West Brom 3-0 Chelsea (18.05.2015) Live Commentary

We have witnessed a rather boring football with almost no goal opportunities nor exciting moments on either side. There wasn’t any significant dominance on either side in this game. The home side was creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks. The tactic of the away side was slow build-up play.
Nothing more will happen today, Mike Jones has blown his whistle and the game is over.
This one will not go through. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) lines up a shot from the edge of the box and goes for goal, but the effort is well blocked by a defender.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) attempts to score from a mid-range free kick, but he curls his effort a few inches over the crossbar.
3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Claudio Yacob (West Brom) does well to dispossess the attacking effort with a slide tackle, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Another situation results in a direct free kick for Chelsea.
Filipe Luis (Chelsea) plays in a hopeful cross, but it doesn’t find its way to any of the attacking players.
Manager makes a subsitution with Chris Baird (West Brom) coming on for James Morrison (West Brom).
Craig Gardner (West Brom) with a slide tackle, but referee Mike Jones calls for a foul. Chelsea get a free kick.
West Brom seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. Great movement by offensive players allows those more defensive to build up the attack.
The ball possession at this moment is 41:59.
Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) takes his opponent down and has been booked. That was a really nasty challenge, and he can be glad it is not a red card.
Tony Pulis has decided to make a change. Ideye Brown (West Brom) replaces Saido Berahino (West Brom).
Substitution. Isaiah Brown (Chelsea) in, Loic Remy (Chelsea) out.
Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) plays a lovely pass for Eden Hazard (Chelsea), but he can’t find the target. His strike from inside the box goes narrowly over the crossbar.
Gareth McAuley (West Brom) brings his opponent down. Mike Jones has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) creates some space for himself to pick up a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a decent strike which goes by a whisker over the crossbar.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) misses a big chance from point-blank range as he struck the ball low towards the middle of the goal. His promising effort following the corner kick was, to his disappointment, thwarted by Boaz Myhill (West Brom) with a fabulous save.
There’s an opportunity for Filipe Luis (Chelsea) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) comes off the pitch to be replaced by Nathan Ake (Chelsea).
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Chelsea will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) is trying to get into the box. He sends a low pass, but it’s blocked and cleared.
Chelsea seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
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A cross from the side of the pitch flies into the box, but it doesn’t reach its intended target. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) would have to aim better in order to get more out of it. The ball is behind the sideline and West Brom will take a throw-in.
The substitution is prepared. Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Diego Costa (Chelsea).
Craig Gardner (West Brom) has tested the patience of referee Mike Jones and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
Goal! Craig Gardner (West Brom) tees up Chris Brunt (West Brom) on the edge of the box who fires the ball into the right side of the goal. 3:0.
West Brom quickly take a corner kick with a short pass.
James Morrison (West Brom) meets a delivery on the edge of the penalty area and finishes to the top of the net. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) produces an easy save. West Brom get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Mike Jones blows the whistle. Craig Dawson (West Brom) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball.
Loic Remy (Chelsea) collects a pass inside the box, and he unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender.
Loic Remy (Chelsea) accepts a sweet pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot towards the goal. He only hits the left post. What an unlucky moment for him.
Here’s the change. Callum McManaman (West Brom) goes off the pitch and Craig Gardner (West Brom) comes on.
The assistant referee raises his flag, and an attacking effort is stopped by the main referee’s whistle. Diego Costa (Chelsea) is the one, who got caught in the offside position.
Like an avalanche. Diego Costa (Chelsea) is penalised for his attacking foul. Mike Jones has a clear vision and blows the whistle. Diego Costa (Chelsea) is arguing, but the referee’s decision cannot be changed.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) is trying to send the ball in front of the goal, but the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Chelsea slow the tempo of the game down by exchanging a combination of one to two touch passes. For the opposition’s players it’s very difficult at the moment, very physically demanding to run without the ball.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) steps up to take the penalty and leaves the keeper helpless with his low shot inside the left post.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) will take the responsibility and he is already preparing the ball.
John Terry (Chelsea) commits a foul with a sliding tackle but escaped any punishment. No yellow card. That’s a penalty to West Brom! They have a good chance to score now.
Half-time break is over and the second half is starting right now. Enjoy yourself!
We can hope that the managers will be able to motivate the players and stir them to improve their performance for after the half-time break. We haven’t seen really exciting football in the previous 45 minutes. Even first half from both sides, and they’ve both had chances. The home team’s main weapon are fast counter-attacks, while the away side attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) produces a long ball across the pitch to find his teammate, but he fails. The assistant referee signals a throw-in for West Brom.
Fourth official shows 3 min. of added time.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) attempted to outfox the defence, but he was the one who was tricked as he got caught in the offside trap.
Claudio Yacob (West Brom) makes a yard for himself and goes for goal from long range. It never troubles the goalkeeper as it flies into the stands.
Filipe Luis (Chelsea) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
What a goal-scoring opportunity! Loic Remy (Chelsea) makes a good run into the box to collect a killer pass and slams the ball on goal, but the shot is blocked by the defender with an amazing slide tackle. Chelsea forced their opponent to concede a corner.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) pulls off a great save to deny Chris Brunt (West Brom) who makes himself some space inside the box and unleashes a quick low drive towards the middle of the goal.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Boaz Myhill (West Brom), who smothers the ball.
Filipe Luis (Chelsea) shoots from the free kick placed on the edge of the penalty box towards the middle of the net. His kick has been saved by the goalkeeper.
Mike Jones shows a yellow card to Jonas Olsson (West Brom) for his blatant foul. Chelsea are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
Loic Remy (Chelsea) picks up a pass, lines up a shot and strikes from 18 metres out, but Boaz Myhill (West Brom) thwarts the effort which is headed to the bottom left corner.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Diego Costa (Chelsea) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The ball is out of bounds. Chelsea win a corner kick.
An offensive foul by Joleon Lescott (West Brom) was seen by Mike Jones who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) picks up a yellow card.
The match ends for Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) as he received a red card.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) showed very unsporting behaviour.
It’s like he was asking for a caution. Diego Costa (Chelsea) receives a yellow card.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) tries to create a chance, but puts too much pace on his pass.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) decided to speed play up by taking a quick free kick.
Filipe Luis (Chelsea) trips an opponent with a slide tackle. Mike Jones stops the game and he could give him a card, but eventually only warning comes. West Brom have a free kick.
Boaz Myhill (West Brom) leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) has an effort from close range after latching on to a precise pass, but he can’t beat one of the defenders who makes a good block. Chelsea have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) launches a cross from the corner, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) is alert to thwart the effort.
The defence had a hard time blocking out the strike from Craig Dawson (West Brom). He didn’t hesitate and finished from outside the box right after he had received a pass from his teammate. West Brom have been awarded a corner kick.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) makes a rough challenge and Mike Jones blows his whistle for a foul.
Claudio Yacob (West Brom) probably picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue in the match.
Claudio Yacob (West Brom) is asking for treatment. He will have to receive medical help off the pitch.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) knew what to do with the ball, but was just a bit unlucky. After receiving a pass, he sent the ball goalwards from some 25 metres out, but it missed the left post by a whisker.
Neat passing move from Chelsea in order to create new attacking opportunities.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle.
Goal – 1:0! Saido Berahino (West Brom) tries his luck from the edge of the box and scores with an accurate shot which goes inside the right post. Joleon Lescott (West Brom) provided an assist for a goal.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) sends a cross into the box, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) comes off his line to gather the ball.
Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) takes the ball, nicely zig-zags through the defence, but his shot to the middle of the goal was perfectly denied by Boaz Myhill (West Brom).
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) collects a pass and finds himself in a good position to strike from the edge of the box, but his attempt is blocked.
James Morrison (West Brom) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
What a wasted opportunity by Callum McManaman (West Brom)! He creates himself some space inside the penalty box and unleashes a decent strike towards the left side of the goal, but Thibaut Courtois makes an astonishing save to thwart the effort. The ball goes out-of-play. West Brom are awarded a corner kick.
A cross from the free kick is whipped in by Darren Fletcher (West Brom), but one of the defenders steps in and averts the threat.
Filipe Luis (Chelsea) is penalised. He knocks an opponent down. West Brom are given a free kick. Will they create any chance from that?
Gary Cahill (Chelsea) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Mike Jones blows a whistle for a foul.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
The match has just begun.
The players are out at last! Chelsea will take the kick-off.
Mike Jones will referee today’s match.
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