Thursday, 27 October 2011

League Cup: Everton 1 Chelsea 2 AET

After losing to QPR this past weekend Chelsea seemed to be feeling the pressure, while Everton were on top of things, having beaten Fulham. David Moyes complained that he was forced to go to a gunfight armed with a knife when Everton last met and were well beaten by Chelsea 10 days ago. But the Toffees' Carling Cup hopes perished from self inflicted wounds when the sides met again last night. Everton gifted Chelsea a first half goal, missed a second half penalty then saw Royston Drenthe sent off, after a period with an extra man themselves, as they lost 2-1 in extra time to Daniel Sturridge's 115th minute goal. The Blues' also have the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League this season and that was not going to change last night either...

The match kicked off with Chelsea attacking the Everton goal and in just the 3rd minute, the team had their first goal scoring opportunity in the game. Malouda went on to play a pass to Lukaku and the young striker took a pop at goal, only to see his effort hit the outside of the post instead. In the 16th minute Heitinga took out McEachran inside the Everton area and the referee pointed to the spot as he awarded Chelsea a penalty. Nicolas Anelka stepped up to take the resulting spot kick, but a rather tame effort from the forward sailed wide of the post and kept the score level at nil all in the game. As the match progressed Everton tried to fight their way back into the game, but Chelsea seemed to be in top form as they countered the home side’s attacks, with some of their own.
In the 38th minute, the Blues went on to break the deadlock on the night, as they scored the opening goal of the game. After some find build up play from Chelsea, the ball was played forward to Kalou. The out of favour Chelsea striker went on to try and chip the ball over Jan Mucha, in an attempt to try and confuse the keeper. However, despite his effort not being the best that he has ever had and it seeming like the keeper was easily going to get to the ball, the ball inexplicably rolled into the back of the net and all the fingers were now pointed at Mucha, who produced a howler. Chelsea took the goal in their stride, as it gave them the confidence that they needed to see out the first half with the score card reading one goal to nil in favour of the Blues.
The second half kicked off with Chelsea attacking Everton early on, but the home side went on to launch a number of attacks of their own in response to try and get something out of the game. In the 60th minute Cahill went on to round Turnbull, but the keeper went on to bring the Australian down. As a result, the referee awarded a penalty to Everton, while showing Turnbull a straight red card. Cech came on to replace the keeper at the expense of Lukaku. While Chelsea were making their switch, Baines lined up the penalty kick. Soon after the full back took the resulting shot, but Cech managed to pull off a fine save in order to deny the home side from getting anything from the opportunity presented to them.
With the one man advantage working in their favour, Everton finally started to get their act together, as they string together a number of passes in the midfielder and started to dominate the Blues. Drenthe seemed to be in fine form, as he kept causing a number of problems to the Chelsea back line, but him along with the rest of the Everton squad, just couldn’t find a way past Cech. In the 83rd minute, all of that changed as Everton scored the equalizing goal in the game. Coleman, who came on as a substitute just a minute earlier whipped in a brilliant cross, which was met by Saha, who turned the ball into the back of the Chelsea net. As the second half neared the ninety minute mark, neither side managed to score the winning goal and hence the referee went on to initiate the start of extra time.

The first half of extra time played out with both sides looking to conserve themselves as they seemed to be down and out. In the 108th minute, Drenthe was shown a second yellow for a late lunge and was given the marching orders. In the 115th minute, as both the teams seemed ready to take the penalties at the end of the game, Malouda took a long range shot towards the Everton goal. His effort was denied by the keeper, but Sturridge used his pace to race towards the rebound and tap the ball into the back of the net. As a result, Chelsea went on to win the game just six minutes before the referee was going to initiate penalties to settle the game.
Everton Mucha; Neville (c) (Hibbert h-t), Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Fellaini; Drenthe, Cahill, Rodwell (Stracqualursi 78), Bilyaletdinov (Coleman 80); Saha.
Unused subs Hahnemann, Barkley, Osman, Vellios.
Saha 83
Fellaini 19, Drenthe 74
Sent off Drenthe 106

Chelsea Turnbull; Ivanovic, Alex, David Luiz, Bertrand; McEachran (Mikel 63), Romeu, Malouda (c); Anelka, Lukaku (Cech 59), Kalou (Sturridge 85).
Unused subs Ferreira, Lampard, Mata, Torres.
Goals Kalou 38, Sturridge 116
Alex 22, Mikel 75
Sent off Turnbull 58

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