Tuesday March 6, 2012 5th Round Finished St. Andrew's

Birmingham City 0 - 2 Chelsea

  • Mata 54’
  • Raul Meireles 60’

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  1. Di Matteo makes winning start

    Di Matteo makes winning start

    Roberto Di Matteo began life as Chelsea caretaker boss with a comfortable 2-0 win at Birmingham City in their FA Cup fifth-round replay. More

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    Time:90'
    • Birmingham City
    • Chelsea
    • 90+3' All over! A 2-0 win for Chelsea. Were well worthy of their victory this evening.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added on here.
    • 88' Change for Chelsea as Mata departs to be replaced by Essien.
    • 87' King thumps a shot at the Chelsea goal. Got hold of the shot, but Cech was there to stand tall and make a fine save.
    • 86' Zigic just offside. Just offside. He has put in a good shift in this match.
    • 85' Davis trying to get his head on the ball at the back post, but a wonderful clearance by Cahill with his head. Looked like that was going to drop in.
    • 84' Burke tries to pick out King, but Luiz was watching the ball like a hawk. Solid clearance by the Chelsea defender.
    • 83' Sturridge looks for Torres on the chase. Spector races back to deal with the danger. Birmingham fighitng the good fight until the end.
    • 82' Mikel forced to not the ball behind for another corner, but Mata can clear the danger.
    • 81' Great ball by Burke to pick out Mutch. Excellent play, but the ball bobbled as Mutch lifted it over Cech and well over the bar.
    • 80' Into the final 10 minutes. Chelsea on the cusp of progress in the tournament. Birmingham still battling here.
    • 79' Gomis having to work back to win the ball for Birmingham. Redmond finds King, but Cahill wallops the loose ball clear.
    • 78' Mutch throws in the free-kick. Cech comes out. Gets a fist on it, but the ball is behind for a corner to the home team.
    • 77' Mutch and Cahill collide out wide. Birmingham get the decision. Free-kick chance.
    • 76' Lovely ball across the face of goal by Torres to pick out Sturridge. Looked a certain goal, but no finish from five yards out. How did that not go in?
    • 75' Lampard arrives to take over from Ramires. Visiting fans give him a big reception.
    • 74' Redmond lets fly from 30 yards out. Ball was struck well, but always rising over the bar.
    • 73' Burke's sees his progress halted on the run, but he does enough to win a corner.
    • 72' Superb tackle by Cahill on King. Had to get that right after Zigic flicked the ball on.
    • 71' N'daw departs to be replaced by Marlon King for the home side.
    • 70' Will that inspire a City comeback. The home fans are certainly well in the mood for this now.
    • 69' Mata missed in the first match, and he misses another penalty in the replay. Now five penalty misses in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
    • 68' Save! Doyle dives to his left to make the save! Wasn't the best penalty. Decent stop.
    • 67' Penalty to Chelsea! N'daw fouls Torres. That is a penalty to the visiting side. Easy decision for the referee to make.
    • 66' Mata with a decent delivery, but Zigic was back helping out his defence. He nods over the bar. Corner to Chelsea.
    • 65' N'daw fouls Ramires. Free-kick to the visiting side. Could be more goals in this for Chelsea.
    • 64' Mata dances to the edge of the box. Slams the shot at goal, but was always rising. Well over the bar. We remain at 2-0 in Chelsea's favour.
    • 63' The visiting fans are armed with songs about heading for Wembley. Look a certainty for a place in the last eight.
    • 62' Torres is going to be booked after a late challenge on Spector. Not much joy for him this evening. So far at least.
    • 61' A 2-0 lead now for the visiting side. That Chelsea bench look delighted. And no wonder. They have been the better side in this second period.
    • 60' GOAL! A stunning finish from Meireles. What a finish that was! 25 yards out. No chance for Doyle.
    • 59' Changes coming for Chelsea as Sturridge replaces Kalou while Burke is on for Rooney.
    • 58' Mata races in on the blind side of Davies. Inches wide with a header. Almost the killer second for Chelsea, but not quite. We remain at 1-0. Chelsea looking the likelier side all of a sudden.
    • 57' Torres on the break for Chelsea, but another disappointing final ball from the forward who seems to be shorn off all his confidence.
    • 56' Almost a smile on the face of manager Roberto Di Matteo when that hit the net. Work to be done now for Birmingham.
    • 55' GOAL! Mata scores for Chelsea. Ball broke to him off Kalou and he stabs it home from 10 yards. A 1-0 lead for the visitors.
    • 54' Looks like Sturridge is going to be wheeled into the action for the visiting side.
    • 53' Mikel is on the deck after a late challenge on Gomis. He needs some treatment.
    • 52' Both sets of fans making a fair bit of noise. Mata looking for Ramires, but Gomis wins it for Birmingham.
    • 51' Chelsea looking a bit more assured here. N'daw caught offside as he went too soon.
    • 50' Zigic complaining about the lack of quality into his feet. Ibanez makes a superb challenge on Mata. Had to get that spot-on.
    • 49' Mutch with the delivery, but Cech is out to punch clear before Zigic is deemed to be offside seconds later.
    • 48' Kalou can't keep the ball in play, and the home team win a corner.
    • 47' Luiz having to be very mindful to header the ball away from Zigic.
    • 46' Chelsea get this game off and running. One win in seven for Chelsea before this match. Badly need a big second half.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! All level at 0-0 in this one. Should be an interesting second period.
    • 44' Two minutes to be added to the half.
    • 43' Chance for Torres. He turns to screw the shot wide of goal. Poor, poor finishing by the forward who should have worked Doyle with that effort.
    • 42' Ivanovic drives the ball off a home shirt. And that is a corner to Chelsea, who are beginning to look the likelier side.
    • 41' Mata drives a shot at goal from 20 yards. Straight down the throat of Doyle who saves with some ease.
    • 40' A bit of pushing and shoving in that box, before Chelsea finally deal with the danger from Mutch's corner.
    • 39' Superb stop by Cech! Great cross by Mutch, but Cech does wonderfully well to nudge over Zigic's header from 12 yards out. Agile header by the big forward.
    • 38' Di Matteo exuding a calm persona on the touchline as Mutch tries to break for the home side.
    • 37' Bertrand tries to bolster the Chelsea attack, but Doyle has the ball in his paws moments later.
    • 36' This pitch also playing its part. Not exactly lush grass out there. Mata comes up with a cross, but N'daw hammers it long down the park.
    • 35' Birmingham battling hard in the Championship for a play-off place. Can see why Chelsea aren't getting it easy. The home side are very well organised.
    • 34' Mikel picks up the ball for Chelsea. Too many balls aimless at the moment from Chelsea. Difficult yet to predict a winner from this tie.
    • 33' Mata opts to loft the ball to the back post. Met by Cahill at the back post, but he ends up nodding wide of goal. We remain at 0-0 here.
    • 32' Ramires causing N'daw no end of problems as Chelsea win a corner. Chance here to apply some pressure.
    • 31' Ramires with the cross. Torres can't get it under control before Rooney whacks the loose ball away from him. More frustration for Torres.
    • 30' Rooney trying to keep the loose ball in play, but it goes beyond him for a goalkick to the visiting side. Birmingham working tirelessly.
    • 29' Torresn and Ramires trying to combine with Mata looking to run from deep, but the offside flag is up against the Chelsea forward.
    • 28' Zigic is going to be booked for a late challenge on Cahill. A poor, poor challenge. Lucky to avoid a red card for that.
    • 27' Rooney rises in the box. Wasn't too easy to get the header on target, but it flies off his head and wide of the Chelsea goal.
    • 26' Torres guilty of taking a heavy touch as the ball hit off his knee before running wide. Yet to find the pace of this game.
    • 25' Elliott turns in the box. Spins and fires the shot at goal, but Cech dives to make the stop. Fine save.
    • 24' Ramires complaining after he caught Gomis late. Didn't look too much in that.
    • 23' Kalou looking for Ramires. Decent ball, but Redmond was scampering back to make the clearance. First goal is going to be crucial in this contest.
    • 22' Redmond racing away from Zigic's pass. Neat play by the forward to send Redmond clear on the flank, but Luiz dashes back to make the clearance. Smart defending.
    • 21' Spector flicks the ball at goal. A bit of fresh air under that ball as it flew goalwards. Cech was pedalling back, but takes the ball under the bar.
    • 20' Torres flicks the ball through to Mata, but he is a couple of yards offside as Terry and Lampard look on from the bench.
    • 19' Birmingham really applying as much pressure as possible to the ball. Cech is the captain of Chelsea tonight. Zigic set to return to the action.
    • 18' Ramires drives into the box, but smacks the shot wide of goal. Ball spins wide off the right boot of Ramires and wide. It remains 0-0.
    • 17' Much of a muchness. Hopes of a corner for the home side there, but the ball just hit back of Mutch for a goalkick to Chelsea.
    • 16' Think Zigic is needing a few stitches in that wound. Rooney puts pressure on Bertrand. A throw-in to Birmingham out wide.
    • 15' Zigic and Luiz again wrestling for the ball. Zigic caught on the head by the boot of Luiz. Blood pouring from his head, but he should be ok.
    • 14' Zigic needing a spot of treatment after a clash with Luiz. Game swinging from end to end here. Bertrand knocks the ball out of play.
    • 13' Kalou on the dash for Chelsea, but Mutch is well positiioned to tidy up for the home side.
    • 12' Chelsea attempting to get some pace into their play. Birmingham well up for the physical battle here.
    • 11' Redmond trying to cut a dash into the area. Lovely piece of play, but Luiz is on hand to make the challenge. Goalkick to the visitors.
    • 10' Redmond is quite clearly happy to have a go at Ivanovic whenever he can. Home fans making plenty of noise. Torres has gone 22 games without a goal.
    • 9' Doyle is quickly off his line to snatch the ball away from Torres. Alert piece of goalkeeping.
    • 8' Another super little flick-on by Zigic for Rooney, but he goes too soon. Just offside there.
    • 7' The home side's ploy is to aim for Zigic in the middle. Redmond floats a ball over from out wide, but too much pace on the cross. Goalkick to the visitors.
    • 6' Not exactly in pristine condition this pitch. Elliott tries to send Gomis racing in on goal, but Chelsea survive that move. Lovely play by Zigic in the build-up.
    • 5' Corner comes to nothing before Luiz runs the ball out of play. Energetic start by both sides here.
    • 4' Redmond fires a shot at goal at the other end. Hits off Ivanovic, and flies behind the goal for a corner.
    • 3' Lovely ball by Torres. Picks out Mata on the run. He was racing in on goal, but the shot is palmed wide by Doyle. What a chance that was. Almost the opening goal.
    • 2' Chelsea in their white shirts. Knocking the ball around at the back with some confidence.
    • 1' Chelsea get the match off and running.
    • 19.42 Birmingham and Chelsea heading out onto the pitch for the match. Huge night for Di Matteo and his players. All the cameras on Di Matteo.
    • 19.40 Match odds for this evening: Birmingham City 5/1, Chelsea 3/4, Draw 29/10
    • 19.35 Birmingham have won only one of their last five matches in all competitions. Chelsea have won just once in their last seven matches in all competitions.
    • 19.30 A few facts for you ahead of this match: Chelsea have won 13 and lost just one of the last 20 matches in all competitions with Birmingham. Roberto Di Matteo has won only two of his six games as a manager in the FA Cup, but will hope for better times ahead this evening. The winner of this match will face a home match with Leicester City on March 18.
    • 19.25 Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo: "It has been a very difficult 24 hours for a lot of people at the football club. Andre (Villas-Boas) has brought some very good, positive ideas and changes and we will benefit from his changes. I enjoyed very much working with him and we will remain friends for the rest of our lives, but I will have to move on for this club and try my best with the players we have here. We need to regroup for sure."
    • 19.20 Birmingham boss Chris Hughton: “It will be a super night and we will have a support behind us we know we have got to lift also, we have to get them going with our football, our passion for the game and a real desire to do well. What you can’t do - and what we didn’t do in the first game - is underestimate them. They are the better team, they are the Champions League team, the team with the best players. That being the case, they would be expected to win"
    • 19.15 Ryan Bertrand starts for Chelsea at left-back with Ashley Cole missing due to an ankle injury with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Michael Essian and Daniel Sturridge on the bench. John Terry returns to the bench for the visiting side. Jose Bosingwa (hamstring) and Ross Turnbull (ankle) are both out.
    • 19.10 Birmingham are facing a player shortage ahead of the home FA Cup fifth-round replay with eight senior members of the squad cup-tied or injured. Defenders Stephen Carr (knee), Steve Caldwell (ribs) and David Murphy (hip) are out, Peter Ramage is cup-tied while but Curtis Davies makes it. Pablo Ibanez is the only fit centre-half. In addition, Midfielders Andros Townsend (cup-tied) and Keith Fahey (groin) are unavailable.
    • 19.05 Teams for this evening: Birmingham: Doyle; Spector, Davies, Ibanez, N'Daw; Redmond, Mutch, Gomis, Elliott; Rooney, Zigic..subs: Myhill, Packwood, Valles, Reilly, Burke, Jervis, King////Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Meireles, Kalou, Torres, Mata..subs: Hilario, Terry, Essien, Lampard, Sturridge, Drogba, Lukaku
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of the fifth-round replay between Birmingham City and Chelsea at St Andrew's.
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      Defenders
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      Substitution Out72′ 4.8 -
      Midfielders
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      Strikers
      Substitution Out60′ 5.2 -
      Yellow Card 6.3 -
      Subs
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      Substitution In60′ 5 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out76′ 6.1 -
      Goal 6 -
      Strikers
      Substitution Out60′ 5.8 -
      Goal Substitution Out89′ 7.1 -
      Yellow Card 6.1 -
      Subs
      Substitution In76′ 6.5 -
      Substitution In60′ 4.9 -
      Substitution In89′ 6.7 -

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