Chelsea v Norwich live score commentary

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Updated: August 27, 2011

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Chelsea 3 – 1 Norwich

90+11 min played

Commentary:

90+11 min Full-time. Chelsea win 3-1 despite a disappointing performance. The Blues have had a shaky start to the season but now have seven points from their opening three matches.
90+10 min Goal for Mata! Ritchie De Laet plays a bad ball towards his goal without looking. Mata collects the ball and places a good shot into the left hand corner of the Norwich goal.
90+7 min Mata shoots over.
90+4 min Lukaku hits a weak shot but Rudd spills the ball. Lampard looks like he only has to slide the ball into an empty net but Rudd recovers to get hand to the shot.
93+3 min Tierney plays a good ball into the box but the resulting header is picked up by Hilario.
90 min 11 minutes of injury time to be played after Didier Drogba’s injury.
90 min Very bad miss from Ivanovic. Lampard crosses and finds Ivanovic completely alone six yards from goal. The defender somehow powers the header wide.
90 min Chelsea counter attack and Mata hits a long ball to Ramires, who gets behind the Norwich rearguard but cannot control the ball.
88 min An Anelka cross is headed wide from Lukaku.
86 min More slack defending from Chelsea. A free kick finds Morison at the back post. The Norwich player should have squared the ball to Holt, but he shoots tamely wide instead.
84 min Chelsea will be relieved to have gotten that penalty. The Pensioners have defended terribly in the second half and could easily have been behind. Chelsea should close out the game from here.
83 min Substitution for Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku comes on to make his Chelsea debut, replacing Fernando Torres.
82 min Goal for Chelsea! Frank Lampard hits the penalty straight down the middle of the goal. Another late goal for Chelsea.
81 min Substitution for Norwich. Declan Rudd comes on forMartin and immediately has to face a Frank Lampard pnealty.
80 min Red card for Ruddy and a penalty for Chelsea! Nicolas Anelka finds Ramires who races in on goal. The Brazilian hits the ball slightly in front of himself, but stretches and hits the ball away from Ruddy who collides with Ramires. Definite penalty, but Ramires was unlikely to reach the ball. Possibly a harsh red card.
79 min More bad defending from Chelsea. Mikel heads backwards and it goes to Morison. his cross is cleared by Ivanovic for a corner.
77 min Torres gets lucky. He easily could have been given a second yellow card for a silly challenge.
77 min Mata beats his man and crosses to Torres, who heads at goal. Decent effort from the Spaniard, but Ruddy saves.
75 min Bosingwa’s cross deflects and is saved by Ruddy.
73 min Great chance for Norwich after terrible defending from Chelsea. A long ball finds Morison who runs in on goal, but Terry recovers to get a sliding tackle in on Morison and hit the ball out for a corner.
71 min Drogba leaves the pitch on a stretcher.
67 min Double substitution for Chelsea. Juan Mata makes his debut as he comes on for Florent Malouda. Nicolas Anelka will replace Drogba.
64 min Drogba collides with John Ruddy and the Ivorian stays down. Ruddy came out to punch a cross and instead hit Drogba. The Chelsea striker looks like he was unconscious before he collided heavily with the ground. Stretcher is out for Drogba.
63 min Goal for Norwich! A mix up between Ivanovic and Hilario sees the ball drop to Holt, who hooks the ball above Terry and into the net. Good finish from Holt, but calamitous keeping from Hilario.
58 min Yellow card for Kyle Naughton. The Norwich defender is booked for pulling back Drogba.
58 min Naughton slips and Drogba takes the ball. The Ivorian tries to play in Torres but the Spaniard is slow to react and the ball is cleared. The play comes back for a free for Drogba who was pulled back. The free kicks comes to nothing, however.
56 min Yellow card for Fernando Torres. The Spaniard is booked for a high foot.
54 min Corner for Norwich, but the cross again fails to pass the first defender.
53 min A good free kick almost finds Holt.
52 min Lampard’s long-range shot is deflected out for a corner. Ivanovic heads the resulting corner wide.
50 min Florent Malouda crosses and John Terry heads a powerful shot at goal. Pilkington manages to head the ball out for a corner. Ruddy probably would have saved the shot if it evaded the defender.
49 min A Drogba cross almost finds Torres but the ball is cleared for a Chelsea corner.
48 min A Chelsea cross comes to nothing.
47 min Malouda gets to the byline but his cross is poor.
47 min Hilario comfortably takes a Norwich cross.
46 min Grant Holt holds up the ball well again. The forward’s strength is causing Chelsea some problems.
46 min Chelsea kick off to begin the second half.

Half-Time An interesting first half at Stamford Bridge sees Chelsea enter the interval with a 1-0 advantage. Chelsea dominated the opening 15 minutes and took the lead through a brilliant Jose Boswingwa goal. Norwich have arguably been the better side since then, however. The Canaries carved out a couple of good opportunities and have passed confidently. Chelsea have had 67 per cent of possession in the opening period but have created little outside Boswinga’s goal. Villas-Boas will want to see more creativity and incision from his charges in the second half.

45+2 min Half-time.
45+2 min Mikel shoots wide from distance.
45+2 min An Ashley Cole cross almost causes Norwich some problems. The ball rebounds out for a corner, which is cleared after a John Terry header.
45 min Two minutes of injury time to be played.
45 min Drogba chips the ball forward and almost finds Torres.
44 min Boswinga’s cross finds Malouda and the Frenchman shoots straight at Ruddy from outside the area.
43 min A Johnson free kick goes straight at Hilario.
42 min Drogba hits the free kick just over.
41 min Yellow card for Andrew Crofts. The Norwich midfielder’s sliding tackle from behind fouls Didier Drogba.
39 min Torres gets the ball at the edge of the Norwich area and only has one defender to beat, but Torres hesitates slightly and is dispossessed. The Spaniard could possibly have done a little better there.
38 min A cross almost finds Holt.
37 min Ambitious shot from Johnson from distance goes well wide.
36 min Yellow card for Bosingwa.
35 min Lampard smashes a free kick well over the bar. Wasteful from the Chelsea man.
35 min Drogba passes the ball through to Torres but the Spaniard is slightly offside.
34 min Wes Hoolahan gets a shot on target from outside the area but it doesn’t trouble Hilario.
33 min Bosingwa gets down the right flank well again but his cross is cleared.
32 min A good Malouda through ball finds Lampard but the Englishman’s control lets him down.
30 min Substitution for Norwich. Zak Whitbread comes off and is replaced by Anthony Pilkington.
29 min A Naughton cross finds Holt and his header is well saved by Hilario. Norwich are causing the Chelsea rearguard a lot of problems.
27 min Great chance for Norwich. Martin finds himself behind the Chelsea defence but his shot is saved by Hilario. The ball is worked out to Naughton whose resulting shot is pushed over by the Portuguese keeper.
26 min Naughton shoots from distance and the ball deflects out for a Norwich corner. Martin again fails to clear the first man from the corner.
23 min Possibly the worst shot of Didier Drogba’s career. The Chelsea forward strikes a long-range free kick and the ball flies a long way high and wide.
21 min A clever Torres through ball almost finds Drogba, but his pass was slightly too heavy.
20 min Norwich have come more into the game in the last five minutes.
16 min Great chance for Norwich. A clever forward chip almost finds Grant Holt, but the striker tries to flick the ball when he could have taken it down. The Norwich man seemed to think he was offside but the flag stayed down.
14 min Another very poor Norwich set piece goes straight to Hilario.
13 min An ambitious diagonal ball almost finds Didier Drogba but the ball is slightly ahead of the striker and goes out for a goal kick.
11 min Norwich win their first corner. Chris Martin’s cross is poor and is cleared by the first defender.
7 min Ominous start for Norwich. Drogba’s cross along the ground almost finds Frank Lampard but the ball is cleared.
6 min Goal for Chelsea! An excellent shot from Boswinga from outside the box flies past Ruddy. Great goal from the full back.
5 min Torres has his first shot of the match but his effort is blocked.
4 min Almost a mix up at the back for Chelsea as John Terry tries to shelter the ball back to Hilario. Grant Holt pushes the Chelsea defender on top of Hilario and Chelsea are given a free out.
2 min Ramires has the first shot of the match. Nobody closes down the Brazilian so he shoots from distance and Ruddy turns the ball round the post.
1 min Norwich kick off and the match is underway at Stamford Bridge.
0min The starting line-ups have been announced, with Didier Drogba given his first start of the campaign up front alongside Fernando Torres. Branislav Ivanovic replaces Alex at centre back, with Florent Malouda also returning to the side after scoring as a substitute last week. New signings Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku start om the bench. Norwich make two changes to the side who drew with Stoke, with Zak Whitbread and Wes Hoolahan returning to the starting line-up.

Line-Ups:

Chelsea: Henrique Hilario, Jose Boswinga, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Ramires, Mikel John Obi, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Florent Malouda

Subs: Ross Turnbull, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Paulo Ferreira, Josh McEachran, Alex, Nicolas Anelka

Norwich: John Ruddy, Leon Barnett, Ritchie de Laet, Zak Whitbread, Kyle Naughton, Wes Hoolahan, Bradley Johnson, Andrew Crofts, Marc Tierney, Grant Holt, Chris Martin

Subs: Declan Rudd, Russell Martin, Steve Morison, Simeon Jackson, Anthony Pilkington, David Fox, Elliott Bennett

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