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2 May 2012
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: M. Halsey
• Attendance: 41559
90' + 10'
FULL TIME! Newcastle record their first victory at Stamford Bridge in over 25 years and subsequently keep their Champions League hopes alive. Meanwhile, Chelsea's focus will surely turn to the Champions League final on May 19, surely now that is there only chance of qualification for Europe's premier club competition. Final score, Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
90' + 7'
Alan Pardew is grinning like a Cheshire cat on the sidelines, shaking his head at the outrageous Senegalese forward. Two absolutely sublime strikes have been the difference this evening, what an astute signing Cisse is turning out to be, 13 goals in 12 games!
90' + 3'
Assist Shola Ameobi
90' + 3'
Goal Papiss Cissé
GOAL! WHAT A FINISH FROM CISSE!!!!! The Senegal striker waits for the ball to bounce before striking the ball with the outside of his right boot and leaving Cech with absolutely no chance in the Chelsea goal! Two absolutely unbelievable strikes from Tyneside's new hero. 2-0 Newcastle
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Tim Krul
90' + 1'
The fourth official reveals there are to be 10 minutes of added time played at Stamford Bridge, mainly because of Tiote's lengthy injury
Chance for Chelsea! Lampard swings in a corer and Terry escapes his marker only to see his header cleared off the line by Davide Santon! What a game the young Italian has had tonight!
Chelsea's free-kick is once again easily cleared much to the groans of the home fans
Hatem Ben Arfa
Free-kick to Chelsea as they load the box, meanwhile Newcastle introduce Gabriel Obertan for Hatem Ben Arfa as they look to utilise his pace on the counter-attack
More and more pressure from Chelsea but they still haven't worked Tim Krul. The Dutchman has been a relative bystander for much of this game, something the Blues will have to change if they are to take something from this game.
Chelsea turning to plan B as they begin to toss hopeful balls into the box which Coloccini and Williamson are defending comfortably, Di Matteo's men will need to work a little harder than that to break down this resolute Newcastle side
Lampard stands over a free-kick with Drogba. The Ivorian wins the battle but his strike is way off target, I think Frank will be at the front if the queue for the next one
Frank Lampard is introduced for Raul Meireles in one last roll of the dice from Roberto Di Matteo
Didier Drogba stands over a free-kick in a promising position but the forward's delivery is not up to scratch and Tim Krul gathers comfortably
More pressing from Chelsea and in particular Fernando Torres, the Spaniard is really taking the fight to Newcastle.
This time it's Demba Ba who is down as he receives a hefty challenge from Ivanovic. The resulting free-kick is headed away but only as far as Ben Arfa, but the Frenchman's effort is high and not particularly handsome
Tiote is carried off on a stretcher to a standing ovation from the crowd. There will be a good ten minutes stoppage time at the end of this game
Concern here for Tiote, the midfielder is still down with paramedics surrounding him. Drogba has replaced Malouda since the Newcastle man has been injured
Tiote still on the ground injured here, players surrounding him in the penalty area. The stretcher is out and it looks as though he will be stretchered off. Ryan Taylor ready to replace the midfielder
Slight stoppage in time here as Mikel elbows Tiote and sends the Ivorian crashing to the ground. Payback for the challenge Tiote committed on Mikel just five minutes earlier.
Yellow Card Yohan Cabaye
Neither side has really taken control of this season-half, the visitors appear to be sitting back and protecting their lead, while the home side are yet to really create ay clear-cut chances
Renewed endeavour from the home side as the forage forward, buy yet again the attack ends in frustration as Mikel fires a skeptical effort from all of 40-yards which flies high and wide
There is still 40 minutes to go in this game, but if Chelsea are to come away from this empty-handed, Fernando Torres' performance will provide Di Matteo with reason to be cheery, The Spaniard has displayed a confidence to his game tonight which has been rarely seen in a Chelsea shirt
Great chance at the start of the half for the home side and once again Fernando Torres is at the heart of Chelsea's best work. This time the Spaniard does well to work the ball down the right before clipping back for Raul Meireles but the midfielder's shot is blocked
AND WE'RE OFF. Chelsea get the game back underway. One change at half-time as Juan Mata is introduced for the home side in place of the ineffective Daniel Sturridge
HALF TIME! And what a half it has been. Newcastle thoroughly deserve to be a goal to the good thanks to Papiss Cisse's thunderous strike. his 12th goal in as many games for the club. Di Matteo really has his work cut out if his team are to remain in contention for a top-four spot
Ba hits the woodwork! The Newcastle man drifts off to the edge of the Chelsea area, receives the ball and sends his effort crashing against the crossbar with Cech beaten! What a big goal that could have proven to be!
Great work from Ba as he works his way past Ivanovic and produces a very good stop from Cech bearing in mind the wet surface at Stamford Bridge tonight
It's the visitors who are ending the half in the ascendency here and once again it is left-back Davide Santon who is at the heart of matters! He has looked susceptible at times when defending but the attacking outlet he offers the side is superb!
Great opportunity for Chelsea as Torres provides a superb ball into the area, Malouda skips in front of his man but contrives to head wide from just eight yards out, great chance for the Frenchman!
10 minutes to go until half-time and Newcastle are still looking incredibly good value for their lead, a few decisions are just beginning to go against the home side as well, the home crowd fearing this might not be their night
The home crowd just beginning to grow a little restless as a few stray passes begin to emerge from their team. Newcastle are playing with a lot of discipline and the home side may have to play patiently to break down this Newcastle side
Smacks of desperation from the Chelsea side already. Chances looked easy to come by in the early stages of this game, but since then they have been reduced to speculative efforts from Ramies and Ivanovic
Newcastle are yet to record a league win in the capital under Alan Pardew, could this be the night that changes? They're on the right track at the moment as they look good value for their 1-0 lead
The home side have responded well since going a goal behind but Newcastle are still looking dangerous with the pace of Ba and Cisse
Cisse has now bagged 12 goals in as many games for Newcastle and is certainly proving a hit on Tyneside!
Assist Davide Santon
Goal Papiss Cissé
GOAL! Newcastle take the lead!!!! Davide Santon with a marauding run down the Newcastle left and he is allowed to cut in, the Italian finds an unmarked Cisse on the edge of the area, and Cisse just needs one touch to steady himself and another to pick out the top corner leaving Cech helpless! 1-0 Newcastle
Another opportunity for Alan Pardew's men as Ba attempts to turn Williamson's header in with an overhead kick, but his effort flies harmlessly over
Great chance for the visitors! Demba Ba links well with his strike partner Cisse and the number 9 finds himself through on goal. After having a quick look up the forward opts to square the ball for Ba but the Senegal international had checked his run and the pass went astray
More good work from Torres, this time he tries to turn provider as he works the ball down the Chelsea left before cutting it back for the advancing Sturridge but the winger doesn't connect well with his strike and sees his effort squirm harmlessly wide
The visitors beginning to find their feet in this game after a lively start from the home side. Davide Santon has looked lively down the Newcastle left in recent weeks and he has started in similar fashion tonight, surging down the left and forcing a good block from Ivanovic
Raul Meireles steps up to take the free-kick but his effort is a tame one and Krul comfortably gathers on the line
Tiote concedes a foul on the edge of the Chelsea box and already finds his name in the referee's notebook. He will be walking a tight rope for the rest of the game and Chelsea have a great opportunity from the free-kick
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
Very lively start for the Blues! Torres is played in with a long ball over the top of the Newcastle back-line, the Spaniard rounds Tim Krul but is forced wide and the attack peters out
WE'RE OFF! Newcastle get the game underway, Their traveling fans will be hoping they can record their first win at Chelsea since 1986
While Chelsea have been flying of late, Newcastle suffered a bout of the jitters against Wigan on Saturday. The Magpies have been chasing fourth all season and when they finally got their hands on the prize they covet most they bottled it at the DW Stadium. Can they get their challenge back on track this evening?
So Fernando Torres starts for the Blues. A reward for his superb hat-trick against Blackburn or a rest for Didier Drogba with the Champions League final less than three weeks away? The Spaniard may yet have a say in that matter with a good performance tonight.
TEAM NEWS: Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Tiote, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Ba; Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Ferguson, R.Taylor, Gosling, Obertan, Marveauz, Shola Ameobi
TEAM NEWS: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry (c), Bertrand; Mikel, Meireles; Ramires, Malouda, Sturridge; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Kalou, Drogba.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of Chelsea v Newcastle. Tonight could prove to be a crucial night in the race for Champions League football next season, with Newcastle currently sat in fifth, level on points with Spurs, and Chelsea in sixth, a point behind.
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