Premier League

August 25, 2012



2 - 0

Newcastle United

Premier League

16:30 +00:00, August 25, 2012

Stamford Bridge, England


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    Chelsea look to have the quality to outplay the likes of Newcastle, and have an exciting season ahead if they can up it slightly. Newcastle will continue to struggle with such a small squad, as their subs showed they didn't have the answer.

  • 90'

    Full-time. Chelsea got the job done in the first half, and Newcastle never had the quality to break down a strong Blues backline.

  • 90'

    Luiz decides against heading a long ball out of the Newcastle defence, and instead neatly controls the ball and plays it back ot Cech.

  • 90'

    He lives!! Luiz gets up and goes for a jog round the pitch.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of added time, as Luiz receives more treatment. Just sub him for the remaining moments.

  • 90'

    Looks like Luiz is losing some blood.

  • 89'

    A cross from Gutierrez causes chaos in the box, as Ba challenges Luiz, with the big Brazilian hitting the deck after a clash.

  • 87'

    Frank Lampard is now on for Meireles.

  • 87'

    Perch brings down Hazard with a bad challenge, but the Belgian gets up.

  • 86'

    Cahill has had another impressive game for Chelsea, maybe this could be the season he takes over from Terry...

  • 84'

    Demba Ba should equalise, after receiving a knock down, the striker misses his first kick, but then gets more space, but only manages to shoot straight at Cech from ten yards.

  • 83'

    It's looking over for Newcastle as Anita sums up their day by chipping the ball into Cech's arms from 45 yards.

  • 82'

    Pardew is doing his best to get sent off for the second time in a week. Dowd takes pity and tells him to calm down.

  • 81'

    A corner is given, which Hazard chips into the box, but the ball is cleared.

  • 79'

    That man Hazard breaks away down the left, but his cut back is cleared. Bertrand then picks up the ball and rifles a shot that is tipped wide by Krul.

  • 78'

    Another foul from Gutierrez as he brings down Ramires needlessly on the sidelines.

  • 77'

    Final change for Newcastle as James Perch replaces the injured Cabaye.

  • 76'

    Meireles goes closer than Luiz did moments ago, but his free-kick still flies over.

  • 76'

    Anita looks frustrated as he gives away another foul, he's looked competent today without excelling.

  • 74'

    Santon departs as Sylvain Marveaux joins the party.

  • 74'

    The introduction of Ramires means it's now even harder to break down Chelsea, who needs John Terry?

  • 73'

    The visitors are looking short of ideas as they await some magic from the feet of Ben Arfa.

  • 71'

    Topless Newcastle fans at a football match, whatever next?

  • 69'

    The Hair (David Luiz) takes the free-kick, but it's well over.

  • 69'

    Gutierrez gifts a free-kick to Chelsea by running into the back of Mikel.

  • 68'

    A better set-piece from Ryan Taylor finds Cisse's head, but he jumps to early and heads the ball over on the way down.

  • 67'

    Chelsea look to shut up shop by replacing Mata with Ramires.

  • 67'

    More magic from Ben Arfa gets him a free-kick on the left.

  • 66'

    A through ball from Mikel sets Torres away, but Coloccini matches him yard for yard, and manages to get a block in before it's cleared.

  • 64'

    Ryan Taylor will add more danger from set-pieces than the man he replaced, but his first corner is easily headed clear.

  • 64'

    Ryan Taylor has come on to replace Danny Simpson

  • 63'

    Ben Arfa does his best, but runs into a few too many players, but manages to win a corner off Mikel.

  • 62'

    Ba runs across the pitch in his own half and is lucky to be brought down by Torres rather than lose the ball.

  • 61'

    Sadly Santon isn't the finest crosser of the ball, and slices one well out of play from the left-hand flank.

  • 60'

    Mata picks up a Cole cross, but his effort into the six-yard box is cleared by Gutierrez.

  • 60'

    Someone won't hand the ball back to Ben Arfa> Those zany Chelsea fans.

  • 59'

    Newcastle are coming more into the game with their added vigour, and it almost reaps rewards as Ba has a shot from seven yards, but Cech pushes it behind.

  • 57'

    Coloccini loses the ball in the Chelsea half, and Cole tries to catch him out of position by launching the ball up the Torres, but Santon covers tehe danger.

  • 56'

    Cisse battles with Cahill who flicks the ball away, before Ivanovic wins a throw-in for Chelsea.

  • 54'

    Ben Arfa is spending a lot of time infield, trying to make things happen, but it's not happening for the Frenchman.

  • 53'

    The Newcastle players look keener to have a shot, but Gutierrez's effort from 25 yards ends up high in the stand.

  • 52'

    Ben Arfa uses his quick feet to open up some space on the edge of the area, but his shot goes across Cech's goal and wide.

  • 51'

    After fighting for the ball, Newcastle make some progress up the pitch, but are met by a wall of Chelsea players forcing them back.

  • 49'

    Cabaye goes for an elaborate 40-yard pass, but it's intercepted by Cole on the edge of the area.

  • 48'

    Chelsea look promising down the left, but Cole crosses the ball over everyone and Newcsatle clear.

  • 47'

    Fans taking cover as the rain gets heavier. Someone give them a plastic poncho!

  • 46'

    Cabaye is back out for the second half, which will be key if Newcastle are to get back into this game.


    The Newcastle bench doesn't look inspiring either.


    Newcastle will need to come up with a few more ideas in the second half after only managing to get one shot on target.


    You don't want to see Fernando when he's mad!


    Serie A starts tonight, so get the lowdown on all the teams from Adam Digby

  • 45'

    HT - Chelsea go into the break with a deserved lead thanks to Hazard and Torres.

  • 45'

    Cabaye sits himself down in the centre circle complaining of a problem with his right knee. Let's just blow for half-time.

  • 45'

    Hazard backheeled the ball into the Spaniard's path, and he sticks it in from 18 yards.

  • 45'

    GOAL Torres nets with a toe-poke from the edge of the area.

  • 45'

    Mata gets a ball into the box, but Gutierrez easily clears it.

  • 45'

    Four minutes added time, so still a bit more action.

  • 44'

    A first shot on target for Newcastle as the ball falls to Cisse, who spins, but his shot is straight at the imposing Cech.

  • 43'

    A Newcastle free-kick is cleared, allowing Chelsea to break but Torres finds Meireles in an offside position.

  • 42'

    Hazard slots home the penalty

  • 40'

    Cisse crosses to Ba at the second attempt, but the striker heads it over.

  • 39'

    Torres gets the booking for simulation.

  • 39'

    Torres looks for a foul by jumping over a diving challenge from Coloccini, but the ref ignores his pleas, as the Spaniard dived.

  • 38'

    Cahill is the latest to injure himself when he stumbles whilst trying to pass the ball and jars his knee.

  • 37'

    Torres and Taylor clash in the centre circle, but Dowd waves the protests away.

  • 36'

    The Belgian wizard, Hazard, tries to double his tally but his wild volley from 20 yards goes high and wide.

  • 35'

    Hazard plays the ball to Mata on the byline, but his cross is cleared by Coloccini.

  • 34'

    Ben Arfa gets himself a throw-in despite the ball coming off him last. Cunning.

  • 33'

    Foul by Meireles on Gutierrez on the halfway line.

  • 32'

    Torres almost gets the wrong side of Coloccini, but the Argentine defender does enough to hold him up on the edge of the area.

  • 31'

    Ashley Cole puts a sharp cross in, which Ivanovic heads powerfully at goal, but Krul makes the save.

  • 30'

    A groggy Luiz returns to the action, hoping to shake off the knock.

  • 29'

    You'd think his hair would give him some protection, but Luiz doesn't look happy.

  • 28'

    Luiz goes down after a heavy fall when challenging Cisse for the ball.

  • 27'

    Cisse tries to set Ba away, but his ball is too powerful for Ba to catch.

  • 26'

    The Portuguese midfielder receives treatment and returns to the pitch.

  • 25'

    Lampard is sent to warm-up after Meireles goes down with an injury,

  • 24'

    Chelsea are now calming the situation down, by passing it around the back four and midfield.

  • 23'

    That's Chelsea's third penalty in three games...

  • 22'

    GOAL Hazard takes the penalty with Lampard on the bench, but beats Krul to his right.

  • 21'

    Penalty to Chelsea as Anita takes down Torres with aplomb.

  • 20'

    Cabaye's corner fails to beat the first man and is cleared.

  • 20'

    It's a Newcastle corner after Ba's cross is deflected behind.

  • 19'

    Torres shows some indiscipline by fouling Coloccini and then kicking the ball into the advertising.

  • 18'

    Bertrand has the best effort of the game thus far when he runs onto Torres' lay off on the edge of the area, but his right-foot shot goes straight at Krul.

  • 17'

    Ba fails to control a Gutierrez pass and ends up fouling a Chelsea defender.

  • 16'

    Newcastle are keeping the ball now in an attmept to limit Chelsea's control, but are struggling to find a way through.

  • 15'

    Ben Arfa is looking for a few long range passes now, but his latest has too much on it and bounces over Santon and out of play.

  • 14'

    Chelsea enjoy some neat build-up, with the ball ending up with Hazard, whose shot is straight at Krul from 20 yards.

  • 13'

    Newcastle are getting into the game more now, and a long Ben Arfa pass finds Ba in the box, but the big striker has to stretch and hits it over.

  • 12'

    Hazard offers some mercurial running, but his pass has too much on it, and runs out of play before Torres can reach it.

  • 11'

    Ba collects a ball from Cabaye and turns Cahill, but his touch is slightly too heavy as it runs out for a goal-kick.

  • 9'

    Torres lays the ball back for Mikel, who proves why he isn't known for his goalscoring prowess as he slams it high into the stand from 30 yards.

  • 8'

    Ben Arfa takes on two on the right-hand touchline, but can't make it beyond a third, as the Frenchman gives a glimpse of his talent.

  • 8'

    Chelsea are controlling possession in midfield, but can't find that killer ball.

  • 6'

    Hazard tries a shot from the edge of the area, but fails to connect properly, allowing Steven Taylor to control and clear the ball.

  • 6'

    Simpson fouls Torres, with the two fighting hard for the ball on the touchline.

  • 5'

    Anita does his best to pull down Mikel, but Phil Dowd allows play to carry on.

  • 3'

    Ivanonic tries a cross from the right wing, but only finds Krul, with Torres lurking.

  • 2'

    David Luiz tries a 40-yard cross field pass, but only finds Davide Santon at left-back. Maybe the Brailian should keep it simple.

  • 1'

    Anita shows he can replace Tiote by tackling Ashley Cole and sending him up in the air at the same time.

  • 1'

    And we're off!


    Papiss Cisse scored goal of the season in this fixture last time around, but I think he'd take a five yard tap-in if it ensured victory today.


    Good to see Coloccini's hair making a return to action today. His partnership with Steven Taylor will be crucial for Newcastle once more this season.


    The players are in the tunnel, with the Chelsea team wearing some lovely jackets.


    Victor Moses was presented at Stamford Bridge today, can't see him fitting into the Chelsea team straight away, but will be a great impact sub.


    It's been pretty wet here in West London today, but the pitch at Stamford Bridge still looks in good condition. Hopefully the water will give the ball some zip.


    Di Matteo claims Lampard is on the bench as part of Chelsea's squad rotation.


    The big miss for Newcastle is Tiote, but his absence will offer Vurnon Anita the chance to shine in the centre of midfielder.


    There's no John Terry today, so we'll get to see Gary Cahill alongside David Luiz once more.


    Chelsea new boy Cesar Azpilicueta has urged the fans to give him time to settle into the Premier League, after his £9 million move from Marseille was confirmed on Friday.


    Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse


    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Meireles; Mata, Hazard, Bertrand; Torres.


    No JT or Lamps for the Blues though. Team news to follow:


    There has been rain, thunder and lightening, but ESPN should be there for Chelsea v Newcastle at 17.30 BST