Sunday March 20, 2011 Day 30 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 - 0 Manchester City

  • David Luiz 79’
  • Ramires 90’

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  1. Chelsea's Brazilians sink City

    Chelsea's Brazilians sink City

    Late goals from Brazilians David Luiz and Ramires saw Chelsea grind out a 2-0 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Manchester City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • FT And there is the final whistle....Chelsea go above City in the table...they left it late but the boys from Brazil have seen them pick up the points.
    • 90+3 Luiz gets a needless booking for a late tackle. The one blot on his afternoon.
    • 90+2 WHAT A GOAL FROM RAMIRES!!! He skips by Lescott and then Kolarov before smashing the ball into the net. That wraps up the points.
    • 90+1 Panic in the Chelsea box for a moment but they manage to clear and then Cech gathers a second cross from Johnson…..
    • 90+1 We will have four extra minutes.
    • 90' Kolarov booked for an impatient tackle.
    • 89' Drogba flashes a shot wide from a tough angle.
    • 88' Dzeko heads on a long throw but Cech is there to gather.
    • 87' Luiz now boots clear after a ball drops in the Chelsea box.
    • 86' Terry heads away a dinked Dzeko ball as City finally get the ball up the right end.
    • 84' Cole with a fizzing shot blocked by Richards and then Lescott has to dive in and defend another cross...it should be City doing the attacking now..but it is all Chelsea.
    • 82' Another fine delivery from Drogba but it is just missing a touch.
    • 81' Ramires wins a free-kick after being brought down by Barry….yellow card for Barry too.
    • 80' Desperate times call for Balotelli measures….the temperamental Italian is coming on....Adam Johnson too. Toure and Milner off.
    • 79' AND NOW LUIZ HAS SCORED!!!!! Amazing stuff…..great delivery from Drogba from the free-kick and he has got his head on the free and placed it in the corner.
    • 78' Luiz popping up everywhere…he has just won a free-kick down the left in an attacking area.
    • 77' Chelsea make their final change Zhirkov on for Kalou.
    • 76' David Luiz nicks in to steal the ball from Kolarov in the box…and the Serbian hurt himself there too…excellent defending by the ex-Benfica man again.
    • 75' Dzeko back in his own half makes a good defensive header from a Lampard free-kick.
    • 74' This match really looks like a 0-0….not surprising I suppose as these two teams have the best defensive records in the country.
    • 72' Delay in play as Yaya Toure needs some treatment.
    • 71' And that's Torres's last action. He goes off…as does Malouda – on comes Drogba and Anelka….decent subs to have I suppose.
    • 70' Torres goes down in a heap after a tackle from Lescott - no foul.
    • 69' Chelsea break at pace but Kalou pushes a pass to Torres a little too wide and City deal with the situation.
    • 68' Ramires goes into the referee's book.
    • 67' City just creeping back into this contest now…expect Chelsea to change things.
    • 66' And now Dzeko gets a decent header on a free from Milner and it creeps just wide…he has woken up!
    • 65' Dzeko does try a shot after being fed by Silva but that is blocked by the impressive Luiz….
    • 64' It has been a long time since City have offered anything going forward…we have barely seen Dzeko since the opening 10 minutes.
    • 63' Ivanovic with a superb jump and header but the header hits Kompany who did not know too much about it but who was in the right spot.
    • 62' Drogba and Anelka warming up….you would imagine Torres might go off but he has actually played okay today and has just won a corner.
    • 61' Ivanovic with an awful volley well over the bar…Essien had a shot blocked by Lescott in the same move.
    • 60' Poor cross from Malouda from what was a decent position.
    • 59' De Jong booked for blocking Essien.
    • 58' Super play from Luiz who nicks the ball off Dzeko and then skips by another man to turn defence into attack.
    • 57' Terry is back on the pitch and competing….looks like he is okay but might Capello get a call this evening?
    • 56' Silva with an ALMOST perfect ball for Toure in behind the defence but Cech slides in to gather.
    • 55' Torres nicks the ball in the midfield….and feeds Lampard but he loses the ball while running into the box and another attack ends.
    • 54' Terry jogging off now....looks like he might be okay.
    • 53' John Terry has gone down in agony after a challenge with Yaya Toure…looks like he has done his knee…what must Fabio Capello be making of all this? Who will be England captain now?
    • 52' Similar to the first-half…Chelsea with more play but City look well oiled and organised.
    • 51' Lovely play by Chelsea….Torres to Malouda to Kalou back to Malouda and the Frenchman has a chance to shoot but fires straight at Hart.
    • 49' Kalou pops up at the edge of the box again and his shot is deflected away for a corner.
    • 48' Silva with an important piece of defending stops Malouda on the edge of the box…not his usual role but he did well there.
    • 47' No changes on either side.
    • 46' And we are back underway....
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle...tight but interesting so far.
    • 45' We are going to have one extra minute.
    • 43' Toure with a lovely flick to Silva sets up a City attack but then when he gets the ball back he gives it away cheaply with a poor pass.
    • 42' Well after I praised Kompany…he then goes and slips as a Torres cross comes into the box. Kalou with a little spin and shot gets it on target but it is straight at Hart.
    • 41' Great feet by Kalou sees him skip into the box but superb defending by Vincent Kompany to just guide him out of play. What a defender the Belgian is.
    • 40' Malouda and Richards with a clash of heads….Malouda will have to go off and get some treatment.
    • 38' Cole gets a cross all wrong and it just loops safely into the hands of Hart.
    • 37' Lovely flick for Torres sets Ramires away….he checks it back to Kompany but the City man slides in to block the shot again. Great defending.
    • 36' A corner bounces up and looks like it will fall for Ivanovic but the ball is just too high for a shot and too low for a header.
    • 35' Superb tackle from De Jong as he slides in before Torres can get a shot away….
    • 34' Kolarov feels he is tripped by Ramires but that was a fair tackle….
    • 33' Chelsea try some close passing near the City box but Roberto Mancini's side are a solid unit.
    • 31' Milner with a simply awful effort from distance…shooting has not been either team's strong point so far…
    • 29' Lampard with another shot that is just not even close to threatening Joe Hart's goal.
    • 28' Milner's touch to shift the ball to his left-foot is a little too heavy and he loses the chance to shoot in a decent area.
    • 27' Not too many chances so far but the belting pace has made it entertaining fare.
    • 26' Lampard can only fire into the wall though.
    • 25' Great run to just outside the D from Malouda and he is chopped down by Milner. Yellow card and a chance for Chelsea.
    • 24' Man City can become the first team to do the league double over Chelsea in successive seasons since Charlton Athletic in 2000/2001 and 2001/2002. (Infostrada)
    • 23' Hart makes a great point-blank save from Lampard but the England midfielder was offside in any event.
    • 22' Some panicky defending from City after Torres got a cross in from the byline but they finally get it clear thanks to a Hart punch.
    • 21' City with a free in an attacking position but Kolarov tries a miracle shot that is blocked.
    • 20' Big shout for handball by the Chelsea fans and they have a case…it was just a Kalou cross from the right that was blocked by Lescott but it did seem to hit his arm and he did put his hand up too.
    • 18' Chelsea on top now…just need to find their shooting boots. Lampard has just screwed a left-foot effort wide.
    • 17' Torres charges forward with purpose but the ball just gets away from him a bit and City clear. Signs the Spanish striker is getting some sharpness back though.
    • 15' Kalou's shot is blocked and it comes out to Cole who then fires over the bar. The hosts are finally starting to warm up though.
    • 14' Malouda fires into the side-netting…it was a mishit cross to be fair.
    • 13' The ball looks as if it is going to fall nicely for Kalou in the box but Ramires…who had fell to the ground….got in his way and a decent chance goes.
    • 12' Kalou wants a corner but in truth it was an overhit Torres pass that rolled all the way out without a touch from a City man.
    • 11' Chelsea struggling to hold onto possession at the moment…it is City who are bossing proceedings.
    • 10' Dzeko looks to put Kolarov's cross into the path of Yaya Toure but just loses his balance at the key moment.
    • 8' Dzeko and Silva already looks a promising little-and-large partnership. The Bosnian is holding the line with Silva buzzing behind him looking to make things happen.
    • 7' Chelsea finally go up the other end but Malouda has his shot blocked.
    • 6' Cech has to get down low quickly to push away a powerful low drive from Yaya Toure. Decent save
    • 5' Bright start this by City who are having the better of the opening exchanges…Milner just had a chance to slip in Silva but he didn't get the pass right.
    • 4' Kolarov with a decent run down the left but his cross is too close to Cech.
    • 3' Heavy tackle from De Jong on Lampard but a fair one too…no free-kick.
    • 2' Dzeko charges down a Luiz clearance but no real danger comes from it.
    • 1' And Chelsea get us underway…
    • 16:03 Minutes silence for all those struggling in Japan at the moment.
    • 15:57 Fabio Capello is here today...I wonder if Rio Ferdinand is booing at the TV.
    • 15:55 With Luis Suarez impressing again today, will Fernando Torres finally show Liverpool fans that yes, there are at least missing SOMETHING. Drogba and Anelka both on the bench if needs be.
    • 15:50 In today's papers is the story that Roberto Mancini reportedly threw a suitcase at Mario Balotelli following his sending off and Manchester City's subsequent exit from the Europa League More here....
    • 15:45 City are doing without Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli today: Tevez failed a late fitness test, while Balotelli is still in the doghouse with the boss after his moment of Europa League madness that cost City perhaps their best chance of silverware this season. Roberto Mancini was not amused.
    • 15:40 Liverpool have just beaten Sunderland 2-0 to continue Kenny Dalglish's good run, while Rangers and Celtic are a goal apiece approaching half-time in the CIS Cup Final north of the border. Why not follow both matches at once? Celtic v Rangers: LIVE
    • 15:35 Today's ref at Stamford Bridge is Merseyside's Chris Foy.
    • 15:30 The teams are in: Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Torres, Malouda. ///// Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Barry, Milner, Dzeko, Silva
    • 15:30 Still, one of Chelsea's players will go to sleep with a smile on his face tonight regardless of the outcome: Blues centre-back John Terry has now been confirmed as England's new skipper after being officially forgiven. A bit of a shame for England since Wayne Bridge played a brilliant match yesterday... Terry gets armband back
    • 15:25 How badly do the Blues need a win today? Suffice to say that Chelsea head honcho Ron Gourlay has just publicly refused to give the traditional unequivocal backing to manager Carlo Ancelotti. Chelsea coy on Ancelotti future
    • 15:20 A few minutes from the end of Saturday's matches Manchester United looked set to draw with Bolton and Arsenal were going down at West Brom, but both sides produced late goals to save themselves. City and Chelsea are five and seven points adrift respectively of second-placed Arsenal. Premier League table
    • 15:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the big match of the weekend as Chelsea and Manchester City face each other, both desperate for a win to keep them in the title race.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 WHAT A GOAL FROM RAMIRES!!! He skips by Lescott and then Kolarov before smashing the ball into the net. That wraps up the points.
    • 79' AND NOW LUIZ HAS SCORED!!!!! Amazing stuff…..great delivery from Drogba from the free-kick and he has got his head on the free and placed it in the corner.
    • 71' And that's Torres's last action. He goes off…as does Malouda – on comes Drogba and Anelka….decent subs to have I suppose.
    • 66' And now Dzeko gets a decent header on a free from Milner and it creeps just wide…he has woken up!
    • 63' Ivanovic with a superb jump and header but the header hits Kompany who did not know too much about it but who was in the right spot.
    • 51' Lovely play by Chelsea….Torres to Malouda to Kalou back to Malouda and the Frenchman has a chance to shoot but fires straight at Hart.
    • 42' Well after I praised Kompany…he then goes and slips as a Torres cross comes into the box. Kalou with a little spin and shot gets it on target but it is straight at Hart.
    • 37' Lovely flick for Torres sets Ramires away….he checks it back to Kompany but the City man slides in to block the shot again. Great defending.
    • 20' Big shout for handball by the Chelsea fans and they have a case…it was just a Kalou cross from the right that was blocked by Lescott but it did seem to hit his arm and he did put his hand up too.
    • 13' The ball looks as if it is going to fall nicely for Kalou in the box but Ramires…who had fell to the ground….got in his way and a decent chance goes.
    • 6' Cech has to get down low quickly to push away a powerful low drive from Yaya Toure. Decent save
    • 15:30 The teams are in: Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Torres, Malouda. ///// Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, De Jong, Toure Yaya, Barry, Milner, Dzeko, Silva

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Cech
      • B. Ivanovic
      • David Luiz Goal Yellow Card
      • J. Terry
      • A. Cole
      • M. Essien
      • Ramires Goal Yellow Card
      • F. Lampard
      • S. Kalou Substitution Out (77′)
      • F. Malouda Substitution Out (71′)
      • F. Torres Substitution Out (70′)

      Subs

      • N. Anelka Substitution In71′
      • D. Drogba Substitution In70′
      • J. Bosingwa
      • Paulo Ferreira
      • R. Turnbull
      • Y. Zhirkov Substitution In77′
      • J. Mikel
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • M. Richards
      • V. Kompany
      • J. Lescott
      • A. Kolarov Yellow Card
      • N. de Jong Yellow Card
      • G. Barry Yellow Card
      • J. Milner Yellow Card Substitution Out (81′)
      • Y. Touré Substitution Out (81′)
      • D. Silva
      • E. Dzeko Yellow Card

      Subs

      • P. Vieira
      • S. Wright-Phillips
      • A. Johnson Substitution In81′
      • J. Boateng
      • M. Balotelli Substitution In81′
      • S. Taylor
      • D. Boyata
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