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Blackburn   3 - 3   Chelsea

Blackburn win 4-3 on pens

Blackburn's Paul Robinson

Blackburn 3-3 Chelsea

By Paul Fletcher

Blackburn dumped Chelsea out of the Carling Cup in a penalty shoot-out to set up a semi-final with Aston Villa.

Nikola Kalinic put Rovers ahead from six yards before a header from substitute Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou's finish sent Chelsea in front.

Hilario failed to deal with a deflected Brett Emerton cross and Benni McCarthy scored a penalty, but Paulo Ferreira levelled at 3-3 deep into extra-time.

Gael Kakuta missed the crucial spot kick as Rovers won the shoot-out 4-3.

The 18-year-old Kakuta, who Chelsea controversially signed from Lens, struck the ball straight at Paul Robinson, who had earlier sensationally tipped Michael Ballack's spot kick on to the post.

Ancelotti disappointed with defeat

Premier League leaders Chelsea went into the tie unbeaten in nine games while Carlo Ancelotti's team had not conceded in their previous four matches.

But the Italian will not be winning the Carling Cup in his first season in English football after his team produced a largely below-par performance at Ewood Park.

After a disjointed first-half, the Londoners did improve, scoring twice in four minutes to take a 2-1 lead.

Ancelotti had made a bold triple substitution at half-time but when Kalou limped off midway through the second half, Chelsea were reduced to 10 men.

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By that stage Rovers had levelled and went on to capitalise on their numerical advantage when McCarthy struck, but Chelsea's refusal to throw in the towel ensured the tie went the full distance.

The victory was be sweet revenge for Blackburn, who lost 5-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, and a real tonic for manager Sam Allardyce as he recovers from heart surgery.

There was certainly much to admire in an old-fashioned cup tie that started at a fast and frenetic piece, with both teams showing a willingness to attack from the opening whistle.

The lively Kalinic shot wide under pressure from Ferreira shortly before his ninth-minute opener.

It was a well-constructed goal that saw Morten Gamst Pedersen play in Pascal Chimbonda, who in turn drilled the ball low across the face of goal for Kalinic to slot home.

Being in semi-finals is huge - Robinson

If it was a simple finish in the end by the Croatia international, he did well to get in front of Zhirkov.

Chelsea had been unusually wasteful in possession and struggled to create clear-cut openings. Even so, Kalou, Jon Obi Mikel, Joe Cole, Ballack and Zhirkov all either forced regulation saves from Robinson or missed the target before the break.

Kalou's miss was the most glaring, heading wide from six yards at the far post after an inviting cross from Juliano Belletti.

Ancelotti's thoughts on Chelsea's first-half performance were reflected in his decision to introduce Jeffrey Bruma, Kakuta and Drogba.

Didier Drogba (Right) celebrates scoring with Yuri Zhirkov
Drogba made an immediate impact after coming off the bench

Ivory Coast international Drogba had been spotted with a hot-water bottle as he watched from the dugout during the opening half but it did not take him long to get warmed-up.

On the pitch for just three minutes, Drogba climbed above Ryan Nelsen to head home Malouda's cross.

And after 52 minutes Chelsea took the lead when Zhirkov collected a loose ball and released Kalou, who closed in on goal with his first two touches before slotting the ball beyond Robinson.

There was a lengthy interruption following a nasty collision between Kakuta and Steven N'Zonzi but it did not holt Chelsea's momentum and Kalou should have added a third with a free header.

Rovers levelled when Kalinic attempted to head Emerton's deflected cross at the near post. It was difficult to conclude whether the Croatian actually touched the ball but either way it eluded Hilario.

Chelsea were reduced to 10 men when Kalou limped off and their dominance of the game was considerably reduced.

Rovers thought they had snatched a dramatic victory in injury-time but McCarthy's effort was ruled out for offside.

Kalinic then forced a good save from Hilario but Chelsea survived to take the match into extra-time.

Rovers pressure eventually told when the home team regained the lead from the penalty spot early in extra-time.

Zhirkov, who had a very mixed evening, clearly fouled substitute David Hoilett and McCarthy sent Hilario the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Ferreira equalised with just about the last action of extra time with a neat finish from a tight angle after Robinson had flapped at a cross.

But Rovers held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out to seal a place in the last four.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 3-3 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-0)Blackburn win 4-3 on penalties
  • Kalinic 9
  • Emerton 64
  • McCarthy (pen) 93
  • Drogba 48
  • Kalou 52
  • Ferreira 120+2

Blackburn

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: WileyAtt: 18,136
BLACKBURN
CHELSEA

Possession

  • Blackburn 52%
  • Chelsea 48%

Attempts on target

  • Blackburn 4
  • Chelsea 9

Attempts off target

  • Blackburn 8
  • Chelsea 10

Corners

  • Blackburn 5
  • Chelsea 10

Fouls

  • Blackburn 15
  • Chelsea 14
  • Final Result
  • Correction - 126:10 Penalty taken by Gael Kakuta is saved by Paul Robinson.
  • 126:10 Penalty taken by Gael Kakuta saved by Henrique Hilario.
  • 125:54 GOAL - David HoilettBlackburn 4 - 3 Chelsea Penalty scored by David Hoilett. Blackburn 4-3 Chelsea on penalties.
  • 125:08 GOAL - Yuri ZhirkovBlackburn 3 - 3 Chelsea Penalty scored by Yuri Zhirkov. Blackburn 3-3 Chelsea on penalties.
  • 124:31 Penalty taken by Nikola Kalinic saved by Henrique Hilario.
  • 123:48 GOAL - Florent MaloudaBlackburn 3 - 2 Chelsea Penalty scored by Florent Malouda. Blackburn 3-2 Chelsea on penalties.
  • 123:08 GOAL - Vincenzo GrellaBlackburn 3 - 1 Chelsea Penalty scored by Vincenzo Grella. Blackburn 3-1 Chelsea on penalties.
  • 122:17 GOAL - Didier DrogbaBlackburn 2 - 1 Chelsea Didier Drogba scores a penalty. Blackburn 2-1 Chelsea on penalties.
  • 121:51 GOAL - Brett EmertonBlackburn 2 - 0 Chelsea Penalty scored by Brett Emerton. Blackburn 2-0 Chelsea on penalties.
  • 121:02 Spot kick missed by Michael Ballack.
  • 120:04 GOAL - Benedict McCarthyBlackburn 1 - 0 Chelsea Penalty scored by Benedict McCarthy. Blackburn 1-0 Chelsea on penalties.
  • Penalty Shoot-out
  • 120:01 The drama of the penalty shoot-out is about to begin.
  • Extra Time Complete
  • 120:00+3:46 The match is going to penalties.
  • 120:00+1:43 The assist for the goal came from Florent Malouda.
  • 120:00+1:43 GOAL - Paulo FerreiraBlackburn 3 - 3 Chelsea Paulo Ferreira gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 3-3 Chelsea.
  • 120:00+0:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michel Salgado on Salomon Kalou. Salomon Kalou restarts play with the free kick, The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 120:00+0:44 The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 120:00+0:06 Shot by David Hoilett from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 119:28 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 117:59 David Hoilett produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 113:45 Yuri Zhirkov delivers the ball, Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 113:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Emerton on Yuri Zhirkov. Yuri Zhirkov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 112:27 Effort on goal by Michael Ballack from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 112:11 The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba.
  • 108:29 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Mikel takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 106:21 Henrique Hilario restarts play with the free kick.
  • 106:21 Booking Caution for Vincenzo Grella.
  • 106:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vincenzo Grella on Florent Malouda.
  • 105:33 Unfair challenge on Brett Emerton by Yuri Zhirkov results in a free kick. Brett Emerton takes the direct free kick.
  • Extra Time Started
  • 105:01 The second half of extra-time kicks-off.
  • Extra Time Half Time
  • 105:00+0:41 Nikola Kalinic is ruled offside. Branislav Ivanovic takes the indirect free kick.
  • 105:00+0:17 Mikel challenges Vincenzo Grella unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 103:48 Centre by Gael Kakuta, Foul by Didier Drogba on Ryan Nelsen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 102:29 Michel Salgado delivers the ball, blocked by Yuri Zhirkov. Corner taken by Brett Emerton from the right by-line to the near post, Mikel manages to make a clearance.
  • 101:00 Pascal Chimbonda restarts play with the free kick.
  • 101:00 Booking Jeffrey Bruma receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 100:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Jeffrey Bruma.
  • 98:48 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vincenzo Grella. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 97:32 The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
  • 95:30 Brett Emerton is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 94:05 The ball is swung over by Yuri Zhirkov, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 92:14 Assist on the goal came from David Hoilett.
  • 92:14 GOAL - Benedict McCarthyBlackburn 3 - 2 Chelsea Benedict McCarthy scores a placed penalty. Blackburn 3-2 Chelsea.
  • 91:08 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Michael Ballack.
  • Extra Time Started
  • 90:01 Substitution Elrio Van Heerden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Nzonzi.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:49 Normal time is of over and the game goes into extra time.
  • 90:00+4:57 The ball is delivered by Vincenzo Grella.
  • 90:00+4:13 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Emerton from the right by-line, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
  • 90:00+4:04 A cross is delivered by David Hoilett, blocked by Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 90:00+2:44 Corner taken by Brett Emerton, clearance by Florent Malouda.
  • 90:00+2:29 David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Henrique Hilario.
  • 90:00+1:55 Unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 90:00+1:25 The offside flag is raised against Benedict McCarthy. Free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
  • 90:00+0:37 The ball is crossed by Benedict McCarthy.
  • 89:59 Yuri Zhirkov delivers the ball, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 88:06 Gael Kakuta takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 85:31 The ball is swung over by Mikel, Michael Ballack takes a shot. Blocked by Vincenzo Grella. Corner from the left by-line taken by Didier Drogba, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 84:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Brett Emerton. Free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
  • 84:18 A cross is delivered by Michel Salgado, Yuri Zhirkov manages to make a clearance.
  • 83:41 Volleyed right-footed shot by David Hoilett. Save by Henrique Hilario.
  • 83:06 Brett Emerton fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:45 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 80:41 Michel Salgado produces a cross, clearance made by Paulo Ferreira.
  • 78:24 Vincenzo Grella sends in a cross, Henrique Hilario makes a save.
  • 78:11 Nikola Kalinic sends in a cross.
  • 77:53 The ball is crossed by David Hoilett, clearance made by Jeffrey Bruma.
  • 77:43 The ball is swung over by Brett Emerton.
  • 77:28 Shot by Brett Emerton. Blocked by Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 75:48 Centre by Brett Emerton, clearance by Jeffrey Bruma. David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Mikel. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Emerton from the right by-line, Michael Ballack fouled by Christopher Samba, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
  • 74:38 Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 74:13 Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, Vincenzo Grella makes a clearance.
  • 74:01 Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.
  • 73:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Vincenzo Grella. Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
  • 70:56 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
  • 69:22 Substitution David Hoilett comes on in place of Jason Roberts.
  • 69:22 The ball is crossed by Brett Emerton.
  • 68:35 Nikola Kalinic crosses the ball, Paulo Ferreira manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:56 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Benedict McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:08 Paulo Ferreira sends in a cross, blocked by Pascal Chimbonda. Corner taken by Florent Malouda, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 65:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Mikel. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:50 GOAL - Brett EmertonBlackburn 2 - 2 Chelsea Brett Emerton grabs a goal. Blackburn 2-2 Chelsea.
  • 63:50 Brett Emerton delivers the ball,
  • 63:25 Foul by Jeffrey Bruma on Benedict McCarthy, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Benedict McCarthy, Jeffrey Bruma manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:33 Substitution Vincenzo Grella joins the action as a substitute, replacing Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 61:17 Didier Drogba produces a cross.
  • 60:56 Mikel fouled by Jason Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:23 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Florent Malouda goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 59:58 Branislav Ivanovic crosses the ball, Brett Emerton makes a clearance.
  • 59:34 The ball is delivered by Yuri Zhirkov, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:54 Florent Malouda produces a cross, clearance by Michel Salgado. Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Benedict McCarthy.
  • 57:04 A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba, Effort on goal by Salomon Kalou from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 56:43 Foul by Michel Salgado on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 53:26 Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Direct free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
  • 52:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Yuri Zhirkov. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 51:58 Assist by Michael Ballack.
  • 51:58 GOAL - Salomon KalouBlackburn 1 - 2 Chelsea Salomon Kalou finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-2 Chelsea.
  • 51:46 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Jeffrey Bruma makes a clearance.
  • 50:44 Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick, Michael Ballack crosses the ball, save by Henrique Hilario.
  • 50:24 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 49:15 The ball is sent over by Gael Kakuta, Florent Malouda takes a shot.
  • 47:48 Florent Malouda provided the assist for the goal.
  • 47:48 GOAL - Didier DrogbaBlackburn 1 - 1 Chelsea Didier Drogba finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Blackburn 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 47:44 Florent Malouda crosses the ball,
  • 45:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Jeffrey Bruma.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Jeffrey Bruma comes on in place of Juliano Belletti.
  • 45:01 Substitution Gael Kakuta joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Cole.
  • 45:01 Substitution Didier Drogba joins the action as a substitute, replacing Deco.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:04 The referee blows for half time.
  • 43:47 The official flags Nikola Kalinic offside. Indirect free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 41:05 The ball is sent over by Michael Ballack, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 40:30 Michel Salgado challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paulo Ferreira takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:33 Mikel takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 36:52 Short corner worked by Deco. The ball is crossed by Deco, Brett Emerton manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:30 Juliano Belletti gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Henrique Hilario. Henrique Hilario takes the free kick.
  • 33:55 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, Effort on goal by Michael Ballack from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 33:05 Ryan Nelsen produces a cross, Foul by Christopher Samba on Paulo Ferreira, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
  • 32:20 Corner taken right-footed by Benedict McCarthy to the near post, clearance by Salomon Kalou.
  • 30:46 Effort from the edge of the box by Joe Cole goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 30:27 Benedict McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:12 Centre by Nikola Kalinic, Brett Emerton produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 25:44 The referee blows for offside against Jason Roberts. Indirect free kick taken by Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 23:14 Salomon Kalou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:14 Yuri Zhirkov takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 21:12 The referee blows for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Indirect free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
  • 20:28 Brett Emerton delivers the ball, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 19:37 Effort from outside the penalty box by Michael Ballack goes wide left of the target.
  • 19:37 Michael Ballack has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 18:56 Benedict McCarthy has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 16:43 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the goal.
  • 15:14 Florent Malouda produces a cross, clearance made by Michel Salgado.
  • 14:23 Brett Emerton has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 13:38 Jason Roberts fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Benedict McCarthy takes the free kick.
  • 12:21 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 8:28 Pascal Chimbonda provided the assist for the goal.
  • 8:28 GOAL - Nikola KalinicBlackburn 1 - 0 Chelsea Goal scored by Nikola Kalinic from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 8:23 Pascal Chimbonda sends in a cross,
  • 7:13 Effort from inside the area by Nikola Kalinic misses to the right of the goal.
  • 6:12 Centre by Joe Cole, blocked by Pascal Chimbonda.
  • 5:21 The ball is crossed by Brett Emerton, Henrique Hilario makes a save.
  • 4:44 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Deco played to the near post, Brett Emerton makes a clearance.
  • 1:47 The ball is swung over by Brett Emerton, Juliano Belletti makes a clearance.
  • 1:17 Centre by Juliano Belletti.
  • 0:58 Michael Ballack fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
  • 0:47 The ball is swung over by Joe Cole, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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