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Another Draw by Chelsea

Posted by aguntuk On December - 22 - 2008   
Blues captain John Terry dismissed in the first half of the match between Everton and Chelsea

Blues captain John Terry dismissed in the first half of the match between Everton and Chelsea

Chelsea could not go to the top of the table ahead of Liverpool as they are held by Everton at the Goodison Park.

Terry sees red at the 35th minutes. The match had been finished with goalless draw.

Chelsea played 55 minutes of the match a man down after England skipper Terry received a straight red card from referee Phil Dowd for a late and dangerous tackle on Everton midfielder Leon Osman.

This result at Goodison Park saw Chelsea move to within a point of leaders Liverpool.

Scholari were under pressure, as his team’s home match forms were not good. But they cam at the Goodison Park with 11 away wins. The Blues also missed almost every opportunity to go to the top of the table that was given by Liverpool.

The starting line up of the Blues were same as that was against the Hammers. Drogba was again left out in the bench, while Anelka were in the first team. Scholari preferred five midfielders, which prevented Drogba to play in the first eleven.

Everton side was also same as last game’s line up, with having only one change, Phil Neville in place of Segundo Castillo. Tim Cahill also played as a pure striker as the remaining strikers were injured.

Chelsea went for the first attack, as left-back Ashley Cole capitalised on a lapse by Tony Hibbert to fire in a volley which Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard pushed over the bar for a corner.

Everton’s first serious attack produced a Mikel Arteta free-kick some 25 yards from goal that Petr Cech dealt with.

Everton were working hard and keeping Chelsea penned in their own half. Suddenly on 20 minutes, Chelsea underlined their counter-attacking threat. Joe Cole lofted a ball into the area where Alex saw his header turned onto a post by Anelka, although the Frenchman was ruled offside.

Chelsea started to exert pressure on the opposition team. The early momentum appeared to dip somewhat until, on 37 minutes, the pivotal moment of the first half saw John Terry perpetrate a reckless lunge at Osman’s shin which referee Phil Dowd had no compunction in rewarding with a red card for the Chelsea skipper.

Scolari responded by switching Mikel into a defensive role, but at half-time the Brazilian coach withdrew Anelka and Joe Cole and sent on Drogba and Branislav Ivanovic.

The game’s bright opening was beginning to seem a long time ago a free-kick hit long by Lampard was directed lamely wide by Alex’s header.

This was the game in which Chelsea were supposed to reclaim top spot ahead of Liverpool, but it was the Reds’ neighbours who were asking more of the questions as the second half wore on, with Phil Jagielka having a header from an Arteta cross shot well-blocked by Alex, before Cahill put another header wide.

Lampard, looking a below-par, fired high and wide from 25 yards, Everton went close when Pienaar found Hibbert on the right and his attempted cross deflected off Lampard almost into the net until Cech tipped it over.

However, the game finished goalless, and Chelsea’s 11-match winning streak away from home was halted. More significantly, they failed to regain top spot in the Premier League.

Line Ups:

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Neville, Osman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill.
Subs: Nash, Baines, Van der Meyde, Rodwell, Jutkiewicz, Gosling, Kissock.

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Joe Cole, Ballack, Lampard, Deco, Anelka. Subs: Cudicini, Ivanovic, Drogba, Malouda, Bridge, Kalou, Belletti.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

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