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April 29, 2012
• 8:30 AM
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 41675
D. Sturridge 1'
J. Terry 13'
Fernando Torres 19', 25', 64'
F. Malouda 80'
Queens Park Rangers
D. Cissé 84'
FULL-TIME!! That's that then folks, Chelsea claim a rampant 6-1 victory over west London rivals QPR and Torres gets the match-ball. Goals from Sturridge, Terry, Malouda and three from the Spanish forward sees the Blues jump above Tottenham, who play later today, in the race for fourth spot. They are now one point behind Newcastle, who they play in their next game. Meanwhile, Hughes' side's relegation fears have certainly not gone away yet, with confidence now sure to be low in the Rangers' camp can they escape the drop? Join us again next time to find out!
90' + 2'
Torres shoots but it's blocked and goes behind. then Malouda manages to hit the big screen inside the stadium with an effort, an achievement in itself.
90' + 1'
Three added minutes in west London. Barton fires a cross in which Essien blocks, the Chelsea man looks in a little pain after stretching for the ball.
Torres is nearly in for his fourth, after a lovely ball from Lampard, but he instead lays off Malouda who hits from outside the box. However, the Frenchman gets it all wrong and it flies well wide.
The Blues are just knocking the ball about waiting for the final whistle at Stamford Bridge.
Following that goal from Cisse, the Frenchman continues his record of either scoring or being sent-off in every QPR appearance this season.
GOOAAALLL! Cisse with a consolation goal for QPR.
Sam Hutchinson comes on for the Blues with his last appearance a 7-0 victor over Stoke City. Time for one more?
GGOOAAAALLLLL!!! 6-0 to Chelsea!! Easy goal for Malouda. Ramires' cross from the right gets a slight deflection off Ferdinand and lands right at the Frenchman's feet, leaving him with the simplest of finishes from close range.
Lampard finds Ramires on the right hand side, the midfielder cuts in and hits hit but Kenny parries it away. Torres was open, and possibly the better option.
Paulo Ferreira gets forward from right-back, there are a number of Blue shirts to try and pick out but his cross is met by Ferdinand. Then, Torres comes forward but can't quite find a final ball or shot, although he did appeal for a foul by Hill.
Cisse forces a top one-on-one save from Cech, however it wouldn't have counted anyway as the forward was offside.
QPR should really have scored, the cross from the left is deep into the Chelsea box and it falls to Zamora. However the striker's volley goes across the box instead of towards goal, still the ball falls to Cisse but he can't direct his header on target. To be fair to the Frenchman it all happened quite quickly.
Chelsea have had 11 attempts on target to QPR's two. Sums it up really.
Florent Malouda nearly makes an immediate contribution, he picks up the ball centrally and runs at the QPR back-four. The Frenchman does well and makes his way into the opponent's box but is forced to shoot with his right and it goes wide.
Barton looks to slot Cisse in behind, the forward had got away from the defence but the ball is cut out.
Armand Traore crosses from the left, Cisse challenges for it in the air and the ball ends up going high into the air. Cech collects it well, under pressure from Zamora.
Mata comes off to a deserved standing ovation from the jubilant Chelsea fans, he has been class all day.
It's nearly a sixth for the hosts! Sturridge tries his luck from outside the box but his left-footed shot takes a sizable deflection and goes behind for a corner.
GOOOOOAAAALLLL!! HAT-TRICK FOR TORRES!! 5-0!!! QPR could have snatched a goal themselves but Mackie's ball in was just behind Cisse. Then, as they have all day long, Chelsea broke with speed as the Spanish hit-man was slipped in behind. He never looked in doubt as he proceeded to slot the ball past Kenny into the far corner.
Mata, who has been a massive handful for the visiting defence, is fouled by Shaun Derry outside the QPR box, he shapes up to take the set-piece but fires over, failing to find the dip he needed.
Yellow CardJoey Barton
The hour mark is upon us and we have our first booking, no prizes for guessing who it is - QPR captain Barton. The midfielder seems surprised too and is refusing to walk towards the referee, he's been warned several times and picks up the yellow for a late challenge.
Here's Wayne Veysey on the second-half so far: "Unsurprisingly, the intensity levels have dropped in the second half. It may be more muted on the pitch but there is plenty of rancour in the stands. Chelsea fans are singing they are on their way to Germany while their opponents face trips to Barnsley. The away supporters are continuing to rain their barbs in the direction of John Terry."
Lampard comes forward again and rolls the ball to Torres just outside the QPR box, the forward comes inside and hits it with his right. The ball moves in the air but Kenny parries it away. Good effort though and a hat-trick could well be on the cards.
Lovely little chipped ball from Lampard, who looks to release Torres in behind, however Hill leaps like a salmon to header clear.
Corner to Chelsea, Lampard applauds the fans as he takes the set-piece however his initial ball in is blocked. The Blues then start to build from the back again.
Then, Chelsea break once more, Sturridge carries the ball forward inside the QPR half, he finds Torres who seems to slip as he hits it.
Cech with a wonderful stop for Chelsea! Mackie musters up a fantastic effort from range, out of nowhere, but the big keeper is equal to it and produces a top save.
Cole comes forward down the middle before slipping a beautiful ball through to Mata, however the Spaniard can't quite find the finishing touch as Kenny rushes out. He should have done better there.
Lampard finds Sturridge on the left-flank, he then whips a cross in but it's too close to Kenny who collects it with ease.
Sturridge shows some good footwork in the QPR box, however he gets himself into trouble and is eventually crowded out.
Mata shows a lovely touch to nutmeg his man, who then holds him back denying a Chelsea counter-attack. Free-kick to the Blues in their own half.
QPR get the match back underway, although they'd probably rather be at home.
Now, already relegated Wolves came back from three goals down to draw with Swansea yesterday, can QPR go one better and salvage something from this game? Well, the second-half is imminent so stay right here to find out.
Wayne Veysey reports back from Stamford Bridge on that first-half: "Cheers and appreciative applause from Chelsea fans as the whistle brings to a close a half completely dominated by the home side. They have scored four, could easily have added a couple more and played with such ferocious intensity and commitment that a thrashing is on the cards. QPR look all at sea on the Stamford Bridge mudbath and it is merely a case for damage limitation for the relegation strugglers."
HALF-TIME!! Well, well, well. Chelsea have shown no signs of a physical or mental hangover from the grueling game against Barcelona, instead they have took confidence from their progression and have absolutely demolished QPR in this first period. A beautiful opener from Sturridge, then a second from Terry, before a double from Torres, who looks a new man, gave Di Matteo's side a more than comfortable lead within 30 minutes. Granted Hughes' men have made it easy for the hosts, although they did manage to gain some spells of possession after going four goals down, turning up after the break may well help their cause. Stay with us.
45' + 2'
Mata finds Kalou on the right, he cuts in and crosses with his left but it's blocked. Jamie Mackie then embarks on a lonely run up the field, he does well to be fair to him but is halted by Lampard inside Chelsea's half.
45' + 1'
We've had one of two added minutes at Stamford Bridge.
Mata then finds Lampard inside the QPR box, he twists and turns but can't get a shot away. Instead, he passes on to Torres who fires an effort towards goal but it goes just wide of the mark.
Mata is back on and is involved in the build-up as his passes to Torres on the edge of the box. The forward, who has been lively all half, is halted from crossing by good defensive work from Cisse.
Lovely fluid play from the Blues on the break, Mata finds Essien who passes it on to Torres, he then shifts it to Sturridge who beats his man and crosses. However Hill clears the danger. The bad news for Chelsea though is Mata was caught late in the move and is now hobbling off the field.
Taye Taiwo bursts forward and wins a corner for the visitors, Buzsaky takes it but Chelsea clear.
Bit of a lull in the game just now as QPR gain some rare possession. Meanwhile, Blues fans are booing Ferdinand every time he touches the ball, which you have to feel is unnecessary.
Onuoha tries his luck with an ambitious left-footed strike from distance, but it flies off-target. Goal-kick to Chelsea.
Essien slides in on Cisse and is lucky to escape a booking, it was a wild challenge but perhaps the slippery conditions made it look worse than it was.
Terry nearly loses the ball at the back but manages to find Petr Cech, the keeper then slips but still gets the ball out wide to his full-back. Things are just going right for Chelsea it seems.
Wayne Veysey reports back from Stamford Bridge as the Blues' fans have conjured up yet another inventive song: "'Fernando Torres, he scores when he wants' sing the Chelsea fans after the Spaniard puts his team 4-0 up with his second goal. Both strikes were delivered with complete certainty - like the Torres of old. The first involved a well-timed run and beautiful finish after rounding Paddy Kenny and angling the ball in. The second was sheer opportunism, gobbling up the ball and rifling the ball home with his left boot after Kenny dropped Nedum Onuoha's back-header."
If both sides carry on how they have started, we could be in for double figures today! Torres runs forward again before finding Mata in the box, he then lays it off for Lampard but Kenny just about smothers him in time to win a goal-kick off the midfielder.
GGOOOAALLL!!! 4-0 inside half an hour!!! Torres again! It was a horrible defensive mix-up between Kenny and full-back Nedum Onuoha that led to the goal, they both left it at first, then the defender headed the ball before colliding with his keeper. The Blues' striker was then in the right place at the right time to finish with ease.
Zamora is back on his feet and seems OK. Joey Barton, meanwhile, wins a corner after his long-range shot deflects off Terry, however the Blues clear it with ease.
More problems for QPR, Zamora lands awkwardly after challenging Terry in the air and is moving gingerly.
GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! 3-0 to Chelsea!!! Torres gets himself on the score sheet again! Very similar finish to his late goal against Barcelona. Kalou played the striker in with a lovely first timed pass, leaving the Spaniard to round Kenny and put the ball into an empty net.
And here is Mr Veysey on that second goal: "'Anton, what's the score?' taunt the Chelsea fans after John Terry's header put the home side 2-0 up. By his standards, it was an almost apologetic celebration from the Chelsea captain after he easily out-jumped and out-muscled Clint Hill to nod in from five yards. He banged his palm against the badge on his shirt a few times and opened his arms out wide but there was little in the way of the usual grand-standing."
Just before that goal went in our man Wayne Veysey gave us a little weather update from Stamford Bridge, and I'll bring it to you now: "Absolutely teeming with rain here. Some passes are zipping off the surface and others are landing on puddles, sending water kicking off in all directions and abruptly stopping. There is one spot near the centre circle where it is squelchy merely when a player's boot lands on the surface. We should be in for some fun and games."
Still very early on but the term 'damage limitation' springs to mind for Hughes' side here. Goal difference could well be a deciding factor with points totals very tight at the bottom.
GGOOOAAAAALLLL! 2-0 to the Blues and guess who? Terry, of course. After receiving justified criticism for his display against Barcelona the defender replies with a typical headed goal from the corner in a game that already had controversial connotations for him.
Mata then looks for Torres with a lofted ball, despite it being slightly over hit the latter wins a corner. After a few attempted clearances Terry fires a shot at goal but Paddy Kenny collects it. Then, Chelsea win it back and build again. Frank Lampard tries a cheeky chip and wins another corner...
Torres knocks the ball across the QPR box however Kalou lets it roll straight to an opposition player.
The Blues are looking dangerous again, they break after QPR' attack is halted by the defence, the balls finds Juan Mata who lays it off for Sturridge. The Englishman hits it from outside the box but his effort is blocked.
Wayne Veysey on a terrific start for the hosts at Stamford Bridge: "'Going down, going down' sing the Chelsea fans to their QPR counterparts following Daniel Sturridge's fabulous goal after 48 seconds from his weaker right foot. But controvesy reigns. An off-side Frank Lampard looked to be blocking Paddy Kenny's view. Plenty of evidence for (more) QPR grievance."
Cisse collects a pass from Buzsaky on the left-flank, deep into the Chelsea half. He puts a decent ball into the box towards Bobby Zamora but it's hacked clear before the striker can get near it.
Shout for handball! Jose Bosingwa surges forward and hits a shot goalwards, the ball strikes Clint Hill and there are some half-hearted appeals for a penalty but a corner is given.
Maybe it's not a good time to play Chelsea, ey. What a start for Di Matteo's men! QPR reply by winning a free-kick, which Akos Buzsaky smashes off-target.
GOOOAAAALLLL!!! 1-0 to Chelsea in under a minute. Sturridge with the wonderful finish from outside the box, on his right too!
The two captains, Terry and Barton, do shake hands, and Chelsea get the game underway.
Some more from Goal.com's man in London, Wayne Veysey: "QPR will sorely miss Samba Diakite's energy and Adel Taarabt's unpredictability but there is a feeling that it is a good time to play Chelsea. The home team make six changes from their midweek miracle and are forced to field Jose Bosingwa as John Terry's centre-half partner due to the unavailability of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic. The conditions could be a factor, too, as the conditions are squelchy underfoot. Florent Malouda received one pass in the warm-ups that landed in a puddle in front of him and abruptly stopped."
The teams are coming out of the tunnel at Stamford Bridge, a ground where the Blues have won, while not conceding, in three of their four Premier League games against today's opponents. They drew the other.
A quick match fact before we get underway, Chelsea have failed to win any of their seven London derbies this season, drawing five and losing twice. However, QPR have managed to win three of their seven games against others from the capital so far.
Kick-off is fast approaching, but let's take a moment to hear from our man at Stamford Bridge, Wayne Veysey: "Good afternoon from a wet and windy Stamford Bridge, where the week's monsoon conditions continue unabated. A bit of needle, here, for this west London derby, provoked by the events at Loftus Road last autumn. 'John Terry, we know what you said' is already being chanted by the away fans. I think we might hear that a few times today."
On the other hand if Chelsea manage to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, and that is a big IF, then there league position will not matter in terms of European qualification. Will they be fully focused?
So a big opportunity for QPR today you feel. They sit in 17th position but are level on points with 18th placed Bolton. A win today will send them level with Wigan and Aston Villa, though.
Remember to get in touch with us via Twitter with any predictions or comments about today's game. For instance, do you think Torres is going to come out a new man and net a hat-trick after scoring that late goal against Barcelona? Will Cisse stay on the pitch for 90 minutes? Let us know @GoalUK.
Now then, the Premier League have already announced that pre-match handshakes have been suspend for today's clash, following 'legal context' relating to the ongoing case of alleged racial abuse towards Anton Ferdinand by John Terry, which he denies.
Chelsea starting line-up: Cech; Ferreira, Bosingwa,Terry, Cole; Essien, Lampard; Kalou, Mata, Sturridge; Torres Subs: Turnbull, Hutchinson, Romeu, Ramires, Meireles, Malouda, Drogba QPR Starting line-up: Kenny; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo; Mackie, Derry, Barton, Buzsaky; Zamora, Cisse Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Campbell, Traore, Young, Smith, Wright-Philips
Hughes had to make late calls on Djibril Cisse, Clint Hill and Samba Diakite, with the former two making the line-up, but the latter missing out. The QPR boss is also without Adel Taarabt, who was sent off in the win over Tottenham. Full teams to follow...
Adding to the optimism for the visiting side, Chelsea are in somewhat of an defensive crisis just now with David Luiz and Gary Cahill both out injured, while Branislav Ivanovic is unavailable due to a suspension. Furthermore Di Matteo has made expected changes elsewhere after that exhausting night in Spain with Raul Meireles, Ramires, and Didier Drogba dropping to the bench as Fernando Torres, Salomon, Daniel Sturridge and Michael Essien start.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE play-by-play commentary of this afternoon's west London derby between Chelsea and QPR. The hosts go into the match on the back of a historic night for the club - that 2-2 draw in Barcelona that sent them into the Champions League final. The question for the visitors is whether Roberto Di Matteo's side are still recovering, both mentally and physically, from that victory. If the answer is yes then, bearing in mind the Blues now have two finals in the near future to think about, surely Mark Hughes' men have a great opportunity to grab a vital point, or maybe even all three.
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