Wednesday December 26, 2012 Day 19 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 0 - 1 Chelsea

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  1. Premier League - Mata fires Chelsea past Norwich

    Premier League - Mata fires Chelsea past Norwich

    Juan Mata's superb strike from distance proved the difference as Chelsea edged Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road in the Premier League. More

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    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Chelsea
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    • 90+4' FULL TIME: Chelsea hang on for a 1-0 win. It wasn't pretty, but it was enough. Juan Mata's touch of class the difference between the two sides.
    • 90+3' BASSONG CLOSE! Header from close range, straight down into the ground and then over the top. Could have been the best chance of an equaliser.
    • 90+2' Final change - Chelsea swap Mata for Ake, a 17-year-old youth product.
    • 90+1' Crass challenge from Hazard - he clipped the heels of his man to prevent a run, and is rightly booked.
    • 90' Torres does get on the end of Luiz's through ball at the second attempt. Three minutes of added time to play.
    • 89' Final change for Norwich - Hoolahan off, Eliott Bennett on.
    • 88' CHANCE! Hazard from close range on his left after a sharp move with Torres, but Bunn comes up quick to smother.
    • 87' Lampard tries to link with Mata - fails, but wins the ball back with some pressure deep in the Norwich half.
    • 86' Garrido sends a hopeful ball forward across to the right. Doesn't get the Canaries very far but Morison does at least manage to keep the ball in play.
    • 85' Torres appears from nowhere, running down the right - but nobody is there for his cutback. Quiet afternoon from the Spaniard.
    • 84' Azpilicueta cannot keep a crossfield ball in - he's cheered ironically by the home fans, but it was far from simple to stop that one.
    • 83' Long clearance forward from Cech - Chelsea have yet to kill this game off.
    • 82' Another change for the Canaries - Johnson off, Howson on.
    • 81' Whoops - that's embarrassing - Johnson goes down expecting a challenge from Luiz, and it doesn't come. That's a dive and a yellow card.
    • 80' 10 minutes left at Carrow Road - both Manchester United and City still dropping points. This is rapidly turning into a huge game for Chelsea.
    • 79' And a change for Chelsea too - it's Hazard on for Moses, who has looked pretty good today.
    • 78' Time for a Norwich change - Morison for Pilkington.
    • 77' Norwich up and running after a slip by Oscar - Johnson's cross from deep just too far beyond Holt.
    • 76' Oscar leads a counter-attack - four men forward for Chelsea but the Canaries swiftly track back. Hughton's men working hard and the home crowd sense the game is not over yet.
    • 75' It's just like watching Brazil - Branislav Ivanovic dances his way out of his own half, skipping through three challenges befre laying the ball off.
    • 74' Mata down after a challenge deep in his own half. It's really bucketing down with rain in Norwich now.
    • 73' Here's that change - Lampard replaces Mikel, taking his now-traditional position in deep midfield.
    • 72' Another goal in Manchester - a thriller at Old Trafford - follow all seven 15:00 kick offs here. Every game live
    • 71' With a one-goal lead Chelsea are not home and hosed - Rafa Benitez appears to be getting Frank Lampard ready for action.
    • 70' CHANCE FOR NORWICH! Scramble from a Snodgrass corner - both Chelsea and Norwich shirts throw themselves at it, and somehow the Blues clear. Ivanovic appears to have been hurt.
    • 69' MOSES! Perhaps that should have been two - he did terrifically to control the ball, chesting it straight down from the cross, and hit the ball sweetly, but just beyond the far post.
    • 68' Luiz turns up on the right and plays a cross towards the near post - Turner does well to deny Torres a chance of finishing.
    • 67' Strong play from Snodgrass to get into the area, then weak play as he buckles under the faintest of touches from Ivanovic. He wants a penalty, but he won't be getting one.
    • 66' It is over four years since both Manchester United and Manchester City lost on the same day – 18 September 2008. (Infostrada) - Chelsea will be crossing their fingers.
    • 65' Chelsea corner as the Blues look for a second which would kill this game off.
    • 64' Another stinking effort from David Luiz from distance. This time it's more of a half-volley, smashed miles above the bar.
    • 63' 62% possession for Chelsea in the first half - they've probably had more since the resumption.
    • 62' Bassong penalised as he goes up for the ball, and Norwich's chance from a set piece is over before it really began.
    • 61' Chris Hughton appears to have found a coat for the second half. That's how much it's raining.
    • 60' Strong play from Pikington to hold off Azpilicueta and get a shot off, but not enough behind it to trouble Cech.
    • 59' Moses, to Oscar, to Torres - Chelsea keep working right but suddenly Norwich break and Hoolahan quickly fires it up to Holt.
    • 58' As it stands, Chelsea are in great shape today - both City and United above them are losing. Chelsea could close up to them with victory.
    • 57' The rain beginning to pour down in Norwich now. The pitch holding up well though.
    • 56' Mata close with a free kick! Not a million miles away as the Norwich wall was still trying to ready itself - fortunately for the home side Bunn was alert to save.
    • 55' Norwich showing that they can trouble Chelsea if they get it right, but they'll need to take full advantage of those chances.
    • 54' HALF A CHANCE! Holt played through after a quick counter-attack, but he drags the shot wide of the far post for one thing, and he was just offside for another.
    • 53' Good cross from Snodgrass, a probing effort, matched well by Chaill's lunging block and clearance.
    • 52' Zippy cross from Azpilicueta, low across goal from the right. Any touch from a Chelsea player would have surely led to a goal, but Moses is the one who gets on the end of it well beyond the left post, when the angle is too narrow.
    • 51' There are six other matches underway in the Premier League - you can keep up with them all by following this link Every game LIVE
    • 50' Norwich struggling to get out of their own half at present. Chelsea controlling things.
    • 49' CLOSE! Oscar with a low corner whipped at the near post, and Moses is near it - Bunn makes an ugly-looking stop at the near post.
    • 48' Moses driving down the left, and the combination of Tettey and Martin keep him out. Corner nonetheless.
    • 47' Juan Mata stat: he has scored in six of his last eight appearances in all competitions for Chelsea (Opta)
    • 46' The second half begins at Carrow Road!
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    • 45+1' HALF TIME: Chelsea calm in possession until Moss blows his whistle for half time. Chelsea didn't create much but they are good value for their lead, secured by Mata's stunner.
    • 45' One added minute to play.
    • 45' Next up for Noriwch is another home match - this time against Manchester City - it won't be getting any easier for the Canaries.
    • 44' Chelsea next travel to Everton on December 30 - that's a tricky clash and they'd feel a whol lot better about it if they already had three points in the bag here.
    • 43' Norwich enjoying their best spell of the match, but they still look at arm's length from Chelsea.
    • 42' Remember that this is just one of seven 15:00 kick-offs in the top flight this afternoon - you can follow them all. Every game LIVE
    • 41' Juan Mata scored his seventh Premier League goal of the season, and his fifth away from home. (Infostrada)
    • 40' That was closer! Pilkington with a decent centre from the left, and Ashley Cole lucky the ball gets tangled in his legs and ends up safe.
    • 39' Mata will get the plaudits but Oscar and Moses' build-up play should not be ignored. Chelsea's three players in the 4-2-3-1 are always dangerous. Snodgrass with a tame effort as Norwich try to rally.
    • 38' CHELSEA SCORE! JUAN MATA WITH A GEM! Lovely left-footed effort, just outside the box but hit with pinpoint accuracy. Oscar and Moses the architects, making space on the edge of the area for him. Deserved lead.
    • 37' Mata sees two efforts in quick succession blocked. Norwich's defence looking a little more stretched as the half wears on.
    • 36' Superb run from Moses, driving down the left and turning inside Martin, even keeping the ball in when it looks like a lost cause. The cross is good, but Norwich scramble clear.
    • 35' Torres, who's been quiet so far, tries to chest a ball down towards Moses. Not this time.
    • 34' Chelsea dropping deeper, looking to be patient with their build-up play. They've not found a way to make their superiority count.
    • 33' MIKEL! Just over the bar with a driven effort from the outside of the box. Plenty of pressure from the Blues, with Moses perhaps in a better position but seeing his low shot towards the corner blocked.
    • 32' There have been a total of 31 Premier League red cards on Boxing Day – the teams with the most are Newcastle (3), Chelsea (3), Aston Villa (3) and Wimbledon (3). There has been at least one red card on Boxing Day in each of the last five seasons (a total of 11). (Infostrada)
    • 31' At the other end Russell Martin tries a cross from the right - Chelsea clear and Tettey can do nothing with the follow-up.
    • 30' ... And Chelsea almost make them pay! Luiz intercepts, picking Johnson's pocket, and then threads a ball to Mata, whose low shot finds the side netting.
    • 29' Norwich dicey here - they're happy to pass the ball around in their own half with Chelsea pressuring....
    • 28' More like it from Luiz - a superb cross-field ball low to Cole, who beats his man with the first touch but then cannot quite catch up with the ball. Almost the clearest chance Chelsea have fashioned.
    • 27' In an earlier part of the build-up Johnson and Mikel clashed - Mikel inadvertently took a blow to the head but is now back up on his feet.
    • 26' Good shape on that cross from Pikington, but straight through the crowd and out for a throw on the other side.
    • 25' Mata the latest Chelsea player to drive through at goal, but once again the ball is blocked. Norwich resolute so far, weathering the storm.
    • 24' David Luiz has left his shooting boots at home, from the looks of things - a dreadful effort, even if you allow for Michael Turner closing him down.
    • 23' Oh dear, Garrido - he was in so much space on the left, and had plenty of time to pick out a pass to one of two runners - missed them both.
    • 22' Frank Lampard spotted warming up on the touchline for Chelsea - cue cheers from the travelling faithful.
    • 21' Moses leaning on Snodgrass, and the free kick goes to the Canaries. That will come as a bit of relief to the home side.
    • 20' Norwich having to keep clearing the ball. This time it's Azpilicueta with a throw from the byline.
    • 19' Not the best of starts from Luiz - that really was like a rugby conversion.
    • 18' Luiz with a contender for worst shot of the season - tries one from 30 yards, ends up spraying it more than 30 yards over the top.
    • 17' Again, no great quality on the delivery - Norwich break and a delightful ball from Johnson very nearly picks out Pilkington's surging run on the left.
    • 16' Free-kick for the Blues on the left - similar territory to the one they had a couple of minutes ago, but this time it's Mata to take it.
    • 15' Chelsea enjoying plenty of possession, but yet to turn it into anything tangible.
    • 14' If the match were to end this way (early days, admittedly) Norwich would rise a place to eighth with Chelsea consolidating third.
    • 13' Free-kick from Oscar on the left-hand side just about cleared, and Norwich move upfield, with Holt on the right.
    • 12' Grant Holt returns for Norwich. He has seven goals in 11 matches against traditional Big Four clubs since promotion last season. He has netted in two of three Premier League matches against Chelsea. (Infostrada)
    • 11' Norwich just beginning to find their feet after a shaky start in this clash.
    • 10' Half a chance for Snodgrass after some strong play down the left! His shot is blocked and the ball rebounds to Tettey, who scuffs his driven effort.
    • 9' A move from Hoolahan down the left is foiled by Azpilicueta - but Norwich at least beginning to make a move forward.
    • 8' First goals already going in this afternoon - and Manchester United are losing. Every game live
    • 7' Tettey makes a mistake, then undoes it. Horrendous pass lets in Mata, but some strong running and a tackle fixes things.
    • 6' Good understanding between Turner and Bunn as the pair stop another Chelsea cross. But for the moment it's the visitors in control.
    • 5' Nasty late tackle from Snodgrass on Oscar. Looks as if he's escaped a booking, and he's fairly lucky to do so.
    • 4' Mata blocked as he probes on the edge of the area by a combination of Tettey and Bassong. Luiz picks up the rebound but his cross is a shocker, out on the full.
    • 3' Fernando Torres has scored seven goals in his last six matches for Chelsea in all competitions. He has netted in each of the last two Premier League matches for Chelsea. He last scored in three Premier League matches in a row for Liverpool in March 2010. (Infostrada)
    • 2' Confident start from Chelsea, spraying the ball around effortlessly. Perhaps no surprise for a side who have scored 13 in their last two matches.
    • 1' Away we go! Norwich in familiar yellow, Chelsea in their away white.
    • 14:59 Jon Moss is today's referee. Norwich will kick off.
    • 14:58 "I can see Norwich providing a sterner test than Villa did. Although I think Chelsea will prove too strong. 3-0 to the blues", reckons Minisixx on Twitter. The form book does indeed point to a Chelsea win, but Norwich have beaten Man United at Carrow Road already this year - we'll see.
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    • 14:50 Here's a worrying stat for Norwich fans - Chelsea have won six and lost none of their last eight matches in all competitions against Norwich. (Opta)
    • 14:45 Rafa Benitez: "We will see after two or three more games (about a title shot). You could see the team had confidence in themselves, they believed, and that was there to the end. They had good movements, created chances. Now we have to sustain this run and it will be easier for me to say we can compete."
    • 14:40 Chris Hughton: “They have great attacking options. We experienced that at their place a couple of months ago. Victor Moses is starting to show his real quality now. Fernando Torres is hitting very good form. The fact they kept a clean sheet against Aston Villa as well shows the quality and depth they have throughout the squad. David Luiz playing in midfield is a role everybody felt was a role he could do and he showed some real quality. They are fairly formidable."
    • 14:35 There are seven Premier League games kicking off at 3pm and you can follow them all here. Premier League LIVE
    • 14:30 Chelsea are sitting third at the moment, and can stretch their two-point advantage over the chasing pack with victory. Spurs don't play until later this afternoon, while Arsenal's Boxing Day game fell victim to the Tube strike. Norwich after a shaky start are up to 10th, but lost their first match in some time last time out at West Brom. Table
    • 14:25 Headline news from those team line-ups is that David Luiz reprises his role in central midfield. Rafa Benitez has put out a strong-looking side, fresh from an 8-0 drubbing of Aston Villa on Sunday. The one man to score twice in that rout, Ramires, takes a break, as does Frank Lampard.
    • 14:20 NORWICH: Bunn, Martin, Garrido, Bassong, Turner, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt - Subs - Rudd, Howson, Jackson, Morison, E. Bennett, Barnett, R. Bennett ///CHELSEA: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Mikel, Luiz, Moses, Oscar, Mata, Torres - Subs - Turnbull, Ake, Ferrerira, Lampard, Marin, Hazard, Piazon
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to live text commentary from the Premier League as Norwich host Chelsea.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' BASSONG CLOSE! Header from close range, straight down into the ground and then over the top. Could have been the best chance of an equaliser.
    • 88' CHANCE! Hazard from close range on his left after a sharp move with Torres, but Bunn comes up quick to smother.
    • 70' CHANCE FOR NORWICH! Scramble from a Snodgrass corner - both Chelsea and Norwich shirts throw themselves at it, and somehow the Blues clear. Ivanovic appears to have been hurt.
    • 69' MOSES! Perhaps that should have been two - he did terrifically to control the ball, chesting it straight down from the cross, and hit the ball sweetly, but just beyond the far post.
    • 54' HALF A CHANCE! Holt played through after a quick counter-attack, but he drags the shot wide of the far post for one thing, and he was just offside for another.
    • 49' CLOSE! Oscar with a low corner whipped at the near post, and Moses is near it - Bunn makes an ugly-looking stop at the near post.
    • 38' CHELSEA SCORE! JUAN MATA WITH A GEM! Lovely left-footed effort, just outside the box but hit with pinpoint accuracy. Oscar and Moses the architects, making space on the edge of the area for him. Deserved lead.
    • 33' MIKEL! Just over the bar with a driven effort from the outside of the box. Plenty of pressure from the Blues, with Moses perhaps in a better position but seeing his low shot towards the corner blocked.
    • 30' ... And Chelsea almost make them pay! Luiz intercepts, picking Johnson's pocket, and then threads a ball to Mata, whose low shot finds the side netting.
    • 14:20 NORWICH: Bunn, Martin, Garrido, Bassong, Turner, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt - Subs - Rudd, Howson, Jackson, Morison, E. Bennett, Barnett, R. Bennett ///CHELSEA: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Mikel, Luiz, Moses, Oscar, Mata, Torres - Subs - Turnbull, Ake, Ferrerira, Lampard, Marin, Hazard, Piazon
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