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4 December 2010
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 41642
D. Drogba 41'
J. Beckford 86'
The game is brought to an end as Chelsea and Everton couldn't break their run without a win to finish 1-1. Everton will be much the happier of the two as their second half performance warranted more than the point they got. Ancelotti will be deeply concerned with the way his team seemed to capitulate in the second half from a comfortable winning position to hanging on at the end.
90' + 5'
Good chance there for Beckford. Excellent skill to lose Ivanovic but the striker doesn't realise he's beaten Ivanovic and decides to take an early shot from 25 yards when he could have driven into the area. Let off for Chelsea.
90' + 3'
Game could go either way here as both teams are pushing men forward.
Yellow CardPhil Jagielka
Game still not over here as there 7 minutes of added time due to Petr Cech's injury earlier in the half.
Everton the most likely to score here as Chelsea are being pushed further and further back.
John Obi Mikel
GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! What an important goal that is for Everton. Leighton Baines did brilliantly down the left hand side taking on three Chelsea defenders before putting in another excellent cross which Tim Cahill headed back across goal into the path of Beckford who couldn't miss from 5 yards. What a brilliant move.
Everton still pushing for an equaliser but Chelsea are starting to pick them off on the counter attack.
Blatant penalty not given that could have sealed the victory for Chelsea. Ferreira does brilliantly down the right hand side and plays an excellent cross low into the area and Coleman challenges Cole from behind and wins none of the ball. Referee waves play on, very lucky Coleman to still be on the pitch.
Excellent ball from the left by Pienaar and Beckford gets his head to the ball but could only get a flick it on towards the corner as Cech gets across well to save.
Yellow CardSeamus Coleman
Cech seems ok to continue now after a five minute delay, expect shots galore from Everton now. Ancelotti trying to safe guard the game now as he brings on Ramires for Nicolas Anelka.
Yellow CardJohn Terry
Cech being treated here for a problem to the eye area. Looks like no stitches are needed but the Chelsea medical staff are taking great care with his eye injury here
Bit of hand bags between Cahill and Terry. Pienaar plays a neat through ball into the path of Cahill who slides in to try and win the ball but Cech is there first and Cahill catches the keeper with his boot. Terry overreacts and pushing and shoving ensues and Cech lay on the ground in pain.
Chelsea seem to have settled themselves back into the game now and Moyes will need to change something if he wants to get something from the game.
Just wonder if and when Moyes will make another change and gamble. Chelsea have been on the rack for the last ten minutes but Everton haven't made their dominance count.
Everton piling on the pressure here as Chelsea have no answer to their change of gear. First Rodwell goes close with a shot then an excellent Baines ball in just evades the waiting Rodwell.
What a let off that is for Chelsea. Excellent interplay between Pienaar and Fellaini before Baines is sent clear down the left. His first time cross is met by the ever so reliable head of Cahill whose effort hits the inside of the post and goes clear. What a chance.
Everton's first throw of the dice is a conservative one as Jermaine Beckford comes on for Louis Saha in a like for like substitution. Beckford has come in for criticism lately but would love to silence that with a goal here.
Very little happening at the moment, once again neither team showing too much adventure. Perhaps its the calm before the storm...
Chelsea struggling to get the ball out of their half at the moment. Fellaini and Rodwell have started the half very well for Everton.
Saha returns to the action jogging very gingerly. Everton showing signs of upping the tempo early in this half in search of an equaliser.
Worry here for Everton as Louis Saha who has a well documented injury past goes down in a heap after being innocuously challenged by Ivanovic.
When will Moyes be brave enough to make changes and bring extra attackers on. Certainly sign of changes yet as the second half begins in similar fashion to the first half.
The game is back under way now with no changes from either side yet.
The first half is brought to an end by Andre Marriner and the Chelsea fans will be satisfied with their team's performance so far. Despite controlling the tempo of the game for large periods Chelsea have failed to create many clear cut chances and Everton stay in the game. Moyes may have to look at changing things around at half time to his players on the ball in the final third more often.
Chelsea fans now booing Howard whenever he touches the ball. Should be cheering as he allowed them to go 1-0 up.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLLLL. Chelsea have broken the deadlock from the spot. Drogba dul putting the penalty away. Anelka won the penlaty after being felled in the box by Howard. The Frenchman was threaded through on goal and Anelka played the ball to the right of Howard and tried to run round the left of him but ran into Howard and Marriner saw it as a penalty. Howard got a kick in the head and a booking for his troubles.
Penalty GoalDidier Drogba
Penalty to Chelsea
Yellow CardTim Howard
Kalou must do better. After good work on the right Anelka wins a corner and the corner is played into the box. Kalou has a free header from eight yards and the ball seems to skim off his header and spoons wide. Very big chance after unusually slack defending on the corner from Everton.
Drogba is back on with a bit of a hobble. As Everton have a spell of pressure in the Chelsea half.
Worrying times here for Chelsea as Drogba turns back and slips, as he slips he over stretches and goes down in a heap clutching his hip.
Brilliant defending from Ivanovic. Everton win the ball high up the pitch but Coleman only has Cahill in support, just as Coleman looks for Cahill Ivanovic slides in to stop the ball. He then gets up not once but twice more to slide in and win the ball to get it away from danger.
Chelsea having the ball much more often now as they are settling well into the game. Essien playing a big part in the middle of midfield for them.
Yellow CardPhil Neville
Very unlucky for Terry. Corner comes and finds Terry alone at the back post, his shot is blocked straight to him and with the touch of Dennis Bergkamp lifts the ball above Howard's head and onto the bar. Very nearly a superb goal for the returning skipper.
Bit of petulance there from Malouda. Nevilla comes in from behind on Malouda in what was a poor challenge but Malouda's response was to put his knee into Neville's chest and brush his hand across the Everton skippers face. Nevilla made much more of it than it was but the referee keeps his cards in his pocket on this occassion.
Fairly cagey stuff so far at Stamford Bridge. Neither team is willing to push too many men forward just yet.
First chance of note for Chelsea. A long ball from Cech is expertly brought down on the chest by Drogba who feeds Anelka. The Frenchamn is allowed to run and unleashes a shot that goes just wide from 20 yards. An sighter from the Chelsea man.
So far so good for Moyes' men as they giving Chelsea absolutely nothing going forward. Plenty of possession for Chelsea but can't break Everton down.
Everton looking to use the pace of Seamus Coleman down the right hand side whenever given the chance as both teams are cancelling each other out for the moment.
Everton's game plan seems clear as they get men behind the ball trying to keep Chelsea out. Chelsea will have to work hard to get past them here.
Signs now that Chelsea are beginning to get into their side as they start to control the ball in Everton's half and the Everton defence are camped in their own half. No chances yet though.
Very loud inside Stamford Bridge at the moment as the fans try and get behind their team. Neither side exerting themselves into the game as of yet.
Early pressure coming from Everton here as Chelsea begin the game in cagey fashion
We're underway here now in front of an expectant Stamford Bridge who will not accept another defeat.
Everton's form is equally poor as they have gained just three points from 15 in November. Boss David Moyes has rung the changes after the disappointing 4-1 home defeat to West Bromwich last Saturday. There are five changes in all as Neville, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell and Saha all come in to replace Hibbert, Arteta, Heitinga, Yakubu and Anichebe. If Moyes' men were to win here it would break a sequence of 15 games without a win at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea come into this game woefully short of form which culminated in them losing top spot in the Premier League. Four points from a possible 15 isn't good enough for the champions and Ancelotti is banking on the return of Terry and Essien to make things happen for his team. Those are the only two changes to the side which sees the injured Alex back in Brazil and Ramires dropping to the bench.
Everton line-up: Howard Neville Jagielka Distin Baines Coleman Rodwell Fellaini Pienaar Cahill Saha Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Osman, Yakubu, Anichebe
Chelsea line-up: Cech Bosingwa Terry Ivanovic Cole Malouda Mikel Essien Anelka Drogba Kalou Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Bruma, Ramires, McEachran, Sturridge, Kakuta
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of Chelsea vs Everton. Both teams have endured wretched Novembers and only managed seven points between them in the league. Carlo Ancelotti has been calling for leadership in the week and in the form of John Terry, Ancelotti will be hoping his captain provides that spark for Chelsea.
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