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Chelsea   2 - 1   Hull

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba celebrates his winner against Hull
Drogba's winner sent Chelsea's crowd into raptures

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Stamford Bridge

Didier Drogba's speculative injury-time strike gave new Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti a winning introduction to the Premier League - and left Hull City heartbroken after a spirited display of defensive defiance.

Ancelotti's new charges, heavily touted to end Manchester United's domestic supremacy, looked like they would have to settle for a point as time ran out in an entertaining encounter at Stamford Bridge.

New Tigers signing Stephen Hunt's close-range finish after 28 minutes even threw up the prospect of a shock, although Drogba swiftly levelled for Chelsea with a contentious free-kick from 25 yards.

But Phil Brown's side looked to have survived a Chelsea onslaught as the fourth official Phil Dowd signalled six added minutes, to Hull's obvious disbelief.

And disbelief turned to despair seconds later as Drogba's lofted finish drifted over Hull keeper Boaz Myhill and in at the far post to give Ancelotti his first three points since his summer switch from AC Milan.

606: DEBATE

Chelsea deserved the victory on pressure alone, which saw the excellent Myhill defy Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Jose Bosingwa after the break.

Hull's disappointment was obvious at the final whistle, although boss Brown and his players will take great heart from pushing one of the Premier League title favourites to the wire.

Brown gave the combative Hunt his debut after a £2.5m move from Reading - and he was a central figure in an eventful first 45 minutes of the Premier League campaign.

Hunt received a hostile reception from Chelsea fans, who recall his clash with Petr Cech at Reading that resulted in the keeper suffering a fractured skull.

Ancelotti praises players' belief

He was unmoved by the jeers and had already clashed with Frank Lampard before Drogba wasted an opportunity to give Chelsea the lead inside the first minute, flashing a right-foot volley wide from Michael Essien's cross.

The Tigers, predictably, were forced to mount a rearguard action in the opening exchanges but were soon showing attacking ambition to threaten Chelsea.

George Boateng volleyed just off target and Dean Marney headed over the top from an inviting Hunt cross as the visitors ventured out of their own territory to challenge Chelsea's early supremacy.

Stephen Hunt celebrates his goal for Hull against Chelsea
Hunt (right) gave the visitors a shock lead on 28 minutes

John Terry headed inches over the bar and Boateng was denied by Cech's legs before Hull took a surprise lead after 28 minutes.

Boateng's shot from the edge of the area took a crucial deflection before falling into the path of Hunt, who made himself even more of a villain in the eyes of Stamford Bridge by applying a simple finish with Cech stranded.

Hull's lead lasted only nine minutes before Chelsea drew level, courtesy of Drogba's wonderfully struck free-kick from 25 yards. Hull questioned the award when referee Alan Wiley penalised Seyi Olofinjana for a foul on John Mikel Obi - but there was no arguing with the delivery from Drogba as it dipped low past Myhill.

Drogba admits to lucky winner

Hull suffered another blow shortly before half-time when Marney limped off to be replaced by Nick Barmby, while Chelsea made a change of their own during the interval as Michael Ballack came on for Mikel.

Chelsea resumed in the ascendancy and Anelka should have given them the lead within seconds of the restart, hitting Myhill's legs from point-blank range after he was played in by Drogba.

Hull then somehow survived a frantic goalmouth scramble before Drogba was denied by the defiant Myhill from eight yards when he looked certain to give Chelsea the lead.

Brown's side broke the shackles after 65 minutes when Hunt's cross found Caleb Folan perfectly positioned eight yards out, but the striker chose to try and find a team-mate instead of head for goal and the chance was lost.

Brown proud of Hull performance

It was Hunt's final contribution, with Brown introducing another summer signing in former Celta Vigo striker Kamel Ghilas. Ancelotti's response was to replace the subdued Florent Malouda with Deco.

Myhill was Hull's hero in the second half, and he was in action again with 15 minutes remaining as he dropped low to his left to deny Bosingwa.

Ancelotti made his final change when Salomon Kalou replaced Anelka, and he should have been an instant hero, only to wastefully head Deco's cross over the top.

The tension around Stamford Bridge increased as the fourth official signalled that lengthy period of added time - and Hull's worst fears were confirmed when Drogba floated an angled finish over Myhill into the far corner.

Ancelotti led the Chelsea celebrations on the touchline as his first win was heavily tinged with relief.

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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-1 Hull FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Drogba 37
  • Drogba 90+2
  • Hunt 28

Chelsea

Substitutes

Hull

Substitutes

Ref: WileyAtt: 41,597
CHELSEA
HULL

Possession

  • Chelsea 50%
  • Hull 50%

Attempts on target

  • Chelsea 12
  • Hull 3

Attempts off target

  • Chelsea 14
  • Hull 4

Corners

  • Chelsea 12
  • Hull 4

Fouls

  • Chelsea 13
  • Hull 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:33 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+5:22 Kamel Fathi Ghilas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 90:00+4:10 Seyi Olofinjana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:43 Salomon Kalou produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
  • 90:00+1:25 Booking Didier Drogba receives a caution.
  • 90:00+1:20 The assist for the goal came from Deco.
  • 90:00+1:20 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 2 - 1 Hull Didier Drogba fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-1 Hull.
  • 90:00+0:45 Shot from just outside the box by Deco goes over the crossbar.
  • 89:52 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
  • 88:40 Centre by Caleb Folan, save made by Petr Cech. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Dawson, clearance by Didier Drogba.
  • 87:36 Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 83:43 Foul by Ashley Cole on Kamel Fathi Ghilas, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Andy Dawson, clearance made by Ashley Cole.
  • 82:20 Ashley Cole crosses the ball, clearance made by Seyi Olofinjana. Michael Essien produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
  • 79:45 The ball is crossed by Deco, Salomon Kalou produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 78:29 Substitution Salomon Kalou comes on in place of Nicolas Anelka.
  • 78:29 Michael Ballack produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
  • 77:16 Substitution Deiberson Geovanni is brought on as a substitute for Bernard Mendy.
  • 75:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Deco from the left by-line to the near post. Inswinging corner taken by Deco, Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:16 Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line.
  • 74:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Bernard Mendy. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:05 Michael Essien produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 73:55 A cross is delivered by Jose Bosingwa.
  • 73:07 Deco crosses the ball.
  • 72:41 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, clearance by Seyi Olofinjana.
  • 71:40 Michael Ballack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Boateng. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:05 Foul by Steven Mouyokolo on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 70:31 The ball is swung over by Kamel Fathi Ghilas, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:33 Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:33 Booking Nick Barmby is booked.
  • 69:25 Nick Barmby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Petr Cech.
  • 66:31 Substitution Florent Malouda goes off and Deco comes on.
  • 66:31 Substitution Kamel Fathi Ghilas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Hunt.
  • 66:31 Ricardo Carvalho challenges George Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Dawson, Stephen Hunt crosses the ball.
  • 65:52 A cross is delivered by Nicolas Anelka.
  • 65:32 The ball is crossed by Stephen Hunt.
  • 60:42 The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda.
  • 59:11 Centre by Stephen Hunt, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
  • 57:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Dawson on Didier Drogba. Michael Ballack takes the free kick.
  • 57:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Ballack on Andy Dawson. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 56:25 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill. Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line to the near post, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:26 The ball is delivered by Nicolas Anelka, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance. Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance. Corner taken by Frank Lampard played to the near post, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Anthony Gardner gets a block in.
  • 53:53 Didier Drogba challenges Andy Dawson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 52:53 Short corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard, George Boateng makes a clearance.
  • 52:06 Stephen Hunt fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Gardner takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:02 Centre by Nicolas Anelka. The ball is sent over by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Andy Dawson.
  • 49:37 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, Boaz Myhill makes a comfortable save.
  • 48:37 Steven Mouyokolo fouled by Florent Malouda, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 47:44 Shot from just outside the box by Frank Lampard misses to the left of the goal.
  • 47:15 Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Michael Turner results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Frank Lampard.
  • 46:23 George Boateng produces a cross, blocked by Ricardo Carvalho. Corner taken short by Nick Barmby.
  • 45:32 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • Correction - 45:01 Substitution Mikel leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Ballack.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Michael Ballack coming on for Mikel.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:32 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+3:18 Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 45:00+1:30 Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:30 Booking Bernard Mendy receives a yellow card.
  • 45:00+1:07 Stephen Hunt produces a cross, Ricardo Carvalho manages to make a clearance. Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Bernard Mendy results in a free kick.
  • 45:00+0:07 Effort from just outside the box by Seyi Olofinjana goes over the bar.
  • 43:33 Substitution Dean Marney goes off and Nick Barmby comes on.
  • 42:41 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 42:22 Seyi Olofinjana delivers the ball, clearance by John Terry.
  • 40:15 Michael Essien takes a shot. Comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 38:01 Corner from the right by-line taken by Florent Malouda, save made by Boaz Myhill. John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Boaz Myhill. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:27 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 1 - 1 Hull Didier Drogba grabs a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Hull.
  • 35:26 Seyi Olofinjana concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel.
  • 34:05 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
  • 33:46 Foul by Stephen Hunt on Jose Bosingwa, free kick awarded. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:04 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 32:26 Jose Bosingwa delivers the ball, clearance made by Michael Turner.
  • 31:02 Centre by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
  • 28:48 Didier Drogba has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 27:14 GOAL - Stephen HuntChelsea 0 - 1 Hull Stephen Hunt finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Hull.
  • 27:10 George Boateng takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Essien.
  • 26:32 Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Andy Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:48 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Caleb Folan gets a block in. Short corner taken by Frank Lampard. Headed effort from deep inside the area by Michael Essien misses to the right of the goal.
  • 24:09 Handball decision goes against Caleb Folan. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:17 Ashley Cole is caught offside. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:55 Mikel challenges Bernard Mendy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stephen Hunt, save made by Petr Cech. Free kick awarded for a foul by George Boateng on Didier Drogba. Direct free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
  • 20:42 Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Andy Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Steven Mouyokolo. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 17:58 Foul by Andy Dawson on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Frank Lampard from right wing.
  • 17:32 Florent Malouda sends in a cross.
  • 16:25 Anthony Gardner is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
  • 15:17 Corner taken by Dean Marney, John Terry manages to make a clearance. George Boateng takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech. Inswinging corner taken by Dean Marney, clearance made by Michael Essien.
  • 14:01 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by John Terry goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 13:15 The ball is crossed by Stephen Hunt, Header from deep inside the area by Dean Marney goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 11:46 Bernard Mendy is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 11:15 Foul by Florent Malouda on Steven Mouyokolo, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 10:29 Bernard Mendy sends in a cross, clearance made by John Terry.
  • 8:28 The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick. Shot from just outside the box by George Boateng misses to the left of the target.
  • 7:11 Dean Marney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 5:11 Mikel has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 3:49 Anthony Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:30 Didier Drogba takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 1:02 Michael Essien crosses the ball, Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 0:32 Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by George Boateng results in a free kick. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Premier League results

15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 0-2 Wigan R
Blackburn 0-2 Man City R
Bolton 0-1 Sunderland R
Chelsea 2-1 Hull R
Everton 1-6 Arsenal R
Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham R
Stoke 2-0 Burnley R
Wolverhampton 0-2 West Ham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 1 5 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Stoke 1 2 3
4 West Ham 1 2 3
5 Wigan 1 2 3
6 Chelsea 1 1 3
7 Fulham 1 1 3
8 Sunderland 1 1 3
9 Birmingham 0 0 0
10 Liverpool 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Tottenham 0 0 0
13 Hull 1 -1 0
14 Bolton 1 -1 0
15 Portsmouth 1 -1 0
16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
17 Blackburn 1 -2 0
18 Burnley 1 -2 0
19 Wolverhampton 1 -2 0
20 Everton 1 -5 0



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