Chelsea v Newcastle live

15 May 2011 02:33
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 Chelsea 2-2 Newcastle (1.30pm)Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole, Ramires (Malouda 64), McEachran (Essien 64), Lampard, Anelka, Benayoun (Drogba 64), Torres.Subs: Turnbull, David Luiz, Mikel, Ferreira.

Goals: Ivanovic 2 Alex 83.

Newcastle:Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez (Ranger 76), Barton, Ryan Taylor, Ferguson (LuaLua70), Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Sammy Ameobi 82).Subs: Soderberg, Smith, Tavernier, Kuqi.

Goals: Gutierrez 10 Steven Taylor 90+2.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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15.25: Not too much damage done for Chelsea but their personal pride will have taken a knock there.

It leaves them vulnerable to Arsenal in third but I am sure that Ancelotti will be more concerned at his team switching off late on, and not for the first time this season (Aston Villa anyone?).

Either way, has Steven Taylor ruined a Carlo Ancelotti farewell at the Bridge?

Full-time: Chelsea 2-2 Newcastle

90+2min: GOAL! Chelsea 2-2 NEWCASTLE

Incredible stuff! Moments after Ryan Taylor nearly scored from a header the resulting corner finds success. A cross whipped in is headed back towards goal by Shola Ameobi and Steven Taylor nods into the top corner.

90min: Three minutes added on and strangely the game has opened up a bit.

87min: From OptaJoe:

11 - Chelsea defenders have scored 11 goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other club's backline. Helpful.

84min: And just before that Sammy Ameobi replaced Lovenkrands to join his brother Shola in attack. What a moment for that family.

Krul blow: Alex (blue left) heads Chelsea into the lead late on

83min: GOAL! CHELSEA 2-1 Newcastle

Krul's overconfidence finally gets the better of him. He comes to claim a Lampard free-kick, misses, and enables Alex to head into an open goal at the far-post.

81min: Hang about that was a chance! Enrique's delicate chip inside the box is met by Lovenkrands with an acrobatic volley but he fails to make clean contact with it and thus Cech is not required to make save.

Difficult chance and had he found the back of the net we would have been looking at a wonder strike.

79min: It's hard to imagine there being another goal in this but if any side will get it, it will be Chelsea.

Newcastle's only threat has been from set-pieces and even they have dried up like a puddle in a desert.

76min: Second change for Newcastle with Nile Ranger on for Gutierrez.

75min: Decent chance that. Drogba and Cole play a one-two in the box but the full-back's ball back across goal is just a couple of feet too far in front of the Ivorian who would have been left with a simple tap-in.

Feud: Barton (front) and Lampard collided in midfield throughout the game

74min: Danny Simpson is the first Newcastle player in the book after a foul on Essien.

71min: What a free-kick this is. Drogba sends in a cross from the right wing that is low but somehow evades every single player in the penalty box before it trickles past the post. Super delivery that deserved better.

70min: Ferguson who has taken one or two knocks today takes another and as he receives treatment is replaced by Kazenga LuaLua.

68min: Slight frustration from the home fans who have still yet to see their side really trouble the visitors. It's not vintage Chelsea that is for sure.

65min: ANOTHER Newcastle free-kick 25-yards-out as Chelsea make three subs.

Michael Essien is on for McEachran (who gets a good reception as he goes off from the home fans), Didier Drogba comes on for Benayoun and Florent Malouda replaces Ramires.

This time Barton takes the free-kick but he blasts it miles over.

63min: Taylor's strike from the free-kick is well stopped by Cech, but he gets another opportunity from a spot more central to goal moments later. This one though hits the wall. Newcastle getting back into this.

60min: Another Chelsea player in the book as twinkle-toes Ferguson is too much for Ivanovic, whose low tackle on the winger results in a free-kick on the edge of the box and a yellow for the full-back.

59min: Decent enough strike from Gutierrez who on the edge of the box attempts to curl one into the bottom corner, but Cech is equal to it as he dives down low to claim.

Pack a punch: Newcastle keeper Krul (green) clears the danger

57min: Now that is malice, Lampard just clatters through the back of Barton and is not surprisingly booked. I bet those two have had one or two words at each other as this game has gone on.

54min: Better. Ivanovic's cross to the far-post finds Ashley Cole but the full-back's header on goal is deflected behind for a corner. He probably would have had more joy just nodding into the six-yard-box for someone to poke home.

52min: Still not much to shout about but through Ramires and Ivanovic, Chelsea continue to try and attack down the right - not that it's helping Torres, the Spaniard can hardly get a kick.

49min: Nervous Newcastle have taken to the pitch. Krul fails to call out to Coloccini to claim a simple catch and the centre-back's panicked clearance falls to McEachran 30-yards-out.

He slips as he shoots but although it's blocked, Anelka fires the rebound wide. Sloppy from the visitors.

47min: The home side bossing the ball early on and it's Yossi Benayoun with the first effort of the half, his chip on the edge of the box failing to trouble Krul as it goes wide. Nice try though.

Second-half: Lampard and Torres get things going again.well at least we hope so.

14.28: A point would realistically be enough to secure a Champions League group place for Chelsea, as although Manchester City would still be able to level them on points, it would require a 15-goal swing in the FA Cup winners' favour to leap-frog the west London side.

14.23: First 10 minutes were fantastic but since then we have been twiddling our thumbs a bit.

Low blow: Jonas Gutierrez takes time out after a groin injury

Half-time: Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle

45+1min: Silly from Ramires, after giving away a free-kick on the corner of the box for tripping Gutierrez, he kicks the ball away and picks up a senseless booking.

44min: In fact Newcastle counter from it and after Ferguson picks the ball out on the left byline, his cross to the back post just evades the head of Lovenkrands. Good play.

43min: The goal aside, Lampard's corners have been quite poor but this one causes a bit of mayhem in the box which sees the ball ping about before eventually being cleared by the Toon.

40min: Alan Pardew will be the happier of the two managers so far, his side have battled well and look organised.

But they do look short in attack and you can clearly see they miss Andy Carroll.

37min: Taylor tries again from a free-kick 30-yards-out but with no Gutierrez in the way it flies comfortably wide.

34min: You don't want your keeper doing that too often. Moments after Krul races out his box to head clear, he tries again to shepherd a ball out under the attention of Anelka.

He ends up falling on it to give away a corner but is saved his blushes by the referee's assistant who rules that he is fouled by the Frenchman.

31min: Not seen much of Newcastle's youngster starting today, Shane Ferguson. He has been quiet out on the left but much of that is to do with Ivanovic's constant attacking presence for Chelsea.

Going down: Torres (right) goes down under a challenge from Ryan Taylor (left)

28min: McEachran is sure showing me. He plays a perfectly weighted pass down the left for Ashley Cole whose low cross nearly finds the back of the next in bizarre circumstances. Jose Enrique's attempted clearance cannons off Ryan Taylor as it flies out for a corner.

26min: Defences on top. Fabricio Coloccini seems to have an answer for every ball Chelsea fire into the box while Ameobi attracts about three blue shirts around him the instant he gets the ball.

23min: Slight lull in the action, Krul the far busier of the two keepers but Newcastle good value for the point they currently hold.

20min: Gutierrez has dropped a little deeper to try and shackle McEachran who has started quite brightly. Chelsea still on top.

17min: Shaky stuff from Cech. A free-kick into the box sees him clash with Ameobi but he rightly doesn't win a free-kick and only misfortune in the where the ball falls prevents the Newcastle striker from poking into an empty net.

16min: From OptaJoe:

2 - Newcastle's opener today is only their second league goal at Stamford Bridge since August 2001. Sporadic.

13min: Lively start this, Chelsea still the better of the two sides and they seem a lot more balanced all over the field with this 4-3-3.

Taylor-made: Taylor's free-kick hits Gutierrez (right) before deflecting past Cech for Newcastle's equaliser

10min: GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 NEWCASTLE

One from the training ground? I am not too sure but Taylor's shot crashes off Jonas Gutierrez, changing the course of the ball completely before settling into the back of the net. Petr Cech had no chance.

You can't legislate for those but the Argentine is quick to point out to the referee that it is 'his' goal. Amusing scene to sat the least.

9min: There is our first booking as John Terry is booked for clipping the heels of Peter Lovenkrands 25-yards-out.

Ryan Taylor knows how to hit them from here.

8min: Only one team in this so far and with Roman Abramovich watching I just wonder if he is willing to give Ancelotti another chance. Consistency is surely the key and there is no sign of Chelsea players 'being on the beach.'

5min: And just before that I was about to say the Blues are playing some lovely passing football. They are in their new kit as well which if you don't know what it looks like, click here.

Early strike: Ivanovic diverts the ball past Krul to give Chelsea the lead

2min: GOAL! CHELSEA 1-0 Newcastle

What a start for new look Blues. Frank Lampard's corner to the near post is flicked on by Fernando Torres into the six-yard box where Branislav Ivanovic diverts past Tim Krul. Easy.

Kick-off: Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi get us underway.

13.28: Pretty muted atmosphere at Stamford Bridge as the players make their way out.

13.26: Also it's not just about the points. I will be interested to see how this 'different' Chelsea squad plays - especially young Josh McEachran. Much has been said about him but I can't say I have really seen him do much so far.

13.23: And Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is in no mood to give them an easy three points:

'It's going to be all about the centre of the park. Joey Barton and Ryan Taylor will try and win the battle there but Jonas Gutierrez has a big role to play this afternoon. We will have a go we want to win.'

13.20: From InfostradaLive:

If Chelsea fail to win they will finish the season with the second-lowest points total by a reigning champion in the PL era.

Floored: Newcastle's Sol Campbell (left) tackles Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka during the Toon's 4-3 win earlier this season

13.17: Let's hope this game is like the Carling Cup tie earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge. Newcastle won that September evening by the odd goal in seven and I wouldn't mind another feast of goals like that again.

13.14: Interesting words from Carlo Ancelotti by the way. Far from being at a loss to explain why Chelsea have not retained the title, the Blues boss has stated he will reveal all at the end of the season.

Hopefully he won't just state the obvious and point towards that run in November/December.

13.11: Full-line-ups from Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea v NewcastleChelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole, Ramires, McEachran, Lampard, Anelka, Benayoun, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, David Luiz, Essien, Drogba, Mikel, Malouda, Ferreira.Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, Barton, Ryan Taylor, Ferguson, Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands. Subs: Soderberg, Smith, LuaLua, Ranger, Tavernier, Kuqi, Sammy Ameobi.Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

13.08: Chelsea need a win to avoid the clutches of Manchester City while a win for the Toon would catapult them up to eighth - not bad for a side promoted back to the top-flight this season.

13.06: Of course you may be aware the Premier League title and the FA Cup were won by two clubs from Manchester yesterday but this is by no means a dead rubber.

The Blues can still fall into fourth and have to qualify for the Champions League next season while Newcastle will be aiming to secure a top 10 finish.

13.03: Carlo Ancelotti takes an axe to his Chelsea team for what could be his final home game in charge against Newcastle today.

Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun, Josh McEachran, Alex, Nicolas Anelka and Ramires all start as Didier Drogba, David Luiz, Florent Malouda, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou are all left out of the side which effectively surrendered the Barclays Premier League title at Manchester United last weekend.

Newcastle hand rare starts to youngster Shane Ferguson and Ryan Taylor in place of captain Kevin Nolan and Cheik Tiote.

13.00: What a difference a year makes. On this day last season Chelsea won the FA Cup securing their first league and cup double in Carlo Ancelotti's first year in charge.

Fast forward to now and the Italian looks likely to take charge of his last game at Stamford Bridge today following a potless campaign. Few expect him to still be around in August so will this be the day the Stamford Bridge faithful say 'arrivederci' Ancelotti?

Team news coming up.

Bad times: Fernando Torres has scored just once for Chelsea since joining from Liverpool in January

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