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Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Sturridge.
Florent Malouda crosses the ball.
The ball is delivered by Nicolas Anelka, clearance by Scott Dann.
Short corner worked by Florent Malouda.
Centre by Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The referee shows Keith Fahey a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Jose Bosingwa fouled by Keith Fahey, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel restarts play with the free kick. Florent Malouda produces a cross.
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda, Effort from deep inside the area by Alex clears the bar.
Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
Florent Malouda sends in a cross, Ben Foster makes a save.
Daniel Sturridge produces a cross.
Liam Ridgewell receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Ridgewell on Jose Bosingwa. Free kick crossed left-footed by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Centre by Salomon Kalou, Roger Johnson makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. Close range strike by Branislav Ivanovic goes over the bar.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
Inswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda, Ben Foster makes a save. Florent Malouda takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in. Corner taken by Florent Malouda, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Alexander Hleb coming on for Nikola Zigic. Daniel Sturridge is brought on as a substitute for Ramires.
Didier Drogba produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the target.
Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross, Salomon Kalou has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Keith Fahey, save by Petr Cech.
Liam Ridgewell is penalised for a handball. Salomon Kalou takes the direct free kick. Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Jose Bosingwa has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Foul by Cameron Jerome on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Jose Bosingwa on for Paulo Ferreira.
Shot from deep inside the area by Salomon Kalou clears the bar.
Ramires challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Cameron Jerome makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Florent Malouda.
Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball, Ben Foster makes a save.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell, Alex makes a clearance.
Foul by Nikola Zigic on Mikel, free kick awarded. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Salomon Kalou is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Centre by Salomon Kalou, save by Ben Foster.
Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball.
Unfair challenge on Mikel by Liam Ridgewell results in a free kick. Florent Malouda delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Nicolas Anelka goes wide right of the target.
Centre by Ashley Cole.
Roger Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Cameron Jerome, Ashley Cole gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Alex manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Ramires, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Cole, clearance by Stephen Carr.
The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Close range effort by Ramires goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line played to the near post, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
Scott Dann challenges Salomon Kalou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, save by Ben Foster.
Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, Alex has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Florent Malouda.
Foul by Nicolas Anelka on Keith Fahey, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.
Ashley Cole takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Branislav Ivanovic has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line.
The ball is swung over by Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba takes a shot from 6 yards. Fantastic save by Ben Foster.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Mikel crosses the ball, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
Liam Ridgewell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.
The ball is swung over by Nicolas Anelka, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
A goal is scored by Lee Bowyer from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-0 Chelsea.The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson. The assist for the goal came from Cameron Jerome.
Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, Cameron Jerome manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Florent Malouda produces a cross, Shot from deep inside the area by Branislav Ivanovic clears the bar.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Brilliant save by Ben Foster.
The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda.
Sebastian Larsson takes a short corner.
Ashley Cole sends in a cross. Shot from close range by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the goal.
The referee gets the game started.
The match has reached half-time.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee ends the match.
Terry missing for Chelsea
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that long-term injuries to captain John Terry and Brazilian defender Alex may force him to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window.
Terry and Alex both missed the 3-0 home defeat by Sunderland last Sunday.
Terry has struggled all season with a nerve problem in his right leg and he travelled to Italy to see a specialist recommended by Ancelotti in midweek.
Terry is understood to be feeling slightly better but is still not pain-free enough to be considered for the trip to Birmingham.
Alex meanwhile, has postponed surgery on his knee problem in order to play against Birmingham.
When asked if he would move into the transfer market if both players were sidelined for a long spell, Ancelotti replied: "It depends what happens with Alex and in the next few days with John Terry.
"Obviously, if both players are not able to play for a long time, I think we have to think about this. But just in that case.
"There's a muscle on John's leg, the piriformis muscle, and the nerve moves, so he feels pain.
"We have to work on this problem. It's not true that he'll be out `for a month'. He went to Italy because I recommended him to go. He was the best doctor for the back and I worked with him for years.
"It depends day-by-day with John. He has pain. He will not be involved tomorrow but, maybe, he'll be able to play in the next game. We're not satisfied, but we hope we'll be able to put John in the condition to play.
"I don't remember how many times I was 100% fit when I played. You often have problems.
"Alex will be available, which is good news. He trained well for the Brazilian team. We know he needs surgery, but we can procrastinate for this. There's no risk, but his knee needs to be clean.
"It will be good to have him back. We didn't play well last week, played a poor game. It was the first time in my period here, so we need to move on immediately and have a reaction.
"The reaction will not be because we have got Alex back. We'll have a reaction if everyone works for the team, works hard and shows a good mental attitude and fighting spirit.
"Our aim is to play well, better than we did against Sunderland. We want to forget Sunderland with a fantastic performance.
"If we play well, we can win and maintain our position at the top of the table." Ancelotti will also have his new assistant first-team coach Michael Emenalo in tow against City.
Birmingham could restore Lee Bowyer to the starting line-up.
Craig Gardner is struggling with an ankle injury, which he suffered against Manchester City, and Bowyer is standing by to take his place.
Manager Alex McLeish will examine a specialist's report before deciding whether to play former Aston Villa midfielder Gardner. McLeish was awaiting the return of a number of his international players before deciding on their fitness.
McLeish believes his team can add to Chelsea's troubles by beating the champions.
McLeish acknowledges Chelsea have strong players to come in for their injured stars, but claims his team feel they can pull off a surprise.
The former Scotland manager said: "The big teams don't lose too many in succession, but we're in our own back yard, and we have to believe that this is achievable and we can win it.
"I'm not saying that we will do it, but we can do it.
"We've got to ensure that Chelsea are going back to London on the coach saying, 'St Andrew's is a tough place to go to'.
"We did that with a lot of the big teams last season, but we were unlucky against Chelsea when Chucho (Benitez) scored a perfectly legitimate goal which was ruled out.
"Chelsea have got some injury problems, but they still have phenomenal players in the squad who can easily turn it on when they want."
McLeish hopes his players are able to capitalise on any doubt that might manifest itself in Chelsea's play.
"They're only human, and players can be apprehensive from time to time," McLeish said.
"When the confidence is high, there's no stopping footballers, but when the chips are down a wee bit you can feel that apprehension.
"If there's a opportunity for us then we have to try and grasp it.
"We've got to gather points for very different reasons, but it's a great challenge for us."
Foster gives Chelsea the Blues
Birmingham keeper Ben Foster produced a superb performance as leaders Chelsea suffered successive Barclays Premier League defeats for the first time in more than four years.
Lee Bowyer's opening-half goal - his first for nearly 12 months - earned Alex McLeish's side a shock 1-0 victory at St Andrew's.
But their hero was Foster who bounced back from his error on England duty in midweek with a series of stunning saves.
Chelsea dominated proceedings for the entire 90 minutes but they could not find a way past the former Manchester United player.
It was a vastly improved performance by Chelsea compared to their 3-0 home mauling by Sunderland last weekend.
But they tasted defeat in back to back league games for the first time since the end of the 2005-2006 campaign and they now only lead Manchester United on goal difference.
In addition to Foster, City centre-backs Scott Dann and Roger Johnson were outstanding.
Chelsea were quickly into their stride and Salomon Kalou missed an early chance to put them ahead.
Didier Drogba's flick found Kalou with only Foster to beat but his shot went through the legs of the keeper and just past the post.
Foster made a fine save to keep Birmingham on level terms after Drogba was sent clear by Kalou.
It was the kind of chance Drogba would normally convert but Foster raced off his line to reduce the angle and saved low to his left.
Chelsea had quickly established a grip of the game and were taking advantage of having an extra midfield player.
But Birmingham stunned Chelsea by taking their lead via their first worthwhile attack after 17 minutes.
Sebastian Larsson's right-wing cross was headed down by Cameron Jerome to Bowyer who was completely unmarked and lashed the ball past Petr Cech for his first goal of the season.
Chelsea tried to retaliate and Foster went down to his right to hold onto Drogba's effort from the right of the box.
He then made a superb reflex save to keep out Drogba's close range header from Nicolas Anelka's centre.
Chelsea continued to dominate and Foster again did well to beat out an Ashley Cole shot after he had sized onto a pass from Kalou.
Chelsea were carving chances almost at will and Alex had a free header from Florent Malouda's corner but directed it past the post.
Drogba tried his luck with a low 30 yard free-kick and Foster was again alert to turn it around the post.
But he was helpless after 38 minutes when Drogba crashed a header against the crossbar from Malouda's cross.
Ramires was first to react to the rebound but from eight yards out slashed his shot wide.
Chelsea continued in the same manner after the break although there were less clearcut openings.
Johnson produced a superb tackle to stop Ramires after his run into the box needed treatment to his knee before being able to continue.
Kalou had Chelsea's best chance to date of the second period when turning back inside but he curled his shot over the bar with Foster off his line.
Carlo Ancelotti brought on Jose Boswinga in place of Paulo Ferreira after 65 minutes.
The chances started to come again for the visitors with Foster holding onto a Drogba free-kick and Kalou heading wide from Anelka's cross.
Scott Dann's back pass played in Kalou but Foster took the ball away from his feet with a perfectly timed challenge.
Foster parried aside an Branislav Ivanovic header as the pressure again became relentless.
Liam Ridgewell was yellow carded for bringing down Boswinga but Chelsea could not find a way through.
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