of the season, handed Newcastle a 1-0 win over fourth-place Chelsea at St. James' Park. Magpies winger Allan Saint-Maximin served up a perfect cross to Hayden, and Blues goalkeeper could only helplessly punch at Hayden's bouncing header.

Chelsea managed 70 percent possession, but couldn't break down Newcastle's defense. The Magpies absorbed plenty of pressure late in the match, but the Blues managed just four shots on target in Saturday's match. 

Hayden's goal moved Newcastle all the way up to 12th place, seven points clear of the final relegation spot. St. James' Park hasn't had the best atmosphere this season, with Newcastle resorting to handing season-ticket holders free tickets in order to fill the ground while many supporters skip out on games entirely, largely in protest of owner Mike Ashley. But members of Toon Army had plenty to cheer about Saturday, thanks to Hayden's late winner. 

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Chelsea dropping all three points, meanwhile, leaves the door just open enough for their rivals in Manchester, London and elsewhere. Now nine points back of second-place Manchester City and only five ahead of fifth-place Manchester United, Chelsea's grip on the final UEFA Champions League place feels a bit more precarious. Upstart Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United are knocking on the door, too, and eighth-place Tottenham Hotspur are eight points back and play Chelsea next month. 

Over their next four Premier League matches, Chelsea plays Arsenal, third-place Leicester City, Manchester United and Spurs. The Blues could have used all three points Saturday, but their loss gives their rivals a chance in the chase for the Champions League. 

Watch Harry Maguire wrongly avoid red card, seal Manchester United win

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Watch Harry Maguire wrongly avoid red card, seal Manchester United win

Harry Maguire shouldn't have been on the pitch to score Monday, but the Manchester United defender made the race for UEFA Champions League qualification much more interesting regardless. 

Maguire's 66th-minute header, his first Premier League goal for Manchester United, controversially doubled the Red Devils' lead in a 2-0 win over fourth-place Chelsea. 

But the 26-year-old should have been sent off 45 minutes prior. 

Maguire kicked out at Michy Batshuayi in the 21st minute after a clearance. It looked remarkably similar to a kick that got Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min sent off against Chelsea last month, but a VAR check ruled Maguire's kick wasn't violent conduct constituting a red card. 

VAR made Chelsea supporters even angrier about 10 minutes prior to Maguire's header. Kurt Zouma equalized for Chelsea on a set piece, but the video assistant overturned the goal after determining César Azpilicueta fouled United's Brandon Williams. Azpilicueta appeared to be pushed into Williams, but Zouma's equalizer was wiped away regardless. 

Olivier Giroud seemingly pulled one back for Chelsea in the 77th minute, but VAR once again disallowed a Chelsea goal. This time, the decision was correct. 

United's win adds plenty of intrigue to a suddenly competitive race for Champions League places. Second-place Manchester City's two-year ban from European competition, if upheld, would allow the Premier League's fifth-place team to qualify for the Champions League and reap the ensuing financial rewards. 

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Only seven points separate Chelsea and 11th-place Burnley, and seventh-place Manchester United only are three back of Chelsea. The Red Devils are just two points back of Spurs in fifth place, too.

They can thank Maguire for that, even if he shouldn't been in a position to help them. 

Chelsea-Manchester United live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

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Chelsea-Manchester United live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

The pressure is on Chelsea (12-5-8; 41 points).

The fourth-place Blues are only a point ahead of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur (and former manager José Mourinho) in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification. Chelsea are winless in their last three matches, and dropped points Monday against Manchester United (9-8-8; 35 points) at Stamford Bridge would set up a scintillating showdown between the London rivals next Saturday.

A win would rob Mourinho of his desired drama, however, and the Blues would have some much-needed separation between them and their closest rivals. 

Manchester City's Champions League ban could ultimately make it a moot point, but United now have an opportunity thanks to their cross-town rivals. Manchester United are five points back of Spurs (and six back of Chelsea), so an away win would go a long way towards ensuring a legitimate race for the final Champions League spot down the stretch. United haven't won a Premier League match away from home this decade (they beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Dec. 28, 2019), and the Red Devils will need to find their form fast. 

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Here's how to watch Monday's Chelsea-Manchester United match online and on TV. 

When: Monday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports