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  • Date:06 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:21,822
  • Mata (53) Meireles (59)
Goal!

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92:00 +2.00

Morgaro Gomis delivers the ball, David Luiz makes a clearance.

89:47

Marlon King concedes a free kick for a foul on David Luiz. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

88:26

Michael Essien comes on in place of Juan Mata.

87:51

The ball is crossed by Wade Elliott, save made by Petr Cech.

87:37

Jordon Mutch decides to take a short corner.

87:23

Marlon King takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.

86:34

The referee blows for offside against Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

86:03

Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line, clearance made by Mikel.

85:56

Wade Elliott produces a cross, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

85:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Nathan Redmond. Free kick crossed by Jordon Mutch, clearance made by David Luiz.

83:41

The ball is swung over by Nathan Redmond, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

83:17

Outswinging corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line, clearance by Juan Mata.

82:29

Corner taken by Jordon Mutch, clearance made by Frank Lampard.

81:19

Effort from deep inside the area by Jordon Mutch clears the bar.

79:55

Foul by Marlon King on David Luiz, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Luiz.

78:06

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch from the right by-line to the near post, Fernando Torres makes a clearance.

77:27

Gary Cahill challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jordon Mutch, save by Petr Cech.

74:54

Frank Lampard is brought on as a substitute for Ramires.

74:42

Shot from just outside the box by Nathan Redmond goes over the bar.

74:24

Corner taken by Jordon Mutch, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

73:20

Nathan Redmond delivers the ball, save by Petr Cech.

71:43

The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by Pablo Ibanez.

71:05

Guirane N'Daw goes off and Marlon King comes on.

68:21

Foul by Guirane N'Daw on Fernando Torres, Penalty awarded. Penalty taken by Juan Mata is saved by Colin Doyle. Birmingham 0-2 Chelsea.

66:06

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

65:31

Juan Mata takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

64:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Guirane N'Daw. Juan Mata crosses the ball in from the free kick.

63:44

Juan Mata produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

63:02

Wade Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.

62:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector by Fernando Torres. Fernando Torres booked. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.

59:44

A goal is scored by Raul Meireles from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-2 Chelsea.Assist by Ramires.

58:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Juan Mata. Chris Burke replaces Adam Rooney. Daniel Sturridge is brought on as a substitute for Salomon Kalou. Juan Mata takes the free kick.

57:10

Close range header by Juan Mata goes wide of the left-hand upright.

55:48

Corner taken by Jordon Mutch, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

53:57

A goal is scored by Juan Mata from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Chelsea.

51:14

Branislav Ivanovic challenges Guirane N'Daw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

50:07

Foul by David Luiz on Nikola Zigic, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.

47:47

Jordon Mutch takes the outswinging corner, Petr Cech makes a save.

45:57 +0.57

Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

44:44

Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

44:03

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line.

42:35

Foul by Ramires on Curtis Davies, free kick awarded. Curtis Davies takes the direct free kick.

42:07

Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

41:36

Corner taken by Juan Mata played to the near post.

39:18

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordon Mutch.

39:06

The ball is crossed by Jordon Mutch, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

38:14

Jonathan Spector crosses the ball, clearance by Raul Meireles.

37:17

Ryan Bertrand produces a cross, save made by Colin Doyle.

36:56

Juan Mata delivers the ball, clearance made by Guirane N'Daw.

31:27

Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Gary Cahill has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

30:38

Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Pablo Ibanez.

30:32

Centre by Ramires.

28:37

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ramires. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

27:36

Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. The referee cautions Nikola Zigic for unsporting behaviour. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

26:09

Juan Mata concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Spector. The ball is delivered by Jordon Mutch, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Adam Rooney misses to the right of the target.

24:17

Wade Elliott takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

23:48

Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis. Guirane N'Daw takes the direct free kick.

23:27

The ball is sent over by Fernando Torres, clearance by Guirane N'Daw.

22:57

Centre by Salomon Kalou.

20:52

Jonathan Spector takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

19:53

The offside flag is raised against Juan Mata. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.

18:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Rooney on Ryan Bertrand. Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.

17:52

Effort on goal by Ramires from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

11:03

Salomon Kalou produces a cross, Guirane N'Daw manages to make a clearance.

7:43

Adam Rooney is caught offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

6:36

Jordon Mutch crosses the ball, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

5:58

The official flags Juan Mata offside. Free kick taken by Curtis Davies.

4:11

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

2:35

Corner taken by Jordon Mutch from the left by-line played to the near post.

2:10

Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordon Mutch. Free kick taken by Curtis Davies.

1:36

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Juan Mata.

1:24

Juan Mata takes a shot. Save made by Colin Doyle.

0:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch by Salomon Kalou. Free kick taken by Jordon Mutch.

Match Preview

Hughton has sympathy for AVB Birmingham boss Chris Hughton believes Andre Villas-Boas was unfortunate not to get more time as Chelsea manager. Hughton will not now get the chance to test himself against Villas-Boas for a second time in the FA Cup fifth-round replay at St Andrew's, having contributed to the Portuguese's downfall by leading Birmingham to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last month. Hughton feels the former Porto manager was not given enough time to stamp his mark on the Blues after just eight months in charge. "I think it (eight months) is no time for a manager," said Hughton. "It's a club very much going through a transitional period and I felt he needed time to finish the job he wanted to complete. "Is it embarrassing for Chelsea? It's their choice on what percentage of managers they want to go through. These days we can be critical of foreign managers that don't speak the language so well but he is a real student of the game, he speaks English very well and has got his coaching qualifications on these shores. "They obviously viewed him as someone for the future but, in that event, you have to give them time to develop. But, of course, at the top clubs that becomes difficult because the pressure is on results, the here and now. It is a real shame." Birmingham are facing a player shortage ahead of the tie with eight senior members of the squad cup-tied or injured. Defenders Stephen Carr (knee), Steve Caldwell (ribs) and David Murphy (hip) are out, Peter Ramage is cup-tied while Curtis Davies is doubtful through illness. Pablo Ibanez is the only fit centre-half. In addition, midfielders Andros Townsend (cup-tied) and Keith Fahey (groin) are unavailable. Strikers Erik Huseklepp (cup-tied) and Caleb Folan (ineligible) also cannot play. Eddie Newton has revealed the call to help save Chelsea's season came "totally out of the blue". The Blues announced on Monday their former midfielder had joined caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo's backroom staff until the end of the campaign following the sacking of Villas-Boas. Newton told Sky Sports News: "It was totally out of the blue. It's been a blur to be honest with you. "The ambition is to get into fourth place and we will push as hard as possible. "Every game is very important between now and the end of the season." He added: "I can't talk about what has been done before but I am Chelsea through and through and we want that drive and that will to win, and when we get that, it becomes a habit again." Ashley Cole is a doubt for Di Matteo's first match in charge. Cole hobbled out of Villas-Boas' last match at the helm at West Brom on Saturday with an ankle injury and will be assessed before the trip. Jose Bosingwa (hamstring) and Ross Turnbull (ankle) are both definitely out, along with captain John Terry (knee).

Formation:442Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

Formation: 433Manager:

Chelsea

  • Colin Doyle
  • Jonathan Spector
  • Pablo Ibanez
  • Curtis Davies
  • Guirane N'Daw
  • Nathan Redmond
  • Jordon Mutch
  • Morgaro Gomis
  • Wade Elliott
  • Adam Rooney
  • Nikola Zigic
  • SUBS
  • Boaz Myhill
  • Chris Burke
  • Marlon King
  • Enric Valles
  • Callum Reilly
  • Jake Jervis
  • Will Packwood

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Match Report

Winning start for Di Matteo Chelsea launched the post Andre Villas-Boas era in winning fashion as second-half goals from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles secured a 2-0 victory over Birmingham in an FA Cup fifth round replay at St. Andrew's. After a goalless first half, caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo saw Mata break the deadlock eight minutes after the restart. Then a superb 59th-minute strike from Raul Meireles doubled Chelsea's lead to secure a home quarter-final tie with Leicester. They could even afford to see a Mata penalty saved by City goalkeeper Colin Doyle. Di Matteo left Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Daniel Sturridge out of his starting line-up although skipper John Terry was a surprise substitute after his recent knee operation. There was little to choose between the sides in the opening period when Nikola Zigic posed problems for Chelsea. But the visitors stepped up a gear after the interval and only poor finishing prevented them from adding to their tally as injury-ravaged City ran out of steam. Chelsea were the first to threaten and Mata raced clear but opted to shoot with Salomon Kalou unmarked in the centre and Doyle turned his effort around the post. A neat flick from Zigic found Wade Elliott in space behind the Chelsea defence but his low first-time ball was in front of the run of Morgaro Gomis. City were causing problems and Nathan Redmond got clear in the box after more good play by Zigic but David Luiz got across to intercept as he prepared to shoot. Zigic was unhappy when caught by the boot of Luiz and he was left with blood pouring from his face and required lengthy touchline treatment. Dangerman Zigic created another opportunity for Elliott and his shot on the turn was gathered by Petr Cech. Zigic became the first player to be yellow-carded after a late tackle on Gary Cahill. Cech produced a superb save to keep his side on level terms after 39 minutes. Zigic's glancing header from a Jordon Mutch cross had Cech back-pedalling and he finger-tipped his effort over the bar at full stretch. Mata was Chelsea's most potent player but he shot straight at Doyle from the edge of the box. Fernando Torres had his first opportunity on the stroke of half-time after a quick turn but he dragged his shot across the face of goal. Chelsea enjoyed a spell of possession at the start of the second period and Pablo Ibanez produced a superb tackle to deny Mata inside the box after he played a one-two with Kalou. But after 53 minutes Mata broke the deadlock for Chelsea. Ramires made good ground down the right before sending in a cross which was challenged for by Kalou. The ball broke invitingly for Mata who poked it past Doyle into the corner of the net. Mata missed another great chance two minutes later when he headed wide at the far post from a deep centre by Branislav Ivanovic. A superb strike from Meireles doubled Chelsea's lead after 59 minutes. Ramires teed up the midfielder and his 25-yard strike flew past Doyle into the top corner of the net. Torres was yellow carded for chopping down Jonathan Spector. The Spaniard won his side a 67th-minute penalty after he was brought down by Guirane N'Daw who was yellow carded. But Doyle repeated his penalty save from Mata of the first tie at Stamford Bridge. Daniel Sturridge should have made it 3-0 but mis-kicked with the goal at his mercy from Torres' centre. Mutch had a great opportunity to reduce the arrears from Chris Burke's pass but lofted his shot over the bar.

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