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Chelsea   3 - 3   Everton

Louis Saha celebrates Everton's third goal
Chelsea were regularly troubled by set-pieces into the penalty area

By Phil Dawkes

League leaders Chelsea twice let a one-goal lead slip as Everton clinched a deserved point at Stamford Bridge.

Everton took a fortuitous lead when a goalbound effort struck the post and deflected in off keeper Petr Cech.

Neat finishes from Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka turned the tables in Chelsea's favour before substitute Yakubu levelled from close range.

Drogba volleyed the home side ahead again but Louis Saha's deflected header rewarded the visitors for their effort.

Chelsea have now gone four games without a win and while this cannot be considered a major blip, it will add credence to those tempering their early season assertion that the Blues were destined for Premier League glory.

While Carlo Ancelotti's side showed plenty of attacking edge, they also demonstrated a fallibility in defence that could, unless addressed, seriously undermine their title challenge.

All three of Everton's goals were preventable, and it will be of particular concern to Ancelotti that two of them resulted from set-pieces; something of an Achilles heel for the Blues.

Ancelotti wants Chelsea improvement

While Chelsea's failings will dominate the post-match assessment, Everton's role in the match should not be ignored.

During a run of only one win in nine matches, Toffees manager David Moyes has bemoaned that their recent performances have not yielded the results they deserve.

Here their resilience and endeavour received the reward it merited and suggests that their current position in the bottom half of the table is a false one.

They made the perfect start to the game, taking the lead after only four minutes.

Leighton Baines swung over a free-kick from the right and, with Saha challenging, the ball struck the back of John Terry, hit the post and ricocheted into the net off the back of Cech, bringing to an end a run of seven clean sheets for the goalkeeper in the most unfortunate of circumstances.

The goal was the first Chelsea had conceded in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge in over 10 hours of football.

However, just as against Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday, Ancelotti's men hit back in emphatic fashion, transforming the stadium into a cacophony of noise.

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Ricardo Carvalho showed determination to firstly win the ball and then move forward before feeding Frank Lampard whose deft lay-off was dispatched into the far corner with aplomb by Drogba.

Following a further four minutes of near constant pressure, the home side were ahead as Everton failed to clear their lines from a corner and Branislav Ivanovic was able to poke the ball to Anelka who prodded the ball into the roof of the net.

Having seen the tables turned on them, Everton's afternoon was dealt a further blow late in the half when Jo was forced to limp from the field after Terry had landed awkwardly on his ankle.

However, this particular cloud brought with it a silver lining as Jo's replacement Yakubu, having been on the pitch barely two minutes, equalised with his first meaningful touch.

Moyes delighted with Saha display

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's long throw from the left was nodded on by Marouane Fellaini and the failure of both Terry and Carvalho to clear the danger allowed the Nigerian striker to side-foot in from close range.

Having had half time to regroup it was unsurprising that Chelsea began the second half with the bit between their teeth, and equally unsurprising that their attacking intent yielded instant reward.

Ivanovic found space on the right and his cross was expertly volleyed home by Drogba for his 18th goal of the season.

With their lead restored Chelsea now appeared set to close out the game but they did not bargain on the fighting spirit of their opponents.

It took only four minutes before the Toffees were level again, and for a second time the goal owed a good deal to fortune.

Johnny Heitinga delivered a free-kick deep into the penalty area where it was met by Drogba but his attempted headed clearance struck the back of Saha's head and looped over Cech and into the unguarded net.

Relinquishing the lead a second time shook the home side and it took them a significant amount of time to compose themselves again.

Chelsea penned Everton into their own half for the remaining 25 minutes of the game but the visitors held on.

With second-placed Manchester United playing later on Saturday, Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League is extended to three points but they will rue the missed opportunity to extend it further.


Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti:

"I'm unhappy with the result but happy with the performance of the team.

"We played very well with high intensity and created many chances to score.

"We have to improve on the set plays because we conceded goals on them. We have to find a better position in the box."

Everton manager David Moyes:

"For the team that we brought here today to get a result was top notch.

"To come to what is probably the best team in the league with the players we have missing and draw is a great effort.

"We know were up against it at the moment but when we get players back we'll be a match for most teams."

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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 3-3 Everton FT
(HT 2-2)
  • Drogba 18
  • Anelka 23
  • Drogba 59
  • Cech (og) 12
  • Yakubu 45+5
  • Saha 63

Chelsea

Substitutes

Everton

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 41,579
CHELSEA
EVERTON

Possession

  • Chelsea 51%
  • Everton 49%

Attempts on target

  • Chelsea 13
  • Everton 7

Attempts off target

  • Chelsea 11
  • Everton 3

Corners

  • Chelsea 7
  • Everton 1

Fouls

  • Chelsea 13
  • Everton 17
  • 90:00+0:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Juliano Belletti. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
  • 89:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Leighton Baines. Juliano Belletti takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:54 The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • Correction - 87:52 Substitution Fabio Borini joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mikel.
  • 87:52 Substitution Fabio Borini joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Ballack.
  • 86:39 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
  • 86:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Ballack by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Free kick taken by Juliano Belletti.
  • 85:42 Mikel takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the target.
  • 84:45 Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:45 Substitution Juliano Belletti joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 84:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Lucas Neill.
  • 81:11 Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Ricardo Carvalho has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 79:43 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 78:29 Lucas Neill challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
  • 77:49 Shot by Didier Drogba from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 76:51 Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line played to the near post, Ricardo Carvalho concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Heitinga. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 76:42 The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 75:48 The ball is sent over by Nicolas Anelka.
  • 75:11 Substitution Florent Malouda joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Cole.
  • 74:53 Effort from outside the penalty box by Joe Cole goes wide left of the goal.
  • 74:22 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.
  • 73:18 Lucas Neill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka. Michael Ballack has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 73:11 The referee blows for offside against Louis Saha. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 72:06 Foul by Michael Ballack on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Johnny Heitinga from the free kick.
  • 70:42 Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Mikel, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 70:15 Handball by Louis Saha. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:03 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
  • 69:19 Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Ballack misses to the left of the goal.
  • 68:15 Louis Saha challenges Mikel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 67:37 A cross is delivered by Nicolas Anelka, Shot from just outside the penalty box by Joe Cole misses to the left of the target.
  • 65:37 Branislav Ivanovic challenges Ayegbeni Yakubu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 65:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lucas Neill by Mikel. Free kick taken by Lucas Neill.
  • 65:14 Foul by Didier Drogba on Lucas Neill, free kick awarded. Lucas Neill takes the free kick.
  • 62:54 GOAL - Louis SahaChelsea 3 - 3 Everton Louis Saha scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 3-3 Everton.
  • 62:24 Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Leighton Baines, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Johnny Heitinga,
  • 61:19 Joe Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Lucas Neill. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 60:40 Nicolas Anelka has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 58:47 Assist on the goal came from Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 58:47 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 3 - 2 Everton Didier Drogba finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-2 Everton.
  • 58:46 The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic,
  • 56:14 The ball is swung over by Steven Pienaar, Header by Marouane Fellaini from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 55:29 Nicolas Anelka challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:53 Corner taken by Frank Lampard, Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 54:09 Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick crossed right-footed by Frank Lampard from right wing, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:10 Nicolas Anelka takes a short corner.
  • 52:59 Joe Cole sends in a cross, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
  • 52:55 The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 51:37 Nicolas Anelka delivers the ball, Joe Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 51:07 The ball is delivered by Joe Cole, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:20 Michael Ballack takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 50:04 Unfair challenge on Mikel by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Louis Saha. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
  • 49:15 A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba.
  • 48:49 Branislav Ivanovic delivers the ball, clearance by Leighton Baines.
  • 47:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Ballack by Marouane Fellaini. Frank Lampard takes the free kick, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • Correction - 46:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Hibbert on Nicolas Anelka. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick, John Terry produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 46:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Tony Hibbert. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard, Effort from the edge of the area by Branislav Ivanovic goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+6:33 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+4:48 GOAL - Ayegbeni YakubuChelsea 2 - 2 Everton Ayegbeni Yakubu grabs a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-2 Everton.
  • 45:00+4:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Ashley Cole. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 45:00+2:24 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu comes on in place of Joao Alves Jo.
  • 45:00+0:18 Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Nicolas Anelka.
  • 44:31 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 43:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Saha on Mikel. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 43:26 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 42:06 Louis Saha takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.
  • 41:56 Tony Hibbert sends in a cross, Michael Ballack manages to make a clearance.
  • 40:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Ballack. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:36 Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross, clearance made by Lucas Neill.
  • 38:32 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
  • Correction - 36:44 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Frank Lampard.
  • 36:44 Didier Drogba takes the direct free kick, Frank Lampard takes a shot.
  • 36:44 Booking Johnny Heitinga is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 36:39 Johnny Heitinga challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 36:39 Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded.
  • 35:22 The ball is swung over by Joe Cole, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:35 The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic, Lucas Neill manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:19 Unfair challenge on Joao Alves Jo by Mikel results in a free kick. Steven Pienaar takes the free kick.
  • 30:17 Jack Rodwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Lampard. Free kick taken by Mikel.
  • Correction - 28:40 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by John Terry results in a free kick. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 28:40 John Terry challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 26:18 The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Close range headed effort by Louis Saha goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 24:17 Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 22:34 Assist by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 22:34 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaChelsea 2 - 1 Everton A goal is scored by Nicolas Anelka from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-1 Everton.
  • 22:02 Corner taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 21:00 Michael Ballack takes a shot. Blocked by Lucas Neill.
  • 19:58 Joe Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Lucas Neill.
  • 19:15 Nicolas Anelka crosses the ball, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
  • 18:52 The ball is delivered by Joe Cole, Lucas Neill makes a clearance.
  • 17:07 The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.
  • 17:07 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 1 - 1 Everton Didier Drogba scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Everton.
  • 16:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Tony Hibbert. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
  • 15:04 The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, Lucas Neill makes a clearance.
  • 11:04 GOAL - Petr CechChelsea 0 - 1 Everton An own goal is conceded by Petr Cech. Chelsea 0-1 Everton.
  • 10:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on Steven Pienaar. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 9:27 Shot from just outside the box by Louis Saha misses to the right of the target.
  • Correction - 8:09 Corner from the left by-line taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, clearance made by John Terry.
  • 8:09 Corner taken left-footed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the left by-line, John Terry makes a clearance.
  • 7:41 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
  • 3:06 Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 1:19 Joao Alves Jo concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Ballack. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
  • 0:15 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Premier League table

Saturday, 12 December 2009 19:30 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Premier League table
1 Chelsea 16 27 37
2 Man Utd 16 20 34
3 Aston Villa 16 12 29
4 Arsenal 14 20 28
5 Tottenham 16 13 27
6 Man City 15 8 26
7 Liverpool 15 11 24
8 Birmingham 16 0 24
9 Fulham 16 3 23
10 Sunderland 16 0 21
11 Stoke 16 -4 21
12 Blackburn 16 -12 19
13 Burnley 16 -14 18
14 Wigan 16 -17 18
15 Everton 16 -8 17
16 Hull 17 -17 17
17 Wolves 16 -13 16
18 West Ham 16 -7 14
19 Bolton 15 -12 13
20 Portsmouth 16 -10 11

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