Sunday April 25, 2010 Day 36 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 7 - 0 Stoke City

  • Kalou 24’, 31’, 68’
  • Lampard 44’ (pen.), 81’
  • Sturridge 87’
  • Malouda 89’

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  1. Chelsea hit seven past Stoke

    Chelsea hit seven past Stoke

    Chelsea romped back to the top of the Premier League with an awe-inspiring 7-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Stoke City
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes and Chelsea return to the top of the table in the most emphatic fashion imaginable!
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 90' After that horrendous miss earlier, Malouda will be relieved to get his 12th league goal of the season.
    • 89' GOAL!! Lampard sends the loose ball over to to Cole on the right, and the England man plays a first-time pass across the face for Malouda to steer intot he roof of the net! Awesome, simply awesome display from the West London Blues.
    • 89' Chelsea now have a free-kick some 25 yards out in a central position. his free-kick hits the wall though.
    • 88' Sturridge celebrates his first league goal for Chelsea with a dance which could perhaps be described as a reverse running man.
    • 87' GOAL!! Sturridge is played clean through and he takes it round Begovic before slotting in at the near post!
    • 86' Fuller runs into space down the left, but his chipped cross is too high for any of his team-mates.
    • 84' Some Chelsea fans are leaving! Sure, the result is beyond doubt, but what do you pay your money for?
    • 83' That's Lampard's 20th league goal of the season. Only Rooney, Drogba, Bent and Tevez have scored more.
    • 82' GOAL!! Joe Cole swings a corner in to the far post for Lamaprd who, rather than stoop to head it, casually flicks the ball back across goal with the outside of his boot and it nestles into the sidenetting. Chelsea are truly playing like champions!
    • 79' Chelsea substitution: Daniel Sturridge replaces Anelka.
    • 78' chelsea surge forward and Anelka plays a one-two with Drogba. His control takes him wide and he has to pull a ball back for MALOUDA... top drawer save from Begovic! He reacted brilliantly to tip the shot round the post from close range!
    • 77' The free-kick comes in and it's headed down for Ballack... fired over the bar!
    • 76' Huth is booked for a foul on Malouda.
    • 75' Chelsea's final two games are at Liverpool and at home to Wigan. Win those and they are champions.
    • 73' Chelsea substitution: Sam Hutchinson replaces Ferreira.
    • 72' WHAT A MISS!! Cole keeps the ball in play at the byline and Anelka plays it across the six-yard box for Malouda, who misses it completely from two yards out! Dear oh dear...
    • 71' Chelsea substitution: Joe Cole replaces Kalou.
    • 70' with 20 minutes left and two more matches, Chelsea are now just seven goals being Manchester United's Premier League record haul of 97.
    • 68' GOAL!! Kalou gets his hat-trick!! Lampard lifts a ball over the top for Kalou to chase, and Shawcross plays him onside. Begovic saves the initial shot at the near post, but Kalou bundles the follow-up over the line! It might be one of the sloppiest hat-tricks you'll ever see, but they all count!
    • 68' Etherington sends the free-kick into the box but it's headed right back out again by Ivanovic.
    • 67' Ballack fouls Tuncay on the right wing.
    • 66' Joe Cole is warming up on the touchline. Surely the perfect time to bring him on.
    • 65' Stoke have not won in their last four league visits to Stamford Bridge, losing the last two, since a 1-0 victory in old Division One in April 1974.
    • 63' Kalou pings in a ball for Drogba, who steers it wide of the near post.
    • 62' Whitehead also goes into the referee's book now.
    • 60' Alex blasts his shot into the stand behind the goal.
    • 60' Whelan gets a booking for a late tackle on Drogba. Alex is lining up for a strike from 30 yards here...
    • 59' Stoke substitution: Tuncay Sanli replaces Kitson, who goes straight down the tunnel.
    • 58' Delap has a pop from distance and his strike thunders into Ivanovic's face!
    • 57' Fuller is caught offside. The Jamica international looks very isolated.
    • 56' Anelka plays a nothing pass through the middle when Cole was in acres of space on the left. Despite chelsea's dominance, Anelka has struggled to get into this match, as he often does when he is paired with Drogba.
    • 55' Stoke win a free-kick on the left wing. Glenn whelan whips the ball in but it misses everyone and Chelsea have a goal kick.
    • 53' Drogba turns and spreads the ball out to Ashley Cole, who jinks into the box but his touch before the strike lets him down. Again, Cole had options, but it seems everyone fancies getting in the scoresheet now.
    • 52' Kalou weaves his way round two stoke defenders before blasting a strike wide of the far upright! Lampard was an option for the pass, but Kalou wants his hat-trick.
    • 51' The set piece finally comes in, but it's gone out of play before Fuller meets it with his head at the far post.
    • 50' Referee Steve Bennett has a word with Ivanovic after the Serb impeded Fuller. Delap gives the defender a shove as he tries to get the free-kick taken quickly.
    • 49' Malouda finds Drogba in the area, but the Ivorian loses tha ball before he can make the return pass.
    • 48' Cheslea are casually stroking the ball around midfield, paiently waiting for an opening.
    • 47' Chelsea are unbeaten in the last 20 league matches in which John Terry has not featured.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+8' The whistle goes, mercifully for Stoke. This has been a half to forget for them, losing two big players and shipping three goals. Credit to Chelsea though, they are certainly playing like champions right now.
    • 45+7' Drogba plays it out to Malouda, who pings in a lovely ball for Anelka, but the Frenchman is penalised for shoving his marker in the back.
    • 45+4' Drogba turns in balletic fashion and heads for goal. He finds Malouda who comes inside but is caught in two minds and ends up trickling a pass to Begovic.
    • 45+2' Thomas Sorensen has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken elbow. If that's true, then surely that's him ruled out of the World Cup.
    • 45+1' Injuries to Faye and Sorensen mean there will be seven minutes of time added on at the end of the half.
    • 45' That's Lampard's 23rd goal of the season in all competitions.
    • 44' GOAL!! Lampard rolls it into the corner, cool as you like, and surely Chelsea are marching to the top of the table!
    • 43' PENALTY!! Kalou beats Shawcross on the left and the defender grabs hold of Kalou's leg and drags him down in instalments! Kalou may be on a hat-trick, but it's Lampard who will take it...
    • 42' Malouda takes the corner himself, but it's simple enough for Stoke to clear.
    • 41' Malouda plays a one-two with Cole and fires a shot for the near post which is blocked behind for a corner.
    • 40' Chelsea launch a break but Stoke counter with one of their own. Fuller has the beating of Ivanovic again but his cross is cut out.
    • 39' The delivery is headed out for a throw. Delap's sling lands for Fuller, but the striker can't work the space for a shot.
    • 38' Stoke send plenty of men forward for a free-kick, which Etherington will take...
    • 37' Chelsea have now scored 88 goals this season, the second highest total in Premier League history, behind only Manchester United who scored 97 goals in 1999-00.
    • 36' Stoke substitution: Asmir Begovic replaces Sorensen.
    • 34' This is the second goalkeeper to leave a match on a stretcher this weekend, following Shay Given dislocating his shoulder at Arsenal yesterday. Unlike Given, however, Sorensen has a World Cup this summer, so let's wish him a speedy recovery.
    • 33' Nevertheless, Sorensen is being loaded on to a stretcher, and Asmir Begovic is getting ready to come on.
    • 32' Sorensen hurt his arm as he lunged to palm to ball away as Kalou slid in two-footed with studs showing. The referee is not interested in giving a foul, perhaps because the two parties were not both travelling in at the same velocity, like they would have been in a normal 50/50 situation.
    • 31' GOAL!! Another for Kalou, and another set up with a great touch from Drogba. A nonchalant first touch from him sets up a Lampard strike which Sorensen saves but it runs loose for Kalou to slide in and double Chelsea's lead!
    • 30' Cole concedes a throw down by the corner flag, and Delap trots over...he slings it in and it rebounds off a couple of players at random before a relieved Cech gathers.
    • 29' Ferreira whips in another decent cross, but Sorensen catches with ease.
    • 28' Before this match, Stoke had not conceded in the first half of their last seven matches, since a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on February 27.
    • 27' Fuller patiently holds the ball up before laying it across for Kitson, whose strike is blocked.
    • 26' Lampard has an effort saved at the near post. That's eight shots on goal from Chelsea now, none from Stoke so far.
    • 25' Salomon Kalou gets his second league goal of the season, but it was all about the assist from Drogba. Wonderful.
    • 24' GOAL!! Outrageous from Drogba!! A long diagonal ball is pinged out to the Ivorian, and he brings it down with the back of his heel before firing in a low cross for Kalou to head home!
    • 23' Drogba is looking for his 26th league goal of the season, which would draw him level with Wayne Rooney.
    • 22' Fuller loses out and Malouda pings a wonderful ball up for Drogba, who controls it past the onrushing Sorensen but is forced wide. He juggles the ball and tees himself up for the volley, but he blazes his strike high and into the stand!
    • 21' Chelsea have scored in each of their last 19 league matches at Stamford Bridge, since a goalless draw with Everton on April 22, 2009.
    • 20' Paulo Ferreira curls in an inviting cross to the near post and Drogba guides a great header on target... great reaction save from Sorensen!!
    • 19' Shawcross concedes a corner. Played short to Kalou and laid back for DROGBA... fired over the bar from the edge of the box.
    • 18' Stoke haven't simply set out to park the bus here today, but that's what they are having to do at the moment as Chelsea are monopolising the possession.
    • 17' Another Chelsea player goes down on the edge of the box, and again the referee waves play on.
    • 16' Malouda jinks one way then the other before firing the ball into Drogbas feet. The striker is shrugged off the ball on this occasion.
    • 15' Chelsea are looking to complete the league double over Stoke for the second consecutive season, having beaten them home and away in the 2008-09 season.
    • 14' Chelsea get ready for a Delap long throw, but instead he plays it short. Stoke lose possession almost immediately.
    • 13' Chelsea come forward again but Anelka's ball down the channel for Cole is overhit.
    • 12' Lampard's strike is saved by Sorensen but it rebounds out for COLE... blocked by Sorensen! Chelsea have to settle for a corner.
    • 11' Whelan catches Lampard on the edge of the Stoke box as the England man plays a one-two. Lampard is mystified as to why that's not a free-kick.
    • 11' A long ball is floated forward for Fuller. Ivanovic gets his head to it first and glances it back to Cech.
    • 10' Fuller gets inside the Chelsea box again from the Stoke free-kick, but the Blues hold firm.
    • 9' Stoke substitution: Ryan Shawcross replaces Faye.
    • 8' Faye is receiving treatment on the field Drogba is talking animatedly with Ancelotti on the sideline.
    • 7' Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven league matches against Stoke, winning the last six, since a 3-0 away defeat in old Division One in April 1975.
    • 6' Stoke defend the Chelsea corner well and play their way out of trouble. Fuller beats Ivanovic at the byline and pulls a ball back into the box, but it's intercepted and cleared.
    • 5' Kalou slips a ball forward for Drogba to run on to. The Ivorian fires on the turn but Faye slides in to block.
    • 4' Fuller has Ivanovic pinned by the Chelsea corner flag. They tussle without the ball moving for 10 seconds before the referee arrives on the scene and blows for a foul on Ivanovic.
    • 3' Chelsea and Stoke City have met 71 times in the league. Chelsea have won 33, Stoke City 22 and there have been 16 draws.
    • 2' Fabio Capello has raced all the way down from Villa Park to take his seat here this afternoon. He'll be delighted to see Cole back in action, even if he doesn't show it.
    • 1' Chelsea kick off and get this show on the road!
    • - The teams are walking out on to the pitch now. We'll be underway shortly...
    • - When these two sides met in September, Abdoulaye Faye opened the scoring at the Britannia Stadium before Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda secured the three points for Carlo Ancelotti's side. Read the match report
    • - Robert Huth returns to his former club at centre-back, preferred to Ryan Shawcross. Tony Pulis has plumped for Ricarod Fuller and Dave Kitson up front, with Tuncay named as a substitute.
    • - If you're a Chelsea and an England fan then Ashley Cole making his first appearance since February is a doubl dose of good news. Branislav Ivanovic moves alongside Alex at centre-back to fill in for the suspended John Terry. Joe Cole only makes the bench.
    • - Carlo Ancelotti believes his Chelsea team will bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Tottenham when they face the Potters. Video: Ancelotti confident of reaction
    • - Here are the teams for today's clash at Stamford Bridge. Your referee is Steve Bennett, who is finally back in the country after the Icelandic volcano left him stranded in Romania for much of last week. The Kent official was in the country giving a UEFA referee's training course.
    • - Chelsea: Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Ivanovic, Alex, Ashley Cole, Lampard, Ballack, Malouda, Kalou, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Zhirkov, Sturridge, Belletti, Hutchinson, Van Aanholt.
    • - Stoke: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Collins, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Fuller, Kitson. Subs: Begovic, Lawrence, Beattie, Pugh, Shawcross, Sanli, Wilkinson.
    • - Stoke have dropped more points from winning positions (22) than any other team this season.
    • - Chelsea have recouped more points from losing positions (15) than any other side in the top flight.
    • - Chelsea are unbeaten in the last 20 league matches in which John Terry has not featured.
    • - Chelsea have won their last six league games against Stoke City.
    • - The Blues have won the last five games against the Potters in all competitions including knocking Tony Pulis' men out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge last month.
    • - Stoke are unbeaten in their last six Premier League away games.
    • - The Potters have only scored five goals in their last 10 Premier League away games.
    • - Two of Stoke's three Premier League away wins this season have come in London.
    • - Chelsea have won 17 and lost just one of their last 19 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge.
    • - It is 19 matches in the top flight since Chelsea last failed to score on home soil.
  • Summary

    • 89' GOAL!! Lampard sends the loose ball over to to Cole on the right, and the England man plays a first-time pass across the face for Malouda to steer intot he roof of the net! Awesome, simply awesome display from the West London Blues.
    • 87' GOAL!! Sturridge is played clean through and he takes it round Begovic before slotting in at the near post!
    • 82' GOAL!! Joe Cole swings a corner in to the far post for Lamaprd who, rather than stoop to head it, casually flicks the ball back across goal with the outside of his boot and it nestles into the sidenetting. Chelsea are truly playing like champions!
    • 78' chelsea surge forward and Anelka plays a one-two with Drogba. His control takes him wide and he has to pull a ball back for MALOUDA... top drawer save from Begovic! He reacted brilliantly to tip the shot round the post from close range!
    • 77' The free-kick comes in and it's headed down for Ballack... fired over the bar!
    • 72' WHAT A MISS!! Cole keeps the ball in play at the byline and Anelka plays it across the six-yard box for Malouda, who misses it completely from two yards out! Dear oh dear...
    • 68' GOAL!! Kalou gets his hat-trick!! Lampard lifts a ball over the top for Kalou to chase, and Shawcross plays him onside. Begovic saves the initial shot at the near post, but Kalou bundles the follow-up over the line! It might be one of the sloppiest hat-tricks you'll ever see, but they all count!
    • 52' Kalou weaves his way round two stoke defenders before blasting a strike wide of the far upright! Lampard was an option for the pass, but Kalou wants his hat-trick.
    • 44' GOAL!! Lampard rolls it into the corner, cool as you like, and surely Chelsea are marching to the top of the table!
    • 43' PENALTY!! Kalou beats Shawcross on the left and the defender grabs hold of Kalou's leg and drags him down in instalments! Kalou may be on a hat-trick, but it's Lampard who will take it...
    • 31' GOAL!! Another for Kalou, and another set up with a great touch from Drogba. A nonchalant first touch from him sets up a Lampard strike which Sorensen saves but it runs loose for Kalou to slide in and double Chelsea's lead!
    • 24' GOAL!! Outrageous from Drogba!! A long diagonal ball is pinged out to the Ivorian, and he brings it down with the back of his heel before firing in a low cross for Kalou to head home!
    • 22' Fuller loses out and Malouda pings a wonderful ball up for Drogba, who controls it past the onrushing Sorensen but is forced wide. He juggles the ball and tees himself up for the volley, but he blazes his strike high and into the stand!
    • 20' Paulo Ferreira curls in an inviting cross to the near post and Drogba guides a great header on target... great reaction save from Sorensen!!
    • 12' Lampard's strike is saved by Sorensen but it rebounds out for COLE... blocked by Sorensen! Chelsea have to settle for a corner.
    • - Chelsea: Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Ivanovic, Alex, Ashley Cole, Lampard, Ballack, Malouda, Kalou, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Zhirkov, Sturridge, Belletti, Hutchinson, Van Aanholt.
    • - Stoke: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Collins, Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Fuller, Kitson. Subs: Begovic, Lawrence, Beattie, Pugh, Shawcross, Sanli, Wilkinson.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Cech
      • Paulo Ferreira Substitution Out (73′)
      • B. Ivanovic
      • Alex
      • A. Cole
      • M. Ballack
      • F. Lampard Goals×2
      • F. Malouda Goal
      • S. Kalou Goals×3 Substitution Out (71′)
      • N. Anelka Substitution Out (79′)
      • D. Drogba

      Subs

      • J. Cole Substitution In71′
      • Y. Zhirkov
      • S. Hutchinson Substitution In73′
      • D. Sturridge Substitution In79′ Goal
      • Hilário
      • Belletti
      • P. van Aanholt
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Sørensen Substitution Out (36′)
      • R. Huth Yellow Card
      • A. Diagne-Faye Substitution Out (9′)
      • D. Higginbotham
      • D. Collins
      • D. Whitehead Yellow Card
      • G. Whelan Yellow Card
      • R. Delap
      • M. Etherington
      • R. Fuller
      • D. Kitson Substitution Out (59′)

      Subs

      • J. Beattie
      • D. Pugh
      • L. Lawrence
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Shawcross Substitution In9′
      • A. Begovic Substitution In36′
      • T. Sanli Substitution In59′
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