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October 19, 2013
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 41475
E. Hazard 33', 82'
S. Eto'o 66'
J. Mutch 10'
FULL-TIME and Chelsea have come from behind to secure an ultimately rather easy win against Cardiff, who took the lead through Jordon Mutch early on. But Eden Hazard struck before half-time to level matters and Samuel Eto'o and Oscar put Jose Mourinho's side firmly in control at the start of the second period.Eden Hazard put the gloss on the win with a late effort to cap a terrific individual display from the Belgian.
90' + 3'
John Terry defends well with Fraizer Campbell threatening a late consolation and earns himself a free-kick as the hosts close in on an comfortable victory.
David Luiz breaks out of defence, looking doubly determined to get in on the act after his first-half gaffe but his shot is wild as he approaches the Cardiff penalty area.
The game is beginning to filter out somewhat, with Chelsea content with their three-goal advantage in the final exchanges.That said, they have to be on their guard to prevent Cardiff scoring again after Peter Whittingham's devilish delivery.
Chelsea almost hit Cardiff on the break once more as Eden Hazard, Oscar and Ramires pour forward but the final ball is lacking this time. The visitors have reached the stage in this contest where they are content to take a breather after the barrage they have been subjected to in this second period.
GOAL! The goals really are flowing now at Stamford Bridge as Eden Hazard makes it four but, once again, David Marshall will not be best pleased watching that one back. Frank Lampard releases Hazard down the left and the Belgian does superbly to check back inside Steven Caulker and fire in low at goal, but Marshall really should have dealt with it.
Aron Einar Gunnarsson
Chelsea almost snatch a fourth after countering on their wounded opponents devastatingly. Eden Hazard feeds in Willian with several options to choose from but the Brazilian's low effort is saved well by David Marshall.
GOAL! And that should be that for Chelsea, as substitute Oscar makes it 3-1 to the home side. Ramires battles well in midfield and dispossesses Aron Gunnarsson to feed the Brazilian, who advances and sends a dipping effort over the outstretched reach of David Marshall, who may feel he could have done slightly better with that.
So close to an equaliser for Cardiff, as Petr Cech denies Kim Bo-Kyung with a sprawling stop. Andrew Taylor's clever pass into the left-hand channel finds Kim, who unleashes a ferocious strike towards the far post but the Chelsea stalwart does superbly to reach out a hand and tip the ball away for a corner.
Jose Mourinho is asked to move to the seats just behind the Chelsea dugout after remonstrating with the officials a bit too actively.The Blues then counter at rapid speed, scything through the heart of the opposition. The ball ends up with Fernando Torres on the edge of the box but after moving it onto his left foot, Steven Caulker gets in the way of his thumping shot.
It proves to be the Cameroonian's last contribution as he is replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta. Mourinho returning to a back four following the introduction of Fernando Torres moments ago.
GOAL! Samuel Eto'o scores his first goal for Chelsea! A great spell of pressure from the hosts leads to them taking the lead. Eden Hazard picks up the ball outside the area and feeds a brilliant pass into Eto'o. The former Barcelona striker shuffles it past Steven Caulker before rifling an effort past the keeper and into the bottom corner.
WHAT A CHANCE! Peter Whittingham whips a great cross in from the left and it is knocked down for Aron Gunnarsson on the edge of the box. His effort is appalling though, as he fails to shoot or cross the ball, and Chelsea clear the danger away.
Peter Odemwingie feeds Don Cowie out on the right but with the Nigerian dropping deep there is no one to aim for in the area. The Cardiff man's cross is therefore headed away comfortably by Branislav Ivanovic.Cardiff then get some room just outside the area and Jordon Mutch goes for goal from about 20 yards. It proves to be a waste, as he fires well over the top of the bar.
Chelsea make their first change as Juan Mata departs and Oscar steps up from the bench to help offer his side some fresh attacking invention.
Willian again causes havoc thanks to some impressive link-up play with Ramires but the Brazilian's cross is well intercepted by Ben Turner before Samuel Eto'o's cross is deflected away from Eden Hazard.
Eden Hazard, Willian and Ryan Bertrand link up to devastating effect as Juan Mata manages to send an acrobatic volley just wide before David Marshall is booked for timewasting.
Yellow CardDavid Marshall
A string of corners from the right test Petr Cech and he has to be particularly alert to deal with Peter Whittingham's inswinger as Ben Turner's goes close to heading home before Gary Medel fires over.
Samuel Eto'o is picked out by Willian 25 yards from goal but his curling strike from just outside the area is claimed rather easily in the end by David Marshall. Chelsea starting this half how they ended the first, largely on top.
Chelsea get us back underway for the second half.
HALF-TIME and it's Chelsea 1-1 Cardiff thanks to two freak goals. Jordon Mutch capitalised on David Luiz's lax defending to dink past Petr Cech before David Marshall's clanger allowed Samuel Eto'o to nip in and eventually tee up Eden Hazard to level matters at the break.
45' + 1'
Juan Mata is felled by Don Cowie on the left wing but Frank Lampard wastes the subsequent free-kick as he curls it wide of the far post above everybody.
Yellow CardDon Cowie
Ryan Bertrand has to be composed in defence as Cardiff press the hosts high up the pitch when they try to play out from the back.Moments later, Eden Hazard looks to add a second as he steps inside from the left and unleashes a low effort that David Marshall comfortably fields.
Chelsea have struggled when Cardiff launch high balls into their area. Peter Whittingham almost steals in after more hesitancy from the hosts at the back but John Terry is across to block.
Yellow CardDavid Luiz
David Luiz thrashes the ball over the bar after advancing into a promising position but Cardiff seem to be retreating into their shell at the moment, as the hosts look to push home their increasing domincance on this game.
The goal looks to have spurred Chelsea on as they are starting to get more and more bodies in attacking areas. Willian slips through Samuel Eto'o but the striker's low cross is intercepted and lashed away for a corner.
GOAL! In bizarre circumstances, Chelsea are level. David Marshall, moments after getting away with handling outside the area, bounces the ball from his hands and Samuel Eto'o nips in to play in Eden Hazard. The Belgian returned the favour, but once the Cameroonian squandered the chance, Hazard was on hand to turn the ball home.
Eden Hazard drives at the defence and tries to slip in the overlapping Ryan Bertrand but cannot quite keep his footing as Fernando Torres already begins his warm-up down on the touchline.David Marshall is lucky, meanwhile, as he looks to have handled outside the area when collecting a long ball.
Fans around Stamford Bridge are beginning to get frustrated with their side's sloppy start.The hosts have largely controlled possession but are not getting in behind the Bluebirds' defence enough for Jose Mourinho's liking and he won't be happy with his side's defending as Aron Gunnarsson is afforded too much room, but the Icelandic international can only head over.
Branislav Ivanovic fizzes in a stinging cross which David Marshall has to deal well with to prevent it from flying into the far corner of his goal.Signs in the last few minutes that Chelsea are beginning to crank things up a notch to find an equaliser.
Peter Whittingham's free-kick from deep is headed towards the far top corner until Petr Cech produces a stunning stop, tipping the ball away for a corner before claiming the ball from thr resultant set piece.The Blues swiftly head downfield and earn a corner of their own, which John Terry again meets but cannot direct an effort on target.
Juan Mata's delivery from the corner flag is much better this time around, as he picks out John Terry's near-post run and the skipper's header is firm but veers just beyond the upright with Gary Medel covering on the far post.
Chelsea earn a corner after more good forward play from Samuel Eto'o but Juan Mata's delivery is disappointing and the set play ultimately comes to nothing. Cardiff are content to sit and protect the precious advantage they have established.
The goal has stunned Chelsea, who cannot get any sort of rhythm going in their play. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay will be delighted with the start his side have made here.
GOAL! Cardiff stun Stamford Bridge as they take the lead with their first attempt on goal but they owe a great deal of gratitude to David Luiz here as Jordon Mutch opens the scoring.From a routine clearance from goalkeeper David Marshall the ball is played back to the Brazilian, who inexplicably leaves the ball for Petr Cech to collect but Jordon Mutch nips in to dink the ball over the Blues stopper to send the travelling faithful into raptures.
Samuel Eto'o pulls wide into the left-hand channel and finds Juan Mata with a clever cut-back, but the Spaniard kicks at thin air and Branislav Ivanovic wastes the rebound.
A good strong challenge on Eden Hazard by Peter Odemwingie leaves the Belgian bemused as to why he hasn't been awarded a free-kick and leads to a Cardiff breakaway, but the Nigerian dwells on the ball as Chelsea get back to deal with the danger.Then, after Samuel Eto'o is felled, Frank Lampard fires a free-kick straight into the wall and Cardiff clear.
Chelsea have started the game brightly, knocking the ball around with ease but Gary Medel and Aron Gunnarsson are doing a good job of getting in the faces of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard early on.
And we're underway as Cardiff, kicking from right to left in this first half, get the ball rolling.
The Bluebirds can take comfort, however, in the fact they won the last time these two faced off in the top flight. Cardiff were 3-2 winners way back in September 1961.
The stats do not read well for Cardiff fans either. The last time the two sides met was in an FA Cup fifth-round clash in February 2010 as today's hosts ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.Chelsea's current unbeaten streak in the league here stands at 11 games, with 10 victories and just the one draw while the Blues have scored at least two goals in their last eight league games here too.
But today's opposition will not be about to hand out any favours as Jose Mourinho look to maintain their 100% league record at Stamford Bridge so far this campaign, off the back of a four-game unbeaten run on the road prior to the international hiatus.
It has been a turbulent week at the Cardiff City Stadium, to say the least, after head of recruitment Iain Moody was relieved of his duties but Bluebirds fans will have breathed a huge sigh of relief that Malky Mackay remains in charge.
So Willian and Eden Hazard, after their goalscoring cameos in Chelsea's late win at Carrow Road, are drafted in as Oscar drops to the bench and Andre Schurrle sits out after sustaining an injury with Germany despite his hat-trick heroics. Samuel Eto'o also enters the fray to replace Demba Ba, who drops out of the squad altogether.
Cardiff line-up: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Gunnarsson, Medel; Mutch, Cowie, Whittingham; Odemwingie.Substitutes: Lewis, Hudson, Campbell, Kim, Gestede, Noone, Maynard.
Chelsea line-up: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Mata, Hazard; Eto'o.Substitutes: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Essien, Oscar, De Bruyne, Torres.
Good afternoon and welcome to the LIVE commentary of Chelsea v Cardiff this afternoon, as the Premier League gets back underway after the international break.Here are the two respective line-ups, as the hosts make three changes to the side that beat Norwich 3-1 two weeks ago while the away side bring in two fresh faces to the XI that lost 2-1 to Newcastle last time out.
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