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Chelsea   2 - 0   Stoke

Frank Lampard and John Terry
Lampard embraces Terry after the defender ended a tough week with a goal

By Sam Lyon

John Terry will grab the headlines for all the right reasons after scoring Chelsea's second goal to help them sink Stoke and reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

The home skipper has been the subject of a host of allegations about his private life of late, but headed in a Frank Lampard corner to seal the win.

Lampard himself opened the scoring when his 20-yard drive was deflected in.

Stoke rarely threatened, and only then from set pieces, as holders Chelsea set up a last-four clash with Aston Villa.

And it was perhaps fitting that Terry - so revered by the Chelsea supporters - should have grabbed the hosts' all important second goal as the 29-year-old ended another difficult week on a high.

The centre-half has undoubtedly been off colour in recent weeks during the fallout of the newspaper revelations, but this was a determined return to his best from the Chelsea captain, both in defence and attack.

And while he may have been barracked by a small section of England fans during the midweek friendly defeat of Egypt, there is no doubting the regard he is held in by the Stamford Bridge faithful.

There is little argument that recent weeks have seen Chelsea endure the most difficult period of their season so far.

The Terry saga has been well documented, injuries to Petr Cech and Ashley Cole, among others, have uncovered something of a soft centre to their squad, and consecutive defeats to Inter Milan and Manchester City have all seen their campaign stutter of late.

But this might prove something of a turning point for the Londoners following a performance that saw them grow in stature and confidence the longer the game went on.

This was always likely to be a match-up of Chelsea's guile and Stoke's physicality - and so it proved.

Cech's absence has meant a run in the Blues goal for Hilario, but the Portuguese keeper is simply not in the Czech's class and he looked vulnerable throughout against the visitors' barrage at set pieces.

As early as the fifth minute Stoke could have made the most of a Rory Delap throw, Mamady Sidibe flicking over from Robert Huth's header, before the same player forced a good close-range block from Alex.

Neither came as close as Whitehead, though, who latched on to a tame Hilario punch clear to lash goalwards, forcing Jon Obi Mikel into a fine clearance on the line.

However, that was about as close to a goal as Stoke came to a goal, although Ricardo Fuller forced a smart stop from Hilario in injury time with the game all but done and dusted.

In between, Chelsea were in complete control.

Nicolas Anelka should have opened the scoring when he forced an error from Whitehead on the edge of the area only to lash wide of the far post.

But five minutes later, the hosts were ahead. A Florent Malouda corner caused problems in the Stoke defence, Terry laid it back to Lampard and the England midfielder lashed in from 20 yards via a deflection off Abdoulaye Faye.

It could have been 2-0 before the break but Stoke keeper Thomas Sorensen got down well to keep out Didier Drogba's volley, while the visitors then had Andy Wilkinson to thank for two fantastic blocks in quick succession, from an Anelka header and then an Alex header.

Chelsea's deserved second was not too long in coming, though, with Terry muscling his way among the Stoke defence to head in Lampard's corner.

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Only a string of saves from Sorensen kept the score down thereafter, Lampard denied from range and Salomon Kalou and Anelka both stinging the Stoke keeper's palms from inside the area.

As it was those misses did not prove crucial and Chelsea, clear favourites to win the tournament for a sixth time now, eased their way into the last four for the fourth time in the last five years

Stoke, on the other hand, will turn their attention back to the Premier League as their wait to reach a first FA Cup final goes on.


Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins:
"(The barracking from away supporters) is happening and John's just getting on with the situation.

"I'm not too happy about it, but there's nothing I can do. He's dealing with the situation in the only way he can - committing himself to the cause, and that was another superb performance from him.

"He's an exceptional captain and we're delighted to have him on board. He leads these players on the pitch in fantastic fashion and scored a great second goal."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:
"Our fans are brilliant, different class. John will have to accept he'll take stick. He took stick from England supporters the other night.

"If John does well in the World Cup and wins it, he'll come back a hero.

"As for the game, we've knocked Arsenal and Man City out of the FA Cup and to pull Chelsea out of the hat at Stamford Bridge was a difficult tie.

"The players were first class, though, we gave everything and had a right go."

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-0 Stoke FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Lampard 35
  • Terry 67

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    • 01 Simonsen,
    • 21 Davies,
    • 07 Lawrence,
    • 14 Pugh,
    • 19 Faye,
    • 12 Kitson,
    • 42 Moult
    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 41,322
    CHELSEA
    STOKE

    Possession

    • Chelsea 54%
    • Stoke 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 11
    • Stoke 2

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 8
    • Stoke 6

    Corners

    • Chelsea 11
    • Stoke 8

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 8
    • Stoke 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:11 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+1:08 The referee blows for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 90:00+0:16 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence.
    • 89:52 Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Lawrence, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
    • 89:40 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Henrique Hilario makes a save.
    • 88:55 Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 86:34 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
    • 85:35 Booking Booking for John Terry for unsporting behaviour.
    • 85:27 John Terry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:19 Dave Kitson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:25 Abdoulaye Faye produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 79:58 Abdoulaye Faye produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 79:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Alex. Liam Lawrence takes the direct free kick.
    • 78:50 A cross is delivered by Frank Lampard, save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 77:46 Liam Lawrence crosses the ball, Alex makes a clearance.
    • 77:07 Salomon Kalou fouled by Dave Kitson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 75:54 Ricardo Fuller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex takes the direct free kick.
    • 75:00 Salomon Kalou takes a short corner.
    • 74:46 Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from 30 yards. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 72:36 Unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 70:20 Andy Wilkinson delivers the ball, clearance made by Mikel.
    • 66:59 Frank Lampard provided the assist for the goal.
    • 66:59 GOAL - John TerryChelsea 2 - 0 Stoke John Terry scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 2-0 Stoke.
    • 66:33 Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner. Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line,
    • 66:07 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 65:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Pugh on Mikel. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:27 Liam Lawrence takes the inswinging corner, Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 60:16 Substitution Dave Kitson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mamady Sidibe.
    • 59:55 Substitution Tuncay Sanli leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Lawrence.
    • 57:57 Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 55:48 Rory Delap delivers the ball.
    • 55:08 Salomon Kalou challenges Danny Pugh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:53 Salomon Kalou crosses the ball, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:47 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, clearance by Robert Huth.
    • 53:27 Paulo Ferreira crosses the ball.
    • 51:44 Danny Pugh challenges Salomon Kalou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Didier Drogba has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 48:54 Tuncay Sanli fouled by Alex, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Huth has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 48:13 Frank Lampard takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 47:16 Corner from right by-line taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:22 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+1:38 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Header on goal by John Terry from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 45:00+1:33 The ball is crossed by Paulo Ferreira, blocked by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 45:00+1:14 Centre by Paulo Ferreira, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 44:16 Substitution Danny Pugh comes on in place of Glenn Whelan.
    • 42:42 Henrique Hilario crosses the ball.
    • 41:29 Dean Whitehead fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Tuncay Sanli produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 39:09 Salomon Kalou fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 38:03 Outswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the right by-line.
    • 36:06 Corner from the left by-line taken by Glenn Whelan, save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 35:46 Glenn Whelan takes the inswinging corner, Florent Malouda makes a clearance.
    • 34:41 Assist on the goal came from John Terry.
    • 34:41 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 1 - 0 Stoke Frank Lampard finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Stoke.
    • 34:15 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda.
    • 33:58 Shot by Didier Drogba. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
    • 33:28 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, clearance by Danny Collins.
    • 30:33 Shot from long range by Didier Drogba goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 30:16 Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:42 Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 28:31 Frank Lampard takes a shot from 20 yards. Robert Huth gets a block in.
    • 27:54 Mamady Sidibe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Henrique Hilario restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:05 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 26:53 Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
    • 26:50 Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball.
    • 25:27 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
    • 22:56 Shot from outside the area by Paulo Ferreira misses to the left of the goal.
    • 22:35 Paulo Ferreira crosses the ball, clearance made by Abdoulaye Faye.
    • 21:41 Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. Free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
    • 21:37 The ball is swung over by Dean Whitehead, clearance made by John Terry.
    • 20:20 Ricardo Fuller concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
    • 19:39 The assistant referee signals for offside against Salomon Kalou. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 19:03 A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira, Abdoulaye Faye makes a clearance.
    • 18:53 Centre by Frank Lampard, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:03 Danny Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 15:50 Abdoulaye Faye challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Henrique Hilario takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 14:17 Robert Huth has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Mikel gets a block in.
    • 14:17 Dean Whitehead produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Mikel.
    • 12:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mamady Sidibe by Mikel. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 11:19 A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Andy Wilkinson fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 8:55 Glenn Whelan takes a inswinging corner.
    • 8:05 Frank Lampard is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan. Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Blocked by Alex.
    • 7:38 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 3:35 The assistant referee signals for offside against Didier Drogba. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 2:34 Florent Malouda has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
    • 2:05 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Robert Huth.
    • 1:57 Centre by Didier Drogba, Abdoulaye Faye makes a clearance.
    • 1:24 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda.
    • 1:00 Paulo Ferreira sends in a cross, clearance made by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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