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Premier League

  • August 27, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 41765

Chelsea 3-1 Norwich City: Debut goal from Mata and Lampard penalty reprieve Hilario after blunder

The Blues record another hard-fought victory, while the Canaries sink to defeat and end the game with 10 men after goalkeeper John Ruddy is sent off.

It was a game of ups and downs for Chelsea.

Frank Lampard and Juan Mata scored unanswered goals after goalkeeper Henrique Hilario's embarrassing moment as Chelsea defeated Norwich City 3-1 Saturday in a match that saw Didier Drogba stretchered off the field with a serious head injury.

Jose Bosingwa opened the scoring with a classy strike from distance before a Hilario clanger gifted Grant Holt an equalizer. But it was all Chelsea from that moment on as Lampard scored in the 82nd minute and Mata in the 101st.

Lampard's goal came on a penalty kick after Ramires was sent sprawling by goalkeeper John Ruddy, who earned himself an automatic red card. With Norwich's substitute keeper Declan Rudd in the game, Lampard drilled the ball straight down the middle to take the lead.

The penalty couldn't have come at a better time for Chelsea, which gave up an easy goal to Holt in the 63rd minute. Hilario came out of his goal too early to catch a cross and paid the price as the ball smashed off teammate Branislav Ivanovic allowing Holt to put it in the empty net.

Drogba had to be taken off after a mid-air collision with Ruddy left the striker out cold. The unfortunate incident brought forced a seven-minute delay of play.

Mata entered the game in the 68th minute as Drogba was being taken off for his debut with the Blues after completing the transfer from Valencia this week. Mata scored right before the final whistle as he took advantage of poor passing by the Norwich defense and finished a poachers effort. The winger clearly enjoyed his goal and ran to the stands to celebrate with his new fans.

Romelu Lukaku, another forward signed this week, entered the game in the 83rd minute for Fernando Torres.

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