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October 26, 2011
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 23070
IT'S ALL OVER AT GOODISON! CHELSEA ARE THROUGH! Frantic finish to the match, and Sturridge is the man to win it for Villas-Boas! Everton 1-2 Chelsea!
Everton press forward, for what must be their last chance of this game. Heitinga fires it forward but it's overhit. Surely that's it now??
Chelsea are two minutes away from a real smash and grab here, what a finish to this League Cup clash!
Assist Florent Malouda
Goal Daniel Sturridge
STURRIDGE HAS SURELY DONE IT! 2-1 CHELSEA! Everton fans have their heads in hands, as the England striker remained composed to delicately place the ball past Mucha.
Just over five minutes to go at Goodison, and having looked the more likely to crumble, it's Chelsea now who seem most likely to snatch a victory.
ANELKA!!!! NO!?? IT'S HIT THE POST! What a change in fortune we're seeing here, as the visitors are starting to crank the pressure on Everton.
Drenthe's sending off has given Villas-Boas' side hope with parity, and the hosts seem deflated right now.
Well Everton, despite being reduced to 10 as well, continue to attack, but unfortunately for the hosts the ball arrives at Hibbert, who's half-volley flies over the bar.
WOW, FOOLISH DECISION THERE FROM DRENTHE! The Dutchman has received his second booking for a fierce challenge on Ryan Bertrand. The powerhouse has from being one of his side's main assets to their achilles heal in a matter of minutes.
Yellow/Red Royston Drenthe
Fellaini, the man of great stature and hair, darts forward for the home side, as still Everton press for a winner.
Lee Mason restarts us again, as the players stretch off the effects of cramp, for the start of the second half of extra-time.
Everton are rather infuriated by that, as the referee blows the whistle with the hosts attacking down the right flank. 15 minutes left till penalties here.
Chelsea are really clinging on here, Coleman and Co are peppering their penalty area at every opportunity.
You can't help but feel that Everton will just edge this one, they look so threatening down the flanks. Chelsea's hopes lie in picking Moyes' side off on the counter-attack.
Much more even contest since the restart. Saha and Drenthe continue to look lively for the hosts, but Distan needed to be on his toes to deny Sturridge, as Villas-Boas side look to get the job done without the need of a shoot-out.
Some of the sting appears to have been taken out of the Everton attack, but Chelsea won't want this ahead of their weekend clash with Arsenal.
David Lynch updates us again: All Everton now at Goodison after substitute Seamus Coleman's brilliant cross allowed Louis Saha to equalise. The Frenchman's holdup play and work rate has been particularly impressive throughout and he'll be hoping to cap his performance with a winning goal as we enter extra time.
And we're underway again at Goodison.
90' + 5'
Well that was a frantic end to the match! Which is promising, as we have at least another 30 minutes left of this one! At the end of the ninety, it's Everton 1-1 Chelsea.
90' + 2'
SAHA!!! OHHH! JUST WIDE FROM THE FRENCHMAN! Where did that come from?? Despite a wall of Blue shirts protecting their box, the former Manchester United man finds a gap, but his effort just drifts outside the post.
End to end here! Now it's Coleman who's called into action! Ivanovic comes forward and the ball finds it way to Sturridge. His cross is taken down by Anelka, but the Frenchman was unable to get the better of the Everton starlet.
No nonsense there from Alex, who steps in to launch a clearance away from Cech's area, as the fourth official confirms they'll be five minutes of added time.
My word Chelsea are clinging on now! Everton are surging forward, it's like they have 15 players on the pitch! Can the visitors hold on for extra-time?
Well that's changed the atmosphere at Goodison! Game on!
Assist Seamus Coleman
Goal Louis Saha
GOOOOAAAAAL!!!! What an impact from Coleman! Cracking delivery from the Irishman and it's that man again who punishes the Blues! Saha makes it 1-1!
First real chance for Chelsea since Turnbull's red card, but Malouda fails to hit the target to the relief of Mucha.
With just over 10 minutes to go, Chelsea appear in no rush to bomb forward, and David Luiz has show good strength to deny Saha.
Yellow Card John Obi Mikel
Our man at Goodison Park, David Lynch, updates us once more: A topsy-turvy second half sees Chelsea still in front - just. A trademark Cahill flick on against defenders obviously much bigger than the Australian created the penalty which saw Turnbull red-carded and should've also seen an equaliser. Leighton Baines will be rueing his poor penalty and follow up but his manager might just think his side have a chance against a 10-man Chelsea.
Yellow Card Royston Drenthe
David Moyes' side continue to press, with Distin looking to pick out Saha - who has given the Blues nightmares so many times before - but Romeu is there to intercept.
And there he goes again! The flying Dutchman surges forward with a mazy runs, jinking past three players before firing his shot wide of the mark. A promising move, but the former Ajax and Real Madrid man had tunnel vision there.
The host's latest surge forward seems to have poked Chelsea back into life, as they go on the offensive, but Drenthe seems really charged at the moment.
EVERTON GO CLOSE TO GRABBING AN EQUALISER! Drenthe unleashes a thunderous effort which just clips the bar on it's way over.
McEachran is off for Mikel to gain a foothold back in the game after the sending off.
John Obi Mikel
The penalty was given away by the keeper after Cahill rounded him. Luiz could have got back and perhaps it could have been a yellow but not too many arguments for the red card.
PENALTY SAVED! Cech came on for Lukaku and he pulls off a superb save before making another stop from the rebound. Baines should be scoring from both chances really.
PENALTY TO EVERTON AND ROSS TURNBULL SENT OFF!
Red Card Ross Turnbull
That's pretty greedy play from Anelka. He gets through on goal on the right hand side but had both Lukaku and McEachran waiting to put the ball into an empty net. He takes a weak shot though and its saved by Mucha.
Better play from Everton as Fellaini works well on the right hand side and manages to win a corner. It comes to nothing but good play from first Rodwell and then Felliani.
Its wave after wave of attack from both teams but its headless stuff at the moment. One team charges forward followed by the other with very little quality in the final third.
Both teams with plenty of tempo at the start of the half but can't keep the ball long enough to create any sort of changes.
We're back underway and the only change has been Tony Hibbert on for Everton skipper Phil Neville.
That's the half time whistle and Everton go in behind despite being perhaps the better side. They have created more chances but haven't been able to take them. Chelsea missed a penalty after 20 minutes but they duly lead after some really poor goalkeeping from Mucha. Kalou crossed in an innocuous ball which the keeper couldn't deal with. Not a great deal of quality going forward though and both teams will need to improve in the second half.
45' + 1'
Two minutes of stoppage time added on.
Goal.com's David Lynch from Goodison Park: "All quiet from the home fans here at Goodison Park after a calamitous Mucha error put the visitors in front. Everton had seemed to have the better of the first half so far with Royston Drenthe an outstanding attacking outlet on the right but now have it all to do against a determined Chelsea side."
Not quite sure what happened to Mucha there. The ball wasn't coming with any pace and he really should have dealt with it. Harsh on Everton really.
Assist Florent Malouda
Goal Salomon Kalou
GOOOAAALLLL!!!! Well that really is some poor goalkeeping. Kalou plays a pretty innocuous ball into the box but it went over Mucha's head and although he tried to scramble back and get it the ball went over the line. Against the run of play somewhat.
Another chance for Everton here as great work from Drenthe on the right hand side gets the ball back to Bilyaletdinov but he hits it straight at Turnbull once again. There have been some wasted chances so far.
The game has a brief interlude while Saha receives some treatment for a knee injury. He looks like he'll be ok to carry on.
Confusion galore at the back from Everton. Bertrand plays a ball into the area and Malouda controls but is dispossessed and then Heitinga and Baines get themselves in a mix but the full back manages to get rid of it before any Chelsea player can take advantage.
It's worth noting that tonight's game must have a result so if ti's level after 90 minutes then it will be extra time and penalties.
Yellow Card Alex
Everton continuing to play the better stuff at the moment and Chelsea are chasing the ball somewhat. Not a huge amount of quality in the final third though.
Yellow Card Marouane Fellaini
Everton seem emboldened by the penalty miss and have been bright in the past five minutes or so. Bilyaletdinov is seeing plenty of the ball so far.
What a miss. Neville plays a superb ball towards the back post for Bilyaletdinov and he has a free header but the contact is poor and the ball goes straight into the ground and then into the grateful hands of Turnbull.
MISS! Anelka moves up to the ball as nonchalantly as you like and he smashes the ball wide. Poor effort.
Penalty to Chelsea. McEachran receives the ball on the follow up and has his legs taken away from him by Heitinga.
Neither team able to keep the ball for long enough at the moment as they give the ball away sloppily too often.
Another chance for Saha. Capitalising on a poor ball from Malouda, Saha drove towards and without any support he gets a shot off which Turnbull saves again. Chelsea won't want to give him too many opportunities.
Super save from Turnbull. Bilyaletdinov chased a dead end and pulls the ball back to Saha who made space for himself but the Englishman just about gets it behind for a corner.
Not a bad chance there for Lukaku. He received the ball from Malouda who drove through the middle of the Everton midfield before laying forward for the Belgian. Lukaku then strikes the outside of the post. Excellent start here.
Bright start from Chelsea as they look to try and get on the ball as much as possible. Everton haven't had a touch yet.
And the game is underway.
Chelsea's ill-tempered defeat in the west London derby on Sunday against QPR stopped Chelsea in their tracks as they had gone unbeaten since their defeat to Manchester United in mid-September. The fallout to John Terry's alleged racist remarks continue but so does the football and Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) makes a raft of changes. The only player who - unsurprisingly - keeps his place is David Luiz as he is suspended for the weekend's league game against Arsenal.
Everton managed to stop their run of three straight defeats with a 3-1 win against Fulham on Sunday and the last time the Toffees won a game before then was the previous round of this competition over a month ago. David Moyes shuffles his pack slightly for this game with Mucha, Heitinga, Cahill and Bilyaletdinov all recalled in the place of Howard, Hibbert, Drenthe - for whom there is no place in the squad - and Vellios.
Our man at Goodison Park this evening David Lynch says: "Everton manager David Moyes has named a strong lineup to face Chelsea tonight and has indicated in his programme notes that he is hoping for a lengthy cup run this year. The Scot said: "Over the years it's been one of my disappointments that we haven't been able to get to the latter stages of the cup competitions often enough. The FA Cup final against tonight's opponents in 2009 and a League Cup sem-final against them in 2008 have been the furthest we've got during my time here. Tonight we'll be doing everything we can to make sure that it's our turn and our time to get through again."
Chelsea line up: Turnbull; Ivanovic, Luiz, Alex, Bertrand; McEachran, Romeu, Malouda; Kalou, Lukaku, Anelka Subs: Cech, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Mikel, Ferreira, Sturridge
Everton line up: Mucha; Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Bilyadetinov, Cahill, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe; Saha Subs: Everton subs: Hahnemann, Hibbert, Stracqualursi, Barkley, Osman, Coleman, Vellios
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Goal.com's live text commentary of Chelsea's visit to Goodison Park to face Everton. Incidentally Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight games away from home against Premier League opposition in this competition.
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