Wednesday January 2, 2013 Day 21 Finished Stamford Bridge

  1. Premier League - Wright-Phillips gives QPR shock win at Chelsea

    Premier League - Wright-Phillips gives QPR shock win at Chelsea

    Shaun Wright-Phillips returned to haunt Chelsea as the Premier League's bottom side QPR took a shock 1-0 away win. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Queens Park Rangers
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    • 90+4' There goes the whistle - QPR WIN 1-0 AT CHELSEA! They stay bottom on goal difference, but what a lift for them. Chelsea's title hopes surely over.
    • 90+3' Luiz with a strike from 30 yards which flies over - and the home fans fear that their chances are over in this match.
    • 90+2' QPR change: Kieron Dyer on for Taarabt.
    • 90+1' Three minutes to be added on.
    • 90' QPR change: Ji-Sung Park, who was passed fit to make the bench today, on for Granero.
    • 90' But they have a corner on the right now... Mata's kick is headed out. Mata puts another cross in soon after and Ivanovic is there to head just over!
    • 89' Again QPR repel a Chelsea attack, this time on the Blues' left flank.
    • 88' Taarabt down holding his leg after Ramires fouls him. He brought the ball down well and has been key for QPR on his own up front.
    • 87' Mata would have been a more delicate option than the thump of Luiz.
    • 86' Luiz fancies it in front of a 10-man wall. And hits it straight into it!
    • 85' Another derby-style tackle as Hill chops Ivanovic as he looks to break into the box. Dead centre, 20 yards out. And finally another booking.
    • 84' Cesar claims and wins a free-kick as Chelsea send the ball in.
    • 83' Ramires with a lunge on Taraabt to ease the pressure on QPR. Ref Mason has been exceptionally generous with the cards today - just the yellow for Marin, and that should have been a red.
    • 82' Hazard picks up a short corner but his cross is poor. QPR on the ball.
    • 81' SWP refused to celebrate, as is the way of stars who score against former clubs these days.
    • 80' Cross for Torres, headed away near the penalty spot. Redknapp telling everyone to calm down, but he must be jumping inside. Chelsea change: Ramires on for Lampard.
    • 79' Hellfire - QPR are leading! Their fans rejoice. They can't believe it!
    • 78' GOAL FOR QPR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wright-Phillips with a scorcher along the turf into the far corner! Laid off brilliantly by Taarabt!
    • 77' Free-kick for QPR in the final third, but they opt to keep the ball. SWP wins a corner off Azpilicueta on the byline.
    • 76' Follow the latest action from around the grounds via our official Twitter feed. EurosportCom_EN on Twitter
    • 76' Does this match change anyone's opinion on Benitez? Or did you feel he was wrong for the job in the first place? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 75' Chelsea change: Moses replaced by key man Mata.
    • 74' Chelsea really need to win this game if they have aspirations on the title. Table
    • 72' Cahill with a scooped pass over the top that Cesar claims. The Brazilian keeper takes a quick kick to lone striker Taarabt, but he ultimately cannot keep the ball in play. Nevertheless he is clapped by the away fans in that corner.
    • 71' Oscar with a loose pass out for a QPR goal-kick. Time for Mata to come on?
    • 70' Another free-kick won on the right, with Oscar's kick again dealt with easily.
    • 69' The free-kick is wasted.
    • 68' The fans right behind Chelsea again and Wright-Phillips commits a needless foul on Azpilicueta. He went down a bit easily though.
    • 66' Chelsea have the ball in the net - but goalscorer Lampard is flagged offside! The ball breaks to him off Moses after a scrappy corner and he finishes superbly after appearing to be level, but the captain takes it in good grace.
    • 66' Hazard with a drag back for Moses to take on and shoot, deflected just wide of the far post!
    • 65' Sublime skills from Oscar on the right to beat Derry and his cross is headed towards Torres - but Nedum Onuoha gets ahead of him to nod clear.
    • 64' Luiz wastes another attack to gift the Rs a goal-kick. Time is ticking on and the Blues' momentum is lost.
    • 63' Mbia offside from a Granero chipped pass. QPR with an unexpected spell of pressure.
    • 62' Derry with a free header on the far side from the corner and Turnbull stands tall to make a good save.
    • 61' Taarabt with a flick through for Mackie and he is in... brilliant recovering tackle from Cahill!
    • 60' Chelsea change: Marin replaced by Hazard.
    • 60' Hill with a swipe of a tackle on Marin and somewhow avoids a booking.
    • 59' Torres bearing down on Nelsen and the 35-year-old Kiwi tackles him cleanly!
    • 58' SWP on the break finds Taarabt, who picks out Granero. The former Real Madrid star earns space on the left corner of the box and his curled shot is saved by Turnbull. Worrying moment for Chelsea.
    • 58' Azpilicueta gives the ball away to Fabio but his pass it straight out of play.
    • 57' Anyone who takes over as manager of Chelsea and cannot be successful would have to be a dope, according to QPR boss Redknapp. 'Only a dope could fail with Blues'
    • 56' Fabio with a run down the keft and Mbia looks for him. The flag is up and he gave away a goal-kick anyway.
    • 55' Marin pulls back SWP off the ball and is a bit lucky to avoid a second yellow.
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    • 53' Bertrand races into the box and finds Oscar, whose cross is blocked. Luiz outside the ball shoots, again blocked, and the ball drops to Torres.... surely he must score... great save by Cesar at the near post!
    • 52' This set-piece is met superbly by Ivanovic but his header grazes the crossbar on its way over!
    • 52' Marin taking all the corners. Gary Cahill competes for this one and the Blues have another corner.
    • 51' Oscar on the left to the feet of the arriving Lampard inside the penalty area... his shot is deflected wide.
    • 50' This could be a long half for QPR if the early indications are anything to go by.
    • 49' Via Infostrada: QPR have kept one PL clean sheet in their last 26 away matches – the 0-0 draw at Sunderland in November.
    • 48' Ivanovic wins a corner on the left. Marin's cross is defended but Torres gets the ball back out to the German... he sells an away defender a dummy and crosses into the six-yard box where somehow fails to score as he lunges for the ball!
    • 47' Early corner for Chelsea, now kicking from left to right. Cesar punches clear.
    • 46' The second half begins, and Benitez has not made any changes.
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    • 45+2' Half-time. Poor from Chelsea, who will surely make changes at the break. But what should they be? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 45+1' The first of two minutes of added-on time passes with Lampard chipping past the post from some way out.
    • 45' Derry again with a high grab on a Chelsea player, this time on Oscar as he turned with the ball. And again he gets away with it.
    • 45' After Marin was booked on his first PL start, Infostrada inform that the only Chelsea player to be sent off on his first PL start for the club was John Obi Mikel in a 1-0 win at Reading in October 2006.
    • 44' Via Infostrada: Only Manchester United (25) have scored more first half PL goals than Chelsea (21) this season. QPR have scored six in the period, fewer than any other team.
    • 43' Luiz comes forward and finds Oscar, who has his back to goal and turns to strike low - bizarre save with the legs of Cesar as he seemed to be going the wrong way. Moses then picks up and avoids one challenge before sending a rising drive just over from 20 yards out.
    • 42' Chelsea's subs are out and warming up - Ashley Cole given a lovely reception from the travelling Rs fans. Ivanovic with another shocking strike about 100 yards off-target.
    • 41' The half rapidly going from bad to worse for Chelsea as Luiz clips a pass nowhere near anyone and out for a goal-kick.
    • 40' Taarabt carrying forward and there could be something on here for QPR... he slips a ball through for the run of Wright-Phillips, but the nippy winger halts it on the left at just the wrong moment.
    • 39' Torres comes inside on to his left foot and strikes for goal, but does not catch it right and Cesar kneels down to gather.
    • 38' Shot from Ivanovic from a long way out, well off-target. Signs of frustration from the home side as half-time approaches.
    • 37' Derry lucky to avoid a booking for grabbing Marin around the nack as he looked to dribble forward...
    • 36' Nelsen again with the header from Marin's subsequent corner. Oscar then plays a great ball with the outside of his foot to Marin on the left, and from his dangerous cross to the far post Fabio is fouled by Moses.
    • 35' Ryan Nelsen heads away valiantly as Chelsea get the ball in from a corner. Ivanovic is on the floor and wants a penalty - no chance.
    • 34' Mackie goes just too early as he is played through - at least according to the linesman. Replays suggest he was level.
    • 34' Wright-Phillips pulls a shot well wide.
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    • 34' When should Benitez make changes? What should they be? Does Marin deserve 90 minutes, or is it a risk with the yellow card? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 33' QPR clear the danger from the corner and moments later Cesar is forced to punch a looping ball under heavy pressure.
    • 32' Marin does well to win the ball and play it to Oscar, who enters the box and curls a shot towards the far top corner... Hill deflects it behind with his head.
    • 32' Lampard is roaming around and you can bet your bottom dollar he will have some impact on this game.
    • 31' Mata and Hazard would have the keys to unlock this particular door... if they were on the pitch.
    • 30' Azpilicueta looks to cut in from the right but there are too many QPR players back. They are sitting in more now.
    • 29' QPR defending well enough but are not confident enough in possession to take the pressure off or threaten on the counter.
    • 27' Torres down holding his leg. He controlled the ball and Hill nipped past to steal it - maybe his pride was hurt, maybe he had a little twist. Either way, he can 'run it off'.
    • 26' A quick ball forward is taken on by Wright-Phillips but instead of looking to menace Azpilicueta, he looks to shoot early - and the ball runs harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
    • 25' Marin bends a shot well over the far post and receives a pat on the head from Lampard. Wrong option (unless it flies into the top corner...)
    • 24' The second ball inside the box comes off Torres's shin and runs out for a goal-kick.
    • 23' Quick feet from Torres to find Oscar and he threads down the right channel for Moses, who wins a corner with his cross.
    • 22' A Bertrand cross is headed away and a jumpy QPR give the ball away again. Marin closes in from the left but his low pass for Oscar is cut out and away come Rangers... Chelsea clear up in defence.
    • 22' Via Infostrada: QPR could set a new club record of 24 top-flight away league matches without victory if they fail to win tonight. They previously failed to win in 23 away matches across 1968 to 1973 in the old Division One.
    • 21' Oscar in quickly to pick up the ball and leave Shaun Derry trailing, but his strike from 25 yards is pulled well wide.
    • 20' Ryan Bertrand is clipped by Mackie just outside the box and falls inside... there are shouts for a penalty but a goal-kick is awarded. It was not a dive, but it wasn't a penalty either.
    • 19' Taarabt has a pop from a long way out. It is on target but the sighter is simply picked up by Turnbull.
    • 18' Luiz and Oscar bang heads as they go for the same aerial ball in midfield and are seen to briefly.
    • 17' We did have that mandatory Roberto Di Matteo tribute in the 16th minute...
    • 17' Moses almost finds Frank Lampard in an advanced position. Esteban Granero gives the ball away and Moses then almost gets a ball to Oscar near the box.
    • 16' Taarabt and Mackie combine but QPR's next ball is loose and Ross Turnbull has it at his feet. The Chelsea keeper hasn't had anything to do as yet.
    • 15' QPR change: former Chelsea star Shaun Wright-Phillips on for the former Blackburn winger. He is given a decent reception by the home fans.
    • 14' Mbia was okay after that Marin tackle, but there is now bad news as Junior Hoilett limps out of the fray.
    • 13' Moses has the ball on the right and his deflected cross loops down on to the edge of the penalty area where Luiz arrives to volley into the ground and over the bar.
    • 12' Adel Taarabt has magic in his boots as he skips away from David Luiz and into the Chelsea half. He then scoops out a poor pass to lose possession, but is applauded by Redknapp on the touchline.
    • 11' Oscar looks for the feet of Fernando Torres in the final third but Clint Hill reads the danger and nips in to make the tackle. Mackie then caught offside for QPR.
    • 10' "Going down, going down, going down" is the chant from the Chelsea faithful. Excellent derby atmosphere.
    • 9' Victor Moses looks to break through but QPR striker Jamie Mackie back on the right side of defence muscles him off the ball.
    • 8' When Chelsea drop back and play the ball in defence, QPR move up and defend high up the pitch. Redknapp's tactical work in evidence.
    • 7' Marin still charging around, keen to make an impact. Here he loses out to a defender and Rangers have a goal-kick.
    • 6' QPR not seeing much of the ball in the opening stages.
    • 5' Referee Lee Mason keen to not affect the game this early on - if I was Harry Redknapp, I would be absolutely fuming. It is studs-up and halfway up the Cameroonian's shin!
    • 4' Marko Marin loses control of the ball and lunges in on Stephane Mbia! He is a lucky boy to not be sent off for that!
    • 3' Branislav Ivanovic scampers across to rescue a poor ball across from Cesar Azpilicueta, I believe. Chelsea on the ball.
    • 2' Julio Cesar with a dodgy moment as he lets a backpass go across goal under pressure, but he gets away with it.
    • 1' Chelsea kick off and will attack the goal to our left.
    • 19:42 Out come the teams. Anyone else find that Chelsea theme tune incredibly annoying?
    • 19:40 Follow the latest action from around the grounds via our official Twitter feed. EurosportCom_EN on Twitter
    • 19:37 As Henry Winter notes on Twitter: "One of the longest keepie-uppie sessions I've ever seen from subs going on here, involving Mata, Hazard, Cole, Piazon..." Is Benitez taking a risk by resting Hazard and Mata? Do QPR have any chance in this match? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 19:35 And QPR's capitulation to Liverpool at Loftus Road? QPR 0 Liverpool 3
    • 19:35 As you kill time ahead of kick-off, why not check out the video highlights of Chelsea's win at Goodison? Everton 1 Chelsea 2
    • 19:35 QPR have conceded 11 goals from corners this season, more than any other side.
    • 19:30 Harry Redknapp: "I still think we'll get out of trouble because I will get one or two (new signings) in, and there are some good lads here as well. We need some new faces and that's what we're trying to do. If we get a couple of the right players in I think we can have a real go. Those that are with us, are with us. Those that are not, well hopefully we can do something with them in January."
    • 19:30 Rafa Benitez: "Lampard is a great player, a good professional, who is doing well for us and I will try to bring the best out of him until the end of the season. He is one of the players who if he gets in the box he can be dangerous. He is under contract. He has shown his full commitment. He is a great player and my job is to keep him fit, happy and scoring goals. If he can score goals every game I'll be pleased."
    • 19:25 Frank Lampard stats-fest: Lamps has not scored five or more goals in each of the last 16 Premier League seasons. Chelsea have won all five games in he has found the back of the net this season. Chelsea have won 10 of 11 games in which he has played in the league this season (D1), winning just one of the eight he has missed. He has scored a goal every 87.8 minutes this season - only Javier Hernandez has a better rate.
    • 19:20 QPR are the 15th top-flight team to have 10 or fewer pts (based on 3pts/win) from 20 games. The previous 14 all went down. Rangers have kept only two clean sheets all season but one was against Chelsea. QPR team page
    • 19:15 Chelsea have failed to score in two of their last three Premier League encounters with QPR. QPR have never scored more than once in their 11 Premier League games against Chelsea.
    • 19:10 QPR have long-term injuries to Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) while Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is still out with a knee injury but it is not deemed serious.
    • 19:05 For QPR, Shaun Derry, Fabio, Esteban Granero and Junior Hoilett are recalled by Harry Redknapp, with Djibril Cisse and Shaun Wright-Phillips dropped to the bench and Armand Traore and Samba Diakite left out of the matchday squad altogether after the 3-0 home loss to Liverpool.
    • 19:01 And if you just read that story, it developed this afternoon when Newcastle gave their striker Demba Ba permission to speak to Chelsea after the London club made an offer which matched his release clause. Chelsea trigger Ba clause
    • 19:00 Ross Turnbull is in goal for Chelsea then as Petr Cech remains absent with the injury that saw him come off at half-time in the 2-1 win at Everton. Hilario is the keeper on the bench. Marko Marin starts in one of the attacking midfield roles with Juan Mata and Eden Hazard rested. Fernando Torres starts despite Rafael Benitez's insistence that he would be willing to sit on the bench. Benitez: Torres will accept sitting on the bench
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Chelsea: Turnbull; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand; Luiz, Lampard, Moses, Oscar, Marin; Torres. Subs: Hilario, Cole, Ferreira, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Piazon. /// QPR: Julio Cesar; Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio; Mbia, Derry, Granero; Taarabt, Mackie, Hoilett. Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Park, Cisse, Wright-Phillips, Dyer, Faurlin.
    • 18:50 Chelsea look to climb to third in the Premier League table as they welcome West London rivals QPR to Stamford Bridge.
  • Summary

    • 90' But they have a corner on the right now... Mata's kick is headed out. Mata puts another cross in soon after and Ivanovic is there to head just over!
    • 78' GOAL FOR QPR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wright-Phillips with a scorcher along the turf into the far corner! Laid off brilliantly by Taarabt!
    • 66' Chelsea have the ball in the net - but goalscorer Lampard is flagged offside! The ball breaks to him off Moses after a scrappy corner and he finishes superbly after appearing to be level, but the captain takes it in good grace.
    • 66' Hazard with a drag back for Moses to take on and shoot, deflected just wide of the far post!
    • 61' Taarabt with a flick through for Mackie and he is in... brilliant recovering tackle from Cahill!
    • 53' Bertrand races into the box and finds Oscar, whose cross is blocked. Luiz outside the ball shoots, again blocked, and the ball drops to Torres.... surely he must score... great save by Cesar at the near post!
    • 52' This set-piece is met superbly by Ivanovic but his header grazes the crossbar on its way over!
    • 48' Ivanovic wins a corner on the left. Marin's cross is defended but Torres gets the ball back out to the German... he sells an away defender a dummy and crosses into the six-yard box where somehow fails to score as he lunges for the ball!
    • 43' Luiz comes forward and finds Oscar, who has his back to goal and turns to strike low - bizarre save with the legs of Cesar as he seemed to be going the wrong way. Moses then picks up and avoids one challenge before sending a rising drive just over from 20 yards out.
    • 5' Referee Lee Mason keen to not affect the game this early on - if I was Harry Redknapp, I would be absolutely fuming. It is studs-up and halfway up the Cameroonian's shin!
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Chelsea: Turnbull; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand; Luiz, Lampard, Moses, Oscar, Marin; Torres. Subs: Hilario, Cole, Ferreira, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Piazon. /// QPR: Julio Cesar; Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio; Mbia, Derry, Granero; Taarabt, Mackie, Hoilett. Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Park, Cisse, Wright-Phillips, Dyer, Faurlin.
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      6 7
      6.1 6
      5.7 6
      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out79′ 6.7 6
      Substitution Out75′ 6 6
      6.4 6
      Yellow Card Substitution Out60′ 5.6 6
      Strikers
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      Subs
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      Substitution In75′ 5 6
      Substitution In79′ 4.2 5
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      Substitution Out90′ 5.7 6
      5.7 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out16′ 5.6 6
      Substitution Out90′ 6.3 8
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      Substitution In16′ Goal 7.3 7
      Substitution In90′ 5.9 6
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  1. Only Marin

    From Sanaz, on Mon 7 Jan 7:13
  2. Once upon a time there was a man named Harry and­ whenever a footie team found itself in a bit of a two­ and eight they called him in and he sorted it. ­ "QPR will survive," he said. And it was­ as good as done.

    From banksey, on Fri 4 Jan 17:39
  3. Sell Torres now!

    From Henry Ejiro, on Thu 3 Jan 19:38
  4. Second year in a row that Chelsea have lost to QPR, so­ funny!!!

    From nico, on Thu 3 Jan 18:37
  5. Give Benitez Man U, and he will never win a single­ league title, we sureley know that now. Even Steve­ Wonder could see that Moses was of no use, and he bared­ until 75th minute. Whatever he does, he should be sent­ after the last match of the league; or does it matter­ he cares the team or not? Idiot, he got me lose the­ bet.

    From erol, on Thu 3 Jan 18:12
  6. More than the L.up. the formation was bad missing in­ l.up were the goalie 2 def. 2 mid. not a BIG deal­ for a team that is playing at home

    From murphy, on Thu 3 Jan 18:03
  7. Agree with you 100% John I'll use the best I got,­ till i get a result then make some subs. not the­ other way round Well to say everything these players­ have to get their chance to play too

    From murphy, on Thu 3 Jan 17:53
  8. Chelski made a big mistake not using the flanks ­ Besides the badly chosen l.up Cheers benny

    From murphy, on Thu 3 Jan 17:45
  9. Matti no hope for QPR?????? also no hope for a for a­ mid table team losin at home to a bottom team Benny­ start packin

    From murphy, on Thu 3 Jan 17:42
  10. ...........................................Benittez =­ IDIOT

    From john, on Thu 3 Jan 15:38
  11. Camother the hour when qpr go in too the champships and­ they go too the abyss of time where they came from and­ harry tooooooooooooooooo

    From MAURICE, on Thu 3 Jan 15:36
  12. ...i just don't get it?..why wouldn't you field­ the best team you can...then once you were in the lead­ rest your top players that you think need resting­ instead of fielding a weak team and then giving your­ top players a few mins to try to save the day­ you've ruined by your terrible team­ selection?..personally i don't care if Benitez wins­ every damn game from now till end of the year...i hate­ him...always hated him when he was with Liverpoo and­ will continue to hate him...period!

    From john, on Thu 3 Jan 15:36
  13. Redknap's world-wisdom, Rafa's flaws, QPR­ dauntlessness and Blues' strained play all­ conspired to invert the flow and result of West London­ derby. Alas Chelsea burgeoning momentum was disrupted­ so unexpectedly!

    From Tooraj, on Thu 3 Jan 12:56
  14. Well done QPR

    From Fouad, on Thu 3 Jan 12:10
  15. It was a joke the way Chelsea played specialy in the­ first half.

    From AfgAk47, on Thu 3 Jan 11:27
  16. what a crazy team selection...........how much did­ harry pay you raffa !!! if this was horse racing you­ would be in front of the stewards - and suspended

    From geezer, on Thu 3 Jan 9:50
  17. ha ha

    From Colin, on Thu 3 Jan 9:04
  18. Rafa killed Chelsea from team selection

    From Samson B, on Thu 3 Jan 7:45
  19. does QPR have any fans?

    From me, on Thu 3 Jan 7:02
  20. Rafa OUT!! Torres OUT!! That's all Send back­ these 2 rubbishes to pool

    From leung k, on Thu 3 Jan 4:25
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