Chelsea 1-0 Everton – Match Report
John Terry made a sensational return from injury by scoring the injury time winner against Everton which could potentially be a title winning moment for Chelsea.
It took the likes of Chelsea attack a full 90 minutes to break Everton’s resistance at the Bridge. This win means that Chelsea are now at the top of the table with a total of 60 points with 11 more games remaining in the league.
The first half didn’t see much of the action as both the sides had some half chances with only one or two real ones for either sides. Chelsea were more fluent in the second half after some tactical changes were made by Mourinho but the match winning goal came only after the Lampard’s delivery in to the box was met by Terry who slotted it home.
Chelsea started in their usual 4-2-3-1 setup with Eto’o leading the line; Willian, Oscar, Hazard behind him while Lampard and Matic were selected in the holding midfield.
John Terry returned from injury to take David Luiz’s place with Ivanovic, Cahill and Azpilicueta in their original positions while Salah and Torres remained on the bench.
Everton on the other hand had to make a last minute change before the game after Lasigna Traore was injured warming up paving way for Naismith in to the team.
Ross Barkley started from the bench while Pienaar, Baines, Jagielka all received starting berths.
The game opened smoothly with both the sides showing mutual respect and not opening up much of their attack.
The first chance of the game fell to Everton after Naismith’s volley was brilliantly tipped above the bar by Checz. Chelsea opened up their play at the half hour mark registering their first shot on target in the process. The rest of the half went in a normal way as it ended 0-0.
The home side began the second half in a much better fashion after Ramires was brought in for Oscar adding some pace to the game. Chelsea created the chances but lacked the killer instinct even when there were two strikers on the pitch when Willian was substituted for Torres.
Chelsea kept on attacking until they finally found the net in the 93rd minute free kick after Lampard’s delivery in to the box met Terry who guided the ball home past Tim Howard who was brilliant all afternoon.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Azpilicueta, Lampard, Matic, Willian(Torres 62′), Oscar(Ramires 46′), Hazard, Eto’o(69′).
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka (c), Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Mirallas (Deulofeu 75), Osman (Barkley 63), Pienaar (McGeady 80); Naismith.
Booked – Oscar 9, Barry 82, Jagielka 90+2.