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Chelsea at Newcastle

Leon of Silvren2010-05-01 21:29:11 +0000 #1
The match took place on Wed 10 November 2004, 7:45 PM.

Final score: Newcastle United 0 - 2 Chelsea.

Line-up:

Chelsea:

Cudicini, Johnson, Terry, Gallas, Bridge, Paulo Ferreira, Tiago, Parker (Gudjohnsen 96), Duff (Robben 63), Cole (Lampard 66), Kezman

Newcastle:

Squad: Given, O`Brien, Bramble, Johnsen, Bernard (Hughes 118), Butt (Dyer 45), Jenas, Robert, Bellamy, Shearer, Kluivert (Ameobi 105)

Goals: Robben 112 (Ch), Gudjohnsen 100 (Ch)
Leon of Silvren2010-05-01 21:31:50 +0000 #2
Match Report:

Extra-time goals by substitutes Eidur Gudjohnsen, his seventh of the season, and a world class solo strike by Arjen Robben, put Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup tonight.

Just one minute 15 seconds had passed when an underhit pass back was seized upon by charging Mateja Kezman. He rounded Shay Given but was too wide to do anything except shoot across goal.

There was little doubt that Newcastle had been unsettled by hardly touching the ball from the kick-off which Chelsea took, and that pressure on them continued for the first five minutes.

Newcastle fielded an intriguing shape to deal with Chelsea’s midfield three, Laurent Robert rarely leaving the width of the centre circle. When they got into the game and won two corners, Scott Parker headed them both away.

Then, as Newcastle got a better grip on the game, Robert legged it wider. Chelsea’s second foul, on 17 minutes, Tiago tripping Craig Bellamy, landed him his first booking of the season.

Five minutes later Nicky Butt, who had already been talked to for fouling Damien Duff, was booked for fouling Tiago from behind.

A couple of Robert free-kicks after fouls by Tiago and John Terry caused penalty area problems, and Patrick Kluivert snatched a penalty area shot from open play into Carlo Cudicini’s midriff. Following the bright start, Chelsea were chasing the game.

Glen Johnson was trying to impose himself going forward, but finished up struggling to match Robert and tripped him with a sliding challenge on the side edge of his area when beaten. He was booked, but thankfully the foul, unlike in Moscow, was just outside the area. Robert took it short, it was blocked, but when it came back to him he crossed for Alan Shearer to head for goal from ten yards. It turned into an easy catch for tumbling Carlo Cudicini.

Ten minutes before half-time Cudicini made his best save so far, Robert and Olivier Bernard outflanking Chelsea along our right, and Bernard left Paulo Ferreira to cut in and shoot for the far post. The goalkeeper reacted full length to turn it round. It was Newcastle’s fourth shot on target to Chelsea’s none.

A rare Chelsea attack and corner was followed by Joe Cole clattering Craig Bellamy and being booked, then by Cudicini having to tip over a Robert corner which was wickedly swerving into the net. Five shots on target to nil. And five Newcastle corners to two. Plus, painfully, four Chelsea offsides to none.

Newcastle made an an attacking substitution at the interval, replacing defensive Butt with Kieron Dyer.

They started the second-half as they finished the first, and it was as well that Parker was in good form, getting back to foil Robert after he’d sprinted into the area past Johnson, and blocking Bellamy when he made ground wide.

With Saturday’s game at Fulham no doubt in mind Mourinho sent on Arjen Robben for Duff after 62 minutes. Two minutes later Johnson magnificently won a tackle and set up a counter via Cole which finished with Tiago unbelievably slicing wide from under eight yards. It was the best chance of the game. Chelsea still hadn’t had an effort on target,

Cole had received a further talking to for foul play from the referee, and Frank Lampard replaced him 20 minutes into the second-half. Chelsea still had some defending to do, however, and once again it was Parker blocking, covering and winning back possession.

With 73 minutes gone Kezman finally managed Chelsea’s first shot on target. Given made a comfortable diving save.

Robben was playing up front with Kezman now ahead of a midfield diamond which had Tiago at the tip, Ferreira on the right, Lampard on the left and Parker at the base.

Newcastle began giving possession away at the back, maybe they were tired – remember they played Thursday and Sunday – and the pressure on Chelsea faded. But there was little extra threat going the other way.

Robert had a 30 yard free-kick which brought a flying save from Cudicini. And Robben took Lampard’s pass away from O’Brien and hit a fierce 15 yard left-footer past him which struck Given on the chest without him moving, but it was no surprise when the match went scoreless to extra time.

Straight from the restart Cudicini made another wonderful stop from another Robert free-kick, this time a 25 yarder which he palmed away at full-length. Kluivert headed the resulting cross over from close range.

Parker was fouled from behind once too many times by Shearer – whose lack of a booking was, of course, nothing to do with him being Alan Shearer – and he limped off six minutes into extra-time. Gudjohnsen replaced him and Chelsea returned to 4-3-3. That meant poor Robert Huth remained on the bench.

Three minutes later Wayne bridge headed back an O’Brien throw taken in Newcastle’s right corner, Robben squared it, and there seemed little chance when Gudjohnsen snatched a 20 yard right-footer inside Given and into the net off his post.

Newcastle countered with Robert first knocking Ferreira into the hoardings when he was shadowing the ball out, and then with the winger cutting inside from the left and hitting an impressive low right-footed shot which brought another top class save from Cudicini. He held it low to his left under pressure.

There were cheers of relief from Chelsea fans when news came through that Saturday’s opponents Fulham had also gone into extra time.

For the last 15 minutes Newcastle replaced Kluivert with Shola Ameobi.

Six minutes into the second period Robben received the ball from Bridge, charged inside O’Brien, outside Titus Bramble and passed the ball beyond Given into the far corner. It was a world class goal and his third in three games.

Chelsea, once the big three had come off the bench, looked better, fitter and happier than Newcastle. “Same old Chelsea, always winning,â€? chanted the fans. It was seven wins in a row and yet another clean sheet. José Mourinho looked rather happy.

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