Chelsea 2-0 West Brom (22.11.2014) Live Commentary

90+4′
There hasn’t been exactly a lot of action going on on the pitch. We could describe the game as average. Dominance of this game was on the home side. Players of the home team presented themselves with possession football and the away players focused especially on the well-organized defence.
90+4′
 
Nothing more will happen in this game because it is over.
90+3′
Victor Anichebe (West Brom) feels very aggrieved after the referee stops play for a foul that he commits while heading towards goal with the ball.
90+2′
Nice passing game presented by Chelsea. They are increasing the possession with a series of long passes and waiting for the right moment to create an attacking opportunity.
90′
 
3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
90′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
88′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
88′
Chelsea are on the ball. They increase their possession. But one of the opponent’s players stopped their effort. The referee signals for a corner kick, Chelsea are awarded.
86′
 
Here is a change. Willian is going off and Jose Mourinho gives the last tactical orders to Ramires (Chelsea).
85′
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) sends a long ball in, but Ben Foster comfortably gathers the ball.
84′
 
Substitution. James Morrison (West Brom) replaces Graham Dorrans.
84′
 
The resulting corner from Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
84′
 
Substitution. Diego Costa is making his way off the pitch with Didier Drogba (Chelsea) coming on as his replacement.
83′
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Chelsea.
81′
Like an avalanche. Victor Anichebe (West Brom) is penalised for his attacking foul. Lee Mason has a clear vision and blows the whistle.
80′
Diego Costa (Chelsea) is able to continue to play.
79′
 
Substitution. Oscar did his best and is replaced by Loic Remy (Chelsea).
78′
 
We are about to witness a substitution. Victor Anichebe (West Brom) is replacing Saido Berahino.
78′
 
Diego Costa (Chelsea) picked up an injury.
77′
Oscar (Chelsea) wriggles into space and fires the ball from the edge of the area, but one of the defenders is there to block the effort.
75′
 
A yellow card for a tackle by Willian (Chelsea). Lee Mason doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
75′
 
The resulting corner from Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) is unsuccessful.
75′
 
Chelsea’s players are in a nice combination. They show their ability to keep the ball possession, sending it precisely from one to another. But now the final pass is intercepted. The ball is out-of-play and Chelsea manage to earn a corner.
75′
 
16:10 – the statistics of total goal attempts. The current number of corner kicks is 15:0.
74′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
73′
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) latches on to a precise pass and finds himself one-on-one with the keeper, fires a low shot towards the left side of the net, but Ben Foster leaps like a salmon to deny his attempt. Chelsea will take a corner kick.
73′
Chelsea are showcasing great team work. Exchanging some short passes and one-two passes, waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
71′
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates. The ball goes out-of-play and West Brom will have a goal kick.
70′
A great teamplay by Chelsea as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
69′
What a poor attempt! Willian (Chelsea) drives another shot towards goal – this time from further out, but it couldn’t have been worse if he had shot blindfolded. The ball goes into the stands.
68′
A quick free kick from Chelsea. The ball is passed to the nearby player and play continues right away.
68′
Joleon Lescott (West Brom) does well to dispossess the attacking effort with a slide tackle, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Chelsea have a free kick.
68′
 
Substitution. Chris Baird is replaced by Cristian Gamboa (West Brom).
67′
Lee Mason blows his whistle and signals a foul after Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) brought his opponent down.
64′
West Brom players perform combination football, attempting to create a goal-scoring opportunity, but they will have to wait for that as they just lose possession due to an inaccurate pass.
62′
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) receives a precise pass and threatens the keeper with a long-range shot. His attempt goes miles wide of the left post.
60′
Chris Brunt (West Brom) produces the direct free kick from far out, but his shot goes somewhere into the stands.
60′
One of the Chelsea players harshly tackled his opponent, and he conceded a foul for that. A free kick to West Brom.
59′
Craig Dawson (West Brom) was too harsh with his tackle which made Lee Mason interrupt the game and signal for a set piece.
58′
Flag goes up against Oscar (Chelsea). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
57′
Diego Costa (Chelsea) obviously dived.
55′
 
The attendance is 41600.
53′
The ball goes out-of-play and Ben Foster (West Brom) takes a goal kick.
52′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
51′
Willian (Chelsea) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player. The ball goes out for a corner. Chelsea can continue in their attacking effort.
51′
John Terry (Chelsea) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
50′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) is about to take a corner kick.
50′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear. Chelsea have been awarded a corner kick.
50′
Oscar (Chelsea) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. Chelsea force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
48′
Oscar (Chelsea) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Brom.
47′
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) squandered a big chance from inside the box. He fires his volley narrowly over the bar. What a waste.
47′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) goes over to take the corner kick and it looks like he will send the ball into the penalty box.
46′
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea). The ball goes out-of-play. Chelsea have been awarded a corner kick.
46′
 
The game restarts for the second half.
45+2′
There has been no time for the supporters to get bored during the eventful opening 45 minutes. Both teams’ performances were spiced up with some breathtaking situations. The first half performances were not very balanced but rather in the hosting team’s favour. The tactic of the home side is slow build-up play. The away team’s main priority is a flawless defence.
45+2′
 
The end of the first half.
45+2′
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Saido Berahino (West Brom) headed on.
45+2′
 
The corner from Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) is intercepted by the defence.
45+1′
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wastes a great scoring opportunity! He receives a precise lofted cross inside the box and sends a quick shot to the bottom right corner, but he can’t get the power to direct it past Ben Foster, who gets down to save. The ball goes out-of-play. Chelsea are awarded a corner kick.
45′
 
Fourth official shows 2 min. of added time.
44′
A precise low pass is received by Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom), who makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and sends a poorly placed shot that sails well over the bar.
43′
The flag goes up and the referee blows his whistle – another offside by Diego Costa (Chelsea). It is not surprising because he already has got caught several times today.
41′
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) finds enough space to climb high and plants a header way over the bar. What a poor effort.
41′
 
Corner kick. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) is ready to send the ball in.
40′
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared. Chelsea win a corner.
40′
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) attempts to set up his teammate into a scoring opportunity with a fine chip pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders intercepts his effort.
39′
Craig Gardner (West Brom) gets the ball and drives a shot from the edge of the area which goes high over the bar.
38′
 
75:25 – this is the percentage of the current ball possession.
36′
Oscar (Chelsea) latches on to a pass inside the box, but his low effort which is aimed to the right post is well blocked.
35′
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted. The ball is behind the sideline and Chelsea will take a throw-in.
34′
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) takes the resultant free kick from distance and swings it into the box, but the goalkeeper climbs high to collect the ball.
34′
Lee Mason blows the whistle, Graham Dorrans (West Brom) is penalised for a foul. Chelsea will take a free kick.
32′
A pass by Willian (Chelsea) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
30′
The resulting set piece, sent into the penalty area by Oscar (Chelsea), was easily averted by one of the defenders. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) gets to the rebound outside the box and doesn’t hesitate to fire on goal. It was a promising attempt, but one of the defending players got in its way and blocked it.
29′
 
Claudio Yacob (West Brom) makes a tackle on his opponent and is shown a harsh red card by the referee! Oscar (Chelsea) is about to take a free kick from a distance of 18 metres.
27′
Chris Brunt (West Brom) takes the ball on and fires a shot from 18 metres out. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) stops the effort which is headed for the bottom left corner.
25′
 
2:0. Cesc Fabregas takes over corner duties and finds Eden Hazard (Chelsea), who puts the ball from close range into the bottom left corner.
25′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) works the corner short.
25′
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. The ball goes behind for a corner. Chelsea will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
24′
 
16:10 – this is the total number of shots produced by both teams.
23′
Chelsea keep possession of the ball by producing one-two passes, but the opponent steps in and wins the ball.
21′
Saido Berahino (West Brom) is on the ball and tries to beat his opponnent. He does it, but his run is stopped by referee Lee Mason who sees an offensive foul.
19′
Diego Costa (Chelsea) does well to meet a cross from Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), but he directs his shot just wide of the left post.
17′
 
The resulting corner from Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) is cleared.
17′
Oscar (Chelsea) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders. The ball is out-of-play. Chelsea have been awarded a corner kick.
16′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
15′
Ben Foster (West Brom) receives ovations from the crowd. He manages to deny a first-time effort from the edge of the box, which was aimed to the right side of the goal by Eden Hazard (Chelsea). Diego Costa (Chelsea) sends a close-range header after a rebound in a good direction, but is denied by one of the defenders. His bold save didn’t let the score change. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Chelsea are going to take it.
13′
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) takes a mid-range free kick in attempt to find one of his teammates with a cross, but the goalkeeper gets to it first and climbs high to collect the ball.
12′
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) jumps into tackle, but Lee Mason blows his whistle for a foul. West Brom have been awarded a free kick.
11′
 
It’s a goal! Diego Costa (Chelsea) scores with a brilliant shot into the middle of the goal after being released inside the box by a superb lofted pass from Oscar. The score is now 1:0.
10′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) collects a pass and strikes from about 23 metres out. It’s a poor attempt which flies well wide of the left post.
9′
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Diego Costa (Chelsea) is the one who was caught offside.
7′
Willian (Chelsea) tackles a bit over-zealously. Lee Mason blows for a foul.
6′
 
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and to avert the threat.
5′
This was a piece of cake for Ben Foster. John Terry (Chelsea) found himself some space after latching on to a pass, but his strike went only low to the middle of the goal, into the gloves of the prepared keeper. The referee blows his whistle, Chelsea are awarded a corner kick.
5′
 
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
4′
 
The ball is passed from one Chelsea player to another, and the game isn’t very exciting. Nothing lasts forever, though. They make a mistake, and possession is taken by the opponent. Chelsea earn a corner.
4′
Oscar (Chelsea) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
3′
Saido Berahino (West Brom) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
1′
The Chelsea players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
1′
 
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