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Chelsea   5 - 0   Watford

Florent Malouda and Yuri Zhirkov
Florent Malouda and Yuri Zhirkov celebrate Chelsea's third goal

FA Cup holders Chelsea began the defence of their trophy in style as a vibrant display overwhelmed Watford.

Daniel Sturridge gave Chelsea a fifth-minute lead when he stabbed home a John Terry volley from close range.

A John Eustace own goal doubled Chelsea's lead before a Yuri Zhirkov effort went in off Florent Malouda.

Frank Lampard made it four with a thunderous drive from distance, and another neat finish from Sturridge completed Watford's misery.

Chelsea's irresistible attacking performance was all the more impressive for the fact that they were unable to call on either the injured Nicolas Anelka or top-scorer Didier Drogba, who recently joined Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou and John Obi Mikel on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Watford manager Malky Mackay had hoped to contain Chelsea by opting for a five-man midfield, but the Championship side were rocked by Sturridge's early opener and found themselves three goals down inside 22 minutes, the tie effectively decided.

The build-up to the game was largely overshadowed by the fallout from an interview in French magazine L'Equipe in which Malouda reportedly expressed frustration at playing second fiddle to Lampard.

But there was no evidence of disharmony on the pitch as Chelsea moved smoothly through the attacking gears to leave Watford chasing shadows from the outset.

Watford have come through some testing times since losing to Chelsea in the fifth round of the Cup last February.

Financial turmoil has seen a host of players leave Vicarage Road, and last month the club came perilously close to administration before majority shareholder Lord Ashcroft agreed to repay a £4.88m loan to former chairman Jimmy Russo.

606: DEBATE

But if Watford harboured hopes of starting the new year on a brighter note by causing the day's second major Cup upset, they were rapidly dispelled.

The cheers that greeted news of Manchester United's shock defeat against Leeds were still echoing around the Stamford Bridge rafters when the Blues took the lead.

Alex nodded a Frank Lampard corner to John Terry, the England captain volleyed into the six-yard box, and Sturridge turned in at the back post to claim his first goal since his summer arrival from Manchester City.

Things got worse for Watford when Malouda fizzed in a vicious cross which was slammed back into the danger area by Joe Cole before cannoning in off Eustace.

Starved of possession and in defensive disarray, Watford fell further behind on 22 minutes when Zhirkov's long-range effort deflected off Malouda, wrong-footing Scott Loach.

There was a brief period of respite for the beleaguered Watford keeper either side of half-time, but shortly after the hour Lampard capped an influential performance with a trademark pile-driver from 25 yards.

And four became five when Ashley Cole combined superbly with Zhirkov on the left flank before crossing for Sturridge, who controlled neatly before slipping the ball beyond Loach.

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Sunday, 3 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 5-0 Watford FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Sturridge 5
  • Eustace (og) 15
  • Malouda 22
  • Lampard 64
  • Sturridge 68

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Watford

    • 01 Loach
    • 02 Mariappa
    • 06 DeMerit
    • 12 Doyley
    • 33 Hodson
    • 04 Severin (Jenkins 46)
    • 05 Lansbury yellow card
    • 07 Cowie (Harley 80)
    • 20 Cleverley yellow card
    • 28 Eustace yellow card
    • 10 Graham (L Henderson 80)

    Substitutes

    • 16 Lee,
    • 15 Harley,
    • 17 Bennett,
    • 30 Kiernan,
    • 14 Jenkins,
    • 18 Hoskins,
    • 19 L Henderson
    Ref: FriendAtt: 40,912
    CHELSEA
    WATFORD

    Possession

    • Chelsea 57%
    • Watford 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 14
    • Watford 2

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 16
    • Watford 3

    Corners

    • Chelsea 17
    • Watford 1

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 11
    • Watford 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:43 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+5:19 Shot from just outside the box by Florent Malouda misses to the right of the goal.
    • Correction - 90:00+4:34 Fabio Borini takes a shot. Blocked by Ross Jenkins. Joe Cole decides to take the corner short.
    • 90:00+4:34 Fabio Borini takes a shot. Ross Jenkins gets a block in. Short corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line.
    • 90:00+2:55 Jon Harley is ruled offside. Henrique Hilario takes the indirect free kick.
    • 89:00 Jay DeMerit fouled by Fabio Borini, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
    • 88:03 Shot from inside the six-yard box by Branislav Ivanovic goes wide right of the target.
    • 86:55 A cross is delivered by Fabio Borini. The ball is delivered by Gael Kakuta.
    • 85:09 Florent Malouda takes the free kick. Effort from deep inside the area by Joe Cole clears the bar.
    • 85:09 Booking Tom Cleverley shown a yellow card.
    • 84:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yuri Zhirkov by Tom Cleverley.
    • 82:56 Long distance shot from Ross Jenkins misses to the left of the target.
    • 82:08 Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 82:08 Booking Nemanja Matic booked.
    • 82:00 Nemanja Matic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury.
    • 81:51 Florent Malouda crosses the ball, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
    • 80:55 John Terry takes the free kick. The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance by John Eustace.
    • 80:55 Booking The referee cautions John Eustace for unsporting behaviour.
    • 80:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by John Eustace.
    • 79:07 Substitution Jon Harley comes on in place of Don Cowie.
    • 79:07 Substitution (Watford) makes a substitution, with Liam Henderson coming on for Danny Graham.
    • 78:52 Nemanja Matic has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 76:07 Gael Kakuta produces a cross.
    • 74:16 Unfair challenge on John Terry by Danny Graham results in a free kick. John Terry takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 73:10 Branislav Ivanovic has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 73:10 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Gael Kakuta coming on for Ashley Cole.
    • 73:10 Branislav Ivanovic has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 71:51 The official flags Danny Graham offside. Alex takes the indirect free kick.
    • 70:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Fabio Borini. Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 69:37 John Terry takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:37 Substitution Fabio Borini on for Daniel Sturridge.
    • 69:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yuri Zhirkov by Lee Hodson.
    • 67:48 Ashley Cole provided the assist for the goal.
    • 67:48 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeChelsea 5 - 0 Watford Daniel Sturridge scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 5-0 Watford.
    • 67:46 Ashley Cole delivers the ball,
    • 66:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Sturridge on Ross Jenkins. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:25 Nemanja Matic produces a cross, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
    • 65:06 Outswinging corner taken by Yuri Zhirkov from the left by-line.
    • 64:16 Substitution Nemanja Matic is brought on as a substitute for Juliano Belletti.
    • 63:44 Assist by Joe Cole.
    • 63:44 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 4 - 0 Watford Frank Lampard grabs a goal from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 4-0 Watford.
    • 62:29 Short corner taken by Joe Cole,
    • 60:18 Ashley Cole produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
    • 56:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henrique Hilario by John Eustace. Henrique Hilario restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:41 Ashley Cole has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 53:48 Joe Cole produces a cross, Frank Lampard takes a shot. John Eustace gets a block in.
    • 51:54 Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Cleverley, Jay DeMerit takes a shot. Save made by Henrique Hilario.
    • 49:01 Frank Lampard takes the inswinging corner, John Terry takes a shot. John Eustace gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Lloyd Doyley manages to make a clearance.
    • 46:18 Foul by Juliano Belletti on Danny Graham, free kick awarded. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Ross Jenkins on for Scott Severin.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:11 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+0:34 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cole, Effort on goal by John Terry from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 44:42 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Jay DeMerit gets a block in. Corner taken by Florent Malouda, John Terry takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach.
    • 44:36 The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole.
    • 42:08 Free kick taken by Scott Loach.
    • 42:08 Booking Joe Cole receives a yellow card.
    • 42:05 Unfair challenge on John Eustace by Joe Cole results in a free kick.
    • 40:39 Jay DeMerit takes the free kick.
    • 40:39 Booking Henri Lansbury receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 40:24 Booking Juliano Belletti goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 40:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury by Juliano Belletti.
    • 38:20 The ball is swung over by Henri Lansbury.
    • 37:44 Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 34:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Graham on John Terry. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:48 Unfair challenge on Don Cowie by Yuri Zhirkov results in a free kick. John Eustace takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:10 Effort on goal by Tom Cleverley from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 32:26 Henri Lansbury fouled by Juliano Belletti, the ref awards a free kick. John Eustace restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:26 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, clearance by Tom Cleverley.
    • 30:38 Yuri Zhirkov has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 29:21 Yuri Zhirkov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Severin. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.
    • 27:45 Shot from outside the box by Frank Lampard misses to the left of the goal.
    • 26:43 Foul by Jay DeMerit on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:25 The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole, Jay DeMerit manages to make a clearance.
    • 22:17 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda.
    • 21:32 The assist for the goal came from Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 21:32 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 3 - 0 Watford Goal scored by Florent Malouda from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 Watford.
    • 20:41 Yuri Zhirkov takes a shot.
    • 19:54 Scott Severin has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
    • 18:54 Corner taken by Frank Lampard, Juliano Belletti produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
    • 18:35 Joe Cole sends in a cross, clearance made by John Eustace. Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Jay DeMerit.
    • 17:12 Corner taken right-footed by Joe Cole, save by Scott Loach. Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Jay DeMerit.
    • 15:32 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Alex takes a shot. Save made by Scott Loach. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard.
    • 14:20 GOAL - John EustaceChelsea 2 - 0 Watford John Eustace puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. Chelsea 2-0 Watford.
    • 14:01 The assist for the goal came from Joe Cole.
    • 13:33 Florent Malouda crosses the ball, Joe Cole takes a shot.
    • 12:54 A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance made by Jay DeMerit.
    • 11:50 Yuri Zhirkov fouled by Scott Severin, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
    • 11:00 Ashley Cole decides to take a short corner, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach. Effort from deep inside the area by Florent Malouda misses to the left of the target.
    • 10:00 Yuri Zhirkov produces a cross, clearance by Jay DeMerit.
    • 9:46 Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, clearance made by Tom Cleverley.
    • 8:39 Foul by Henri Lansbury on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. Florent Malouda crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 6:47 Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 6:16 Adrian Mariappa fouled by Florent Malouda, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.
    • 5:00 Assist by John Terry.
    • 5:00 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeChelsea 1 - 0 Watford Daniel Sturridge finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Watford.
    • 3:46 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line to the near post, Don Cowie manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, John Terry takes a shot.
    • 2:56 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jay DeMerit.
    • 2:51 Joe Cole delivers the ball, Jay DeMerit makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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