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February 11, 2012
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 33924
S. Pienaar 5'
D. Stracqualursi 71'
FULL TIME! Andre Villas-Boas' team are defeated thanks to goals from Steven Pienaar and Denis Stracqualursi. It's a great result for David Moyes' side, but could it be a big result for the future of the Chelsea manager? Stay tuned to Goal.com for more reaction.
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Drenthe almost gets on the end of Stracqualursi's pass, but Cech is off his line very quickly and manages to clear.
90' + 2'
Lukaku does well to earn a corner going into injury time, but Lampard's cross is easily cleared.
Looks like it will be four minutes of added time, but it won't be enough for Chelsea anyway.
Everton are keeping the ball quite nicely now, Donovan goes into the box, but just can't get the ball under control.
It's just not going Chelsea's way today. Lampard hits a free-kick long into the box, but it heads harmlessly out of play.
And Juan Mata also leaves the pitch to be replaced by Romelu Lukaku. Mata was looking sharp earlier in the game, but hasn't quite reached his peak in the second half.
Ashley Cole looks like he'll be leaving the game. He's in some pain after a challenge with Phil Neville earlier, and he's helped off the pitch by the Chelsea medical staff to be replaced by Ryan Bertrand.
Pienaar gets a standing ovation as he leaves the pitch to be replaced by Royston Drenthe. He's had a great game.
Assist Landon Donovan
Goal Denis Stracqualursi
GOAL! Everton have gone 2-0 up through Denis Stracqualursi! Great move from Landon Donovan, he slots the striker through and he keeps cool to slot past Petr Cech. The 'keeper gets a hand on it, but can't keep it out.
Another little coming together now as Branislav Ivanovic takes umbridge to something that Landon Donovan has done. The referee steps in to have a few words and it all calms down again.
Pienaar is looking really impressive today. Running things for Everton in midfield.
Yellow Card Fernando Torres
Torres gets booked for putting in a challenge when chasing back on Pienaar. It was a bit of a silly booking to pick up.
The game hasn't really got going after half-time. Nothing really in the way of chances.
Yellow Card José Bosingwa
Everton have a dangerous looking free-kick here on the right wing with Baines. But it's a poor delivery, charged down by the wall and out for a corner.
A little bit of a coming together there between Fellaini and Lampard, but it all calms down. Chelsea are starting to get back into this though, with Ashley Cole attacking well down the left.
Everton have started the second half quite brightly, whipping in a couple of crosses, but nothing is really doing for either side so far.
The second half is underway, with Chelsea kicking off.
Half time at Goodison Park and Steven Pienaar's strike separates the teams. Chelsea have held most of the possession, but their defence looks far from settled. Torres attempts to remonstrate with the referee before being led away be Marouane Fellaini. Good stuff from the Belgian with the outstanding hair.
Torres comes close with a good header from distance after Bosingwa put the cross in, but Howard does well to stop it. Torres then goes down in the box seconds later under a challenge, but he went down very softly there for me.
Yellow Card Raúl Meireles
Mereiles is booked for dragging back Stracqualursi as the striker looked to steal a march in the centre. He has a shot moments later but Cech saves low to his left.
Tim Howard almost drops the ball to Juan Mata from Michael Essien's cross, but gathers the ball at the second attempt. At the other end, Cahill gets on the end of Baines' free-kick, but Cech makes a good save and Cahill was given offside anyway. It's an entertaining game now.
Chance for Everton. It's a lovely move as Baines attacks down the left, passes to Pienaar and the midfielder finds him inside the box with a cheeky backheel. Baines tries to find Cahill, but the Australian attacker is offside. Nice stuff from the hosts though.
I tell you what, Juan Mata is really creating some problems down the right wing for Everton. He finds Frank Lampard running onto his cross, but the captain for the day crashes his effort wide of the post. Should have scored.
The past five or 10 minutes have really been all Chelsea, but they're not taking their chances. Essien finds Mata, who hits it across the box, and Sturridge's effort is deflected just over.
Torres has his first effort of the game, but it's deflected for a corner. Michael Essien has an effort, as does Sturridge, but they are both well-blocked.
Now Chelsea have a corner, with Juan Mata standing over the ball, but Johnny Heitinga and Fernando Torres clashed and the referee gives a free-kick to the defender.
Chelsea have a free-kick a long way from goal, but Frank Lampard's effort is struck straight at the wall.
Leighton Baines does well to win a corner for the hosts, but his cross doesn't match up afterwards.
So close to a Chelsea goal there. Raul Mereiles sends in a cross and Phil Neville's header is straight at Danny Sturridge, but he can't get the ball under control and it bounces to Tim Howard. Surely would have been a goal for Chelsea.
It's quietened down a bit, but Pienaar is really getting involved for the Toffees. He's looking very lively on his first start in his second spell at Goodison Park.
Everton are trying to get the ball over the top of the Chelsea defence at every opportunity right now, the away side are playing with a very high line.
Goal Steven Pienaar
GOAL! Everton have taken the lead through on-loan signing Steven Pienaar! He's played in over the top and the Chelsea back line are caught off-guard, and the South African absolutely crashes the ball into the roof of the net.
We are underway at Goodison Park.
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