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Corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
Moussa Dembele challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, fantastic save by David Stockdale.
Effort on goal by Pajtim Kasami from 12 yards. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
Juan Mata concedes a free kick for a foul on Philippe Senderos. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
Foul by Oriol Romeu on Bryan Ruiz, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.
Short corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a fantastic save.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a comfortable save.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Raul Meireles, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Comfortable save by David Stockdale.
Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Brilliant save by David Stockdale.
Pajtim Kasami gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
Carlos Orlando Sa leaves the field to be replaced by Pajtim Kasami.
Paulo Ferreira on for Jose Bosingwa.
Shot by Didier Drogba. Save by David Stockdale.
Effort from the edge of the area by Raul Meireles goes wide of the right-hand post.
Shot by Didier Drogba. Comfortable save by David Stockdale.
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Brede Hangeland results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Juan Mata.
Didier Drogba is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Sturridge.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Bosingwa on Kerim Frei. Jose Bosingwa is cautioned. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, Petr Cech makes a save.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a save.
John Terry takes a shot. Blocked by Florent Malouda.
Corner taken short by Juan Mata.
Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal. Save by David Stockdale.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bryan Ruiz on Ashley Cole. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
Frank Lampard goes off and Florent Malouda comes on.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot from 18 yards. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.
Bryan Ruiz fouled by Juan Mata, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by David Stockdale.
Bryan Ruiz crosses the ball, Goal scored by Clint Dempsey from close in low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Fulham.Assist by Bryan Ruiz.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, clearance made by John Terry.
Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the left by-line, Shot by John Terry. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
Danny Murphy takes the inswinging corner, Brede Hangeland produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Kerim Frei, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Juan Mata gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Fulham.Assist by Fernando Torres.
Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Effort on goal by David Luiz from 18 yards. Comfortable save by David Stockdale.
Carlos Orlando Sa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata. Direct free kick taken by Juan Mata.
Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Clint Dempsey challenges Frank Lampard unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Juan Mata, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Jose Bosingwa results in a free kick. David Stockdale takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, clearance by Clint Dempsey.
John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Orlando Sa. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Stephen Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Juan Mata. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Raul Meireles goes wide left of the target.
Juan Mata takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by John Terry misses to the left of the goal.
Shot by Oriol Romeu from just outside the area goes over the net.
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.
Moussa Dembele fouled by Juan Mata, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Moussa Dembele produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Effort on goal by Fernando Torres from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Bryan Ruiz challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, comfortable save by David Stockdale.
Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Fernando Torres produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 6 yards. David Stockdale makes a fantastic save.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, Header from deep inside the area by Carlos Orlando Sa goes over the bar.
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Juan Mata clears the crossbar.
Drilled right-footed shot by Carlos Orlando Sa. Blocked by David Luiz.
Unfair challenge on David Luiz by Carlos Orlando Sa results in a free kick. Raul Meireles takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Murphy, save made by Petr Cech.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Clint Dempsey challenges Raul Meireles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Clint Dempsey is booked. Free kick taken by David Luiz.
Foul by Fernando Torres on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
Daniel Sturridge sends in a cross, Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
AVB rules out Alex recall
Boss Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated he will not bring Alex in from the cold, even if it means Chelsea starting Boxing Day's west London derby with John Terry as their only fit centre-half.
Villas-Boas was asked on Wednesday whether he would reverse his decision to banish Alex from his first-team squad should the club suffer an injury crisis.
Despite having previously claimed Alex and Nicolas Anelka, who were sidelined after submitting transfer requests, could force their way back into his plans, he declared the former would not be recalled - even if the worst happened.
Barely 24 hours later, it did, with Branislav Ivanovic limping out of Thursday night's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Tottenham.
Asked afterwards if he had changed his mind about Alex ahead of Monday's game against Fulham, Villas-Boas simply said: "No."
In fairness, Chelsea coped admirably at White Hart Lane with the loss of Ivanovic, despite Jose Bosingwa being forced to move from right-back to centre-half for what was possibly the first time in his entire Stamford Bridge career.
Paulo Ferreira also impressed at right-back having not previously featured in the Premier League this season.
"This was a fantastic adaptation and another solution that we have in the squad," Villas-Boas said.
With Ivanovic almost certainly out of Monday's match, Villas-Boas was hoping David Luiz would return from the knee problem that has sidelined him from the last two games.
Otherwise, he insisted he would even consider playing young midfielder Oriol Romeu alongside Terry rather than turn to Alex.
"Hopefully, David can return for contention for the game against Fulham," he said.
"But, if not, from Oriol to Bosingwa, both can play in that position - and Paulo has done it in the past."
Fourth-placed Chelsea are also fighting to get back into contention in a title race which sees them 11 points behind leaders Manchester City but Villas-Boas was expecting a backlash from a Fulham side thrashed 5-0 at home by Manchester United on Wednesday night.
He said: "A result like that, also the result that they got in the Europa League, generates revolt and generates anger, which can fuel emotions for a London derby that is extremely difficult for us."
Fulham manager Martin Jol believes Chelsea's appointment of Villas-Boas is proof that if you are good enough, you are old enough.
The 34-year-old was handed the Stamford Bridge reins in the summer, despite his tender years and limited managerial experience.
Villas-Boas led former club Porto to four trophies last season, including a Europa League crown that saw him become the youngest manager to win a European club title.
Jol comes head-to-head with the man 21 years his junior on Boxing Day and is full of admiration for the Chelsea boss, especially having overcome mounting external pressure.
"I sympathise with all the managers but that is the business," the Dutchman said.
"If you are not fulfilling the expectations of the people around you it is always problem.
"The only thing is to get results and points on the board - then it is the best life ever.
"If you do not, you are struggling. I am, though, not surprised by his age.
"I think it is quite adventurous and challenging to [appoint somebody of the age]. Someone who won the Europa League, some titles in Portugal, like Jose Mourinho before him.
"He is quite young but I do not think it is about age.
"It is the same on the field, too. My player [Kerim] Frei showed he is good enough to play at 18 so I do not think about it."
Jol has stuck with the mantra of talent being more important than age this season, blooding a number of younger players into the first team.
Frei was among those handed their senior debut and he has so far impressed the Fulham manager.
"As I said, it doesn't matter how young you are," Jol said.
"He came on against Swansea and earned a penalty. He played against Chelsea and did the same.
"He played against Odense in the Europa League and set-up the first goal and scored the second.
"That is something we can build on and it can push other players because he does not have a lack of confidence, shall we say."
Fulham have no fresh injury concerns but Steve Sidwell is unlikely to feature despite returning to training after a hernia operation.
Blues drop more points
Stamford Bridge proved anything but a sanctuary for Chelsea as their Barclays Premier League title hopes suffered another mortal blow following a 1-1 draw with Fulham in the west London derby.
A game manager Andre Villas-Boas had hand picked for Fernando Torres to rebuild his shattered confidence proved another nightmare outing for the #50million man.
This was also meant to be the match where Chelsea got their championship challenge back on track after two straight 1-1 draws away from home.
However, they completed an unwanted hat-trick to leave them 10 points behind Manchester City ahead of the leaders' trip to West Brom.
Torres, making his first league start for almost two months, did inadvertently lay on Juan Mata's 47th-minute opener but Clint Dempsey equalised nine minutes later before Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale kept Chelsea at bay.
Torres, whose current goal drought stretched back nine matches, had been hoping for a Boxing Day gift from a side that shipped five against Manchester United on Wednesday and who were without the injured Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson.
One man Stamford Bridge did provide some sanctuary for was Chelsea captain John Terry following the barracking he received at Tottenham on Thursday over his charge for alleged racist abuse.
Terry played like a man on a mission at White Hart Lane and he and his team-mates needed another good performance to maintain their dwindling title hopes.
Fulham looked determined to spoil all that, Dempsey going a little far with a cynical tug on Raul Meireles that saw the American booked.
Otherwise, they were the better side for 15 minutes, with Dempsey's bouncing 25-yard shot forcing an uncomfortable save from Petr Cech and Orlando Sa seeing an effort blocked by David Luiz before wasting a great chance when he headed Stephen Kelly's cross over the bar.
Torres, who had already had half a sniff, was unlucky not to give Chelsea the lead when he expertly controlled Mata's cross on his chest but smashed his volley straight at Stockdale.
Torres then robbed Brede Hangeland on the edge of the box and laid off to Daniel Sturridge to slice off target but Fulham settled down again and Mousa Dembele dragged wide after bypassing Oriol Romeu.
Although Jose Bosingwa sent in some dangerous crosses, Chelsea were struggling to produce a telling ball against what was at times a nine-man defence, with Raul Meireles and Romeu resorting to wayward pot-shots.
The stalemate continued until two minutes before the break when Dembele sent a tame header too close to Cech.
Chelsea paraded Jimmy Greaves at half-time and their fans could have been forgiven for wishing he was playing up front for them.
Torres' travails looked to have continued after the restart but the striker helped the Blues break the deadlock inside two minutes.
The #50million man failed to control Ashley Cole's cross but the ball fell perfectly for Mata to sweep home left footed from the edge of the box.
Fulham had only scored four league goals away from home all season, the worst record in the top flight but they were soon level with a superbly-worked goal.
The ball eventually found its way to Bryan Ruiz on the right, who tricked his way past Cole and crossed for Dempsey to stab past Cech.
Villas-Boas took action just past the hour mark, hauling off Frank Lampard for Florent Malouda.
The change almost paid off when the Frenchman's backheel from Terry's header hit the feet of Stockdale and bounced back off Malouda for a goalkick.
That came after the goalkeeper tipped over Sturridge's curler and before Bosingwa was cautioned for felling Kerim Frei.
Villas-Boas then threw on Didier Drogba for Sturridge.
Drogba failed to beat Stockdale from a tight angle after gathering a terrific long ball from Luiz and Meireles curled a superb shot on the turn just past the post.
A masked Paulo Ferreira replaced Bosingwa in Chelsea's final change, Fulham responding by sending on Pajtim Kasami for Sa.
Stockdale twice denied Chelsea a late winner, tipping Meireles' header from Malouda's cross over the bar, before palming away Drogba's glance from a corner.
The keeper nearly spilt Malouda's long-range drive and Chelsea almost paid the ultimate price when Kasami shot tamely at Cech before Stockdale's fingertips again denied them from Drogba's stoppage-time free-kick.
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