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Chelsea   1 - 0   QPR

Chelsea v QPR

Chelsea 1-0 QPR

Chelsea saw off neighbours QPR to earn a Carling Cup fourth-round berth.

The Blues gave a debut to £18m signing Yuri Zhirkov while Joe Cole made his return after injury, but Rangers matched Chelsea in the first half.

Italian Fabio Borini headed over for Chelsea, while Akos Buzsaky sent a curling shot wide for the visitors.

Chelsea improved after the break and Salomon Kalou beat the offside trap and fired in as the Blues protected their 100% record this season.

Blues coach Carlo Ancelotti was expected to play a much younger side, but the return of Joe Cole and defender Paulo Ferreira provide the Italian's team with plenty of experience.

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Cole looked rusty as must be expected after eight months out injured, but Ancelotti played him for the entire 90 minutes.

Juliano Belletti was handed a rare start and he went desperately close before the break, the Brazilian seeing his 30-yard free-kick tipped over by Rangers' on-loan goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Rangers were acquitting themselves well without creating much, save for Buzsaky's shot, and seven minutes after the break they fell behind.

Joe Cole sent Kalou through and after the striker drew two defenders, he fired in-off a post past a despairing Heaton.

By now Chelsea had Frank Lampard on as a second-half substitute and he slipped Bonini in on goal, only for the 18-year-old to see Heaton save his low shot.

The slender lead always gave Rangers hope and they almost caused a surprise when Buzsaky's 30-yard shot bounced awkwardly in front of Hilario, the Portuguese keeper eventually making the save.

But Chelsea finished the stronger of the two teams and after a lovely one-two, Joe Cole was only denied a return goal by another fine save from Heaton, the 23-year-old on loan from Manchester United.


Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins:
"If you see the size of our squad, a lot of the guys don't play week-in week-out, so it's vital they get airtime.

"We want to win everything we enter. Every side that takes to the field in a Chelsea shirt wants to win the game and the tournament they are playing in.

"If we can blood a few youngsters on the way, all is well and good."

QPR boss Jim Magilton:
"I'm very proud of the team. I thought we remained positive even though we went a goal behind and that it invigorated us even more.

"You are not going to get many chances but I just think we probably lacked a little bit of self belief at times.

"All-in-all, I'm very encouraged. I can't fault the lads for their effort."

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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 1-0 QPR FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Kalou 52

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    QPR

    • 22 Heaton
    • 03 Stewart
    • 06 Leigertwood
    • 13 Gorkss
    • 29 Borrowdale
    • 07 Routledge
    • 10 Buzsaky
    • 14 Rowlands (Ephraim 73)
    • 18 Faurlin
    • 08 Vine (Taarabt 66)
    • 23 Simpson (Pellicori 73)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Cerny,
    • 02 Ramage,
    • 04 Mahon,
    • 25 Ephraim,
    • 39 Taarabt,
    • 11 Agyemang,
    • 12 Pellicori
    Ref: JonesAtt: 37,781
    CHELSEA
    QPR

    Possession

    • Chelsea 51%
    • QPR 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 7
    • QPR 2

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 6
    • QPR 6

    Corners

    • Chelsea 5
    • QPR 3

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 11
    • QPR 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:04 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:23 Effort on goal by Mikele Leigertwood from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 89:57 Fabio Borini delivers the ball, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss.
    • 86:15 Mikele Leigertwood delivers the ball, clearance by John Terry.
    • 84:36 The assistant referee flags for offside against Alessandro Pellicori. Henrique Hilario takes the indirect free kick.
    • 84:11 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
    • 83:00 Gary Borrowdale delivers the ball, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
    • 81:46 Outswinging corner taken by Joe Cole from the right by-line, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.
    • 80:07 Salomon Kalou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Akos Buzsaky has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 79:33 Hogan Ephraim produces a cross, save made by Henrique Hilario.
    • 77:57 The offside flag is raised against Salomon Kalou. Damion Stewart takes the free kick.
    • 76:31 Akos Buzsaky takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:31 Substitution Sam Hutchinson leaves the field to be replaced by John Terry.
    • 76:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Adel Taarabt.
    • 75:05 Centre by Adel Taarabt, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 72:20 Paulo Ferreira manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:20 Substitution Jay Simpson leaves the field to be replaced by Alessandro Pellicori.
    • 72:20 Substitution Martin Rowlands goes off and Hogan Ephraim comes on.
    • 72:20 Corner taken by Alejandro Faurlin from the right by-line,
    • 71:26 The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole. The ball is sent over by Salomon Kalou.
    • 70:35 Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Jay Simpson results in a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
    • 67:54 Substitution Yuri Zhirkov goes off and Ashley Cole comes on.
    • 67:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Simpson on Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 66:33 The referee blows for offside. Damion Stewart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:05 Substitution Adel Taarabt is brought on as a substitute for Rowan Vine.
    • 61:31 Centre by Wayne Routledge, save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 61:06 The ball is sent over by Mikele Leigertwood, Paulo Ferreira manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:42 Akos Buzsaky takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Juliano Belletti.
    • 60:25 Akos Buzsaky takes a shot. Save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 60:03 Mikel challenges Alejandro Faurlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Rowlands.
    • 59:11 Jay Simpson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 58:22 Joe Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Damion Stewart. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:44 Fabio Borini takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.
    • 55:49 Akos Buzsaky takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Fabio Borini.
    • 55:11 Foul by Mikel on Akos Buzsaky, free kick awarded. Alejandro Faurlin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:12 Rowan Vine fouled by Paulo Ferreira, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Akos Buzsaky from left wing, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 51:42 Joe Cole provided the assist for the goal.
    • 51:42 GOAL - Salomon KalouChelsea 1 - 0 QPR A goal is scored by Salomon Kalou from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 QPR.
    • 50:53 Salomon Kalou sends in a cross, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:40 A cross is delivered by Joe Cole.
    • 49:09 Alejandro Faurlin challenges Juliano Belletti unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Lampard produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 47:39 Unfair challenge on Mikel by Jay Simpson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 46:39 Centre by Rowan Vine, clearance by Sam Hutchinson.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Frank Lampard coming on for Florent Malouda.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:25 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+1:00 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda to the near post, clearance by Damion Stewart.
    • 44:57 Foul by Martin Rowlands on Salomon Kalou, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Juliano Belletti from the free kick, save made by Tom Heaton.
    • 42:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Juliano Belletti. Akos Buzsaky crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Sam Hutchinson.
    • 40:52 Juliano Belletti takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 39:27 Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Jay Simpson, free kick awarded. Akos Buzsaky takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:03 The ball is delivered by Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 37:00 Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 35:40 Alejandro Faurlin takes a shot. Save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 34:20 The ball is swung over by Paulo Ferreira, Joe Cole has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 33:31 Effort from the edge of the area by Florent Malouda goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 33:00 Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 32:54 A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira, Gary Borrowdale gets a block in.
    • 32:06 The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.
    • 29:30 Yuri Zhirkov concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Routledge. Martin Rowlands takes the direct free kick.
    • 28:49 Unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by Paulo Ferreira results in a free kick. Gary Borrowdale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:43 The ball is delivered by Joe Cole.
    • 25:21 Damion Stewart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole. Mikel takes the free kick.
    • 24:17 The ball is delivered by Rowan Vine, clearance made by Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 23:19 Fabio Borini concedes a free kick for a foul on Alejandro Faurlin. Direct free kick taken by Kaspars Gorkss.
    • 22:03 Rowan Vine is caught offside. Sam Hutchinson takes the free kick.
    • 21:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Juliano Belletti. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:47 Yuri Zhirkov fouled by Wayne Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Florent Malouda restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:36 Joe Cole crosses the ball, Martin Rowlands makes a clearance.
    • 20:24 The ball is delivered by Juliano Belletti.
    • 19:51 The offside flag is raised against Jay Simpson. Indirect free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
    • 17:12 Fabio Borini is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:39 The ball is sent over by Paulo Ferreira, Tom Heaton makes a save.
    • 15:52 Shot from just outside the area by Martin Rowlands misses to the right of the target.
    • 15:29 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Tom Heaton makes a save.
    • 13:44 Centre by Yuri Zhirkov, Damion Stewart manages to make a clearance.
    • 12:34 Shot from just outside the box by Florent Malouda goes over the bar.
    • 11:57 Outswinging corner taken by Juliano Belletti from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Rowan Vine.
    • 11:49 Centre by Joe Cole, clearance by Damion Stewart.
    • 10:55 Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, save by Tom Heaton.
    • 10:43 The ball is swung over by Paulo Ferreira, clearance made by Damion Stewart.
    • 9:48 The ball is sent over by Yuri Zhirkov, Header from close range by Fabio Borini clears the bar.
    • 7:28 Jay Simpson produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
    • 6:44 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.
    • 6:12 Mikele Leigertwood is ruled offside. Henrique Hilario takes the free kick.
    • 5:55 Mikele Leigertwood sends in a cross, Sam Hutchinson makes a clearance.
    • 1:32 Effort on goal by Florent Malouda from 18 yards. Save by Tom Heaton.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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