Wednesday April 22, 2009 Day 33 Finished Stamford Bridge

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  1. Chelsea held by Everton

    Chelsea held by Everton

    Chelsea and Everton shared a 0-0 draw in the Premier League after a frustrating evening of missed chances at Stamford Bridge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Everton
    • 90+5' That's it, the full-time whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea have been held 0-0 by Everton, who had just as big a claim to winning the game. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+4' Drogba challenges with Lescott, but the defender wins the aerial battle as the win looks beyond Chelsea now.
    • 90+3' The offside flag brings another Chelsea attack to an abrupt halt as Ballack receives the ball in the box and turns sharply.
    • 90+2 Drogba hits the bar for Chelsea! The striker swivelled and shot powerfully from close range, only to see it rebound off the crossbar as Everton cling on.
    • 90+1 Jo has trudged off injured, with Louis Saha replacing him.
    • 90' Four minutes are to be added at the end of this second half.
    • 89' Castillo punts the ball upfield for Jo, who runs through to meet it, with Cech managing to clear, but both players go down after the clash.
    • 88' Everton boss David Moyes brings off Leon Osman for Jack Rodwell.
    • 87' Di Santo goes down in the box, but Lescott's challenge was fair, and the faint appeals are rightly waved away.
    • 86' With Jacobsen being treated on the field, we have a slight delay. Phil Jagielka looks to be coming on.
    • 85' Baines continues to defend stoutly for Everton, who protest until the ball is put out of play, with Jacobsen down injured.
    • 84' Tim Cahill feeds Pienaar on the edge of the penalty area, but the South African's shot drifts narrowly wide.
    • 83' Manchester United have scored again,
    • 82' Mikel and Lampard exchange passes, but Alex shoots wide, with the defender seemingly staying in attack permanently now.
    • 81' Lescott has a shot blocked in the box, before Cahill drives a shot from inside the penalty area into the side netting - good chance for the Australian.
    • 80' Everton now apply the pressure with two corners in quick succession.
    • 79' Baines does brilliantly to beat Drogba in the air, jumping early to beat his taller opponent.
    • 78' Lampard and Mikel combine through the middle before feeding Kalou again outwide as Chelsea press with increased intensity.
    • 77' Kalou has another good effort; driving a shot which deflects off Lescott's head and over the bar.
    • 76' Franco Di Santo is Chelsea's final change, with Florent Malouda coming off.
    • 75' Salomon Kalou comes close for Chelsea with a header from close range which goes over the bar, after Lampard drilled a shot which was blocked by a combination of Lescott and Yobo.
    • 74' Phil Neville mis-times his run as Jo threads a ball through to him as Everton continue to look bright on the break.
    • 73' Jo hooks another wasteful shot over the bar after he and Pienaar had created space on the edge of the Chelsea area - it is not the Brazilian's night so far.
    • 72' Replays suggest that the ball did strike the defender on the arm, but it was never intentional and was probably a good decision from Halsey this time.
    • 71' Baines goes down in a promising area for Everton with no free kick awarded, while Chelsea have half-hearted claims for a hand-ball by Lescott also rejected.
    • 70' Malouda continues to look a threat out on the left for Chelsea, but Jacobsen is holding firm and defending stubbornly.
    • 69' Alex stays upfield for Chelsea and wins two powerful headers, but neither amounts to anything.
    • 68' Lampard drifts in a testing free-kick which misses everyone in the box as Jo gets a flick on it. Halsey doesn't see it, and a goal kick is given.
    • 67' Cech looks unconvincing as he allows another cross from Pienaar to go out for a corner when he could have left it.
    • 66' Everton enjoy a spell of possession, with Pienaar whipping in a cross from the left which Terry clears under pressure from Jo.
    • 65' Lampard gives Everton the ball back sportingly after the visitors had allowed Malouda to be attended to, but tempers are flaring at the Bridge.
    • 64' Chelsea are incensed by a clumsy, and perhaps cynical, challenge by Joseph Yobo on Florent Malouda, who goes down clutching his face after both players challenged for a high ball.
    • 63' Pienaar wastes the free-kick, with Cech collecting the ball comfortably as it is overhit.
    • 62' Kalou fouls Jo out on the Chelsea right, and concedes a dangerous free kick.
    • 61' A rasping drive from John Terry on his weaker left foot brings a sharp stop from Tim Howard, diving to his left to palm the ball away.
    • 60' Indeed, Kalou comes on in place of Nicolas Anelka, who has had a frustrating evening on the right wing. Michael Essien also comes off, with John Obi-Mikel replacing him.
    • 59' Salomon Kalou looks to be coming on imminently for Chelsea.
    • 58' Lampard has another shot on goal which does not trouble Howard, while Anelka gets down the right for Chelsea yet again, but his cross evades Drogba's run.
    • 57' Fellaini's hair dominates any shot of the Everton substitutes' bench, with Jagielka looking frustrated to be there.
    • 56' Fabio Capello sits in the stands with a match programme and a contemplative expression. Lescott will be the man that will have most impressed him in all likelihood.
    • 55' Malouda has a foraging run down the left which culminates in a cut-back for Drogba, who is about to unleash a shot from close range, but for a timely challenge by Joleon Lescott.
    • 54' Baines has a domineering run finally ended abruptly by Alex, who sticks in a toe to dispossess the left-back in full flight.
    • 53' Anelka turns sharply away from Tim Cahill, but again can't quite find the final pass, with Lampard waiting in the box.
    • 52' Ballack sprints down the middle of the pitch for Chelsea, but his pass to Drogba is intercepted sharply by Yobo.
    • 51' Joleon Lescott shows good composure, lobbing the ball cooly over the head of Lampard, before clearing upfield from a threatening position.
    • 50' Pienaar has a shot from range which Cech watches sail over the bar calmly, as this second half fails to settle.
    • 49' Branislav Ivanovic brings the ball out of defence for Chelsea in a composed manner, which marks his burgeoning reputation for the Blues.
    • 48' Castillo and Pienaar do well to clear the danger with Everton boxed in around their penalty area, while David Moyes barks out instructions to Baines at left-back.
    • 47' Set pieces continue to be fiercely contested, with both sides adept at scoring from crosses.
    • 46' Didier Drogba begins the second half by winning a corner for the hosts, which Florent Malouda will whip in from the right.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea and Everton are goalless. The best chances falling to Jo, while Baines believes he could have had a penalty.
    • 45' There will be just one minute added at the end of this first half, with Chelsea pushing hard for a goal.
    • 44' Cech is sharply off his line to collect Baines through ball to Pienaar, and launches a punt up to Drogba.
    • 43' Jo loses his footing as he finds himself through on goal once again - that was embarrassing from the Brazilian, who has had two good chances in this half.
    • 42' A pacey break from Anelka directly following Everton's corner almost catches the visitors out, but his pass to Malouda is pounced upon by Howard.
    • 41' Mark Halsey pedantically makes the corner be retaken by Osman after pushing in the box, and Terry clears the second attempt.
    • 40' Baines has a crack from outside the Chelsea area, which is deflected off Alex and flies out for a corner, with Cech retreating anxiously back onto his line.
    • 39' Segundo Castillo makes a sturdy challenge on Michael Essien on halfway as the play continues to be scrappy.
    • 38' Leon Osman, often the unsung hero for Everton, makes an important interception on the edge of his side's box, with Drogba waiting to receive Ballack's pass.
    • 37' Ballack and Lampard attempt to force their side out of their own half with a slick interchange, but Castillo makes a firm block, out for a throw-in.
    • 36' Baines over-hits a promising free-kick which suited a left-footed inswinger - shame for Everton with men waiting in the box.
    • 35' Everton appeal for a penalty as Baines scampers into the Chelsea box before appearing to be tripped clumsily by Alex, who hung out a leg; but crucially, Mark Halsey is unconvinced.
    • 34' Pienaar almost threads an inventive pass through to Jo, but Terry does well to read it and intercept.
    • 33' Jo dallies with the ball out wide on the left as Everton break on the counter-attack, and Tim Cahill does superbly to turn Alex with the pass played behind him, but his shot is parried away by Cech.
    • 32' Essien loiters on the edge of the box as Malouda teases Jacobsen down the Chelsea left, but as the ball comes out to the midfielder, he loses it to Cahill.
    • 31' As Phil Neville makes another firm challenge, clearly undeterred by his earlier booking, why not have a look at the
    • 30' Nic Anelka forages a path down the right wing and looks to cut back a testing ball for Drogba, but Baines and Lescott do well to block, one after the other.
    • 29' Lampard lets fly with a dreadful shot from 30 yards, with the hosts becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of an opening in the Everton defence thus far.
    • 28' Ballack wastes the set-piece, striking wide of the upright as Chelsea continue to lack a cutting edge in attack as we approach the half-hour.
    • 27' Pienaar is harshly adjudged to have fouled Ballack 25 yards out, leaving the German with a dangerous free-kick.
    • 26' Malouda and Drogba combine down the left wing, and almost create an opening at the expense of Jacobsen.
    • 25' Mark Halsey has shown the fewest yellow cards of any referee in the Premier League this season, with just Phil Neville's name in the book so far this evening.
    • 24' Pienaar does well to track back and help out Baines, dispossessing Anelka with the Frenchman advancing down the left.
    • 23' Terry rises high to beat Jo to a couple of long balls, punted up field by Baines from left-back.
    • 22' Pienaar has a dig from the edge of the Chelsea area, which goes close to Cech's far post, but the keeper had it covered.
    • 21' The home side exchange a string of hypnotic passes on the edge of the Everton box, but the visitors simply watch and hold their shape, with Drogba getting frustrated and lashing a shot wide.
    • 20' Chelsea are enjoying 63 per cent of possession in this first half at Stamford Bridge, but have had no real clear-cut chances to show for it.
    • 19' Drogba drills the resulting free-kick straight into the wall, which stays impressively firm.
    • 18' Essien, in typically dogged fashion, wins a free kick by shielding the ball from Segundo Castillo, who naively and rashly brings him down on the edge of the area.
    • 17' Leighton Baines passes the ball to Phil Neville, who fancies his chances with a long throw-in, with Alex off the field temporarily; Hiddink is not happy.
    • 16' Michael Essien then replicates Lampard's effort, as if in a training ground exercise, but his attempt is high and wide.
    • 15' Frank Lampard has a shot from 25 yards which swerves viciously, narrowly wide of Howard's far post - good effort.
    • 14' Phil Neville is booked for clattering into the back of Drogba as the striker was receiving Lampard's pass - few complaints there.
    • 13' Everton are pressing Chelsea around the pitch with the intensity their followers have grown accustomed to; giving the opposition no time on the ball.
    • 12' Essien makes a superb run to put Baines under pressure - the midfielder ran all of 30 yards to close him down; imagine Michael Ballack doing that!
    • 11' Here at Stamford Bridge, Didier Drogba attempts and fluffs an overhead kick in the Everton box, while at Old Trafford, there has been a goal.
    • 10' Lescott tackles Anelka in dubious fashion: it was borderline high and very robust, but the Frenchman is unscathed, and no free kick is given.
    • 9' Castillo shows real strength in midfield, holding off Essien and Ballack, which is no mean feat.
    • 8' A glorious chance for Jo, who is through on goal with just the keeper to beat, but Cech spreads himself to save with his legs and deny Everton from taking an early lead. Ashley Cole played him onside from left-back and the striker latched on to Pienaar's through ball.
    • 7' Florent Malouda throws the ball back to Tim Howard after Steven Pienaar limped to the touchline, but the South African looks okay.
    • 6' Didier Drogba almost gets in on goal after Joseph Yobo finds himself defending in quick sand, but Joleon Lescott covers and bails out his defensive partner.
    • 5' Jo picks himself off the floor gingerly after a typically uncompromising tackle from John Terry; referee Mark Halsey shows over-concern for the Brazilian in halting play.
    • 4' Steven Pienaar whips in a devilish cross from the left, which finds its way to Jo in the centre, but the striker can't quite get the ball under control and it squirms out to Cech.
    • 3' Tim Cahill ghosts past Alex, who lunges in with a hopeful, but essentially hapless tackle, but the Australian runs wide and has his cross blocked by Ivanovic.
    • 2' Michael Essien collides with Jo on halfway, with the Brazilian going down very easily. Both sets of supporters are in full voice.
    • 1' We're underway at Stamford Bridge, and immediately Castillo plays a through ball to Jo, but Petr Cech is sharply off his line to clear.
    • - Chelsea are four points behind Liverpool and Manchester United, who entertain Portsmouth this evening, while Everton are ten points behind Arsenal in the elusive fourth spot. To see the
    • - Chelsea have had a day longer than the Toffees to recover from their respective FA Cup exploits, with this fixture representing a dress-rehearsal for the final in May.
    • - David Moyes has surprisingly given Phil Jagielka a very rare rest, with the defender starting from the bench, while Marouane Fellaini is out altogether. Segundo Castillo comes in for the Belgian, with Lars Jacobsen replacing Tony Hibbert at right-back.
    • - Guus Hiddink refuses to rule the Blues out of the Premier League title race, with the bookies offering an average price of 16/1.
    • - Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Drogba, Anelka, Malouda Subs: Hilario, Di Santo, Mikel, Kalou, Belletti, Mancienne, Mellis
    • - Everton: Howard, Jacobsen, Lescott, Yobo, Baines, Osman, Castillo, Neville, Pienaar, Jo, Cahill Subs: Nash, Hibbert, Jagielka, Saha, Vaughan, Rodwell, Gosling Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
    • - Chelsea are unchanged from the side which beat Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, while Everton make four changes from their win over Manchester United in the same competition.
    • - Chelsea host Everton as they look to keep the pressure on Manchester United and Liverpool, while the Toffees can go fifth if they win at Stamford Bridge, LIVE from 20:00!
  • Team Stats

    Chelsea Stats Everton
    59% Possession 40%
    24 Shots 15
    4 Shots on target 4
    4 Saves 1
    4 Corners 6
    11 Fouls 10
    6 Offsides 2
    0 Yellow cards 1
    0 Red cards 0
    16 Tackles 19
    403 Accurate passes 233
    53 Bad passes 49
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Chelsea
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Petr Cech 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 0
      26 John Terry 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 42 5 2
      3 Ashley Cole 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 41 10 2
      2 Branislav Ivanovic 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 41 2 4
      33 Alex da Dias Costa 0 4 1 2 1 0 0 38 1 2
      5 Michael Essien 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 42 4 0
      8 Frank Lampard 0 6 1 0 1 1 0 37 6 1
      13 Michael Ballack 0 3 1 2 1 0 0 55 8 2
      15 Florent Malouda 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 24 7 0
      11 Didier Drogba 0 3 0 2 2 1 0 18 1 1
      39 Nicolas Anelka 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 28 2 1
      35 Juliano Belletti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      50 Jacob Mellis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      12 John Obi Mikel 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 22 5 1
      21 Salomon Kalou 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 0
      9 Franco Di Santo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
      42 Michael Mancienne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      40 Henrique Hilário 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Everton
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      24 Tim Howard 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0
      5 Joleon Lescott 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 1
      3 Leighton Baines 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 11 4
      15 Lars Jacobsen 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 16 0 1
      4 Joseph Yobo 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 13 0 2
      8 Segundo Castillo 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 28 8 6
      18 Philip Neville 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 2 2
      21 Leon Osman 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 19 2 0
      20 Steven Pienaar 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 30 14 1
      17 Tim Cahill 0 4 2 2 2 0 0 30 5 2
      11 João Alves de Assis Silva 0 4 2 1 4 2 0 21 7 0
      6 Phil Jagielka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      32 Dan Gosling 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      2 Tony Hibbert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      26 Jack Rodwell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
      1 Carlo Nash 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      14 James Vaughan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      9 Louis Saha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • Summary

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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Cech
      • B. Ivanovic
      • Alex
      • J. Terry
      • A. Cole
      • M. Essien
      • M. Ballack
      • F. Lampard
      • N. Anelka Substitution Out (60′)
      • F. Malouda Substitution Out (76′)
      • D. Drogba

      Subs

      • S. Kalou Substitution In60′
      • J. Mikel Substitution In60′
      • M. Mancienne
      • J. Mellis
      • Hilário
      • Belletti
      • F. Di Santo
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Howard
      • L. Jacobsen Substitution Out (87′)
      • J. Yobo
      • J. Lescott
      • L. Baines
      • P. Neville
      • S. Castillo
      • L. Osman Substitution Out (88′)
      • S. Pienaar
      • T. Cahill

      Subs

      • L. Saha Substitution In90′
      • P. Jagielka Substitution In87′
      • C. Nash
      • T. Hibbert
      • D. Gosling
      • J. Vaughan
      • J. Rodwell
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