Saturday March 24, 2012 Day 30 Finished Stamford Bridge

  1. Spurs deal Chelsea new setback

    Spurs deal Chelsea new setback

    Tottenham boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification - and damaged Chelsea's -with a 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Tottenham Hotspur
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    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle. 0-0 draw. Spurs more than good for the point. Probably should have won it in the second period.
    • 90+4' Cech force to claw out a free-kick from Cech. Superb effort from distance, and a really good save.
    • 90+3' Cahill forced to make a timely block on the shot from Bale. Ball falls behind off Bale for a goalkick to Chelsea.
    • 90+2' Cole slams the ball into the deck. Complained of a foul by Parker, but the referee doesn't want to know.
    • 90+1' Going to be four minutes added to this match. We are into the first of them now.
    • 89' Mata tries a speculative cross, but Friedel comes out of his goal to clasp the cross. Drogba then chips the ball over the bar.
    • 88' Kalou is wheeled on to replace Sturridge for Chelsea.
    • 87' Looks like this may well end 0-0 as Modric thumps a shot wide of the target. Change coming for the home side.
    • 86' Sturridge overhits a pass to Torres, but Chelsea manage to work it back to Lampard. Lampard drives a shot at goal from distance. Straight down the throat of Friedel, who makes a comfortable stop.
    • 85' Spurs coming on strongly in these dying moments. Have been the better side in this second half. Redknapp sitting back in the technical area barking instructions.
    • 84' Corner was taken by Modric for Bale to hit the bar. Bale again driving forward. Goes for goal, but fails to get the desired power on the shot as Cech holds with some ease.
    • 83' Fernando Torres has just come on. He hasn't scored on his last 10 Premier League appearances when coming on as a substitute.
    • 82' Bale crashes a header off the bar! Saha nods over seconds later. Spurs can't find the goal they crave. So unfortunate.
    • 81' Cahill races back to block Adebayor's shot off his line after the striker had rounded Cech. What a chance that was. Not taken though.
    • 80' Saha slips at the other end in trying to get a shot at goal. Well wide.
    • 79' Drogba spins well in the Spurs box. Gets the shot at goal, but straight at Friedel. Failed to get the required power on the shot.
    • 78' Gallas heads over the bar unmarked from Modric's delivery. Chance of a winning goal, but not taken by the former Chelsea man.
    • 77' Sandro makes way for Louis Saha. Both teams seem to be going for the three points.
    • 76' Spurs also shuffle their pack as Livermore arrives to take over from Van der Vaart.
    • 75' Change coming for Chelsea with Fernando Torres replaced Michael Essien.
    • 74' Luiz deemed to be guilty of bringing down Modric. Free-kick chance for the visiting side just outside of the Chelsea box.
    • 73' Not sure what Walker was doing there. He watched the ball fly past him before it hit the post. Spurs set to make a change here.
    • 72' Mata hits a post from the free-kick with Friedel rooted to the spot. Almost broke to Luiz, but Spurs survive.
    • 71' A few visiting players wanted Chelsea to stop for treatment to Kaboul, but the home side play on and now have a free-kick 25 yards from goal.
    • 70' Bale fouls Ramires while Kaboul is needing a spot of treatment at the other end.
    • 69' Kaboul dinks a ball to the back post, but Terry is so calm to chest the ball back to Cech inside his own area.
    • 68' Drogba smashes a free-kick straight into the Tottenham wall from distance. A bit of blood in the face of Parker from that effort.
    • 67' Walker nods behind from Luiz's cross before Lampard's corner is headed clear. Referee speaks to Van der Vaart for a spot of dissent.
    • 66' Cole is the latest figure to be found limping around after a challenge by Walker. On we go with the score at 0-0.
    • 65' Sandro goes into the book for a late tackle on Essien.
    • 64' Chelsea fans trying to encourage their side to find a goal that could win this match. Drogba's free-kick is headed clear by the visiting defence.
    • 63' Ramires and Assou-Ekotto collide going for a loose ball. Both men needing a spot of treatment here.
    • 62' Ramires appealing for a penalty. Seemed to be nudged in the area by Assou-Ekotto, but no penalty awarded. He is unhappy with the decision.
    • 61' Drogba caught offside. Spurs suddenly looking a bit more competitive in this second half.
    • 60' Adebayor with a late tackle on Cahill. Clears the danger. Fortunate to avoid a booking for that effort.
    • 59' Change coming then for the home team as David Luiz takes over from Bosingwa.
    • 58' Bosingwa doing well to keep a ball in play out wide. Mata loses his footing at the key time in the visiting area.
    • 57' A bit more pace in proceedings with Spurs throwing a few more bodies into the attack.
    • 56' Better play by Bale to play in Walker whose shot is wide of the target from inside the area. Think Cech might have got a touch to that effort.
    • 55' The sun is beating down, but this game failing to heat up as Spurs continue to keep possession without going anywhere with it.
    • 54' Gary Lineker scored the winner for Spurs the last time they picked up a win at Chelsea in 1990.
    • 53' Spurs on the ball. Gallas rolls the ball back to Friedel, who launches the clearance down the park.
    • 52' Drogba nods the ball into the path of Sturridge, who flashes a drive wide of goal. Was a decent chance, but couldn't trouble Friedel.
    • 51' Assou-Ekotto's cross is easily dealt with by Cech. Poor play really.
    • 50' Mata tries to pick out Drogba, but his cross is aimless before Essien is booked for a late tackle on Modric.
    • 49' Lampard nudges the ball into Bosingwa's path. His cross finds Friedel being fouled by Sturridge. Free-kick to the visiting side.
    • 48' Modric with a corner into the area, but Terry heads clear before Parker dashes back to head away a cross by Sturridge. Nice passage of play.
    • 47' This is the 12th time that a Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham has stood goalless at the break. Chelsea have gone on to win six of these matches, four have been drawn and Tottenham have won one.
    • 46' Spurs get the second period off and running. Surely must be a second half.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break! 0-0 at half-time. This match yet to ignite.
    • 45+1' Cech pulls off a fine save from Van der Vaart before Cole and Cech combine to get the rebound off the line. Adebayor heads over seconds later. The best moment of the half comes in the final seconds.
    • 44' One minute to be added to the half.
    • 43' Ramires tries to open the door for the home side, but his cross is blocked before Mata's corner is headed well wide by Terry.
    • 42' Spurs fans continue to give Lampard abuse with cries of "He eats what he wants.." Nothing else of note to sing about.
    • 41' Bale goes for goal again from distance. Well over the ball before Lampard knocks a pass straight out of the park.
    • 40' Spurs have managed a total of just six shots on target at Stamford Bridge spread across their last four league visits. Not managed any in this half.
    • 39' Van der Vaart with the delivery. Nodded out before Assou-Ekotto's shot is blocked by a blue shirt.
    • 38' Lampard fouls Bale just outside the Chelsea box. Free-kick chance then for Spurs out wide.
    • 37' Spurs yet to inject any real life into their play. All too slow and predictable.
    • 36' Van der Vaart gets a header on the cross by Cole. Back to Friedel in the visiting goal. Chelsea certainly enjoying the better momentw.
    • 35' Gallas makes a mistake at the back as he tries to nod clear. Mata pings the ball across goal, but no takers on hand for the home side.
    • 34' Chelsea back on the ball around the halfway line. Drogba trying to shake off his knock. Torres goes for a light jog at the side of the park.
    • 33' Drogba on the deck. Looks to be in a spot of trouble. Back on his feet, but the home forward is limping.
    • 32' Walker nods out the delivery from Lampard as the visiting side look to break. Cross from Adebayor, but Walker can't get on the end of it. Good break by Spurs.
    • 31' Parker deemed to be guilty of handling Sturridge's cross. A free-kick for Chelsea out wide.
    • 30' Bale decides to try his luck from distance. Smashes the shot at goal, but well over the bar. Sums up the day so far.
    • 29' Walker almost tees up Drogba with a defensive header. Spurs frantically scramble the ball clear. Better play by Chelsea.
    • 28' Sturridge dashes beyond Parker. Knocks the ball off the Spurs skipper and the home side have a corner.
    • 27' Ramires slips the ball into the path of Lampard. He goes to ground in the box, but Gallas and Kaboul crowd out the midfielder. No penalty.
    • 26' No attempts on goal in the opening 25 minutes. More passing stuff from both sides. Van der Vaart attempts a longer ball, but headed out by Cahill.
    • 25' Drogba tries to send Mata scampering clear. Beat the offside trap, but Friedel is quickly off his line to grab the loose ball.
    • 24' Adebayor with a late challenge on Terry. Protests his innocence, but the referee is having none of it.
    • 23' Walker wins the ball from Adebayor, but he takes a heavy first touch. Cech wallops it long seconds later. The status quo continues.
    • 22' So Nelson Mandela was doing time the last time Spurs won at Chelsea. The way this is going, it maybe be 22 years before we see a goal between these teams. Not overly excitiing stuff.
    • 21' Spurs continue to fraternise with the short ball at the back. Chelsea happy to let the visiting side play in front of them.
    • 20' Kaboul knocks the ball out of play from Drogba's cross. No chances taken there.
    • 19' Maybe both of these sides conserving a bit of energy out there so far. Little or nothing being done on the attack.
    • 18' Bosingwa matches Bale stride for stride before the Chelsea man knocks the ball off Bale for a throw-in to Spurs.
    • 17' Sturridge caught out by the offside flag. And again Spurs get on the ball, but do very little with it. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 16' Spurs have won only one of their last six Premier League away matches in which Adebayor has played, losing four of them.
    • 15' Sandro brings down Essien. Didn't look much in that one, but the referee felt otherwise.
    • 14' Loose ball by Drogba as it flies behind for a goalkick to the visiting side. Friedel again goes short to keep the ball.
    • 13' Parker heads the ball behind for a corner from Ramires's hooked cross. Mata with the corner, but Spurs manage to get a header on it to clear the danger.
    • 12' Neither side really throwing bodies forward. A respectful start by both teams as Cahill rolls the ball back to Cech who smashes it long down the park.
    • 11' Harry Redknapp has his jacket off and is out on the touchline. Not overly keen with what he is watching so far.
    • 10' Terry slams a long ball into the path of Drogba. Spurs have enough bodies back to deal with the danger. Kaboul almost caught out by the bounce of the ball.
    • 9' Not too many chances to speak of so far. A slowish start to the dag with both teams feeling each other out. Parker late on Sturridge at the halfway line.
    • 8' Van der Vaart whips in the corner at pace, but headed clear by Terry. Terry then blocks the shot by Assou-Ekotto.
    • 7' Cole tackles Walker out wide, and the visiting side earn the first corner of the afternoon.
    • 6' Petr Cech has kept a clean sheet in slightly over half of his Premier League matches for Chelsea (126 in 249 matches to date), exactly double that of the next best for the club – Carlo Cudicini with 63. Cudicini is now at Tottenham and sits on the bench today.
    • 5' Spurs trying to get themselves up the park. Again there is a spell of possession play from the visiting team.
    • 4' A tentative start to this match before Friedel is forced to whack the ball clear with Lampard and Drogba threatening in the visiting box.
    • 3' Harry Redknapp has lost his last eight visits to Stamford Bridge as a Premier League boss.
    • 2' Spurs on the ball early on. Gallas rolls the ball back to Friedel. Nice possession play by the visitors before Chelsea finally win it as Cech hammers long down the park.
    • 1' Chelsea get this match off and running. Glorious weather.
    • 12.42 Teams out on the pitch. Chelsea fans unveil a huge banner with the words "Pride of London" on it.
    • 12.40 Full teams and substitutes: Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba..subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Meireles, Kalou////Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Sandro, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor..subs: Cudicini, Saha, Defoe, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Nelsen////Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
    • 12.35 Chelsea have lost just one of their last eight Premier League home games. The west Londoners have won 16 and lost none of their last 24 matches against Spurs at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
    • 12.30 A few stats for you: Chelsea and Tottenham have both won two and drawn four of the last eight meetings between the two sides in the Premier League.
    • 12.25 Here is the report from the 1-1 draw between the sides earlier in the season. Terry has last laugh as Chelsea earn draw
    • 12.20 MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 5/6, Tottenham 10/3, Draw 13/5.
    • 12.15 TEAMS: Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Essien, Lampard; Ramires, Mata, Sturridge; Drogba////Spurs: Friedel, Assou-Ekotto, Kaboul, Gallas, Walker, Bale, Parker, Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart, Abebayor
    • 12.12 TEAM NEWS....John Terry returns for Chelsea with Didier Drogba replacing Fernando Torres. Daniel Sturridge and Michael Essien also start for the home side. Emmanuel Adebayor starts up front for Spurs. William Gallas and Sandro also start with Ledley King not fit for action.
    • 12.10 Harry Redknapp: “It’s a big game for us for sure. We’ve got a lead over Chelsea but we’ve got to maintain that lead. It’s going to be tight getting down to the end of the season. The Champions League places are all up for grabs now. It’s just closed up. From being 10 points clear we’re now only five points clear of Chelsea now. From being 10 points clear of Arsenal we’re suddenly behind Arsenal by a point. It’s not been ideal. Arsenal have been on an incredible run of winning games."
    • 12.05 Roberto Di Matteo: "We cannot look further ahead than the next game, we haven't got the time to do that because the position we're in doesn't allow us to do that. We're playing every three days so we need to utilise the whole squad, select a team that is fresh and can reach the intensity levels you need. The recovery time at the moment is more important, sessions are short to maintain fitness levels and sharpness but there's not much time to do anything else."
    • 12.00 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Chelsea against Tottenham from Stamford Bridge. Should be quite an afternoon in London with the sun out in the capital. Gorgeous day for this match.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Cech force to claw out a free-kick from Cech. Superb effort from distance, and a really good save.
    • 82' Bale crashes a header off the bar! Saha nods over seconds later. Spurs can't find the goal they crave. So unfortunate.
    • 81' Cahill races back to block Adebayor's shot off his line after the striker had rounded Cech. What a chance that was. Not taken though.
    • 79' Drogba spins well in the Spurs box. Gets the shot at goal, but straight at Friedel. Failed to get the required power on the shot.
    • 78' Gallas heads over the bar unmarked from Modric's delivery. Chance of a winning goal, but not taken by the former Chelsea man.
    • 72' Mata hits a post from the free-kick with Friedel rooted to the spot. Almost broke to Luiz, but Spurs survive.
    • 56' Better play by Bale to play in Walker whose shot is wide of the target from inside the area. Think Cech might have got a touch to that effort.
    • 52' Drogba nods the ball into the path of Sturridge, who flashes a drive wide of goal. Was a decent chance, but couldn't trouble Friedel.
    • 45+1' Cech pulls off a fine save from Van der Vaart before Cole and Cech combine to get the rebound off the line. Adebayor heads over seconds later. The best moment of the half comes in the final seconds.
    • 32' Walker nods out the delivery from Lampard as the visiting side look to break. Cross from Adebayor, but Walker can't get on the end of it. Good break by Spurs.
    • 27' Ramires slips the ball into the path of Lampard. He goes to ground in the box, but Gallas and Kaboul crowd out the midfielder. No penalty.
    • 12.40 Full teams and substitutes: Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba..subs: Turnbull, Luiz, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Meireles, Kalou////Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Sandro, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor..subs: Cudicini, Saha, Defoe, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Nelsen////Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
    • 12.15 TEAMS: Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Essien, Lampard; Ramires, Mata, Sturridge; Drogba////Spurs: Friedel, Assou-Ekotto, Kaboul, Gallas, Walker, Bale, Parker, Sandro, Modric, Van der Vaart, Abebayor

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