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  • December 26, 2011
  • • 8:00 AM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 41548
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  • 90' + 3'
    That'll do it for me, Shane Evans (@shanevans), saying good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls!
  • 90' + 3'
    There it is. Another match goes begging for Chelsea as it draws 1-1 with Fulham. Surely the end of its title challenge.
  • 90' + 3'
    Final whistle surely coming soon...
  • 90' + 2'
    Chelsea wins a freekick that Drogba takes on net. Right at Stockdale again who pushes it over the net.
  • 90' + 1'
    Dempsey slides the ball to Kasami who is in on goal but his shot is grasped well by Cech.
  • 90' + 1'
    Three minutes of stoppages to come.
  • 89'
    Chelsea still trying for a corner here as Malouda fires from outside the box but Stockdale can only palm away for a corner, one that is wasted.
  • 88'
    On the next one, Drogba heads but Stockdale is up to the task once again.
  • 87'
    Meireles with another nice chance as he gets a looping header on a cross that Stockdale pushes over for a corner. The set piece falls to Malouda but he doddles and another corner is the result.
  • 84'
    Some pressure down the left from Chelsea but yeah, nothing significant.
  • 82'
    Substitution Orlando Sá Pajtim Kasami
  • 82'
    Time is ticking away for Chelsea now. Could spell the end of its title 'challenge.'
  • 81'
    Substitution José Bosingwa Paulo Ferreira
  • 80'
    Drogba strikes, but it caused Stockdale a bit of a problem. Torres tracking it but the keeper grabs it just in time.
  • 79'
    A chance by Meireles goes begging as the midfielder collects at the top of the area and turns/shoots in one motion. Just goes wide of the far post.
  • 77'
    We could just call it a draw then, yes?
  • 76'
    Luiz chips the ball wayyyy over the top to Drogba who handles close to the goalline and tries to bend it around Stockdale. Nothing doing.
  • 74'
    A freekick comes in from deep by Mata but its lofted over and no Chelsea players can reach it.
  • 71'
    Substitution Daniel Sturridge Didier Drogba
    Chelsea makes the big move, taking off Sturridge in favor of one Didier Drogba. Gaffer! Gaffer!
  • 69'
    Ruiz does his best Dembele impression and skips around three Chelsea players before Romeu finally gets the ball off of him.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card José Bosingwa
    Frei cuts inside on Bosingwa and the Portuguese is forced to take him down. Sees yella.
  • 67'
    Chelsea looking a much-improved side over the last few minutes.
  • 65'
    A corner came of it and Terry heads well to Malouda who goes for the little backheel that Stockdale saves wonderfully. It goes off the Frenchman and a goal kick is the result.
  • 65'
    A few nice passes around the box by Chelsea results in Sturridge having a look from in front of goal. He tries the curler but Stockdale saves.
  • 63'
    Torres goes down at the other end but no foul on Dembele and we move forward. Could have been a pen. Maybe.
  • 62'
    Substitution Frank Lampard Florent Malouda
    Bye bye Franky Lampard. The Englishman comes off for Florent Malouda.
  • 61'
    Dempsey pounces on a stray ball, has a nice touch and fires right at Cech. Lovely stuff by ze American.
  • 58'
    After the goal, Fulham still working hard to keep Chelsea on the back foot. Not exactly what AVB would have wanted after his side opened the scoring...
  • 56'
    Assist Bryan Ruiz
  • 56'
    Goal Clint Dempsey
    DEMPSEY! There's the response from the Cottagers. Continual pressure as Chelsea sat back. Ruiz down the right beats Cole and slides it across to Dempsey who beats Ruiz at the near post to slide it home. 1-1!
  • 54'
    Romeu clears via his noggin.
  • 53'
    Fulham with a solid response to Chelsea's goal. Ball stuck in the Blues end. Another corner coming...
  • 51'
    Chelsea keeping up the pressure after its opener. A corner comes in and Terry put on a volley that goes on target. The captain is a bit banged up after that one, however.
  • 50'
    Ball worked into Hangeland but his header is off the mark.
  • 49'
    Corner coming for the Cottagers...
  • 49'
    Fulham has to react now. The goal totally upset its gameplan.
  • 47'
    Assist Fernando Torres
  • 47'
    Goal Juan Mata
    Well that'll do it! Torres holds up at the top of the box and lays off to Mata who blasts home with his left foot. Great strike! 1-0 Chelsea!!!
  • 46'
    Here's hoping for a better second period.
  • 46'
    Back underway at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea kick off.
  • Teams are heading back onto the pitch for the start of the second half.
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  • 45' + 1'
    End of the first half at an absolutely silent Stamford Bridge. All the Christmas pudding. Must be...
  • 45'
    Last minute of the half, probably a minute of stoppages. Though we should just end it now...
  • 43'
    Frei puts in a nice cross to Dembele who connects cleanly with his head but it finds Cech's hands.
  • 42'
    Chelsea wins a free kick from deep that is played and and cleared out. Story of the first half.
  • 40'
    What'd everyone get for Christmas? I'm sure it was better than this match...
  • 39'
    Dempsey clears away and that's that.
  • 38'
    Hey! Chelsea wins a corner! Something!
  • 38'
    I feel like the teams are standing still.
  • 37'
    Soooooo slowwwww.
  • 35'
    Fulham string a number of passes together, but the final ball is lacking.
  • 33'
    Lots of long range stuff from the Blues now. Not exactly what they want. Fulham happy to allow it though.
  • 31'
    Bosingwa again down the right who puts in a cross that Sturridge flicks on but is put behind for the corner. Terry connects from the set piece but his head goes behind for a goal kick.
  • 30'
    Chelsea still trying to used that right side but Fulham closing nicely. In a step back, Romeu has a go from outside the box but it sails over.
  • 30'
    David Luiz makes a nice tackle. In his own half!
  • 29'
    Balls just coming in too slow now for Chelsea. Well, has been the whole match. Home support getting a bit frustrated.
  • 25'
    Great chance by Fulham as Dembele dances around Romeu and slices a shot in that goes just wide of the far post. Ruiz lurking, too.
  • 23'
    Play has slowed again as Chelsea aren't pressing high enough with the ball in Fulham's half. Seem to be waiting for chances that don't come when you play like this. Just what me thinks.
  • 20'
    David Luiz back to his old tricks marching up the field with the ball. Puts in a nice cross, too, but nothing comes of it as Stockdale collects.
  • 19'
    Fulham turn the ball over again to Chelsea. Mata slides it to Torres at the corner of the box who cuts it in to the middle and has a wasteful shot on goal.
  • 17'
    Giveaway by Hangeland who eventually sees the ball set up for Sturridge who slices the ball wide. Another big chance for the Blues.
  • 15'
    Right back at the other end, Mata puts in a ball to Torres who controls around a defender and volleys at Stockdale who holds brilliantly from seven yards out. Great chance.
  • 14'
    Best chance so far as Kelly puts in a cross to the far post that Sa puts over the bar. Should have been much better as the forward beat Bosingwa to the ball.
  • 13'
    Bosingwa puts in a deep cross that Kelly misses and Mata tries to volley but was a second late.
  • 12'
    Some nice work by Sa from a long ball as he plays it down between two center backs and has a shot blocked.
  • 11'
    More dinking the ball around by Chelsea trying to pull the wool over Fulham's eyes. The visitors have defended well so far.
  • 9'
    Our boy Clint finds a bit of space at the top of the box. Was dipping and bending and certainly headed for the net but Cech plays it on the bounce and puts it behind for a corner.
  • 9'
    Some nice touches by Dembele and Ruiz. Tricky players right there.
  • 7'
    Yellow Card Clint Dempsey
    Cheeky little foul by Clint Dempsey for pulling down Raul Meireles in the middle of the pitch. Yellow card all day.
  • 6'
    Ball comes in from the right by Sturridge and Torres tries to flick it on net but Senderos forces his touch wide. Goal kick.
  • 5'
    Ruiz creates a bit of space for himself in front of Chelsea's box but the Blues close down well.
  • 5'
    As you may expect, the away support at Stamford Bridge making a bit more noise in the early going.
  • 3'
    Chelsea knocking it around nicely now. Working the ball slowly up the pitch.
  • 2'
    Dembele looks to push forward by Lampard puts in a lovely tackle to take it away from him. Nice work.
  • 1'
    Fulham with the early possession but Chelsea shut it down at every corner.
  • 1'
    There's the kick. We are underwayyyy!
  • Players are on the pitch and kickoff is mere moments away. Hold on to your hats.
  • A surprise start for Chelsea outcast Fernando Torres then! Let's see what he's capable of.
  • Fulham: Stockdale, Kelly, Riise, Hangeland, Senderos, Ruiz, Murphy, Frei, Dempsey, Dembele, Sa. Subs: Etheridge, Sidwell, Baird, Kasami, Hughes, Etuhu, Briggs
  • Chelsea: Cech – Boswingwa, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Raul Meireles, Romeu, Lampard. Sturridge. Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, McEachran, Malouda, Kalou, Lukaku, Drogba.
  • Good morning everyone and Merry Christmas! Goal.com's Shane Evans (@shanevans) with you for today's English Premier League match between Chelsea and Fulham. First, your lineups...