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  • Date:11 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Goodison Park
  • Attendance:33,924
  • Pienaar (4) Stracqualursi (70)

Live Commentary

92:48 +2.48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Tim Cahill. Denis Stracqualursi goes off and Shane Duffy comes on. Branislav Ivanovic takes the direct free kick.

91:18 +1.18

Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Denis Stracqualursi makes a clearance.


Unfair challenge on Royston Drenthe by Jose Bosingwa results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Royston Drenthe.


Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.


Florent Malouda concedes a free kick for a foul on Royston Drenthe. Tony Hibbert replaces Darron Gibson. Royston Drenthe takes the free kick.


Handball decision goes against Royston Drenthe. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on David Luiz. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.


Leighton Baines concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Lampard. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.


Romelu Lukaku takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.


Johnny Heitinga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.


Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Raul Meireles, free kick awarded. David Luiz takes the free kick.


(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Ryan Bertrand coming on for Ashley Cole. Romelu Lukaku replaces Juan Mata.


Royston Drenthe on for Steven Pienaar.


Denis Stracqualursi scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 2-0 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Landon Donovan.


Florent Malouda replaces Michael Essien.


Leighton Baines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa. Jose Bosingwa takes the free kick.


Fernando Torres takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.


Tim Cahill challenges Branislav Ivanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.


Denis Stracqualursi takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.


Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Fernando Torres results in a free kick. Booking for Fernando Torres for unsporting behaviour. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.


Denis Stracqualursi takes a shot. Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.


Foul by David Luiz on Denis Stracqualursi, free kick awarded. Phil Neville takes the free kick.


Denis Stracqualursi is caught offside. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.


Ashley Cole handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.


Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Jose Bosingwa is cautioned. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Ashley Cole gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Landon Donovan from the right by-line to the near post.


The offside flag is raised against Tim Cahill. Indirect free kick taken by Raul Meireles.


Leighton Baines fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.


Shot from 25 yards by Marouane Fellaini. Blocked by Frank Lampard.


Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Denis Stracqualursi by David Luiz. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.


Denis Stracqualursi takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.


Unfair challenge on Denis Stracqualursi by Raul Meireles results in a free kick. The referee shows Raul Meireles a yellow card. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.


Unfair challenge on Denis Stracqualursi by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Landon Donovan. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.


David Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Denis Stracqualursi. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick. The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.


Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Juan Mata. Free kick crossed by Juan Mata, Darron Gibson manages to make a clearance.


Phil Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Juan Mata. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.


Tim Cahill is caught offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Steven Pienaar. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.


Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.


Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Phil Neville gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Juan Mata, Tim Cahill manages to make a clearance.


Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Neville. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the left by-line, Tim Cahill manages to make a clearance. Michael Essien takes a shot. Phil Neville gets a block in.


Denis Stracqualursi concedes a free kick for a foul on David Luiz. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, clearance by Tim Cahill. Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.


Phil Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Frank Lampard produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.


Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line played to the near post, Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance.


Landon Donovan takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Tim Cahill. Jose Bosingwa takes the free kick.


Denis Stracqualursi has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Denis Stracqualursi. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.


Steven Pienaar gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Chelsea.


Marouane Fellaini is adjudged to have handled the ball. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.


The official flags Ashley Cole offside. Indirect free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.


Landon Donovan has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

Match Preview

Moyes pleased with Anichebe impact Everton manager David Moyes is grateful for Victor Anichebe's knack of scoring goals at the right time but is reluctant to call him a super sub. The Nigeria international is the Toffees' joint-top scorer with four goals in nine appearances of an injury-hit season, level with defender Leighton Baines who has played 29 times. Three of those strikes have come in seven matches since he returned to the first-team on New Year's Day and they have been significant goals as they helped secure five points on their own. He hit the winner against West Brom and earned 1-1 draws at Aston Villa and Wigan, last weekend - all after coming on as a second-half substitute. Moyes is looking for the 23-year-old to enjoy a long run in the side to show he is over his injury problems, having missed almost a whole year spread over the 2008/9 and 2009/10 seasons after knee surgery, suffering a further knee injury last season and a groin problem in September. "I don't think Victor would ever be classed as a clinical finisher," said Moyes. "He makes a lot of assists but has come on and played a part in scoring a few goals. "If you had said to me in the past did I ever think Victor was a super sub I'd say definitely not. "But I don't really care what you call them. If people come on and score goals I am delighted, whether it is for 20 minutes or from the start of the game. "We needed a goal last week (against Wigan) when we weren't playing well enough but got one back to get us a draw. "He has started a couple of games, come off the bench in a couple of games and he is doing okay and we did miss him because he allows us to play in different ways. "The big thing is he needs to get over his injury problems completely; he's had one or two scares this week and we need to see how he is." Everton face Chelsea on Saturday having not lost at home against them for three years. Despite there being seven places and 13 points between the two sides Moyes sees no reason why they cannot bridge the gap, on the pitch at least, having dispatched league leaders Manchester City on their last home appearance. "Over the years we have embraced these games because we are always seen as a little bit of the underdog," said the Scot. "We have always tried to come out with some bulldog spirit and we've had a bit of success - though not as much as I would've liked. "When you come up against sides who have built teams costing many millions with great players no-one is talking about that. "Thankfully in our last game against a big team we were able to show what we can do." Jack Rodwell has suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a hamstring problem and will not be risked. Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas maintains he will not make the same mistake as Manchester City counterpart Roberto Mancini and "underestimate" Everton. Mancini blamed himself for his side's 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on January 31, claiming: "I didn't prepare well for this game. I thought it was maybe easier." Despite winning a Carling Cup tie in extra-time there earlier this season, Chelsea do not have the best record at Everton, not winning in the league since 2008. Villas-Boas insists he will ensure his side are fully prepared as Chelsea look to keep the distance between themselves and the chasing pack. "We never underestimate Everton because our record at Goodison Park is not impressive," Villas-Boas said. "It is a difficult place to go, and a team that has made a great transfer market without a lot of noise, but with the right buys. "It is fantastic to see Darron Gibson playing more often because he is a player of immense talent and Landon Donovan coming back to a place he knows well. "I think the additions they made were fantastic, improving them a level and making them even more difficult to play against." Moyes is the third longest-serving manager in the top flight behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, approaching 10 years at the helm. Villas-Boas has been impressed from what he has seen this season and feels the Toffees are heading in the right direction. "They have improved a lot from when we played them first [this season]," he said. "Everton are always a solid team and can create problems, plus the environment of Goodison Park is never easy." Frank Lampard (calf) and John Obi Mikel (hamstring) are in contention to return and Ashley Cole has served a suspension but captain John Terry (knee) is still not fit.

Formation:4411Manager: David Moyes


Formation: 433Manager: Andre Villas-Boas


  • Tim Howard
  • Phil Neville
  • Johnny Heitinga
  • Sylvain Distin
  • Leighton Baines
  • Landon Donovan
  • Darron Gibson
  • Marouane Fellaini
  • Steven Pienaar
  • Tim Cahill
  • Denis Stracqualursi
  • SUBS
  • Jan Mucha
  • Tony Hibbert
  • Royston Drenthe
  • Magaye Gueye
  • Ross Barkley
  • Apostolos Vellios
  • Shane Duffy



Match Report

Toffees turn up the heat on Chelsea Steven Pienaar and Denis Stracqualursi struck as Everton piled on the pressure for Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park. Pienaar celebrated his return by firing the Toffees into a fifth-minute lead on another dismal Barclays Premier League afternoon for Chelsea and Stracqualursi doubled the advantage in the second half. The defeat left Chelsea, losing at the ground for a third successive year, without a win in four league games and was another setback in their bid to retain a top-four place. Fernando Torres' dismal season also continued as the Spaniard again struggled in front of goal and there was further bad news as England left-back Ashley Cole limped off. For Everton, who beat Manchester City in their previous home game, the recent revival continued, however. New signing Nikica Jelavic was unable to feature due to a stomach muscle injury but Pienaar, back at the club on loan after a year at Tottenham, relished being back on Merseyside. Stracqualursi also proved a handful for the visiting defence and marked a hard-working performance with a first Premier League goal. Chelsea had welcomed back Cole from suspension and Frank Lampard after injury - relegating new signing Gary Cahill back to the bench - but inspiration was lacking. Pienaar, by contrast, clearly wanted to make an impact from the outset and burst forward in the first minute in a move that ended with Landon Donovan prodding harmlessly wide. Chelsea failed to heed that warning and were punished after five minutes when Lampard deflected a Tim Cahill ball over Branislav Ivanovic's head. Pienaar raced into the box, controlled the bouncing ball on his chest and smashed past Petr Cech into the roof of the net. Everton quickly looked to build on their lead and David Luiz needed to head behind an awkward Phil Neville cross under pressure from Stracqualursi. Chelsea's first serious attack petered out as Torres, still without a league goal since September, was forced to turn away from goal and play backwards. Everton threatened again when Donovan shot powerfully but straight at Cech from distance. Chelsea were inches away from an equaliser as Daniel Sturridge met a low ball from Juan Mata, which Torres cleverly allowed to run across the edge of the area, with a firm shot but it was deflected over by Neville. Mata caused further problems for the home defence as he pulled the ball back for Lampard but the England midfielder dragged his shot wide from 18 yards. Leighton Baines combined well with Pienaar to break into the Chelsea box but Cahill, ruled onside, was unable to control his pass as he turned to shoot. Baines troubled Chelsea again with an inswinging free-kick but Cahill was flagged offside as he stretched to reach a ball which rebounded off Cech's legs. Chelsea's Raul Meireles was booked for kicking Stracqualursi as the Argentinian tried to break clear and the Everton striker shot at Cech moments later. Torres felt he should have had a penalty just before half-time when he was blocked off by John Heitinga. The former Liverpool forward complained to referee Mike Jones after the whistle was blown but was led away to the tunnel by Everton's Marouane Fellaini. Chelsea pushed forward in the opening minutes of the second half but Everton's defence, well led by Sylvain Distin, remained firm. After soaking up the pressure, Everton's Stracqualursi showed great persistence to win the ball from Ivanovic in the Chelsea area but his shot was blocked. A loud cheer rang out when Torres was booked for a late challenge on Pienaar, whose footwork continued to cause Chelsea problems. Torres, who had worked hard but without looking like scoring, found himself in the right position when Bosingwa crossed but headed straight at Tim Howard. Ivanovic was unhappy when Donovan pushed him as the pair ran out of play and his angry reaction earned a rebuke from Jones. Villas-Boas attempted to inject fresh life into his side by sending on Florent Malouda for Michael Essien, but the change did not appear to be appreciated by all visiting fans. Everton doubled their lead 18 minutes from time after Neville won the ball in midfield from Cole and released Donovan. The American ran at the defence and then flicked a fine ball into the path of Stracqualursi, who calmly wrong-footed Cech and slotted the ball home despite the keeper's desperate attempt to claw it away. Cole had remained on the ground after the challenge by Neville and, after the restart was delayed while he received treatment, he was unable to continue much longer. Cole looked in much discomfort as he hobbled off to be replaced by Ryan Bertrand. Chelsea controlled possession in the closing minutes but the Everton defence, with Distin again prominent, coped with everything.

Form Guide

  • Everton
  • VS
  • Chelsea

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 3 - 1
  • Everton
  • 15/10/2011
  • Everton
  • 1 - 0
  • Chelsea
  • 22/05/2011
  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 1
  • Everton
  • 04/12/2010
  • Everton
  • 2 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 10/02/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 3 - 3
  • Everton
  • 12/12/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 0 - 0
  • Everton
  • 22/04/2009

Top Scorers


  • L Osman 3
  • V Anichebe 3
  • A Vellios 3
  • P Jagielka 2
  • RR Drenthe 2
  • J Rodwell 2
  • T Cahill 1
  • T Howard 1
  • D Gibson 1
  • M Fellaini 1


  • D Sturridge 9
  • F Lampard 7
  • JM Mata 5
  • J Terry 4
  • DN Ramires 4
  • D Drogba 2
  • FJ Torres 2
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • RJ Meireles 1
  • S Kalou 1
  • D Luiz 1



    • Total goals 51
    • Goals per game 24
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 71
    • Goals per game 44
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins