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R. Loftus-Cheek
Willian
1 - 2
87'
A. Rüdiger
Yellow Card
86'
A. Gunnarsson
Yellow Card
84'
Azpilicueta
Marcos Alonso
1 - 1
46'
Camarasa
H. Arter
1 - 0

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Shots On Target 3 3
Total Passes 239 592
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Commentary

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Some of the fans have turned on Sarri but Chelsea are at least now level on points with Arsenal, who play Newcastle tomorrow night. Hudson-Odoi’s selection is becoming a bigger problem with every game, so surely the youngster will get some minutes when the Blues take on Brighton this Wednesday. Cardiff have got to pick themselves up for a trip to champions Manchester City — the Bluebirds still five points from safety after a bitter end here.
Chelsea fans were chanting “we want Sarri out” roughly 45 minutes ago, shortly after Camarasa gave Cardiff a deserved lead in Wales, Two contentious refereeing decisions and a stoppage-time winner later, and Sarri’s men have taken all three points. It had looked like another away-day defeat when Cardiff’s number 21 curled in his fifth goal of the campaign. Hazard, Giroud and Loftus-Cheek were all thrown on by the under-fire Blues boss, while travelling fans were disgusted with the decision to snub Hudson-Odoi. Azpilicueta’s headed leveller had more than a hint of offside, before Rudiger stayed on despite a last-man foul on Zohore. Loftus-Cheek rubbed salt into the wound with a late header to wrap it up.
90' + 8' FULL-TIME: CARDIFF CITY 1-2 CHELSEA
90' + 7' Bennett takes but it's a comfortable save for Kepa and that could be that.
90' + 6' Cardiff are pushing everyone forward now and Ecuele Manga has won a free-kick in a dangerous position, 30 yards from goal thanks to a foul from Barkley.
90' + 4' Hazard surges forward on his own before setting up Barkley on the left, whose shot goes over the bar. Chelsea need to hang on for a few more minutes of the seven added on.
90' + 3' Luiz takes a foul on Camarasa to kill off any momentum.
Willian
Assist
90' + 1' Willian's cross went all the way with plenty of power and, once Loftus-Cheek had won his battle, all the striker needed to do was guide it towards the bottom-right corner.
R. Loftus-Cheek
Goal
90' + 1' GOOOOOOAAAAALLL! Loftus-Cheek completes the turnaround with a header at the back post and that is so, so cruel for Cardiff! Peltier tries to wrestle with the England midfielder but he was far too strong. 2-1 to Chelsea and surely three vital points are theirs.
N. Mendez-Laing
J. Murphy
90' Warnock makes his last change, as Mendez-Laing replaces Murphy.
89' It's fair to say that the game has been turned on its head by two questionable refereeing decisions. First, Azpilicueta's offside goal and then a lucky escape for Rudiger at the back for Chelsea. How costly could that be for Cardiff at the end of the season?
A. Rüdiger
Yellow Card
87' HUGE call here by the referee! Zohore runs in on goal and Rudiger stumbles into him as the last man, for what should surely be a red card for the Germany international. Instead, the referee awards just a booking. Warnock is absolutely livid on the touchline.
A. Gunnarsson
Yellow Card
86' Gunnarsson is shown a yellow for bringing down Loftus-Cheek.
K. Zohorè
O. Niasse
85' Warnock chucks on Zohore in place of Niasse.
Marcos Alonso
Assist
84' Alonso has endured a pretty torrid time on the defensive side of things, but contributed when it mattered at the other end. That was his fourth Premier League assist of the season.
Azpilicueta
Goal
84' GOOOOOOAAAAL! A captain's strike from Azpilicueta and how HUGE could that be for Sarri? Willian's corner is nodded on by Alonso, and the skipper pops up in the six-yard box to finish it off. The Spain international appeared to be in an offside position and Warnock will not be happy. 1-1.
83' Morrison puts his body in the way of another shot after Willian fashions a chance on the edge of Cardiff's box.
81' The "we want Sarri out" chants have continued ever since the introduction of Giroud. The Italian's job could be on the line here if Chelsea don't turn it around.
J. Ralls
H. Arter
80' Arter has put a shift in for Cardiff and is also on a booking. Warnock doesn't want to risk it and puts Ralls on in his place.
78' "We want Sarri out," say a large number of Chelsea's away support.
O. Giroud
G. Higuaín
77' Sarri makes his last change and it sees Giroud replace Higuain. Chelsea fans who wanted Hudson-Odoi are chanting "you don't know what you're doing."
75' Morrison gets his head in the way of a goalbound effort from Higuain. The Argentine was aiming for the top-left corner.
74' Willian creates half-a-yard of space inside the box on his left foot and hits the ball across Etheridge's goal, just wide.
73' Grim reading for Blues fans, Chelsea have still only hit the target once tonight.
71' Eventually, Chelsea take the set-piece before Etheridge claims a high ball to relieve the pressure.
70' Rudiger isn't pleased after some tussling in the Cardiff box before a corner.
68' Chelsea have one more change left to make and you would expect it to be Hudson-Odoi or Giroud if it stays like this.
67' Luiz appears to be bundled out of play by Niasse but the referee doesn't want to hear the Brazilian's complaints.
65' Somehow the ball won't fall for Chelsea in the Cardiff box as Hazard tries to get it out from underneath his feet. The Bluebirds counter straight away before troubling their opponents with another long throw.
R. Loftus-Cheek
Jorginho
64' Loftus-Cheek is on now to give Chelsea some more drive, replacing Jorginho in midfield.
63' Kovacic launches one from a good position on his right foot with plenty of movement on the ball, but no accuracy, as it sails over the bar.
62' Chelsea still can't deal with Gunnarsson's long throws. Another one produces a Cardiff corner, which Kepa makes a complete meal of under pressure from Morrison, but the away side manage to clear.
Azpilicueta
Yellow Card
61' Azpilicueta sees yellow and the Chelsea skipper can't complain after holding Niasse back.
59' Hoilett skims in a teasing cross between Kepa and the Chelsea defence from the right wing, but no Cardiff players decide to gamble. 
57' Cardiff are the only side Chelsea have conceded the first goal against in 100% of their Premier League meetings (four in total).
56' Murphy dances past several Chelsea players before spreading the play to Hoilett, who tries an ambitious curler towards the top corner from 30 yards out. 
H. Arter
Yellow Card
54' Arter receives his ninth yellow card in the Premier League this season after chopping down Hazard in a dangerous position.
53' Hazard has scored five goals in three previous appearances against Cardiff. The Blues need him to come up with a couple this afternoon.
E. Hazard
Pedro
53' You won't be shocked to learn that Sarri has sent on Chelsea's talisman. Hazard comes on, Pedro makes way.
51' Chelsea work an attack to Willian on left wing, one on one with Peltier. The Cardiff right-back does well to hold his ground and block the shot.
49' Camarasa aims for Niasse at the near post but Kepa reads the delivery and edges in front to gather.
48' Camarasa is now Cardiff's top scorer in the league this season. Three of his five goals have come against 'big six' opposition, following strikes against Manchester United and Arsenal.
H. Arter
Assist
46' Arter's assist was actually a wayward cross, not that Camarasa responded like a man taken by surprise.
Camarasa
Goal
46' GOOOOOOAAAAAL! Cardiff deliver after their bright first-half performance and it's Camarasa with the opener! The Spaniard catches a side-footed volley just right on the edge of the box, curling the ball into the top corner beyond Kepa! It's 1-0 to Cardiff.
46' Arter starts the second half.
A point will be a welcome bonus to Cardiff's survival push but Warnock might feel Chelsea are there for the taking. The Blues have now failed to score in the first half of five of their last six Premier League away games, and Hazard will surely be sent on soon enough. Hudson-Odoi and Giroud are also available on the bench.
It’s still anyone’s game after a first half of few chances, but you would have to say that Cardiff have been the better, more determined side against their sixth-placed opponents. Chelsea failed to register a single shot on target with Higuain, Willian and Pedro largely ineffective. The latter did go close with a stinging effort from 25 yards that went narrowly over. It’s been possession without purpose for Sarri’s men. The standout player, though, was Murphy, who attacked the Blues backline whenever he could and might have scored with a curling attempt early on.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: CARDIFF CITY 0-0 CHELSEA
45' + 1' Morrison slides in and retrieves the ball from Higuain on the edge of the home side's box. The centre-half had to get that one right, as the Chelsea striker would've had just Etheridge to beat.
44' Hoilett is given way too much room on the left to pick out Niasse, but the Everton loanee can't direct his header on target. Cardiff will be very happy with how this half has played out. 
42' Morrison wins a flick-on in the Chelsea box, teeing up the onrushing Hoilett perfectly, but the Canadian doesn't quite commit to an attempt on the volley and the danger passes.
40' Alonso sees a shot trickle just wide! Willian plays the corner short for a one-two with Pedro, and the Brazilian finds the Chelsea left-back unmarked in the box. On his weaker right foot, the Spaniard can't quite find the bottom-right corner, with Etheridge beaten. Still no shots on target for Chelsea...
39' Willian beats Arter twice before the Cardiff midfielder recovers to deflect an attempted cross out for a Chelsea corner.
38' Willian takes it after all, curling the ball over the wall and only missing the bottom-left corner of Etheridge's goal by a couple of yards. 
37' Willian checks inside and keeps running until Peltier clumsily pushes the Chelsea player to ground. Four players are eyeing up the resulting free-kick.
35' Alonso goes for a shot on his right foot from distance but a blue shirt gets in the way.
34' Murphy picks out Camarasa with a driven ball to feet and the Spaniard has Hoilett over to the left in acres of space, only to pass straight to a Chelsea player.
33' During that earlier corner, Alonso had a fistful of Morrison's shirt in the box. Cardiff might have been given a penalty if the referee sees that.
32' More fine work from Murphy wins Cardiff a corner. Eventually, Camarasa's delivery falls to Peltier but the fullback tries an awkward side-footed shot straight into Kepa's gloves.
30' Since a 2-2 draw with Manchester United in November 2013, Cardiff have lost their last 16 Premier League games against 'big six' opposition. Another reason why Chelsea will be kicking themselves if they don't take all three points here today...
28' Willian narrowly misses his mark with a backheel towards Higuain, who would have been in space to shoot had he managed to control it near Cardiff's area.
27' Camarasa then wastes the free-kick opportunity by overhitting a raking pass out for a Chelsea goal kick.
Jorginho
Yellow Card
26' Jorginho goes into the book for blatantly dragging Murphy to the ground. The Cardiff wide man has been his side's best player this afternoon.
24' Etheridge gets to a ball in behind just ahead of Higuain, who had timed his run well.
23' There's always the question of which Chelsea will turn up this season. So far, the Blues are having lots of the ball and not doing much with it. It's all a bit static in the final third as Rudiger and Luiz look for runners in behind.
21' Murphy is stopped from controlling the ball near the halfway line by Alonso, with a knee in the back.
19' Cardiff are holding their own here with just under 20 minutes played in Wales. Chelsea don't look comfortable at all when Murphy or Hoilett pick the ball up and run.
17' Rudiger steps forward with one thing on his mind. The German centre-half shoots from 40 yards and, unsurprisingly, watches it trickle wide nowhere near Cardiff's goal.
15' The pressure's on Higuain today. The Argentine has scored three goals in his seven Premier League games so far, with all of them coming against teams in the relegation zone. Giroud is waiting in the wings...
13' Cardiff go close this time! Chelsea don't deal with a Gunnarsson long throw well enough and the home side start their attack again. Murphy picks the ball up, cuts inside and tries to bend an effort inside the far post, only narrowly missing the target.
11' CLOSE! Rudiger finds Willian just outside the Cardiff box with a splitting pass. The Brazilian then knocks the ball back to Pedro, who aims for the top-left corner with a powerful shot that goes just over the crossbar.
10' Chelsea are trying to be more patient with possession in the centre of the park. Jorginho, Barkley and Rudiger are all enjoying plenty of touches.
8' Arter chips a free-kick towards the head of Morrison, who was being tightly marked by two Chelsea players. The Blues defence do enough to make sure the ball runs out for a goal kick.
8' Peltier does well to surge back and clean up a dangerous-looking Chelsea attack.
6' Murphy shrugs off Luiz and suddenly a crossing opportunity opens up on the right flank. The Cardiff wide man then can't find a team-mate with a low ball in.
6' Arter's currently nursing a sore knock on his left ankle.
4' Barkley carries the ball a long way to the right side of Cardiff's area before shooting. Ecuele Manga gets in the way to concede a corner. Soon after the set-piece, Jorginho brings down Murphy, who was trying to launch a breakaway.
2' Chelsea are having most of the ball, camped in at left-back with Alonso as Cardiff press early on.
1' Higuain and Barkley get the ball rolling.
Chelsea's Hazard and Kante are both only fit enough to start from the bench after busy international breaks for Belgium and France. Hudson-Odoi’s wait for his first Premier League start goes on despite an eye-catching fortnight with England. An ankle problem keeps Zappacosta out.
Like Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson will be out for the season after suffering a season-ending injury on Scotland duty. Jazz Richards also misses out due to an ongoing hamstring injury, while Warnock picks the same Cardiff XI that beat West Ham last time out.
CHELSEA SUBS: Willy Caballero, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud, Andreas Christensen.
CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Ross Barkley; Pedro, Gonzalo Higuaín, Willian.
CARDIFF CITY SUBS: Brian Murphy, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Kenneth Zohore, Kadeem Harris, Leandro Bacuna, Joe Ralls, Bobby Reid.
CARDIFF CITY (4-5-1): Neil Etheridge; Lee Peltier, Sean Morrison, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Joe Bennett; Aron Gunnarsson, Josh Murphy, Víctor Camarasa, Harry Arter, Junior Hoilett; Oumar Niasse.
Chelsea also face an uphill struggle in the top-four race as they battle with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham for Champions League places, starting today in sixth and three points adrift of the Gunners. Only west London neighbours Fulham have lost more games on the road in 2019 than Maurizio Sarri’s team, having suffered four Premier League away defeats themselves. Sarri also faces the task of juggling minutes with fan favourites Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Chelsea can’t afford another slip-up here.
Time is running out for Cardiff in their fight to avoid relegation. The Bluebirds are five points behind 17th-placed Burnley, and must survive Chelsea and then Manchester City before a crunch relegation six-pointer with the Clarets in a fortnight’s time. However, if Neil Warnock’s men are going to cause an upset, it’ll be on home soil. They’ve won 20 of their 28 points at the Cardiff City Stadium this term, but haven’t beaten today’s opponents since 1986.
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