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2 April 2011
• Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: P. Walton
• Attendance: 27508
It's all over. The games ends one-a-piece and Chelsea can have no complaints, Stoke could and possibly should have won it.
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Ashley Cole gets a good strike in, but it's blocked.
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Kalou looks for a penalty from Walters, but it was more in hope than expectation
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Stoke really going for the win, they get a corner!
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Fuller almost makes an immediate impact as Etherington puts in an excellent cross from the right and the Jamaican beats Cech to it at the back post, but puts his header wide. Should have scored.
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Substitution for Stoke: Higginbotham replaced by Collins
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Six minutes of stoppage time announced to give both sides hope of grabbing a winner
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Substitution for Stoke: Pennant off Fuller on
Chelsea break quickly after the corner with Lampard and Torres, with the England midfielder eventually getting free in the area but he was blocked by Whitehead and then Malouda put an effort wide
Cech makes a hash of a corner which is met by Higginbottom, but there's defenders on the line to make the clearance
Substitution for Stoke: Whelan off Whitehead on
Good build up from Luiz and Ivanovic sets up Drogba, but his shot is a poor one and goes wide
Lampard shot from 20 yards out, but scuffs it a little and it trickles wide
Essien fires in a shot from the edge of the box, well saved by Begovic
Chelsea's turn to rattle the crossbar as Drogba smashes in a half-volley on the turn and is unlucky to see it come back off the woodwork
Substitution for Chelsea: Bosingwa off Ivanovic on
It's all Stoke as they have had numerous excellent chances in the second half, will they live to regret missing them all?
Pennant the latest to have a pop at Cech's goal as he rushes onto an Etherington cross, but he fires wide
A classic Delap throw-in is met well by Jones who gets above Terry, but his header is just wide of the post
Cech keeps Chelsea in the game again as a Pennant cross is met by Etherington, Walters was right in front of the 'keeper and proved a distraction but the big Czech kept it out, just.
Kenwyne Jones out muscles John Terry and gets clear in the box, but his left footed shot is wayward as he hits it off-balance
Stoke very much in control as they dominate posession
Stoke hit the bar again! Huth climbs brilliantly from the resulting corner and it takes a brilliant stop from Cech to tip it onto the woodwork, so unlucky for the home side
Incredible strike from Marc Wilson as the defender smashes the ball against the bar from 25 yards out, maybe fingertips from Petr Cech kept it out
Yellow Card Ashley Cole
Yellow card for Ashley Cole. Jermaine Pennant got the better of the left-back and was about to launch a counter attack until Cole cynically brought him down
Torres immediately looks sharp as he makes some space for himself in the area, but his shot is wayward
Substitutions for Chelsea: Anelka off Torres on, Ramires off Kalou on.
David Luiz may well be a very entertaining player, but his defending is pretty suspect at times, the same could be said about Bosingwa as both seem prone to mistakes today
Yellow Card José Bosingwa
Yellow Card for Jose Bosingwa. Bad tackle from the right back who went right through the back of Etherington and the winger is hurt. He may struggle to overcome this injury as his ankle looks in a bad way
Low cross from Bosingwa causes some panic in the Stoke defence, but they manage to scramble it away for a corner
Yellow Card Jonathan Walters
Yellow Card for Jonathan Walters. The Stoke goalscorer is slightly late on John Terry who reacts angrily and it seems that it is the reaction rather than the offence that warranted the booking
Both teams extremely combative all over the pitch, neither afraid to get physical
Lampard hits one of his trademark efforts from 25 yards out but it is straight at Begovic who beats it away
Ramires plays in Drogba, who from a tight angle shoots across Begovic, but his shot comes back off the post. Very unlucky for the big striker.
Great chance for Jermaine Pennant as an Etherington cross is left by both Walters and Jones and the winger burst onto it on the right of the box, but his shot is straight at Cech who saves
Anelka creates some space for himself on the edge of the area, but his shot is tame and goes wide
Second half kicks off and there's a free-kick to Chelsea just thirty seconds in as Delap lunges in on Terry, winning the ball, but Peter Walton didn't like the look of the challenge
Half Time: Chelsea seem to be the more threatening of the teams as the whistle blows, but the game could still swing either way
Plenty of build up outside the box from Chelsea, but they can't find the ball to penetrate the Stoke back line
Stoke are incredibly resolute at the back, defending in huge numbers and giving Chelsea very little space
Ramires is played in behind Danny Higgingottm, but the Brazilian's touch lets him down and it runs out for a goal kick
Suspiciously two-footed challenge from Essien brings down Pennant, no card produced though
Tremendous perseverance from Kenwyne Jones sees him eventually wriggle away from Luiz, but his shot is blocked
Both side's fail to create anything from a corner each, but it is the away side who are in the ascendency
Ashley Cole caught just offside as Chelsea show they can attack from all areas of the pitch
David Luiz and Jose Bosingwa both venture well into the Stoke half and unleash powerful efforts but both are blocked
Assist Nicolas Anelka
Goal Didier Drogba
GOAL FOR CHELSEA!!! Didier Drogba forgets his injury worries by latching onto an Anelka chip into the box with an excellent diving header that left Begovic with no chance. 1-1
Drogba looks to have a problem as he limps around the pitch looking very uncomfortable, Torres waits on the bench
Chelsea seem to be gaining posession in the Stoke half regularly, but their sideays passing isn't hurting their opponents. The champions are severely lacking width
The ball sits up perfectly for Drogba near the penalty spot, but the Ivorian's volley is wildly over the bar
Terry goes into a crunching challenge with Whelan that leaves him writhing in pain, but it looks like he'll be OK
Nervy moment at the back for Stoke as Chelsea go long-ball, but Huth deals with the danger well and shepherds the ball back to the 'keeper
Error from John Terry let's Jones in behind him but the Chelsea skipper and David Luiz do just enough to prevent him getting a shot off
Looks like Stoke will be under severe pressure for some time, Chelsea pressing hard but the home side are defending well and in numbers
Chelsea looking to take control in midfield and build up leads to a Malouda volleyed effort that flies well over the bar
Assist Glenn Whelan
Goal Jonathan Walters
GOAL FOR STOKE!! Jon Walters has struck! The Ireland forward receives the ball from international team-mate Whelan, skips past Luiz and drives to the bye-line. He then cuts back inside to evade Essien's challenge and finds the bottom corner - what a start! 1-0 Stoke!
Chelsea earn their first corner of the match. Lampard takes it, but it is cleared comfortably by Higginbotham for the hosts.
Good early chance for Stoke! They win a corner, which is taken by Pennant, but Huth's header misses the target from close-range!
The match gets under way and Ramires concedes an early free-kick for a late challenge on Etherington.
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