Wednesday September 21, 2011 3rd Round Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 0 - 0
(4 - 3)
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  1. Ten-man Chelsea outlast Fulham

    Ten-man Chelsea outlast Fulham

    Ten-man Chelsea advanced to the fourth round of the Carling Cup after edging out Fulham 4-3 on penalties at Stamford Bridge. More

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    Time:120'
    • Chelsea
    • Fulham
    • - Oh my. What a dramatic and controversial finish to one of the most exciting goalless draws I think I've ever seen. Ten-man Chelsea advance to round 4!
    • - The pressure's on Bryan Ruiz. He steps up....................................... it rattles the underside of the bar! Did it go in? It was close! Referee says no goal! Fulham are out! Chelsea squeak through!
    • - Malouda with number 5... scores!
    • - Chris Baird steps up for Fulham. He coolly puts it away. 3-3, it's pratically sudden death now.
    • - Kalou will take penalty number 4 for Chelsea. Schwarzer employs a little gamesmanship, but he's sent the wrong way. 3-2.
    • - Dembele for Fulham... TURNBULL SAVES! 2-2 still, 3 pens down.
    • - Chelsea send their skipper John Terry up next. Will this be a Moscow flashback? No, he scores. 2-2.
    • - Steve Sidwell will take the next penalty. The Chelsea fans try to put him off, but it's driven low beyond Turnbull. 2-1 Fulham.
    • - David Luiz is up next for Chelsea. The defender scores. 1-1.
    • - Zamora takes Fulham's first... drills it down the centre! 1-0 Fulham, 1 pen each.
    • - Chelsea will take the first penalty kick. Getting the shoot-out started will be Lampard. This is the same end that Chelsea lost to Charlton 6 years ago in this competition. SCHWARZER SAVES!
    • 120+2 Full time after 120 minutes means this tie will be decided by penalty kicks. Chelsea's 21-game scoring run in the competition has been ended by their local rivals.
    • 120+1 1 minute added on at the end. Last chance to dodge the spot kicks, Fulham will send a free-kick into the area but Baird's flick-on goes off for a goal kick.
    • 120' We're on the verge of penalties, barring late drama. Who will be the hero, Schwarzer or Turnbull? Lampard earns a booking for a foul on Dembele.
    • 119' Chelsea corner taken by Lampard, Luiz heads it over!
    • 118' Kelly plays a high ball into the area... SIDWELL! Volley is just off target! That was a good chance after a close call at the opposite end.
    • 117' Speaking of Lukaku, he plays on after Luiz is fouled... Senderos intercepts before Kalou can finish the job!
    • 116' Credit to Lukaku and Frei who are clearly out of energy - not to mention not fully match fit - but are still trying their utmost to contribute to this tie.
    • 115' From the throw, Zamora fires over.
    • 114' Luiz clears a Fulham threat, throw-in coming up.
    • 112' Penalties are looking likely at the moment.
    • 110' Kalou advances towards the penalty area, Briggs intercepts but only as far as Lukaku. Gives and goes with Lampard... and it's Romeu in the end who has a crack. Over the bar, goal kick.
    • 109' Briggs fires off target.
    • 108' Chelsea give it away and Fulham attack, but they're in no rush. Sidwell feels he was fouled, but play goes on and Chelsea have it back.
    • 106' Kalou beats Sidwell and plays it to Lukaku, who feels he was upended by Senderos. Nothing given by Mr. Foy.
    • 105' The final 15 minutes of open play have begun.
    • 105+2 There's the whistle. The two sides now quickly change ends and knock back some more water before we kick off again.
    • 105+1 One added minute before half-time in extra time.
    • 105' Malouda hits the side netting after a good approach built by Lampard and Kalou.
    • 104' If you think this scenario knackers Chelsea more than Fulham, bear in mind this is already the Whites' 15th game of the season. I doubt extra time was ideal for either team.
    • 103' Ruiz shoots from 30 yards, well off target.
    • 102' Terry cuts out Ruiz's flicked pass to Dembele.
    • 100' Terry clears a Frei cross and Lukaku will beat Senderos to it, but Grygera and Kelly combine to prevent Malouda from creating a chance.
    • 99' Frei fouls Ferreira just inside Chelsea's own half. It gets the first yellow of the game, believe it or not.
    • 98' Frei plays it to Zamora, and fouls Luiz after losing out to the defender.
    • 97' Lampard has the corner for Chelsea, Luiz strikes but leans back and it's well over.
    • 96' Lukaku can't aim a header towards goal and Kelly gets it away.
    • 94' Turnbull saves from Zamora after Chelsea give away possession.
    • 93' Sidwell tries to pick out Zamora, Turnbull clears it.
    • 92' A combination of the club physio and a John Terry pep talk are getting the striker back up and running. For now.
    • 91' Lukaku, who was running on empty for most of the second half after giving his all to offset the man disadvantage, looks overcome with cramp.
    • 90' First half of extra time is underway.
    • 90+4' That's it. Extra time is coming up next.
    • 90+3' The pressure ends as Fulham get the goal kick. Looks like extra time will come.
    • 90+2' Sidwell on for Gecov should have had the sub icon, obviously... Kalou can't connect with a headed shot attempt. Chelsea continue the pressure with an attacking throw.
    • 90+1' Malouda charges forward but goes down easily from Kelly's pressure. Nothing more than a throw given. Steve Sidwell, an ex-Chelsea player, comes on for Gecov.
    • 90' 3 added minutes for one of these two teams to prevent 30 additional extra time minutes.
    • 89' Luiz sparks another Chelsea surge, but it's that man Grygera again to deny Lukaku a crack at goal. Now Luiz will volley at goal but no dice.
    • 88' Fulham give it away again, Lampard looks to set up Malouda but a superlative challenge from Grygera allows Schwarzer to take care of business.
    • 86' The visitors lose the ball and Chelsea look to capitalise. The lack of numbers forces them to pull back in an attempt to retain possession and the attack fizzles out.
    • 85' Ruiz's corner is headed away by Lampard, Fulham will look to attack again.
    • 84' Frei looks to pick out Ruiz but Bertrand cuts it out at the expense of a corner.
    • 83' It's sent to the far post but Bertrand and Malouda fail to get onto it and Fulham break briefly only to lose out to Romeu.
    • 82' Chelsea win another corner, which Lampard again will take.
    • 81' Lukaku collects a long pass out wide and delivers the cross but with him putting them in the box, there's nobody to get on the end of it. Malouda tries to catch up to it, but to no avail.
    • 80' Ferreira takes the ball from Frei, but the loose ball lands with Briggs who in turn gives it away himself.
    • 78' Lukaku fouls Senderos, free-kick Fulham
    • 77' Zamora makes his appearance, replacing penalty kick misser Kasami. Looks like Zamora will play target man flanked by Dembele and Ruiz.
    • 75' Chelsea win a corner... Lampard sends it towards goal and TERRY'S THERE... WHAT A SAVE BY SCHWARZER!
    • 74' Chelsea counter once more and Bertrand has a chance, but Schwarzer saves. What a game this is turning into from such a tepid start! Would have been Bertrand's first goal for Chelsea and his first past an actual goalkeeper (Robbie Savage was in goal when he scored for Reading).
    • 73' Terry gets a head to Briggs' cross and only a Turnbull tip over the bar prevents the own goal! Turnbull drops the ensuing corner but David Luiz clears it!
    • 72' Dembele wins a free-kick 25 yards out from Ferreira as Fulham were keeping the pressure going. Frei squares it to Baird... blocked by Terry! Dembele! Turnbull saves!
    • 71' Baird looks to pick out Frei with a deep cross, but Ferreira concedes the corner. It's taken short but to nothing.
    • 70' Chelsea break again, Malouda! Schwarzer saves!
    • 69' As soon as I say that, Romeu gives it away in a dangerous position trying to pass to Ferreira, but he is able to rescue it before Dembele can capitalise.
    • 68' Romeu, arguably the early contender for man of the match, thwarts Dembele's attempt to turn on the edge of the area.
    • 67' Kelly is caught offside.
    • 66' Ruiz v Luiz ends in favour of the Fulham striker, earning a free-kick for the visitors. Lukaku has 25 minutes remaining and he looks absolutely spent.
    • 65' ...and the tenacious Lukaku is going for goal again, but Grygera's challenge is crunching and successful. Lukaku looks like he's been through war!
    • 64' Kasami beats Romeu and advances to the edge of the box. He meets a dead end so he tees up Frei who isn't as successful against Romeu. Chelsea break again...
    • 63' Lukaku again tries his luck, turning Senderos before attempting to find Malouda in the box. The best Malouda can do is win a corner off Kelly. The corner is met by Luiz but he's unable to get his effort on target.
    • 62' Chelsea break but it's Lukaku versus six black shirts and it's only going to end one way.
    • 61' Baird and Gecov are pulling the strings in a lengthy period of Fulham possession, but there's no penetration and Chelsea are keeping them out of the danger zone.
    • 60' Moussa Dembele replaces Sa in the visitors' first change of the contest. Jol could be preparing a fresh onslaught on the ten men of Chelsea now.
    • 59' Lampard and Terry combine in an attempt to set up Kalou, but Senderos is there first and clears for a throw.
    • 58' Chelsea have a 21-match scoring streak in the Carling Cup, but it could go out of the window tonight.
    • 57' Kalou looks to tee up Lukaku but Briggs intercepts and Fulham break, but their attack is too urgent and Turnbull claims a long pass.
    • 56' Romeu closes down Kasami as the away side, as expected, start to take over in the possession stakes.
    • 54' Ruiz is muscled off the ball by Malouda, but Chelsea lose possession soonafter and Frei takes it forward.
    • 53' No Drogba or Mata tonight now, though...
    • 52' Dembele and Zamora are options for Jol if he opts to bring on a fresh attacker to attempt to punish Chelsea in the latter stages. Briggs embarks on a good run forward but knocks it too far ahead of himself and it's a goal kick.
    • 51' I have to say, that one looked more of a penalty than the one that was actually given. McEachran is sacrificed for Terry. Massive shame for the promising midfielder, he along with Romeu and Lukaku were having decent games in their chances to shine.
    • 50' We've had as much excitement in the first 5 minutes of the second half as the entire first half. John Terry is warming up, understandably so, and Chelsea are not only down a man but will have made all three of their changes. Sa bursts into the box and he's brought down by makeshift CB Romeu... nothing given this time!
    • 49' Ruiz got inside his man and teed up Frei. He's sandwiched between Ferreira and Alex just as the Swiss teen looked certain to score. Kasami will take the penalty... AND HITS THE BAR! Chelsea clear!
    • 48' PENALTY FULHAM! RED CARD FOR ALEX!
    • 47' McEachran wins possession and sends Lampard on his way. Lampard picks out Kalou and the home fans think they're ahead... but it's an optical illusion. It went wide.
    • 46' Villas-Boas appears to be taking no chances with his goalkeeper Petr Cech after his collision with Orlando Sa in the first half. Ross Turnbull will man the sticks for the home side in the 2nd period.
    • 46' The second half has kicked off, but there's a half-time substitution to report...
    • 45+3' And there's the half-time whistle. Not a bad half, but quite deadlocked so far.
    • 45+2' Kelly concedes a Chelsea corner in the final seconds of the half. The initial delivery is cleared despite a Malouda flick-on sending it towards goal, and the second attempt at a delivery from Luiz is cleared by Baird.
    • 45+1' A ball into the box heading towards Kalou is cleared by Senderos.
    • 45' Two minutes of added time will be played at the end of the first half. Sa and Cech both appear to have shaken off the worst of that collision.
    • 44' The switch is made. Lampard replaces Sturridge. Now it looks like 4-2-3-1 with Romeu and McEachran in front of the back line and Malouda, Kalou and Lampard assisting Lukaku as a lone striker.
    • 43' Fulham take advantage of the numbers and burst forward, Briggs with the cross and Sa aims to beat Cech to it... he doesn't, but the two clash in the process. They're both feeling that one.
    • 42' Chelsea currently down to ten men while Villas-Boas prepares a replacement for Sturridge. It looks like Lampard will be the man coming on. Far from a like for like...
    • 41' From bad to worse for Sturridge, he's pulled up with a hamstring problem and won't be able to continue.
    • 40' In fairness to Sturridge, Kelly was there with him and may well have cleared it before it went in if not for the touch from the striker to make sure.
    • 39' McEachran goes on a terrific run and goes for goal... it's in! But Sturridge had the last touch and he was offside. It looked like the midfielder's initial contact was sending it on target anyway. Has Sturridge cost his team a goal, let alone McEachran's first for Chelsea?
    • 37' Sturridge is unable to control Lukaku's through pass on the right.
    • 36' Malouda shoots off target after a good turn and short pass from Lukaku.
    • 35' The visitors are enjoying a purple patch at the moment. Frei is inches short of connecting with a decent cross.
    • 34' Kasami's corner to the near post is headed away by Romeu, as is the second attempt from Briggs.
    • 33' Fulham break and with the advantage from a foul by Romeu, win a corner.
    • 32' Excellent sliding challenge by Briggs to dispossess Sturridge.
    • 31' Sa is threaded through by Kasami but he's offside.
    • 30'' McEachran takes a free kick for Chelsea which the defenders are up for. He whips it into the box but Senderos beats Lukaku to it and clears.
    • 28' Luiz gets a full head of steam on one of his trademark runs from the back, but his attempt to set Bertand free on the left is overhit and goes over the byline.
    • 27' Ruiz clips it over the Chelsea back line to Sa, he has Kasami to his side... but he shoots off target when the square ball to his team mate would have been a tap-in for 0-1...
    • 26' McEachran tees up Sturridge to try his luck, but again it's the wrong side of the post.
    • 25' Chelsea give the ball away to Ruiz, he's goal side of Alex, but the defender again wins out despite being second favourite.
    • 23' The last time these two played in this competition, in that aforementioned 2005 QF, it led to Chelsea winning their first silverware under Jose Mourinho. Do you believe in omens?
    • 21' The danger isn't over as Kalou strikes at goal, but it's wide.
    • 20' Kasami's corner is caught by Cech and Chelsea break immediately. Lukaku powers forward but his shot is saved by Schwarzer.
    • 19' Frei embarks on a fine run into the penalty area and only a sliding challenge from Alex can stop him. It gives Fulham their first corner kick. Great play by the 17 year old.
    • 18' Malouda's ball to Bertrand is mis-paced, but the Frenchman wins the ball back himself.
    • 17' Kalou glances a long ball from Bertrand towards goal but is unable to direct it on target.
    • 16' The replay shows that Chelsea may well have been entitled to a penalty there. A clear hand on Malouda's shoulder unbalancing the forward.
    • 15' The move ends when Lukaku mis-controls and allows the ball to roll off for a throw.
    • 14' Malouda appears to be pulled back by Kelly, but nothing given.
    • 13' Baird moves it forward, plays it to Kasami who loses possession to Romeu, who's in the "Makelele role" tonight.
    • 12' Lukaku does well with Ferreira's ball down the flank and wins an attacking throw.
    • 10' Chelsea win the first corner of the game. McEachran will take it, it's half cleared to Romeu but Fulham have it back and break. Briggs does well but Chelsea eventually cut out the danger.
    • 9' If Fulham can pull off the upset tonight, it'll be the first time they will have made it past this stage since 2005 when they made the quarter-finals (against Chelsea)
    • 8' Now it's Kasami's turn to shoot off target. Goal kick at the other end now.
    • 7' Malouder heads Sturridge through but only enough to fire into the side netting. Why he didn't aim across goal instead of the well marked near post, I don't know.
    • 6' Ferreira's ball into the Fulham penalty area is cleared by Grygera for a throw.
    • 5' Sa is caught offside chasing down a long ball upfield. Chelsea take the free-kick.
    • 4' A ball from Malouda to Kalou is intercepted and Fulham take over possession.
    • 3' Ruiz clears a ball intended for Sa in the danger zone.
    • 2' Chelsea in their traditional blue home kit, Fulham in their all-black change strip. Looks like 4-4-1-1 for Fulham, with Ruiz hovering around Sa.
    • 1' Referee Chris Foy gets the first half started.
    • 19:45 The teams are out at Stamford Bridge. The West London cup derby is moments away!
    • 19:40 "Chelsea will win tonight but I hope they play more like­ a team" - chelsearule365, Wed 21 Sep 7:23PM
    • 19:35 Do you fancy Fulham's chances to go all the way in the Carling Cup this season? Their own manager doesn't, thanks to European commitments - but he'd love it if they were at least able to eliminate their West London rivals tonight. Full story
    • 19:30 Meanwhile, Martin Jol has rested Danny Murphy and Brede Hangeland, while Aaron Hughes misses out with a hamstring niggle. Marcel Gecov and Orlando Sa will debut tonight.
    • 19:25 Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas claims owner Roman Abramovich himself asked him to blood younger players in this competition, and the manager has complied. McEachran, Romeu, Bertrand and Lukaku all start, as well as fit-again Didier Drogba.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Luiz, Alex, Bertrand, McEachran, Romeu, Malouda, Sturridge, Lukaku, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Mikel, Bosingwa, Terry. /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Baird, Senderos, Grygera, Gecov, Kasami, Frei, Briggs, Orlando Sa, Ruiz. Subs: Etheridge, John Arne Riise, Sidwell, Zamora, Dembele, Kacaniklic, Halliche.
    • 19:15 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the Carling Cup third round tie between Chelsea and Fulham!
  • Summary

    • - Malouda with number 5... scores!
    • - Chris Baird steps up for Fulham. He coolly puts it away. 3-3, it's pratically sudden death now.
    • - Kalou will take penalty number 4 for Chelsea. Schwarzer employs a little gamesmanship, but he's sent the wrong way. 3-2.
    • - Chelsea send their skipper John Terry up next. Will this be a Moscow flashback? No, he scores. 2-2.
    • - Steve Sidwell will take the next penalty. The Chelsea fans try to put him off, but it's driven low beyond Turnbull. 2-1 Fulham.
    • - David Luiz is up next for Chelsea. The defender scores. 1-1.
    • - Zamora takes Fulham's first... drills it down the centre! 1-0 Fulham, 1 pen each.
    • 118' Kelly plays a high ball into the area... SIDWELL! Volley is just off target! That was a good chance after a close call at the opposite end.
    • 117' Speaking of Lukaku, he plays on after Luiz is fouled... Senderos intercepts before Kalou can finish the job!
    • 75' Chelsea win a corner... Lampard sends it towards goal and TERRY'S THERE... WHAT A SAVE BY SCHWARZER!
    • 73' Terry gets a head to Briggs' cross and only a Turnbull tip over the bar prevents the own goal! Turnbull drops the ensuing corner but David Luiz clears it!
    • 72' Dembele wins a free-kick 25 yards out from Ferreira as Fulham were keeping the pressure going. Frei squares it to Baird... blocked by Terry! Dembele! Turnbull saves!
    • 70' Chelsea break again, Malouda! Schwarzer saves!
    • 50' We've had as much excitement in the first 5 minutes of the second half as the entire first half. John Terry is warming up, understandably so, and Chelsea are not only down a man but will have made all three of their changes. Sa bursts into the box and he's brought down by makeshift CB Romeu... nothing given this time!
    • 49' Ruiz got inside his man and teed up Frei. He's sandwiched between Ferreira and Alex just as the Swiss teen looked certain to score. Kasami will take the penalty... AND HITS THE BAR! Chelsea clear!
    • 48' PENALTY FULHAM! RED CARD FOR ALEX!
    • 47' McEachran wins possession and sends Lampard on his way. Lampard picks out Kalou and the home fans think they're ahead... but it's an optical illusion. It went wide.
    • 39' McEachran goes on a terrific run and goes for goal... it's in! But Sturridge had the last touch and he was offside. It looked like the midfielder's initial contact was sending it on target anyway. Has Sturridge cost his team a goal, let alone McEachran's first for Chelsea?
    • 27' Ruiz clips it over the Chelsea back line to Sa, he has Kasami to his side... but he shoots off target when the square ball to his team mate would have been a tap-in for 0-1...
    • 19' Frei embarks on a fine run into the penalty area and only a sliding challenge from Alex can stop him. It gives Fulham their first corner kick. Great play by the 17 year old.
    • 19:20 TEAMS - Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Luiz, Alex, Bertrand, McEachran, Romeu, Malouda, Sturridge, Lukaku, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Mikel, Bosingwa, Terry. /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Baird, Senderos, Grygera, Gecov, Kasami, Frei, Briggs, Orlando Sa, Ruiz. Subs: Etheridge, John Arne Riise, Sidwell, Zamora, Dembele, Kacaniklic, Halliche.

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