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May 13, 2012
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 40742
J. Terry 31'
Raul Meireles 34'
Y. Aiyegbeni 60'
90' + 4'
Rochina tries his luck but the ball bends high and wide and away from Turnbull's goal. That's the last action from the game here, as Chelsea ease to a 2-1 win in their final game of the season at the Bridge. For Blackburn, it's an eighth defeat in a row as the bow out of the Premier League. Thanks for joining me this afternoon!
90' + 3'
Drogba is released by Meireles and Drogba drives into the box from the left, but it goes behind for a corner. The ball is then crossed for Sturridge who tries to connect with his chest from 2 yards but misses.
Yellow Card Ryan Bertrand
Free-kick for Blackburn just 20 yards from goal. A chance to grab a point here at the death for the visitors... but the shot hits the wall and comes to nothing.
Drogba attempts an audatious overhead kick but he fails to connect with the cross. Ivanovic leads another attack and finds Sturridge to the right who plays in Meireles, but his shot bends well wide.
Chance for Chelsea as first Drogba and then Torres attempt to jinx their way through the Blackburn defence, but some last-ditch challenges deny the strike duo.
Torres and Drogba attempt to combine but the ball runs through for a goal-kick. Bertrand then drives into the box and attempts a driven cross but it's blocked behind for a corner, which is cleared.
The visitors demand some punishment for Michael Essien as he Ghanaian commits a foul by pushing a hand into Rochina's face. Replays show there was very little malice in that. Magnus Olsson then makes good progress down the right but his cross is cleared comfortably.
Junior Hoilett has looked lively this half and tries to make some headway down the left flank, but he is challenged well and the ball goes out for throw in. Yakubu then tries to play his strike partner in behind the back four but it runs through to the keeper.
Fernando Torres has entered the fray and has an effort from fully 30 yards but the ball flies harmlessly over the bar. Both sides are rather cruising now, with neither team making much attacking headway.
Drogba chases a long pass and beats Scott Dann to the ball. He cuts into the box along the byline but the defender recovers to toe the ball behind for a corner, which is cleared by Pedersen.
Hoilett flashes a shot just wide of the top corner from 20 yards. At the other end, Drogba spins his marker and fires a looping half-volley just wide of the right-hand post.
Chelsea threaten straight from the restart as a shot rattles the crossbar and drops into the arms of Kean. The visiting faithful are in much better voice now, as their side continue to play with a little more confidence.
Assist Scott Dann
Goal Yakubu Aiyegbeni
GOAL!! 2-1!! Morris wins a corner on the right flank and crosses to the far post for Dann to power a header goalwards. The ball bounces back across goal and Yakubu pokes it home. Blackburn back in it!
Ramires almost plays in Sturridge but it runs behind the striker. Play has quietened down again here.
Hoilett tries his luck from distance but it bounces comfortably into the hands of Turnbull. Much better stuff from the visitors in the opening few minutes of the half. At the other end, Essien makes some space 30 yards from goal but his effort bobbles harmlessly wide. The biggest cheer of the afternoon denotes the arrival of Didier Drogba, who replaces the impressive Lukaku.
Half a chance for Blackburn as young Morris cuts in-field from the left and attempts a one-two with Yakubu. The ball deflects back into the youngster's path but he can only fire straight at the keeper.
Great effort from Sturridge! The England forward turns well out on the left wing and cuts inside across the edge of the box. He fires right-footed towards the top corner but he can't keep the shot down. A lively start to the half here.
We're underway at the Bridge for the second half, and instantly the visitors carve out a chance but the flag is raised for offside to deny Hoilett.
45' + 2'
And with that, the first half comes to a close! Chelsea are two to the good and cruising here, with fans and players alike seemingly with one eye on next Saturday in Munich already. Meanwhile, Blackburn have failed to create a chance of note save for an early Jason Lowe effort, and the travelling faithful will be hoping their players will give them something to cheer about with just 45 minutes of Premier League football to go.
45' + 1'
We're into two minutes of injury time here, and it looks as if both sets of players would welcome the final whistle already. The game looks to be over already thanks to those goals from Terry and Meireles.
The half is drawing to a close in something of a pedestrian fashion now. Chelsea are keeping the ball with ease but can't quite work another opening.
Chance for Chelsea! Yet another cross from the right evades Malouda by inches, and Kean palms the ball away with Sturridge waiting at the far post. The Blues look like they could score a hatful today if the current pattern of play continues.
A hopeful penalty shout for Chelsea as Malouda skips inside Henley and goes to ground, but the referee waves play on. Replays suggest a yellow card for the Frenchman for diving might have been the deserved outcome there.
Assist Michael Essien
Goal Raúl Meireles
GOAL!! 2-0!! Michael Essien cuts inside from the right and edges the ball away from a static Blackburn defence. The Ghanaian can't keep his feet but the arriving Raul Meireles strikes the ball first time into the far corner. Good refereeing to allow the advantage, and a fine finish from the Portuguese.
Assist Romelu Lukaku
Goal John Terry
GOAL!! AND IT'S 1-0 TO THE HOSTS! Lukaku in space down the right flank places a right-footed cross towards the six yard box, and the arriving John Terry powers a header back across goal to put his side in front. A fine finish from the skipper!
Bertrand finds space down the left and crosses for Malouda, but Givet intercepts. Meireles' corner is then headed clear at the near post.
Ramires bursts down the right and looks for Sturridge with the cross but Dann heads the ball clear. Meireles then has a go from 20 yards but it's a comfortable low save for Kean to his left.
Aside from that Sturridge chance, Chelsea have created little so far this half, with Blackburn doing well to stifle the midfield. Blackburn have created very little on their few ventures into the hosts' half.
Great chance for Sturridge! Lukaku peels away to the right and bends a cross left-footed to the far post where the England youngster waits unmarked, but he can only nod the ball wide of the post. What a miss!
Lukaku with another chance as he beats the offside trap, but Kean is off his line smartly to save at the striker's feet. Pedersen then tries his luck with a free-kick from 25 yards, but he can't keep his effort down.
Half a chance for Lukaku as Malouda clips a cross to the far post, but the big striker can't direct his header on target.
The Chelsea fans have come to life as they sing Didier Drogba's name. The Ivorian gives a little wave of acknowledgement as he sits on the bench in what could be his last match at the Bridge.
It's been a rather pedestrian pace to proceedings so far in the London sunshine. Chelsea have enjoyed most of the possession but Lowe's effort remains the closest we have come to a goal.
Great effort from Lowe! Blackburn's first foray into the Chelsea half leads to a throw-in. The ball is half cleared to the midfielder who lets fly right-footed from the edge of the area, and the ball takes a deflection off a defender only for Turnbull to turn it over the bar.
First chance of the half for Chelsea! Malouda fires a ball across the box with Lukaku just inches away from meeting it. Young keeper Kean palms the ball away and Blackburn clear.
And we're underway here at the Bridge...
Kick-off is imminent here at Stamford Bridge. It might be something of an exhibition match with neither side having much more than pride to play for, but for yongster Sam Hutchinson - 16 months after initially retiring from football - this day is as special as they come, as he starts for the hosts this afternoon.
BLACKBURN: Kean; Hanley, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson; Formica, Lowe, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson; Hoilett, Yakubu. SUBS: Usai, Modeste, Grella, Petrovic, Rochina, Goodwilie, Morris.
CHELSEA: Turnbull; Hutchinson, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand; Meireles, Essien, Ramires; Malouda, Sturridge, Lukaku. SUBS: Hilario, Cole, Romeu, Torres, Drogba, Ferreira, Piazon.
Good afternoon one and all and welcome to Goal.com UK's live play-by-lay commentary of Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers here a Stamford Bridge! Team news is on the way...
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