Sunday May 13, 2012 Day 38 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

  • Terry 31’
  • Raul Meireles 34’
  • Aiyegbeni 60’

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  1. Chelsea see off Blackburn

    Chelsea see off Blackburn

    Chelsea warmed up for the Champions League final with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Blackburn Rovers
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    • 90+3' That's it. Chelsea finish with a win over relegated Blackburn thanks to Terry and Meireles strikes.
    • 90+3' Turnbull spectacularly punches away Olsson's inswinging cross as Rovers press.
    • 90+1' We are playing three minutes of added time.
    • 90' Martin Olsson's free kick blasts against the wall and Chelsea clear.
    • 89' Bertrand is booked for hauling back Marcus Olsson on the edge of the area.
    • 88' Blackburn try to push forward. This has not been a bad display from Rovers but they again look like coming up short.
    • 86' Sturridge's dinked cross is headed away by Givet and then Meireles sees an effort fly into the stands.
    • 84' Drogba fails to get the better of olsson down in the corner and the Swede puts the ball out for a throw.
    • 83' Torres tries to be too clever in the area when he should have shot first time and the chance disappears.
    • 81' Sturridge has put in a much improved peformance today.
    • 80' Lowe puts the ball behind for a Chelsea corner.
    • 78' Bertrand can't quite get on the end of a cross that rolls across the Rovers area.
    • 76' Givet takes no chances and clears the ball with Torres in close proximity. Kean would probably have gathered it.
    • 75' David Goodwillie has come on in place of Yakubu in Steve Kean's final change.
    • 74' Sturridge rifles a presentable chance horribly wide at the far post!
    • 74' Bertrand takes on Henley and wins a corner for his side.
    • 73' Drogba can't quite control Sturridge's cross into the area and Rovers clear.
    • 72' Morris challenges Essien and concedes a throw in the Blues half.
    • 70' Ruben Rochina and come on in place of Pedersen for Rovers.
    • 69' Torres has come on to replace Hutchinson.
    • 68' Sturridge's shot deflects off Martin Olsson and forces a spectacular diving save from Kean!
    • 67' Givet gets his head on Ramires' low cross and Chelsea look for a third.
    • 65' Drogba takes on Dann on the outside but the centre-back gets in an important challenge to give away a corner.
    • 64' Blackburn have had as many shots on target as Chelsea in this match - four.
    • 63' Hoilett beats three Chelsea defenders before powering the ball over the Chelsea bar. Can Rovers get something here?
    • 61' We have a game on our hands again now, as Rovers look to get forward.
    • 60' Ramires hits the bar with a a cheeky lob!
    • 59' GOAL! CHELSEA 2-1 BLACKBURN. Dann rises above Terry at the back post to head a corner from Pedersen and Yakubu gets the final touch at the back post!
    • 57' Meireles pass has too much pace on it and goes out for a Rivers goal kick.
    • 55' Ramires' cross into the area eludes everyone and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 54' Dann gets in a tackle on Bertrand and Chelsea have a throw deep into the Rovers half.
    • 53' Didier Drogba comes on in place of the impressive Lukaku. Will this be his last appearance at Stamford Bridge?
    • 52' Sturridge tries to thread a ball through to Lukaku but his pass is intercepted.
    • 51' Hoilett's long range effort bounces into the arms of Turnbull. It was never troubling him.
    • 49' Substitute Morris shoots tamely at Turnbull with only the keeper to beat. He's only been on a few minutes and perhaps the chance fell to him too early.
    • 48' Lukaku takes on Givet and sidefoots across goal but wide of the far post.
    • 48' Sturridge cuts in from the right and shoots just over Kean’s bar!
    • 47' Josh Morris has come on at half-time in place of Formica who had a quiet half for Rovers.
    • 46' The second-half is underway at Stamford Bridge.
    • 45+2' That's half-time. Chelsea go in 2-0 up at the break.
    • 45+1' Sturridge's through ball has far too much weight on it and Rovers have a goal kick.
    • 45' There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 44' Chelsea are playing out time at the end of this first half. They are now completely dominant.
    • 43' Paulo Ferreira has come on for the Malouda, who was presumably injured.
    • 42' Malouda's cross rebounds back off him for a goal kick to Rovers.
    • 41' FACt: Chelsea have won on the final day only twice in the past seven seasons.
    • 39' Ramires twists and turns in the area but shoots off target. Terrific build-up play from Lukaku.
    • 38' Lukaku curls in a left-footed cross which is bound for the far corner until Kean makes another crucial block.
    • 37' Malouda plays a teasing ball across the area but there is no one to get on the end of it.
    • 36' FACT: Steve Kean’s side will end this campaign with under 35 points for the first time since 1978/79.
    • 35' Pedersen's inswinging free-kick is gathered by Turnbull.
    • 33' GOAL! CHELSEA 2-0 BLACKBURN. Michael Essien beats Pedersen with a fine piece of skill on the right before passing to Meireles who toe pokes into the bottom corner!
    • 31' It was an excellent leap from the Blues captain. Wonderful cross from Lukaku too.
    • 30' GOAL! CHELSEA 1-0 BLACKBURN. Lukaku curls in a fine right-footed cross and Terry rises above Adam Henley and heads beyond Kean into the top right hand corner.
    • 29' John Terry is penalised for a push on the edge of the Rovers area.
    • 28' The offside flag is raised against Marcus Olsson.
    • 26' Dann gets in front of Lukaku to head away Ramires' right-wing cross.
    • 25' Blackburn have enjoyed 53% of the possession so far.
    • 24' Marcus Olsson claims he was fouled after trying to latch onto Hoilett's throughball but the ref waves play on.
    • 23' Ramires gets back at Martin Olsson and rovers win possession back.
    • 21' Dann heads a Pedersen free-kick across the area but the flag goes up for offside.
    • 20' Lukaku curls in a deep cross and Sturridge all alone at the back post heads into the side-netting. Chelsea really should be ahead.
    • 19' Kean makes a fine save to deny Lukaku from close range! The Belgian looked odds on to score there.
    • 19' Junior Hoilett burrows into the area before seeing his shot blocked.
    • 18' Meireles picks out Lukaku on the edge of the area but the offside flag goes up.
    • 16' Pedersen curls the free kick well over the bar. A poor effort from the Norweigian.
    • 15' Martin Olsson is brought down by Meireles at the other end and Rovers have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 14' Jake Kean comes out to save at the feet of Lukaku who is put through by Ramires! The keeper had to be on his toes there.
    • 13' Lukaku heads the resulting corner wide. It was half a chance for the Belgian.
    • 12' Martin Olsson snuffs out a chance for Sturridge and gives away a corner in the process.
    • 10' Blackburn have enjoyed some decent early possession here. Playing with more freedom now their fate is sealed.
    • 9' Raul Meireles' cross into the area is headed out by Gael Givet.
    • 8' FACT: Blackburn have lost only one of their last 12 games on the last day of a Premier League season.
    • 6' That's the closest we have come to a goal. Blackburn have started well here, as Daniel Sturridge shanks an effort well wide of Kean's goal.
    • 5' Jason Lowe lets fly with a long-range effort that takes a deflection and Ross Turnbull pushes the ball over the bar for a corner!
    • 4' Malouda is penalised for a foul in the middle of the park.
    • 3' Sam Hutchinson stands his ground and wins a throw for Chelsea.
    • 2' Early work for Jake Kean as he manages to poke away a dangerous cross from Florent Malouda.
    • 1' We are off and underway at Stamford Bridge!
    • 14:55 If you want to discuss the game on Twitter, I'll try and be as active as I can. @SCoggin_journo
    • 14:50 Chelsea have won 13, drawn three and lost just one of the last 17 Premier League games against Blackburn.
    • 14:45 Steve Kean: "I went to see Chelsea on Tuesday (in the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool). They made a few changes because they have got a massive game coming up after they play us. We have got a few injury worries but we will be picking the strongest possible team and will attempt to get a positive performance and a win at Chelsea. That is what we have to do."
    • 14:40 Roberto Di Matteo: "The effort and commitment from the players has been fantastic. I couldn't have asked for more. We've always tried to win the games we've played. Sometimes, the opposition was better, but we've tried our best."
    • 14:35 Romelu Lukaku is handed a rare start in attack by Roberto Di Matteo who rests first choice strikers Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres ahead of the Champions League final. Ross Turnbull again starts in goal while youngster Sam Hutchinson plays at right-back. For Blackburn, Jake Kean makes his debut in goal, replacing the injured Paul Robinson. Adam Henley, Marcus Olsson and Mauro Formica come in to replace Bradley Orr, David Dunn and Anthony Modeste.
    • 14:30 CHELSEA: Turnbull; Hutchinson, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand; Essien, Meireles; Ramires, Malouda, Sturridge; Lukaku. Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Cole, Romeu, Piazon, Drogba, Torres. /// BLACKBURN ROVERS: Kean, Martin Olsson, Givet, Dann, Henley, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Lowe, Hoilett, Yakubu Subs: Usai, Modeste, Grella, Petrovic, Rochina, Goodwillie, Morris.
    • 14:25 Blackburn have failed to score in nine of their last 11 Premier League games against Chelsea and only netted one goal in each of the other two matches.
    • 14:20 The Blues will have one eye on the Champions League final against Bayern Munich next weekend but will want to finish the league season with a win against a Rovers side whose relegation was confirmed by the 1-0 defeat to Wigan on Monday.
    • 14:15 Chelsea can finish no higher than sixth and Blackburn are resigned to a 19th placed finish and relegation, so it is just pride at stake this afternoon.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers. The match kicks off at 3pm, but we'll have all the latest team news and build up from 45 minutes before then.
  • Summary

    • 78' Bertrand can't quite get on the end of a cross that rolls across the Rovers area.
    • 74' Sturridge rifles a presentable chance horribly wide at the far post!
    • 68' Sturridge's shot deflects off Martin Olsson and forces a spectacular diving save from Kean!
    • 60' Ramires hits the bar with a a cheeky lob!
    • 59' GOAL! CHELSEA 2-1 BLACKBURN. Dann rises above Terry at the back post to head a corner from Pedersen and Yakubu gets the final touch at the back post!
    • 49' Substitute Morris shoots tamely at Turnbull with only the keeper to beat. He's only been on a few minutes and perhaps the chance fell to him too early.
    • 48' Lukaku takes on Givet and sidefoots across goal but wide of the far post.
    • 48' Sturridge cuts in from the right and shoots just over Kean’s bar!
    • 39' Ramires twists and turns in the area but shoots off target. Terrific build-up play from Lukaku.
    • 38' Lukaku curls in a left-footed cross which is bound for the far corner until Kean makes another crucial block.
    • 33' GOAL! CHELSEA 2-0 BLACKBURN. Michael Essien beats Pedersen with a fine piece of skill on the right before passing to Meireles who toe pokes into the bottom corner!
    • 30' GOAL! CHELSEA 1-0 BLACKBURN. Lukaku curls in a fine right-footed cross and Terry rises above Adam Henley and heads beyond Kean into the top right hand corner.
    • 20' Lukaku curls in a deep cross and Sturridge all alone at the back post heads into the side-netting. Chelsea really should be ahead.
    • 19' Kean makes a fine save to deny Lukaku from close range! The Belgian looked odds on to score there.
    • 19' Junior Hoilett burrows into the area before seeing his shot blocked.
    • 14' Jake Kean comes out to save at the feet of Lukaku who is put through by Ramires! The keeper had to be on his toes there.
    • 13' Lukaku heads the resulting corner wide. It was half a chance for the Belgian.
    • 5' Jason Lowe lets fly with a long-range effort that takes a deflection and Ross Turnbull pushes the ball over the bar for a corner!
    • 2' Early work for Jake Kean as he manages to poke away a dangerous cross from Florent Malouda.
    • 14:30 CHELSEA: Turnbull; Hutchinson, Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand; Essien, Meireles; Ramires, Malouda, Sturridge; Lukaku. Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Cole, Romeu, Piazon, Drogba, Torres. /// BLACKBURN ROVERS: Kean, Martin Olsson, Givet, Dann, Henley, Pedersen, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Lowe, Hoilett, Yakubu Subs: Usai, Modeste, Grella, Petrovic, Rochina, Goodwillie, Morris.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7 6
      Defenders
      Substitution Out70′ 7.8 7
      8 7
      Goal 8 7
      Yellow Card 7.9 8
      Midfielders
      8.2 7
      Goal 7.7 7
      Substitution Out43′ 6.9 6
      Strikers
      8.3 7
      7.2 7
      Substitution Out54′ 8.8 8
      Subs
      Substitution In54′ 8.1 6
      Substitution In70′ 8.9 6
      Substitution In43′ 7.6 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
      2.8 6
      2.5 7
      2.8 6
      2.8 6
      Midfielders
      3.1 6
      Substitution Out70′ 2.7 6
      Substitution Out45′ 3.6 5
      2.7 6
      Strikers
      2.8 7
      Goal Substitution Out76′ 3.4 7
      Subs
      Substitution In76′ 3.6 6
      Substitution In45′ 2.3 6
      Substitution In70′ 3 6

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  1. A warm up of final

    From Shrijal, on Mon 14 May 15:55
  2. we shall surly clinch the champions league. by GOD`s­ crace

    From Sunju, on Mon 14 May 12:34
  3. Farmer Giles is clearly a Burnley fan trying to wind up­ the Blackburn fans; A) he's a farmer B) he has no­ concept of what's happening at Blackburn, and C) he­ can't spell a FOUR lettered word, KEAN.

    From Gary, on Sun 13 May 20:53
  4. Re Comment 39.. Lukaku can't play on the 19th as he­ is not in the Champions League squad.

    From Dave, on Sun 13 May 20:33
  5. y lukalu was replaced , though he playd well ?, shuld­ get chance on 19th may

    From Akash Kanwar ?, on Sun 13 May 19:55
  6. Just back from the game. Blackburns "fans"­ are a disgrace. They were singing anti Keane songs on­ the train and once in the ground the only cry was Keane­ out and Venkis scum out. No wonder the team morale is­ at an all time low, the fans are a big part of the­ problem.

    From Farmer Giles, on Sun 13 May 19:40
  7. I think Chelsea would be stupid to not give the job to­ Di Matteo. I'm sure Roman will do the usual, spend­ big money on some supposed tried and tested big name­ manager who will fail within 9 months with a huge­ payoff.

    From Paul, on Sun 13 May 18:35
  8. chelsea gonna wear the brand new 2012/13 Home kit on­ UEFA Champions League Finale In Allianz Arena ! Come­ On The Blues.....!

    From Manoj Ghasan, on Sun 13 May 18:31
  9. Oh cool were chelsea wearin 12-13 home kit?

    From Ffsx, on Sun 13 May 17:35
  10. bring it on Bayern !

    From Andy, on Sun 13 May 17:22
  11. bring it on Bayern !

    From Andy, on Sun 13 May 17:22
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    Lukaku is yet another example of a young player bought­ for way over the odds and turns out to be useless.­ Loads of goals in Belgium ? I thought we had learnt our­ lessons about buying players who do well in noddy­ leagues. There are troubles ahead but we can still­ dance if next week turns into a dream. Win CL and we­ will be back. Lose and the whole thing will have to­ change. Never has CFC had a bigger game. Never has CFC­ had more at stake. we could be on cloud nine or cast­ into the wilderness for seasons.

    From Stig, on Sun 13 May 17:21
  13. Some clues as to the team next week. It is going to be­ tough indeed. Some of the players today may have a part­ to play. I fear that Essien may start. Sturridge may­ have played his last game for the club unless he comes­ off the bench. Turnbull and or Hilario will leave.­ Courtois needs to come in as does McEachran and­ possibily Piazon and Chalouba. Sixth looks pretty ugly.­ And I reckon Villas Boas cost us up to 8 points enough­ to finish third. His appointment hangs over the club­ like a bad smell.

    From Stig, on Sun 13 May 17:17
  14. A nice note to end the season for RDM with giving some­ of the next generation stars a runout today. Hopefully­ next season the likes of Bertrand, Hutchinson &­ Lukaku will feature more prominently.

    From , on Sun 13 May 17:14
  15. i am a great chelsea fan but well done to manchester­ united fans for this champion glory again : super cup­ chelsea vs manchester united clash of titans ......

    From Meysam Arfaei, on Sun 13 May 16:33
  16. comenon chelsea

    From DARREN, on Sun 13 May 16:29
  17. lukaku is gonna score

    From tobi adewumi, on Sun 13 May 16:10
  18. Lukaku is gonna be a top player for Chelsea in the next­ few years. bring Piazon on to give him a chance.­ Malouda is done

    From William, on Sun 13 May 15:57
  19. Go Ivanovic!!!!! Go Chelsea!

    From SportFan, on Sun 13 May 15:30
  20. chelsea 4-0 blackburn

    From Ben, on Sun 13 May 15:17
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