BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: R Styles | Attendance: 42328

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Chelsea

  • Frank Lampard 63'
  • Didier Drogba 69'
  • Arjen Robben 89'
  • Mateja Kezman 90' +3' PEN

4 - 0

FT

  • 92'

    Newcastle defended well for the first half, but were undone in the second after a masterful four-star display by Chelsea, who were in a class of their own in the second period! They go eight points clear!

  • 92'

    And that's the last action from the game as the ref blows for fulltime!

  • 92'

    Kezman makes it four from the penalty spot with his first Premiership goal with an outrageous chip to beat Given!

  • 91'

    A last minute penalty given for a foul by Given on Duff - the keeper felled his countryman. Kezman to take...

  • 90'

    Drogba puts pressure on Taylor, but Drogba slips to afford the youngster a breather

  • 89'

    Two minutes of injury time to be added on. Souness can't wait!

  • 88'

    Robben collected the ball from Duff and then raced in on Given's goal - the winger cut inside a defender and stroked the ball past the Newcastle keeper! Excellent finish.

  • 88'

    Another goal for Chelsea! Robben males it three!

  • 87'

    Newcastle still pressing late on in the game - Dyer tries to get a one-two passing move going but Bridge tackles and Chelsea break...

  • 86'

    From the corner Kezman goes for the spectacular with an overhead kick, but he just gets thin air!

  • 85'

    Hughes concedes a corner after pressure from Drogba

  • 84'

    Foul by Bowyer on Ferreira - the ref might have let play go on then have a word with Bowyer... but he dosen't and Newcastle track back

  • 82'

    Cech makes his first mistake of the day by overhitting his goalkick straight to opposite number Given

  • 81'

    Newcastle restricted to one-man runs at goal - this time Dyer tears up the pitch only to be tackled with ease in the box. Chelsea imperious!

  • 79'

    A decent move by Chelsea ends with Lampard lashing a dipping shot over the bar. Earlier in the move Drogba waited just a fraction too long to pass to the umarked Duff, who squared the ball to Lampard.

  • 78'

    Robben tries to do it all himself, but his shot from outside the box is not strong enough to beat Given

  • 77'

    A change for Newcastle with jst over ten minutes to go - bye-bye Robert, hello Shola Ameobi!

  • 76'

    Another freekick - this time further out - Robert lobs it in, Kluivert throws himself at it but Cech claims the ball and clears

  • 75'

    But when the ball comes in there is no Alan Shearer who would surely have buried the chance. Chelsea clear.

  • 74'

    Newcastle win a freekick on the edge of the penalty area on the left of the goal...

  • 73'

    Jenas and Robert lead a coutner-attack after Duff mis-timed a pass to Drogba

  • 73'

    Kezman hits the post! He can't get a goal!! Duff slipped him a ball after good work by Robben, but Kezman, uttely unmarked, could only hit the woodwork and he holds his head in his hands!

  • 71'

    Newcastle nearly threaten a chance - bit the Chelsea defence are on hand to deny the Toon

  • 70'

    The Chelsea fans in fine, loud voice!

  • 68'

    A superb ball from Lampard on the halfway line found Drogba. The striker was too strong for Bramble, he turned the defender to slot the ball beyond Given. He ran to the crowd shouting 'I'm back!'. Chelsea 2-up and cruising!

  • 68'

    Another for Chelsea - Drogba!

  • 67'

    Lampard underlines his workrate by getting back to block a Jenas shot

  • 66'

    Chelsea flying now! Great move ending in a saved Lampard shot - Robben, Kezman and Duff all involved

  • 65'

    Drogba goes down holding his face. Bowyer caught him in face. Not pretty, but not intentional. Which is nice to say with reagrds Bowyer...

  • 64'

    More pressure from Chelsea. A corner disappoints, but the soon have it back!

  • 63'

    Great play from Chelsea. Makelele chipped a ball into the box for Drogba to head down into Lampard's pass. Lamps controlled on his chest before turning and half-volleying a shot into the deck to fox Given. Great goal.

  • 63'

    Goal for Chelsea! Lamapard!!!

  • 62'

    Two changes for Chelsea Gallas goes off for Wayne Bridge in a straight swap, while Tiago make way for Mateja Kezman. The home side switching to a 4-4-2

  • 61'

    A half chance for Bellamy after a decent ball Robert - but Gallas was on hand to block the chance

  • 60'

    Bridge and Kezman look ready to make an appearnce as the Chelsea look to turn possession and dominance into goal.

  • 59'

    Robert did want it! He whipped a shot round the wall but Cech got down quick to parry the shot and Carvalho was there to mop up and clear the danger

  • 58'

    Makelele fouls Bowyer in a dangerous area about 30 yards out in a central position. Robert must want it...

  • 57'

    Ronny Johnsen quickly tackles Drogba in the box - great defending

  • 56'

    Jenas gets a talking to for a strong tackle on Lampard - but no booking

  • 55'

    A few spicy tackles flying, but the ref lets them go

  • 54'

    Great control from Drogba to bring down a long ball from the back, but it wouldn't drop quite quick enough and Given was off his line to claim it

  • 54'

    Bowyer out-runs Makelele to cut off another attempted Chelsea attack

  • 53'

    Bellamy latches onto a decent ball but while he's holding the ball up Carvalho fouls the Welshman. Carvalho, already on a yellow, claims there was a dive, but it was another cynical foul and he's lucky to be on the pitch

  • 52'

    Carvalho stabs away a pass from Robert aimed at Kluivert

  • 51'

    A deep freekick is too long for Chelsea and the set-play is wasted

  • 50'

    Good build up between Gallas, Makelele and Duff but the final ball from Gallas was poor

  • 49'

    Chelsea go backwards to keep possession as Newcastle close all the doors in midfield

  • 49'

    Lampard runs out of room and loses the ball

  • 48'

    Scrappy start to the second half - Jenas and Tiago involved in dangerous studs-up encounter in the middle

  • 47'

    Drogba finds himself hurdling the advertising boards after losing out on a tackle in the centre

  • 46'

    Lovely skill from Bellamy - a sweet heel-flick to Hughes, but the wingback failed to control it and Chelsea have a goalkick

  • 45'

    Dyer down on the deck after getting Makelele's studs in his back - nice!

  • 45'

    Same system for Chelsea in the second half - but a change in personel: Didier Drogba is on for Gudjohnsen. And we're underway!

  • 45'

    Keep it right here to see if Newcastle can steal a goal or if Chelsea make good on their pressure. The next 45 minutes coming up!!

  • 45'

    Good stuff - great pressure from Chelsea, but resolute defending from Newcastle. The visitors looked dangerous on the break, especially as Chelsea's defence are playing high up the park.

  • 45'

    And that's halftime!

  • 45'

    Robeen fires in two shots in quick succession. The first, a low drive, is blocked by Jenas, the second he hits over the bar...

  • 45'

    Great skill by Robbern to hold onto the ball and find a teammate despite the attention of two defenders

  • 44'

    Patrick Kluivert - who has hardly had a touch - gets the ball from Robert, but is quickly shown up as lacking pace, tackled easily by Terry

  • 43'

    Offside given against Gudjohnsen

  • 42'

    Given makes a mistake on his clearance and hammers a longball into the crowd.

  • 41'

    Over-hit pass from Bramble to Bellamy, but the Welshman applauds the effort - he wants the early ball to use his pace

  • 40'

    Excellent work from Dyer to win the ball in the centre, beat Lampard and release Robert down the left

  • 39'

    Decent break from Newcastle - they work it wide to Bowyer who delivers a superb cross to the back post but only gets a corner for his work

  • 38'

    Backs-to-the-wall defending from Newcastle!!

  • 37'

    Bramble appeared to hold back Terry in the box as the freekick was floated in, but the ref isn't interested

  • 37'

    Yellow card for Taylor after a foul on Robben

  • 36'

    Newcastle attempt to release the pressure by breaking quickly, but Chelsea are excellent at the back and quickly win the ball

  • 36'

    Neat work by Duff who cuts inside but his shot is blocked

  • 35'

    It's all Chelsea at the moment as they try to pass their way through Newcastle's back-line

  • 34'

    Given rolled the ball to Bramble who hit a hopeless pass to the unsuspecting Taylor following pressure from Gudjohnsen. But the Chelsea man could only steer the shot past the post after robbing the hapless defenders!

  • 33'

    Gudjohnsen fails to score after a shocking mistake at the back by Newcastle.

  • 32'

    Dyer feeds it to Bowyer, but Cech is quick to smother the ball - Brave keeping!

  • 31'

    Jenas drops very deep to pick the ball up out of defence and bring it forward

  • 30'

    Tiago fires in a shot which moved viciously through the air - but Given managed to watch the dipping, curling shot

  • 30'

    Every Chelsea player is in the opposition half as they look for the opener

  • 29'

    Tiago to Duff as Chelsea play it wide

  • 28'

    However, Newcastle illustrate that they are dangerous on the break - Robert fails to deliver a killer ball to Bellamy, if he had, he would've been in on goal. Newcastle soaking it up - Ali vs Foreman... maybe not...

  • 27'

    Newcastle struggling at the moment as Chelsea move the pace up a notch (again). The home side's movement and vision is first class and is leaving Newcastle looking punch-drunk

  • 26'

    Lampard plays it wide to Duff, who fires in an early pass. The whistle goes for a shove on Shay Given by Gudjohnsen.

  • 25'

    Tiago and Lampard switch passes and Lamps breaks into space only to be tackled just before he pulled the trigger - Aaron Hughes the man with the tackle

  • 24'

    Famous last words! Great slide-rule pass from Dyer to Bellamy who beats Ferreira to ball but Cech races off his line and smothers the ball. Great Newcastle move, but excellent goalkeeping

  • 23'

    Yet more fine work by Bowyer to steal the ball from Lampard - but again the is no final pass

  • 23'

    Bellamy looking lively, but not getting much in the way of the ball

  • 22'

    Bramble gets away with a clear shove on Robben, but then the Blues win another foul in the middle as the ref makes up

  • 20'

    But Chelsea are restricted to long passing thanks to strong defence - not much slick passing on the deck Arsenal-style

  • 19'

    Titus Bramble this time is the player with a miscontrol, handing Chelsea a throw deep in the Magpies' half

  • 18'

    Lampard's touch lets him down - he tries a back flick as the ball reaches him on the quick break, but he fluffs his lines

  • 18'

    Kieron Dyer turns Gallas on the Chelsea left after more good grafting by Bowyer

  • 17'

    Lampard tries a shot from the long-range freekick, but it flies wide

  • 16'

    Now Chelsea have a freekick in a dangerous area - 40 yards out - Terry ambles forward...

  • 15'

    In the absence of Alan Shearer, Robert is the man to take. He fires in a great dead-ball up and over the wall, headed for the top corner, but Cech save well

  • 15'

    Yellow card for Carvalho for a cynical tackle on Jermaine Jenas. Free-kcik in a dangerous area outside the box...

  • 14'

    John Terry puts the ball in the Newcastle net but its offside. Great skill by Lampard to conjure the cross.

  • 13'

    Chelsea shift up a gear and win a corner

  • 12'

    Great move by Chelsea best of the match - Duff latched onto a ball from Lampard after a quick freekick. But instead of taking a shot from a tight angle Duff looked for Gudjohnsen, who was expecting the winger to shoot. Great passing.

  • 12'

    A close offside call goes against Gudjohnsen

  • 11'

    Hopeless longball from Terry - he pinged it 50 yards to no-one - Chelsea yet to find their ominous rhythm

  • 10'

    Foul by Bellamy on Claude Makelele - perhaps not the first...

  • 9'

    Good workrate from Eidur Gudjohnsen - he drops deep holds off three men to slip a pass to Gallas

  • 8'

    Laurent Robert pulls the strings on the left for Newcastle, the ball finds is way wide right to Taylor who screws his cross horribly and it shanks into the crowd - whoops!

  • 7'

    Taylor's cross is too strong for Bellamy and Petr Cech gathers

  • 6'

    Tiago and Lampard challenge eachother for the same ball and Newcastle mop it up and break with Steven Taylor

  • 6'

    Gallas has not settled well in the early stages of this game - Bowyer and Craig Bellamy have pulled him out of position a few times already

  • 4'

    Good stuff from Bowyer - getting stuck in early with some stern tackles

  • 4'

    Chelsea break down the left through Arjen Robben, but the Magpies are quick to close him down

  • 3'

    John Terry hoists a long clearance from the back, but it is headed straight back to him

  • 2'

    Lee Bowyer closes down William Gallas, but then fails to control the ball for a throw

  • 2'

    Frank Lampard looking sharp in the scrappy midfield exchanges

  • 1'

    Chelsea fans in fine voice "One man went to mow...", still you would be happy if you were top of the league!

  •  

    An early offside call against Chelsea winger Damien Duff

  •  

    Referee Rob Styles blows the whistle and we're underway

  •  

    The players are taking the pitch - League leaders Chelsea will play a 4-3-3, while visitors to The Bridge, Newcastle, will play a 4-4-2.

  •  

    And for Newcastle: Shay Given, Titus Bramble, Aaron Hughes, Ronny Johnsen, Lee Bowyer, Kieron Dyer, Jermaine Jenas, Laurent Robert, Steven Taylor, Craig Bellamy and Patrick Kluivert.

  •  

    The Chelsea line-up: Petr Cech, William Gallas, Renato Paulo Ferreira, Alberto Ricardo Carvalho, John Terry, Damien Duff, Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele, Cardoso Tiago, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Arjen Robben.

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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Chelsea

  • 14(9)

  • -

  • 12

  • 51%

    49%

  • Newcastle United

  • 9(5)

  • -

  • 15

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

6 Ricardo Carvalho

D

13 William Gallas
D
18 Wayne Bridge

D

20 Paulo Ferreira

D

26 John Terry

M

4 Claude Makelele

M

8 Frank Lampard

M

11 Damien Duff

M

30 Tiago
F
9 Mateja Kezman

F

16 Arjen Robben

F

22 Eidur Gudjohnsen
F
15 Didier Drogba
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 40 Lenny Pidgeley
D 18 Wayne Bridge
M 19 Scott Parker
F 9 Mateja Kezman
F 15 Didier Drogba

Newcastle United

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Shay Given

D

18 Aaron Hughes

D

19 Titus Bramble

D

25 Ronny Johnsen

M

7 Jermaine Jenas

M

8 Kieron Courtney Dyer

M

27 Steven Taylor

M

29 Lee Bowyer

M

32 Laurent Robert
F
23 Shola Ameobi

F

10 Craig Bellamy

F

11 Patrick Kluivert
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 12 Steve Harper
D 3 Robbie Elliott
M 16 James Milner
M 17 Darren Ambrose
F 23 Shola Ameobi

Match Stats

  • Chelsea
  • Newcastle United
14(9) Shots (on goal) 9(5)
12 Fouls 15
3 Corner kicks 2
6 Offsides 2
51% Time of Possession 49%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 4
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