Chelsea 1-0 Stoke: Drogba scores, Fuller sent-of
Chelsea won the full amount when dealing with Stoke City. Roberto Di Matteo's troops won 1-0 through Didier Drogba scored a single.
Playing at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (10/03/2012) night, the Blues who controlled the game a lot to create chances in the first round. But until the end of the first half both teams unable to score a goal.
In the 25th minute, Stoke was reduced to 10 men after Ricardo Fuller sent off after stepping on Ivanovic.
Drogba Chelsea finally a decisive victory over the tally on 68 minutes. Utilizing breakthrough bait Juan Mata, Drogba took his team ahead 1-0. Till the long whistle sounded, the score did not change for the host advantage.
This victory still puts Chelsea in fifth with 49 points. Stoke while stuck in 10 to 36 points.
The host immediately opened up opportunities in four minutes. However, Branislav Ivanovic headed corner kick Frank Lampard welcomes still hovering over the crossbar Stoke.
Five minutes later Gary Cahill's turn to threaten the Stoke goal. Bringing the ball from midfield, Cahill saw a gap in the Stoke defense and kick from outside the penalty box. But his shot can still be ignored by Asmir Begovic.
Stoke in the 17th minute had the opportunity through Jonathan Walters. After that fell through John Terry, Walters fired a shot that was successfully blocked by Cahill. His attempts to once again pass the ball rebound is still sideways to the left of goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Entering the 25th minute, Stoke were reduced to 10 players. Ricardo Fuller sent off after stepping on Ivanovic.
Superior number of players, Chelsea continued to press. Raul Meireles a kick from outside the box was wide on the right side of goal Begovic.
John Terry! Header utilizing a corner kick hit the crossbar Lampard still Stoke.
Cooperation and Lampard in the 35th minute Ivanovic Stoke threaten the goal. But Ivanovic's header was too weak and capable arrested Begovic.
Chelsea attack that has not been able to constantly change the score. Ivanovic is a hard kick in the penalty box on 41 minutes still hit the crossbar. A minute later Lampard shot from outside the box is still able to arrest Bergovic.
Into the second half, Chelsea pressed. A hard kick from outside the penalty area Lampard on 49 minutes was still able to be secured Bergovic.
Chelsea in the 58th minute effort by David Luiz is also still not produce a goal. Horizontal shot was too weak and can be secured Bergovic. Two minutes later John Terry a hard kick from outside the box was wide on the right side of goal Bergovic.
Didier Drogba almost brought Chelsea ahead on 66 minutes. But his free-kick was still able to be driven by Bergovic and only corner kick.
Two minutes later Drogba brought Chelsea. As bait breakthrough Juan Mata, Drogba managed to fool Bergovic and sent the ball into the empty goal. Stoke 0 Chelsea 1.
Stoke try to squeeze in 74 minutes. But Walters shot from inside the box is still not meeting targets.
Four minutes later, Andy Wilkinson who saw Cech out of position trying to free kick from midfield. But the ball was wide right-sided thin Cech's goal.
Stoke counter-attack in 83 minutes have not been able to bring a balancing goals. Cameron Jerome kick from the right side is still not meeting targets.
Eye Chelsea almost doubled their advantage. But his free-kick was the goalpost. Rebound the ball fell to the foot of David Luiz try forwarded to Daniel Sturridge. But both have first caught offside.
Till the long whistle sounded, the score was 1-0 to Chelsea remained unchanged.
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic (David Luiz 46 '), Cahill, Terry, Cole; Mikel (Sturridge 67'), Meireles (Mata 37 '); Ramires, Lampard, Kalou; Drogba
Stoke: Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson (Upson 51 '); Shotton, Whitehead, Diao (Palacios 50'), Walters; Jones, Fuller