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Chelsea   6 - 0   West Brom

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
Chelsea striker Drogba looked fit, sharp and dangerous as he struck a hat-trick

By Paul Fletcher

Didier Drogba notched a hat-trick as Chelsea signalled their intent to defend their Premier League title by thrashing newly-promoted West Brom.

Florent Malouda struck early on from six yards before Drogba scored with a free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Drogba later pounced after a goal-line clearance and scored with a deflected strike from the edge of the area.

Frank Lampard finished an attractive move, while Malouda struck from close range on the stroke of full-time.

Chelsea, who ended last season with an 8-0 thrashing of Wigan, have now won the opening day for the last nine seasons.

Ancelotti looking forward to 'fantastic' season

And they move instantly to the top of the table after the biggest opening day victory in the history of the Premier League.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti saw his champions play with a confidence, skill and composure that seemingly enabled them to slice open their opponents at will.

It was a chastening afternoon for West Brom and their manager Roberto di Matteo, a former Chelsea player who received a generous reception from the Stamford Bridge crowd.

His team enjoyed phases of play during which the Baggies displayed the sort of smooth passing football that helped them to win promotion from the Championship.

And Di Matteo can take solace in the fact that they will not play such a talented side as Chelsea every week, but the hammering nonetheless provided an instant illustration of the sort of quality that his team will encounter in the top flight.

Indeed, it was a far from complete performance by Chelsea, who at times seemed to be going through the motions before suddenly raising the tempo.

Perfect start to the season - Malouda

If the home side needed an early goal to dust off the cobwebs of their sluggish pre-season form then it arrived when Malouda scored after just six minutes - but only after some shoddy goalkeeping from Scott Carson.

At the very least, the West Brom keeper should have diverted a Drogba free-kick away from goal but he spilled the ball into his six-yard box and, after he partially atoned for his error by smothering an effort from Jon Mikel Obi, France international Malouda had a simple tap-in.

The Baggies seemed content to pack the midfield and leave Roman Bednar as the lone - and frequently isolated - striker, while Chelsea illuminated the contest at a sodden Stamford Bridge with some delightful passing.

Ashley Cole looked more like a left winger than a left-back, while Lampard pulled off one particularly audacious backheel that would have played Malouda through had he been more alert.

Malouda should later have scored Chelsea's second but headed over after Carson had acted sharply to palm clear a vicious Lampard free-kick.

Carson had been unhappy with his wall - and he must have been infuriated with it in first-half stoppage time when Chris Brunt and Gabriel Tamas allowed Drogba's free-kick to fly between them, with the Ivorian's long-range strike finding the net after bouncing yards in front of the keeper.

606: DEBATE

Drogba's strike took the match beyond West Brom, who had played some decent passing football after conceding an early goal.

Di Matteo's team often let themselves down with some poor decision making and execution in the final third but their approach play was at times crisp and precise.

A low strike from the influential Graham Dorrans took a slight deflection off John Terry and forced a sharp save off Petr Cech, who returned to the Chelsea side after recovering from a calf injury.

And Bednar had the ball in the net with a 20-yard strike but his effort was ruled out for offside.

West Brom continued to catch the eye with some attractive football in the second half but within 10 minutes of the restart Chelsea had extinguished any faint hope of a Baggies comeback.

Chelsea looked threatening at set pieces and it was from a corner that Ancelotti's team scored their third.

Youssuf Mulumbu made a goal-line clearance after Terry had headed goalwards but the midfielder could not prevent Drogba from smashing home from six yards with a left-foot strike.

Unhappy return to Stamford Bridge - Di Matteo

Nicolas Anelka and Cole combined to play in Lampard, who struck the fourth from 12 yards.

Drogba completed his hat-trick after 68 minutes, with his strike from a wide angle taking a sizeable deflection off the unlucky Tamas.

It seemed inevitable that Chelsea would score again, but the sell-out crowd had to wait until the final minute for Malouda to collect a pass from Anelka before eluding Carson and shooting into the net off the post.

West Brom might have scored a consolation but Alex managed to deflect a strike from Chris Brunt over his crossbar, while substitute Simon Cox shot wide.

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 6-0 West Brom FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Malouda 6
  • Drogba 45+1
  • Drogba 55
  • Lampard 63
  • Drogba 68
  • Malouda 90

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    West Brom

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 41,589
    CHELSEA
    WEST BROM

    Possession

    • Chelsea 56%
    • West Brom 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 13
    • West Brom 5

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 5
    • West Brom 6

    Corners

    • Chelsea 3
    • West Brom 2

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 10
    • West Brom 10
    • Final Result
    • 92:42 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+0:44 Attacking throw-in by Giles Barnes (West Brom).
    • 90:00 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 89:41 Assist on the goal came from Nicolas Anelka.
    • 89:41 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 6 - 0 West Brom A goal is scored by Florent Malouda from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 6-0 West Brom.
    • 88:48 Attacking throw-in by Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea).
    • 87:54 Simon Cox has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 86:32 Long range shot by Chris Brunt goes wide right of the goal.
    • 85:25 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Alex makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Essien manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:41 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 83:42 Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
    • 83:20 Substitution Jerome Thomas leaves the field to be replaced by Giles Barnes.
    • 82:05 Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
    • 81:37 Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
    • 79:20 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 78:14 Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. Florent Malouda has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 77:44 Attacking throw-in by Michael Essien (Chelsea).
    • 76:43 Attacking throw-in by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea).
    • 76:04 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Comfortable save by Scott Carson.
    • 74:20 Attacking throw-in by Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea).
    • 73:41 Alex concedes a free kick for a foul on Ishmael Miller. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
    • 73:01 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 71:58 Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Simon Cox. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:11 Substitution Salomon Kalou comes on in place of Didier Drogba.
    • 67:06 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 5 - 0 West Brom A goal is scored by Didier Drogba from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 5-0 West Brom.
    • 66:45 Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
    • 66:14 Substitution Graham Dorrans goes off and Simon Cox comes on.
    • 66:14 Substitution (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Ishmael Miller coming on for Roman Bednar.
    • 65:08 Yossi Benayoun fouled by Graham Dorrans, the ref awards a free kick. Yossi Benayoun restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:39 Defending throw-in by Marek Cech (West Brom).
    • Correction - 63:36 Substitution Frank Lampard goes off and Yossi Benayoun comes on.
    • 63:36 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 63:36 Substitution Yossi Benayoun replaces Frank Lampard.
    • 62:57 Branislav Ivanovic challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:04 Assist by Ashley Cole.
    • 62:04 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 4 - 0 West Brom Frank Lampard grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 4-0 West Brom.
    • 60:22 Didier Drogba is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
    • 59:01 Substitution Branislav Ivanovic comes on in place of Paulo Ferreira.
    • 59:01 Effort from just outside the box by Michael Essien goes over the bar.
    • 58:06 Marek Cech concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.
    • 57:39 Foul by Nicolas Anelka on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.
    • 54:53 Booking Paulo Ferreira booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • Correction - 54:51 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 3 - 0 West Brom Didier Drogba scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 West Brom.
    • 54:38 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 3 - 0 West Brom Goal by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Chelsea 3-0 West Brom.
    • Correction - 54:38 Inswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, John Terry takes a shot. Youssouf Mulumbu manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:38 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to centre, header by John Terry (Chelsea) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), clearance by Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom).
    • 54:07 Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
    • 52:22 Michael Essien challenges Marek Cech unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Dorrans produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 51:49 Chris Brunt fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Gabriel Tamas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:59 Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Roman Bednar gets a block in.
    • 50:03 Foul by Roman Bednar on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mikel. Shot from outside the area by Florent Malouda misses to the left of the goal.
    • 49:17 Attacking throw-in by Gonzalo Jara (West Brom).
    • 48:00 Attacking throw-in by Marek Cech (West Brom).
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:03 Assist by Michael Essien.
    • 45:00+0:03 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 2 - 0 West Brom Free kick scored by Didier Drogba from 35 yards. Chelsea 2-0 West Brom.
    • 45:00 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 44:25 Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien.
    • 43:28 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 42:29 Chris Brunt takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in. Marek Cech takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 40:11 Paulo Ferreira gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
    • 38:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Gabriel Tamas. Frank Lampard fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Scott Carson. Header from deep inside the penalty area by Florent Malouda goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 36:26 Florent Malouda is caught offside. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
    • 35:56 Defending throw-in by Gonzalo Jara (West Brom).
    • 35:19 Defending throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 33:49 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post, James Morrison makes a clearance.
    • 31:55 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 29:09 Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Alex gets a block in.
    • 28:22 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 28:11 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 27:54 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 24:50 Defending throw-in by Didier Drogba (Chelsea).
    • 22:32 The assistant referee signals for offside against Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
    • 22:17 Shot by Frank Lampard. Blocked by Gabriel Tamas.
    • 20:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marek Cech on Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Mikel.
    • 19:54 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ibanez Pablo. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
    • 18:51 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 18:15 The official flags Roman Bednar offside. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:39 Defending throw-in by Gonzalo Jara (West Brom).
    • 17:00 Attacking throw-in by Gonzalo Jara (West Brom).
    • 16:16 James Morrison fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Ibanez Pablo shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 15:34 Defending throw-in by Marek Cech (West Brom).
    • 15:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Mikel. Mikel takes the free kick.
    • 13:27 Alex concedes a free kick for a foul on Marek Cech. Graham Dorrans delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Ibanez Pablo concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
    • 12:33 Goal kick taken long by Scott Carson (West Brom).
    • 12:01 Attacking throw-in by Mikel (Chelsea).
    • 11:03 Graham Dorrans takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
    • 10:45 Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 10:42 Defending throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 10:17 Attacking throw-in by Jerome Thomas (West Brom).
    • 8:51 Attacking throw-in by Marek Cech (West Brom).
    • 8:19 Goal kick taken long by Scott Carson (West Brom).
    • 7:51 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 7:21 Effort by Frank Lampard from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 7:14 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 5:14 Assist by Mikel.
    • 5:14 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 1 - 0 West Brom Florent Malouda finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 West Brom.
    • 4:25 Foul by Ibanez Pablo on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, save made by Scott Carson. Mikel takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
    • 3:48 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
    • 2:48 Shot from just outside the box by James Morrison misses to the right of the target.
    • 1:42 Defending throw-in by Gonzalo Jara (West Brom).
    • 0:30 Attacking throw-in by Michael Essien (Chelsea).

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 14 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

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

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