Chelsea 1 - 0 Stoke City

Match info: Premier League at Stamford Bridge

Date: 22/09/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Oliver Att: 41,112

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Ashley Cole 85



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  • And it should be all over with Cole's late strike the likely decider in a tight contest in west London.

  • The match is getting a bit scrappy now as the both sets of players go in for silly challenges and exchange words.

  • The clock is ticking on the Potters hopes of salvaging someinthg from this encounter, but it is the Blues who already look a buoyant bunch.

  • Luiz goes into the book for a poor two-footed late tackle on Walters that causes abit of unecessary pushing and shoving among the players from both sides.

  • The Blues continue to press as the match enters four minutes of added time.

  • Terry a late an unfamilar replacement, coming on for Mata.

  • All the pressure coming from the Blues now as a sense of relief floods over Di Matteo and the home fans.

  • The Blues on the break as the ball is moved swiftly to the left for Moses cracking on the pace, only for the replacement to be brought down on the edge of the box before he is able to get his shot off.

  • Despite going a goal behind, the Potters still look dangerous on attack as Etherington steps up to take another corner-kick, but no luck on the equaliser from the set-piece.

  • Cole pops up in the number nine position to dink in Mata's pop into the 18-yard area.

  • Etherington a real livewire on attack as he makes another dash down the left flank and looking to feed a team-mate in a scoring position.

  • Etherington delivers a decent corner-kick from the left for a soaring Jones, but it's Huth who kills the move having been penalised for a shove in the box.

  • Some frustrated Blues supporters have clearly seen enough and making their way out of the stadium.

  • Lampard takes to the field in place of Mikel.

  • The Potters come again, this time through Owen and Jones, but both the replacement forwards' attempts don't bulge the back of the net.

  • Etherington, again, this time with an attempted shot on the volley on a loose ball on the edge of the Blues' box.

  • Etherington looks to make his presence felt with a run down the left, but he is easily shepherded into the corner by Ivanovic.

  • A great break down the right from Ramires sees the Brazilian drift in towards goal but his shot is half-blocked and Begovic is alert to gather the rebound.

  • The 11th corner-kick for the Blues is easily plucked out the air by Begovic.

  • Kenwynne Jones makes his first appearance of the new season, Crouch making way for the Potters substitute.


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