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  • Date:28 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Malouda (31) Drogba - pen (76)

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92:25 +2.25

The referee blows for offside against Ashley Cole. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.

90:11 +0.11

Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.


Danny Pugh produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.


Curled left-footed shot by Daniel Sturridge. Save by Thomas Sorensen.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Glenn Whelan. Mikel takes the free kick.


Close range shot by Daniel Sturridge goes wide of the left-hand upright.


Ricardo Fuller has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Florent Malouda. Ramires joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Essien. Rory Delap leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Pugh. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.


Nicolas Anelka leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.


Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda, clearance by Abdoulaye Faye.


Unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Thomas Sorensen results in a Penalty. Penalty taken right-footed by Didier Drogba and scored. Chelsea 2-0 Stoke.Nicolas Anelka provided the assist for the goal.


Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Nicolas Anelka.


Salomon Kalou comes on in place of Frank Lampard.


Ricardo Fuller is brought on as a substitute for Kenwyne Jones.


Shot by Glenn Whelan.


Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Alex.


Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Blocked by Kenwyne Jones.


Shot from outside the penalty box by Nicolas Anelka goes wide right of the goal.


The referee blows for offside against Paulo Ferreira. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.


Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory Delap. Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.


Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Blocked by Didier Drogba.


Glenn Whelan comes on in place of Andy Wilkinson.


The ball is swung over by Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.


Florent Malouda produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdoulaye Faye by Florent Malouda. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.

47:01 +2.01

Effort from outside the penalty box by Florent Malouda goes wide left of the goal.

46:28 +1.28

Matthew Etherington concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. The referee shows Matthew Etherington a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.


Header from deep inside the penalty area by Robert Huth goes harmlessly over the crossbar.


Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.


John Terry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Dean Whitehead from right channel, clearance made by Alex.


Ashley Cole fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Whitehead goes into the book. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.


Frank Lampard has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.


Effort from 6 yards by Ashley Cole.


Goal scored by Florent Malouda from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from John Terry.


Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line played to the near post, Danny Collins makes a clearance.


Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.


Florent Malouda takes a short corner.


Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Danny Collins.


Abdoulaye Faye concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Strike on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.


The official flags Kenwyne Jones offside. Alex restarts play with the free kick.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Michael Essien has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.


Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Alex restarts play with the free kick.


Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, clearance made by John Terry.


Header from close range by Ryan Shawcross misses to the right of the target.


Foul by Rory Delap on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Didier Drogba, save by Thomas Sorensen.


Penalty awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Florent Malouda. Placed penalty taken by Frank Lampard saved by Thomas Sorensen. Chelsea 0-0 Stoke.


Effort on goal by Jonathan Walters from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.


Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by John Terry. Abdoulaye Faye takes the direct free kick.


Rory Delap challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel takes the free kick.


Ashley Cole produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

The referee gets the game underway.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

The second half kicks off.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Ramires set for Chelsea bow Brazil midfielder Ramires could make his debut for Chelsea against Stoke. The #17million new signing from Benfica is in the squad and is likely to start on the bench with Chelsea having hit six goals in each of their two Barclays Premier League matches so far this season. Branislav Ivanovic is a doubt with a back problem and Jeffrey Bruma is recovering from a hernia operation while Gael Kakuta has a back injury. Portuguese full-back Jose Bosingwa has resumed training and could return to action in one to two weeks. Brazilian insists he is ready for the physical challenge of the Premier League. The 23-year-old, who cost #17million from Benfica, is likely to start on the Stamford Bridge bench with Chelsea having scored six goals in both of their first two league games this season. But he cannot wait to begin his Premier League career and is under no illusions about the physical and mental toughness required in the world's most competitive league. Ramires, talking through an interpreter at Chelsea's training ground, said: "I understand the challenge ahead, both in the Premier League and the Champions League and I'm ready for that. If I hadn't been ready, I wouldn't have signed for a club like this. "I know what lies ahead and I'm looking forward to taking on that challenge." Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones could return to action after missing last weekend's defeat to Tottenham with an ankle injury. Jones, who sustained the problem on the opening day of the season at Wolves, has what Potters boss Tony Pulis describes as an "outside chance" of featuring at Stamford Bridge. Pulis also hopes Liam Lawrence will have recovered from his groin injury, while Mamady Sidibe is a long-term absentee having ruptured his Achilles tendon. Pulis admits his side will be entering the lion's den. Despite going down 3-1 against Manchester United in the Community Shield, the Blues have made a formidable start to the defence of their Barclays Premier League title, defeating West Brom 6-0 on the opening day of the season before registering the same scoreline at Wigan last week. Stoke - who in losing 2-1 to Wolves and Tottenham have also posted identical results in their two league games so far - travel to Stamford Bridge tomorrow having been beaten there 7-0 towards the end of the 2009-10 campaign, and Pulis knows the Potters will have plenty to do if they are to avoid another mauling. "They are a top side and they deserve to be a top side with the players they have got," Pulis said. "We know how difficult it is going to be and they have started like a house on fire, so we are going into the lion's den. "On the back of getting beaten by Manchester United at Wembley, that might have been the kick up the backside they needed because they have really flown out of the blocks."

Formation:433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti


Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis


  • Petr Cech
  • Paulo Ferreira
  • Alex
  • John Terry
  • Ashley Cole
  • Michael Essien
  • Mikel
  • Frank Lampard
  • Nicolas Anelka
  • Didier Drogba
  • Florent Malouda
  • SUBS
  • Ross Turnbull
  • Ramires
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Yuri Zhirkov
  • Salomon Kalou
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Patrick Van Aanholt



Match Report

Blues battle past Stoke It did not rain goals at Stamford Bridge for a change but Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba still came up with vital strikes to give Chelsea a 2-0 win and keep their 100% record intact at the top of the Premier League. Malouda expertly converted a first-half opportunity with his right foot against a Stoke side made of much sterner stuff than the Tony Pulis team who surrendered seven at the Bridge back in April. And Drogba supplied the coup de grace with a second-half penalty after Thomas Sorensen had brought down Nicolas Anelka. Chelsea even had the luxury of seeing Frank Lampard miss the tamest of first-half penalties. Roman Abramovich certainly cannot complain with the entertainment on show at Stamford Bridge these days. Nor with the battling qualities of a Chelsea side who dug out this win as opposed to destroying the opposition as they had done in previous weeks. Chelsea's starting line-up showed just one change with Paulo Ferreira coming in for fullback Branislav Ivanovic. who was suffering from a back injury. For Stoke, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, linked with Chelsea and reported to have refused to play against Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup in midweek, was on the bench with Thomas Sorensen starting. But while it was not the goal rout of recent weeks, Chelsea were by far the classier side, giving warning of what was to come within five minutes when Michael Essien split the Stoke defence with a pass into the path of Ashley Cole to set up a chance the England fullback pulled wide. Stoke also had their chances early on, Dean Whitehead bringing a sharp save from Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech with a snap shot following a neat one-two with Kenwyne Jones and Jonathan Walters lifting a lob on to the top of the Chelsea net. It would have made it even easier for Chelsea, of course, if Lampard had not missed that penalty on 10 minutes after Ryan Shawcross brought down Drogba. It was a poor spot kick, side-footed to Sorensen's left-hand side and the Stoke goalkeeper had no problem falling on the ball. Sorensen also punched away a savagely-struck free-kick from Drogba in a first-half which could easily have turned into another goal landslide. Much of that was to do with Essien and Lampard who ran the midfield with precision passing and fluent movement. It was no surprise when the breakthrough came in the 32nd minute. This time captain John Terry provided the killer pass, threading a ball through for Malouda to run on to and smash a right-foot shot past Sorensen for his fourth goal of the season. When this Chelsea side get ahead they are difficult to catch. Carlo Ancelotti does not apply the brakes like Jose Mourinho, who was content to shut up shop from a winning position. They surge forward looking for more goals, none more so than Cole who met a ball floated into the box acrobatically on the volley only to see his shot rattle the Stoke bar and rebound to safety. Sorensen was required again in the second-half, most notably to save a point-blank header from Drogba following a floated cross from Anelka. To Stoke's credit they did not capitulate. They dug in with substitute Glenn Whelan giving them more bite and direction. Indeed, he provided the shot of the second-half, giving Chelsea something of a fright when he stepped forward and cracked a 25-yard shot against Cech's crossbar only to see the ball bounce down and away to safety. But the game was sealed for Chelsea when Sorensen was bedazzled by Anelka's pace and Drogba slotted home from the penalty spot. There was just time for Daniel Sturridge, on his 21st birthday, to come on for Anelka and Brazilian midfielder Ramires to make his debut from the bench.