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  • Date:22 Aug 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:41,733
  • Cahill (68) Torres (80)
    Ivanovic (90)

Live Commentary

94:33 +4.33

Branislav Ivanovic scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 4-2 Reading.Eden Hazard provided the assist for the goal.

94:02 +4.02

Corner taken right-footed by Ian Harte.

93:05 +3.05

Mikele Leigertwood fouled by Emboaba Oscar, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by John Terry.

91:34 +1.34

Emboaba Oscar challenges Hal Robson-Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ian Harte from left wing, Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.


Hal Robson-Kanu delivers the ball, comfortable save by Petr Cech.


Foul by Danny Guthrie on Raul Meireles, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.


Unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Noel Hunt results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Cahill.


Foul by Fernando Torres on Noel Hunt, free kick awarded. Hal Robson-Kanu is brought on as a substitute for Garath McCleary. Adam Federici takes the free kick.


Juan Mata leaves the field to be replaced by Raul Meireles.


Juan Mata takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.


Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.


The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole, Fernando Torres grabs a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-2 Reading.Assist by Ashley Cole.


Eden Hazard takes a shot. Alex Pearce gets a block in. Effort on goal by Juan Mata from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.


The referee gives a free kick against Emboaba Oscar for handball. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.


The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff.


Emboaba Oscar challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. (Reading) makes a substitution, with Noel Hunt coming on for Pavel Pogrebnyak. Ian Harte takes the free kick.


The ball is swung over by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.


Shot by Daniel Sturridge from just outside the area goes over the net.


Effort on goal by Juan Mata from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.


Adam Le Fondre is brought on as a substitute for Jem Karacan.


Juan Mata produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.


A goal is scored by Gary Cahill from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-2 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Eden Hazard.


(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Daniel Sturridge coming on for Mikel.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Garath McCleary on Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard takes the free kick.


Eden Hazard takes a shot. Alex Pearce gets a block in. Effort from inside the area by Frank Lampard misses to the left of the goal.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Pavel Pogrebnyak. Pavel Pogrebnyak is given a yellow card. John Terry takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Pavel Pogrebnyak. Free kick taken by Gary Cahill.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Frank Lampard.


Emboaba Oscar takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.


Foul by Ian Harte on Eden Hazard, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Juan Mata.


Jem Karacan concedes a free kick for a foul on Juan Mata. Booking for Jem Karacan for unsporting behaviour. John Terry takes the direct free kick.


Emboaba Oscar on for Ramires.


Corner taken by Frank Lampard, clearance by Jem Karacan.


Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.


The ball is delivered by John Terry, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.


Unfair challenge on Chris Gunter by Fernando Torres results in a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.


The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, John Terry manages to make a clearance.


The ball is sent over by Eden Hazard, save made by Adam Federici.


Ramires sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Gunter.


Shot from deep inside the area by Eden Hazard goes over the bar.


Effort on goal by Branislav Ivanovic from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

Match Preview

Marin out for Blues Chelsea will still be without Marko Marin for Wednesday's Barclays Premier League game against Reading. Summer signing Marin's hamstring injury is expected to sideline him until the international break. Ramires has recovered from the illness that kept him out of Sunday's opening win at Wigan. Boss Roberto Di Matteo is contemplating making changes and said: "Sometimes, you look at it and think, 'Don't change a winning team', but it doesn't always work this way. "We'll see for Wednesday. I haven't made our final decision yet. I have to think about it." Two players who may be anticipating that decision more than most are Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun, neither of whom have been in Di Matteo's matchday squads this season. Malouda was a target this summer for Brazilian side Santos - who claimed they were put off by his wage demands - while Benayoun spent last season on loan at Arsenal. Asked about the prospect of either being allowed to leave permanently or on loan, Di Matteo would only say: "We'll have to see until the transfer window closes. "At the moment, they're with us and part of it." Reading midfielder Jem Karacan will miss out after failing to recover from a leg injury. Striker Jason Roberts misses out through suspension, but Jimmy Kebe is in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury. New goalkeeper Stuart Taylor is available but is unlikely to start. Reading have vowed to throw everything at Chelsea. The Royals marked their return to the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Stoke thanks to a 90th-minute penalty from Adam Le Fondre. Brian McDermott's men face a completely different task tomorrow when they visit Stamford Bridge to take on a revitalised Blues team with an embarrassment of riches. With the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar bearing down on them, the Royals would be forgiven for playing defensively in the hope of salvaging a draw, but Reading midfielder Mikele Leigertwood insists the underdogs will go on the attack in west London. Last season Swansea's enterprising game saw them take points off Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, and Leigertwood thinks his team should employ the same approach against Roberto Di Matteo's side tomorrow evening. "You can't go in to any games fearing teams or sitting back. You have to attack and put teams under pressure and I'm sure we'll do that," Leigertwood told a press conference. "We have pace in the side and strength up front with Pog (Pavel Pogrebnyak). "We'll play with a high tempo and that will be good for us. "We want to give a good account of ourselves and go there and win hopefully. "We have taken belief from watching teams like Swansea, Norwich and QPR. They all stayed up and it shows that if you go and attack you can do well in this league." Pogrebnyak, a summer signing from Stuttgart, was tipped to star on Saturday, but it was Leigertwood who took all the plaudits, earning the man of the match award after a typically combative display in midfield. It was a sweet moment for the midfielder as he has previously been relegated from the top flight on two occasions - with Sheffield United and Crystal Palace - both of whom went down on the final day of the season. Leigertwood has not forgotten how disappointing it is to be relegated and he does not want to go through the same experience with Reading this term. "Being relegated is never nice so I am more determined than ever," the 29-year-old said. "I want to go that one step further than I did with Palace and stay up and hopefully finish my career in the Premier League. "It feels good to be back in the Premier League. "Every footballer wants to be playing at the top of their game against the best players in the league so for me it's fantastic." McDermott watched Chelsea move 2-0 up and coast to victory against Wigan on Sunday and he has no doubt how hard it will be to overcome the Blues. "They are the best team in Europe," McDermott said. "I thought they were really, really good on Sunday. "They started off really well. They got a couple of goals early on and could have scored another one when Fernando Torres went through. "But it will be a great challenge for us."

Formation:4231Manager: Roberto Di Matteo


Formation: 4141Manager: Brian McDermott


  • Petr Cech
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • Gary Cahill
  • John Terry
  • Ashley Cole
  • Mikel
  • Frank Lampard
  • Ramires
  • Eden Hazard
  • Juan Mata
  • Fernando Torres
  • SUBS
  • Ross Turnbull
  • Michael Essien
  • Oriol Romeu
  • Emboaba Oscar
  • Raul Meireles
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Ryan Bertrand



Match Report

Form Guide

  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Reading
  • D

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 0
  • Reading
  • 30/01/2008
  • Reading
  • 1 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 15/08/2007
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 2
  • Reading
  • 26/12/2006
  • Reading
  • 0 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 14/10/2006

Top Scorers


  • B Ivanovic 1




      • Total goals 2
      • Goals per game 2
    • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins


      • Total goals 1
      • Goals per game 1
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
    • 1 (For) Period 81-90 mins