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August 18, 2013
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 41374
F. Lampard 25'
Thank you for joining me for the match. I hope you enjoyed the action. Good night!
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME! Chelsea claim the three points thanks to what was a relatively comfortable win. They did the business in the first half as they took a commanding 2-0 lead and they never really looked like letting that lead slip. Hull looked nervous in the first half, but they raised their game significantly after half-time and will ultimately be pleased with their showing.
90' + 1'
Elmohamady cross from deep twice in quick succession. His first delivery is cleared by a diving header from Terry, the second is nodded away by Cahill.
We have two minutes of stoppage time to play at Stamford Bridge.
Free kick for Chelsea inside their own half as Livermore fouls Cole. Time is running out for Hull.
With the hosts just trying to make sure they secure the win, Hull are finding it more difficult to get through their defence once again.
Mourinho's side are now back in control of the ball. They are clearly trying to slow the play down when in possession further back down the field, but their three substitutes are trying to make impression when going forward.
Marco van Ginkel
Here comes Chelsea's final change of the afternoon. Marco van Ginkel comes on for his Premier League debut as he replaces Oscar.
Hull get a free kick of their own in the attacking third. Huddlestone tries to curl it in from the left, but it doesn't beat the first man beyond the wall.
Hull fail to learn from their previous mistake of giving Chelsea free kicks near their 18-yard box. Lampard steps over the set-piece again following a foul on Hazard, but this time his strike flies just past the top corner.
Schurrle has looked lively in the last five minutes and he plays Lukaku into the right side of the Hull area. The forward gets the ball and smashes it across the face of the goal, but no one can divert it into the goal.
Chelsea fans are not impressed as Hazard goes down to the left of Hull's area. The tricky attacker breezes past Aluko, but the Hull man gets back to make a challenge, and a fair one according to the referee.
Excellent move by the hosts and Lukaku is involved immediately. The Belgian comes deep to lay the ball off to Lampard who in turn prods the ball over Hull's defence for Schurrle. The German races on to collect the pass and he chips a shot over McGregor, but he also puts it over the goal.
Change for Chelsea as Romelu Lukaku comes on for Torres after a very impressive season on loan at West Brom.
Elmohamady, who has had a good match, crosses into the area from deep on the right wing. Terry and Cahill are both beaten to the header by Davies, but Cech is there to save their blushes as he plucks the effort out of the air with ease. Good chance for Hull.
Lovely passing move by Hull as Huddlestone, Aluko and Brady keep the ball between themselves just inside their own half. They have looked far more competent in the middle since Huddlestone's arrival.
Free kick for Chelsea to the left of Hull's penalty area after Torres was bundled to the floor. Lampard steps over the ball and whips it in. Ivanovic meets it at the back post, but he can only head the ball towards the corner flag and out for a goal kick.
Kevin De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne's Premier League debut ends as he is replaced by Schurrle. This is also the German's first competitive match for Chelsea.
Hull keep Chelsea penned into their penalty area and the move ends with Koren shooting wide from outside of the area.
The corner is played in by Brady and after Chelsea fail to clear it the ball drops for Sagbo. The attacker puts his foot through the ball, but Lampard got his body in the way to prevent a goal.
Brady does well down the left again before crossing, but Cole heads it out for a corner.
Chelsea are shouting for a penalty as Brady barges Ivanovic to the ground when running on to a through-ball, but the referee just gives a goal kick.
And there is a shot on target for Hull as Robert Koren lets fly from about 30 yards out. Cech fails to catch it cleanly, but he does get a hold of it eventually.
Hull have shown plenty of ability on the ball in this match so far and have really improved on their performance from the first half.
De Bruyne is dispossessed in the Hull half by Figueroa, but when the opportunity to start an attack arises Figueroa gives the ball away.
Bruce decides to make two changes as Huddlestone and Livermore and introduced into the midfield. Graham and Meyler are the duo who leave.
Clever play by Brady as he drags the ball back and then forwards again to evade Lampard. He then plays in a cross from deep, but no one is there to meet it.
Sagbo tries to make inroads down the left flank. He holds off Ivanovic for a moment, but the Serbian comes back and makes the tackle.
De Bruyne has been quiet so far in the second half, but he comes back to life as he moves towards the Hull area and shoots from range, but as happened multiple times in the first period he puts it over the bar.
Sagbo looks to carry the ball into the Chelsea half but Ramires sticks a foot in and takes possession back. The Brazilian shifts the ball on to Lampard and then tries to latch on to his teammate's pass into the area, but it is too strong.
Elmohamady is involved again. This time he lifts a pass into the right-hand channel behind Cole, but Graham is beaten to the ball by Terry.
The visitors are seeing plenty of the ball in these early stages. They get forward down the right again as Elmohamady crosses, but Cahill heads the ball away before Graham can connect with it.
Elmohamady takes the throw-in and Meyler tries to cross, but it goes straight behind Cech's goal.
Good start to the second half from Hull as they put together some nice free-flowing passing. They try to get forward down the right but have to settle for a throw-in.
We're off for the second half. Can Hull get back into this, or are Chelsea already home and dry?
45' + 3'
Lampard's second corner is met by the head of Ivanovic. The effort is clawed out from under the bar by McGregor and HawkEye confirms it was not a goal, and the first half ends 2-0 to Chelsea.
45' + 3'
Lampard whips the ball in for the corner. It is cleared initially before Cahill hits another shot from the edge of the box, but they must settle for another corner.
45' + 2'
Another good move by Chelsea, but this time Davies gets in the way of Torres' shot. Corner for the hosts.
Hull's attack ends with a poor forward pass from Meyler. Chelsea race straight down the other end and Lampard forces McGregor into making a stop at his near post.
Hull are now looking to end the first half on a high as they advance down the right. Their final ball has not been good enough, though.
The last 10 minutes have been far more even as the two sides enjoy a more balanced share of possession. Chelsea still look like the only side capable of scoring, however.
Yellow Card David Meyler
Meyler is clearly not happy with that decision and earns himself a yellow card for talking back to the referee.
Hazard zips inside from the left and runs straight across two defenders before going to the floor. It looks harsh, but the referee sticks with his decision.
Ivanovic finds himself in the Hull penalty area and goes for goal, but he narrowly sends his effort wide of the post from a tight angle.
Brady tries to show off with some fancy foot work on the left wing, but he messes up not once, but twice and gifts the ball back to Chelsea.
Brady steps up and takes the kick, but he hammers it straight into the wall. What a waste.
Good play by former Manchester United man Robbie Brady as he moves inside and skips past Branislav Ivanovic. The Serbian had other things in mind, however, and brings the Republic of Ireland international down. Good position for a free kick.
Hull opt to take the free kick short and they soon lose possession.
Hull have an opportunity for some respite as they are awarded with a free kick just inside the Chelsea half.
Chelsea get another flowing move going and Hazard steps over the ball, letting it run for Torres and then looking to receive a through-ball from the Spaniard. It nearly came off, but for the intervention of Elmohamady.
We have an extended break in play at the moment. Sagbo and Ramires went crunching into a challenge with each other and both felt the full force of it. They should be able to continue, however.
Replays suggest McGregor could possibly have down a little better with Lampard's free kick, but you can't take anything away from Lampard. It was a great effort.
Goal Frank Lampard
GOAL!!! Chelsea get a second and what a strike it was! From some 35 yards out, Lampard blasts the free kick into the top corner of McGregor's goal. Brilliant strike.
Chester is penalised 35 yards from his own goal as he trips the advancing Torres. Lampard steps up and looks as though he will shoot.
De Bruyne is at the centre of proceedings again as he pounces on a loose clearance by Hull. He takes a touch and shoots, but his effort goes over.
De Bruyne curls the corner into the area with his right foot, but it bends so much that it lands on top of the goal.
Cole is the latest Chelsea man to get forward. Hazard produces a clever backheel and the left-back collects it before roaming on. He makes it to the penalty area, but his eventual shot is deflected behind.
Steve Bruce's Hull string together a few passes just inside their own half, but Chelsea's intensity and pressing in midfield is frightening. The visitors are being given virutally no time to think.
Chelsea are playing some excellent football at the moment. Hull cannot handle the roaming threesome of De Bruyne, Hazard and Oscar, with all three creating plenty.
Lampard's corner is flicked on at the near post, but it does not drop to any Chelsea players and Hull get it away.
Good stop from McGregor! Chelsea continue to press and Lampard is given space. He shoots from the edge of the box, but the goalkeeper tips it over for a corner.
Assist Kevin De Bruyne
GOAL!!! Chelsea take the lead at Stamford Bridge! The dangerous Hazard drifted in from the left again and passed to De Bruyne. The attacking midfielder threaded a brilliant pass through the Hull defence for Oscar and the Brazilian lifted the ball over McGregor and into the goal.
Mourinho's side are still on the front foot. This time it is Oscar who tries his luck, but he puts his shot a few metres wide of McGregor's right-hand post.
Cech releases the ball early and Chelsea head straight down the other end of the pitch. Torres peels out to the right and squares the ball across the area for Hazard. The Belgian misses his first kick and then has a shot blocked by Chester.
Good play down the right by Sagbo for Hull. The winger bursts away from Ashley Cole, cuts inside and crosses for Graham, but Petr Cech catches the delivery.
Hull are currently camped inside their own penalty area. Chelsea are knocking the ball about with confidence, but without much patience. They try to pass through Hull, but the visitors remain strong.
It's all Chelsea at the moment. Hazard sneaks behind Elmohamady and cuts on to his right foot, but Chester makes an important block in the area.
Penalty save Allan McGregor
Missed Penalty Frank Lampard
McGregor saves!! Frank Lampard steps up and puts his kick to the left, but the Scottish goalkeeper gets down and palms it away.
Penalty for Chelsea! Fernando Torres latches on to a long ball from the back and beats McGregor to it, but the goalkeeper catches the forward in the face with his fists and the referee points to the spot.
Good chance for Chelsea as a ricochet sees the ball loop over the Hull defence and drop for Hazard, but James Chester gets in the way.
The Chelsea fans are making a racket as they welcome Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge.
And there is the first shot of the match. Oscar comes across from the left and lays the ball off for De Bruyne who shoots just over from 30 yards out.
The first free kick of the match goes to Chelsea as Eden Hazard is brought down on the left by Elmohamady. The hosts take it quickly to keep the ball flowing.
Off we go! Chelsea get the action underway.
The two teams are out on the pitch with kick-off just three minutes away. Can Hull upset the odds and come away from Stamford Bridge with a result?
Meanwhile, Allan McGregor, Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davies, Yannick Sagbo and Danny Graham make their debuts for Hull. Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore could also play their first competitive matches for the club following moves from Tottenham.
Chelsea give a Premier League debut to Kevin De Bruyne who signed from Genk last summer. New signings Andre Schurrle, Mark Schwarzer and Marco van Ginkel take places on the bench, while Michael Essien has returned from a loan spell with Real Madrid.
And newly-promoted Hull's team is: McGregor; Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Meyler, Koren; Brady, Aluko, Sagbo; Graham.SUBS: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Boyd
Jose Mourinho's first competitive starting XI for his second spell in charge is: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Oscar, Hazard, De Bruyne; Torres.SUBS: Schwarzer, Essien, Van Ginkel, Schurrle, Mata, Ba, Lukaku.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live text commentary for the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull. I am Ryan Benson and I shall be taking you through the action.
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