• Date: Sun 09 May 2010
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Ref: Atkinson, M
  • Attendance: 41,383


Anelka (6)

Lampard (32) P

Kalou (54)

Anelka (56)

Drogba (63)

Drogba (68) P

Drogba (80)

Cole (90)

8 - 0

Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic

Team Lineups


Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic (Juliano Belletti, 59)
Ashley Cole
John Terry
Rodrigo da Costa Alex
Frank Lampard
Michael Ballack (Nemanja Matic, 70)
Florent Malouda
Didier Drogba
Salomon Kalou (Joe Cole, 59)
Nicolas Anelka

Wigan Athletic

Mike Pollitt
Steve Gohouri
Gary Caldwell, G
Emmerson Boyce
Mario Melchiot
Maynor Figueroa
Ben Watson (Hendry Thomas, 62)
Charles N'Zogbia
James McCarthy
Mohamed Diame (Paul Scharner, 72)
Hugo Rodallega (Victor Moses, 81)

Match Report
Chelsea are Gr-eight and Premier league champions after thrashing Wigan Athletic 8-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues needed only a win to prevent Manchester United from overhauling them on the last game of the season but there was no way the Londoners were going to be denied their third title in the Roman Abramovich era. Goals rained in from Didier Drogba (3), Nicolas Anelka (2) Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole. Chelsea took just six minutes to put the ball in the back of the net and one hand on the Premier League trophy. Drogba's free-kick was charged down by the Wigan wall - Lampard headed it on and an offside-looking Florent Malouda touched the ball onto the in-running Anelka. The Frenchman smashed home a right-footer from six yards out past the helpless Mike Pollitt. Hugo Rodallega attempted a curling left footer from outside the Chelsea area on ten minutes, but his effort was wide and high of Petr Cech's goal. Despite Wigan's dominance of possession it was the Blues who provided the cutting edge and on 32 minutes they extended their lead. Lampard raced into the Wigan area but was hauled down by Gary Caldwell. The defender was red-carded for his sins and Lampard tucked away the spot-kick for his 27th goal of the season - 22 in the league of which ten were penalties. It was celebration time all round the Bridge when, on 54 minutes, brilliant set-up play by Kalou and Lampard saw the Ivory Coast striker tuck home a smart right footer from six yard to make it 3-0. Then, 90 seconds later, it was number four. This time Anelka volleyed home a deep Branislav Ivanovic cross which he fired across the path of Pollitt who had no chance. Ten-man Wigan collapsed completely with 27 minutes of the game remaining when, first Drogba's acrobatic overhead kick was well saved by Pollitt, only for the hit-man to get up, dust himself off and powerfully head home to hit Chelsea's fifth of the match. On 68 minutes it was six. Another penalty this time - Ashley Cole was upended by Mario Melchiot, Lampard handed the ball to Drogba and he sent Pollitt the wrong way. Drogba completed his hat-trick and scored Chelsea's seventh goal with ten minutes remaining when he slid in at the far post after Pollitt had saved Joe Cole's effort. Wigan substitute Victor Moses forced Cech into a superb save on 86 minutes, tipping the ex-Crystal Place striker's vicious 20-yard blaster over the bar. But with seconds remaining the rout was complete. This time Ashley Cole thundered home a volley after Joe Cole's excellent set-up play on the byline.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full Time: CHELSEA 8-0 WIGAN.


CHELSEA 8-0 WIGAN. ASHLEY COLE'S stunning volley from inside the box hits the back of the net.


N'Zogbia gets into a good position with the ball in the box and Joe Cole does well to put the ball out for a corner


A strike from range from Moses is tipped over the bar brilliantly by Cech


Carlo Ancelotti is lapping up the attention of the Chelsea fans as he watches his side stroll to the league title


N'Zogbia is flagged offside as he shoots towards goal


A shot from Malouda goes just over the bar


Victor Moses comes on for Rodallega


CHELSEA 7-0 WIGAN. DROGBA scores his third goal, tapping in from close range after an effort on goal from Joe Cole.


Drogba should score his third goal of the game but he fails to control the ball, which flicks off Joe Cole's head


Matic shoots from long range but his effort lacks pace and fails to trouble Pollitt


Wigan have enjoyed more of the ball in the last few minutes but Chelsea will be happy to sit back and hit them on the break

Yellow Card

Drogba is booked for persistent infringement of the rules


Paul Scharner comes on for Diame


Ballack is replaced by Nemanja Matic


CHELSEA 6-0 WIGAN. DROGBA scores from the spot, with the ball striking the post and then hitting the back of the net emphatically.


Melchiot brings down Ashley Cole for a penalty.


Ashley Cole's cross appears to strike the arm of Mario Melchiot in the box but the referee isn't interested in any penalty claims


Chelsea are really in cruise control now and the nerves of the first half are a distant memory


CHELSEA 5-0 WIGAN. Drogba nearly scores from an overhead kick but Pollitt saves. The ball comes back to DROGBA from Lampard's cross and the striker heads it in from close range.


Hendry Thomas comes on for Watson


Drogba collects the ball from a Joe Cole cross and sends a shot just wide of the far post


Drogba nearly gets on the end of a lovely cross from Belletti but Pollitt does well to recover and claim the ball


Ivanovic is replaced by Juliano Belletti


Kalou is replaced by Joe Cole


CHELSEA 4-0 WIGAN. ANELKA volleys Ivanovic's cross into the back of the net.

Yellow Card

Kalou picks up a booking for removing his shirt during his goal celebration


CHELSEA 3-0 WIGAN. KALOU collects a ball from Lampard in the box and calmly taps it into the corner of the goal


Maynor Figueroa sends in an inviting cross from the left but there's only one player in the box for Wigan and Chelsea can clear comfortably


Kalou's weak shot from close range from a tight angle is collected by Pollitt

Yellow Card

N'Zogbia is booked for a clumsy challenge on Ashley Cole


Drogba sprints into the box but ignores the three Chelsea players supporting his run and Wigan can clear easily


Lampard stretches out a toe and forces a save from Mike Pollitt, who tips the ball on to the bar but Anelka is flagged offside regardless


Kalou receives the ball on the right and tries to get into a position to cross but Wigan pile on the pressure and prevent him from doing just that

Second half

The second half is underway at Stamford Bridge

Half time

Half Time: CHELSEA 2-0 WIGAN. The referee blows the whistle for half time


Drogba shoots but his effort is wide and lacking pace


Anelka's shot from just outside the box is deflected for a corner


Diame's weak shot from just outside the box trickles into the arms of Petr Cech


Ashley Cole gets into a good position but crosses the ball too early and Wigan can regain possession


From the resulting free kick, Lampard swings in a cross that narrowly misses the head of Rodrigo da Costa Alex

Yellow Card

Kalou is fouled by Steve Gohouri, who picks up a soft booking for that challenge


Wigan don't look like they're playing with 10 men at the moment, with Ben Watson an imposing figure in midfield


N'Zogbia tries to find Rodallega but Chelsea intercept and break forward through Kalou and Anelka


This will be tough for Wigan now, with the task of keeping Chelsea at bay looking difficult enough with 11 men on the pitch


CHELSEA 2-0 WIGAN. LAMPARD steps up to take the penalty and sends the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

Red Card

Caldwell is sent off for that foul


Lampard is brought down in the box by Caldwell


Anelka's cross evades Ashley Cole at the near post, with Drogba also threatening. That was a golden opportunity to add a second goal


Drogba runs into the box and cuts the ball back but Gary Caldwell takes up a good position and nods the ball clear


Drogba tries to find Anelka on the left for Chelsea but his pass is mishit. Seconds later, Lampard's attempted pass forward is similarly wild. Nervous football from the home side


If Wigan can improve their final ball they could really make their mark on this game. They have enjoyed a lot of possession so far


Hugo Rodallega is flagged offside as he skews a shot across goal but that's a warning sign for Chelsea


Although Chelsea have the lead, they look a little nervous with the ball. They certainly aren't fully in control of this game right now


James McCarthy plays a nice ball into the Chelsea box but Branislav Ivanovic does brilliantly to clear with an acrobatic volley


From a Chelsea free kick, John Terry is nearly able to poke the ball into the back of the net from close range but he ends up giving away a free kick instead


Wigan have a free kick in a dangerous position on the right. N'Zogbia takes it but his effort is slightly overhit


Kalou nearly finds Florent Malouda in the box after sprinting down the right for Chelsea but Wigan manage to clear


Ballack should be OK to continue


Michael Ballack stretches to put a Wigan cross out for a corner and looks to have picked up a slight injury


Charles N'Zogbia tries to curl the ball into the far corner but his effort is high and wide


Chelsea are on the ascendancy now, bossing play in midfield


CHELSEA 1-0 WIGAN. Didier Drogba steps up to take the free-kick. The ball slams against the wall but is eventually played back in to NICOLAS ANELKA, who finishes from close range.


Salomon Kalou bombs forward supported well by Frank Lampard. Kalou is brought down by Mohamed Diame and Chelsea have a free kick in a good position


The Chelsea fans are in great voice but Wigan look like they mean business here; it won't be easy for the home side to wrap up the league title here today


Wigan have seen a lot of the ball early on in this game, allowing Chelsea no time on the ball in midfield


The referee gets the game underway at Stamford Bridge

Awaiting Kickoff

Chelsea stick with the same 11 players who beat Liverpool so comprehensively last weekend, knowing that victory would bring them a first league title since 2006