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  1. The final Champions League group game was a dead rubber as far as the two teams playing were concerned. Chelsea were already guaranteed top spot with maximum points, while Dinamo Zagreb had lost all five of their group games. As such, Spencer rotated his side, with Charlie Colkett and Gary Cahill starting. Chelsea Courtois Wakefield Cahill Christensen Gayà Camacho Kanté Colkett Willian Batshuayi Pedro Substitutes: Begovic, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Hazard, Costa Dinamo Zagreb Jesensek Saric Puskaric Amorim Jelic Gavric Ilic Takac Perak Coulibaly Olmo Substitutes: Adzic, Pipic, Mise, Havojic, Borgelott, Kraljevic, Vidacak Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Ils Sont Les Meilleurs Sie sind die besten These are the Champions Die meister Die besten Les meilleurs équipes The Champions! In the eighth minute, Jelic was booked for a foul on Willian. Pedro's free kick was headed back by Christensen to Camacho, who sent a half volley into the opposite corner of the net to give Chelsea the lead. In the twelfth minute, Christensen was booked for a foul on Coulibaly. A minute later, Willian robbed Amorim and played the ball back to Pedro, whose pot-shot was saved by Jesensek. Jesensek was then called into action again, tipping a shot from Colkett wide. Camacho was next to test Jesensek, sending a shot wide from distance. Just before the half hour, Pedro played the ball back to Colkett, who passed to Kanté. Kanté went on a surging run into the area before having a shot blocked. Willian got back to recover, and passed to Colkett, who hit a first time shot into the top corner to send the crowd into rapture. Commentating on BT Sport, Peter Drury described the goal as "an incredible goal" adding that it was "his first ever goal for Chelsea, and what a way to score it, sheer brilliance!" In the 32nd minute, a cross from Willian found Batshuayi, whose header clipped the bar and went over. Five minutes later, José Gayà headed over from a corner. In the 40th minute, a throw-in by Wakefield found Willian, who passed back to Wakefield. Wakefield sent the ball to Camacho, who hit a blistering volley into the net. Once again, Peter Drury did not hold back, describing the goal as "an absolute howitzer". Two minutes later, Pedro went on a searching run to the edge of the box before passing to Kanté, who played the ball to Wakefield out wide. Wakefield's cross deflected off a Zagreb player against the post, but Jesensek didn't gather it and Willian pounced to send the ball into an empty net. Just before half time, a careless pass from Coulibaly was intercepted by Colkett, who set off on a run deep into the Zagreb half before passing to Batshuayi, who sent a brilliant volley into the net for Chelsea's fifth. Chelsea showed no signs of letting up in the second half, and in the 51st minute Pedro got to a long ball from Colkett before shooting wide from a tight angle. Zagreb then took Ilic off, replacing him with Vidacak. A minute later, Willian's free kick found Cahill, who missed the target with his header. In the 56th minute, Pedro hit a long range effort wide, before Kanté hit a hopeful shot over the bar. Zagreb then took Coulibaly off, replacing him with Vedran Havojic. In the 67th minute, a hopeful shot from Batshuayi was saved by Jesensek, before a rare Dinamo attack saw Olmo hit the ball over the bar. Ten minutes later, Willian sent a free kick wide. With just over ten minutes left, Willian came off to a standing ovation, with Hazard replacing him, while Loftus-Cheek replaced Camacho. With eight minutes left, Kanté hit a shot too high. In stoppage time, Hazard sent a shot skimming the top of the bar, as Chelsea got their biggest win since a win at Swansea by the same scoreline in January 2015. UEFA Champions League Group C, Match 6 - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 5-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Camacho 8, 40, Colkett 29, Willian 42, Batshuayi 45+1) Attendance: 39,640 (92 away) Man of the Match: Charlie Colkett In the post match interview, Spencer said that "We're a club that puts great emphasis on youth development and to see Colkett score his first goal was special," before adding that "He can go right to the very top, no doubt about that." Other Results: Group A: Besiktas 2-3 Athletic Bilbao (Aboubakar 29, Babel 30; Aduriz 35, Williams 45, Merino 59), CSKA Moscow 0-1 FC Porto (Silva 19) Group B: Atlético Madrid 3-1 Benfica (Fernández 13, 38, Gameiro 90+2; Pizzi pen 43), FC Basel 0-3 Chievo (M'Poku 9, 12, Birsa 60) Group C: Juventus 2-1 Gladbach (Dybala 12, Lemina 86; Hazard 18) Group D: AS Monaco 4-0 Red Bull Salzburg (Germain 6, 28, 68, Carrillo 43), Tottenham 2-0 Bayern Munich (Son 6, Anderson 14) Group E: Celtic 0-4 Sporting CP (Novák s/o 60; Kalinic 10, 14, 27, Svensson 46), Real Madrid 6-0 BATE Borisov (Carvajal 2, Ramos 7, 49, Martins 14, Ronaldo pen 25, Morata 71) Group F: Inter Milan 2-0 Club Brugge (Miranda 36, Brozovic 60), Shakhtar 1-4 Dortmund (Vázquez 32; Reus 35, 42, 43, Schürrle 47) Group G: Arsenal 5-0 Feyenoord (Giroud 17, 39, Sánchez 33, 57, Iwobi 72), Barcelona 4-0 Zenit (Messi 6, Suárez 20, Piqué 86, Alcácer 88) Group H: Leverkusen 0-0 Man Utd (Blind s/o 7), PSG 3-0 Legia Warsaw (Guedes 36, Cavani 38, 43) Europa League Group C: Zulte Waregem 1-4 Liverpool (Leye 70, Hamalainen s/o 5; Emre Can 20, Pulisic 40, Lallana 56, Sabitzer 74) Group D: Hearts 0-1 Steaua Bucharest (Dumitrescu 43) Group H: Man City 3-0 KRC Genk (Agüero 38, Gabriel Jesus 61, De Bruyne 64) Group K: FC København 0-1 Southampton (Lingard 20) Group L: Olympique de Marseille 1-1 Watford (Cabella 27; Tierney 69) Group Tables: | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | FC Porto | POR | 6 | 4 | 1 | 1 | 9 | 4 | 5 | 13 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | Athletic Club | ESP | 6 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 11 | 8 | 3 | 10 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | CSKA Moscow | RUS | 6 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 9 | 8 | 1 | 8 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Beşiktaş JK | TUR | 6 | 1 | 0 | 5 | 7 | 16 | -9 | 3 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Atlético de Madrid | ESP | 6 | 5 | 0 | 1 | 18 | 5 | 13 | 15 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | SL Benfica | POR | 6 | 5 | 0 | 1 | 12 | 6 | 6 | 15 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Chievo | ITA | 6 | 1 | 0 | 5 | 9 | 14 | -5 | 3 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | FC Basel | SUI | 6 | 1 | 0 | 5 | 7 | 21 | -14 | 3 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Chelsea | ENG | 6 | 6 | 0 | 0 | 15 | 2 | 13 | 18 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | Juventus | ITA | 6 | 4 | 0 | 2 | 10 | 6 | 4 | 12 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Gladbach | GER | 6 | 2 | 0 | 4 | 8 | 10 | -2 | 6 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Dinamo Zagreb | CRO | 6 | 0 | 0 | 6 | 2 | 17 | -15 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Tottenham | ENG | 6 | 5 | 0 | 1 | 13 | 3 | 10 | 15 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | Bayern | GER | 6 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 8 | 6 | 2 | 10 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | AS Monaco | FRA | 6 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 10 | 6 | 4 | 10 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Red Bull Salzburg | AUT | 6 | 0 | 0 | 6 | 1 | 17 | -16 | 0 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Real Madrid | ESP | 6 | 6 | 0 | 0 | 17 | 1 | 16 | 18 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | Sporting CP | POR | 6 | 3 | 0 | 3 | 12 | 9 | 3 | 9 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Celtic | SCO | 6 | 3 | 0 | 3 | 10 | 9 | 1 | 9 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | BATE Barysaw | BLR | 6 | 0 | 0 | 6 | 3 | 23 | -20 | 0 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Internazionale | ITA | 6 | 6 | 0 | 0 | 15 | 3 | 12 | 18 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | Dortmund | GER | 6 | 4 | 0 | 2 | 11 | 7 | 4 | 12 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Shakhtar | UKR | 6 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 8 | 17 | -9 | 4 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Club Brugge | BEL | 6 | 0 | 1 | 5 | 8 | 15 | -7 | 1 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | FC Barcelona | ESP | 6 | 5 | 1 | 0 | 19 | 3 | 16 | 16 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | Arsenal | ENG | 6 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 13 | 9 | 4 | 10 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Feyenoord | NED | 6 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 5 | 17 | -12 | 4 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Zenit | RUS | 6 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 5 | 13 | -8 | 4 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Man Utd | ENG | 6 | 4 | 2 | 0 | 11 | 2 | 9 | 14 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | Leverkusen | GER | 6 | 4 | 1 | 1 | 13 | 5 | 8 | 13 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Paris Saint-Germain | FRA | 6 | 2 | 1 | 3 | 12 | 8 | 4 | 7 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Legia Warszawa | POL | 6 | 0 | 0 | 6 | 1 | 22 | -21 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| World Cup Group Stage Draw: Group A: Russia, Chile, Costa Rica, Greece Group B: Poland, Italy, USA, Guinea Group C: Germany, Turkey, Nigeria, Honduras Group D: Austria, Spain, Colombia, Mexico Group E: Argentina, Portugal, Ghana, Australia Group F: France, England, Uruguay, Japan Group G: Croatia, Senegal, Denmark, South Korea Group H: Brazil, Ivory Coast, Belgium, Iran
  2. Chelsea took on Liverpool in their next home game. After the victory at Southampton, Spencer fielded his strongest side; Liverpool were missing Roberto Firmino and Mamadou Sakho through injury. Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Luiz Zouma Gayà Matic Kanté Fàbregas Willian Costa Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Wakefield, Cahill, Camacho, Colkett, Pedro, Batshuayi Liverpool Mignolet Clyne Keane Lovren Moreno Henderson Can Mané Wilshere Lallana Sturridge Substitutes: Ward, Matip, Pulisic, Origi, Milner, Palmieri, Sabitzer Referee: Mike Dean Chelsea looked to attack first, and in the fifth minute a shot by Fàbregas was blocked by Lovren. In the seventh minute, Jack Wilshere - who had arrived from Arsenal for £18 million in the summer - played in Mané, whose shot was saved by Courtois. In the twelfth minute, however, Diego Costa sustained a facial injury following a challenge with Lovren. He was taken off after some discussion between Spencer and the medical team, with Batshuayi replacing him. In the 20th minute, Batshuayi went by Keane and had a pop, which he sent over the bar. Five minutes later, he was booked for a foul on Henderson. In the 28th minute, a throw-in by Clyne found Henderson, who passed back. Clyne crossed the ball for Lallana, but Matic headed clear. Henderson got to the ball before Hazard, and headed square to Emre Can. Can moved the ball on to Wilshere, who moved it left for Lallana. Lallana hit a speculative long-range effort, which Courtois tipped against the post before Zouma cleared. Four minutes later, another throw-in by Clyne was intercepted by Matic, who headed the ball to Hazard. Clyne intercepted and took the ball down the right before passing to Wilshere, who passed to Mané. Mané came out second best against Gayà's robust challenge, and Gayà passed to Matic, who hit a nice little ball forward to Hazard, who fed it down the line towards Batshuayi. Michael Keane intercepted, but Hazard recovered the ball and expertly picked out Batshuayi whose shot from an acute angle hit the side netting. In the 37th minute Gayà was booked for a foul on Mané. In the 40th minute, a cross from Batshuayi was met by the head of Willian, who could only nod the ball wide. Two minutes later, a wonderful pass from Henderson found Wilshere, whose shot was blocked. In the 52nd minute, Gayà hit a long-range effort which he couldn't get on target. Two minutes later, a cross from Hazard found Kanté, whose shot was tipped behind by Mignolet. Liverpool then made a substitution, replacing Lallana with Pulisic. In the 58th minute, Willian played a free kick short to Matic, who passed to Zouma. Zouma hit a long ball to Hazard, who beat the offside trap and headed the ball past an onrushing Mignolet to give Chelsea the lead. Three minutes later, a cross from Clyne was headed out by Luiz, but only as far as Can. Can got his head to the ball, but it was saved by Courtois. Liverpool then replaced Sturridge with Origi. In the 68th minute, a long ball by Luiz found Hazard, who volleyed just over. A minute later, Emre Can sent the ball sailing over the bar. Joel Matip then came on to replace Michael Keane. In the 72nd minute, Clyne was booked for a foul on Hazard. With fifteen minutes left, Mané sent the ball over before Camacho replaced Matic. Camacho was then booked for a foul on Origi. In the 81st minute, Willian sent a free kick over the bar, before Zouma sent a header off target three minutes later. With five minutes left, a shot from a tight angle by Hazard was tipped behind by Mignolet before Zouma was replaced by Cahill. With two minutes left, a shot from Pulisic was tipped away by Courtois, who then saved a shot from Mané. In the final minute of normal time, Wilshere sent a shot off target as Chelsea closed out another vital win. Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool (Hazard 58) Attendance: 41,629 (3,000 away) Man of the Match: Kurt Zouma Other results Friday Everton 0-4 Man Utd (Mata 13, 54, Fred 46, 75) Saturday Derby County 0-1 Swansea (Bastón 42) Tottenham 1-1 Bournemouth (Eriksen 22; Ki 90+2) West Brom 3-4 Leicester (Mariano 1, Rooney 40, 90; Carrillo 4, Willian José pen 11, pen 48, Ndidi 21) West Ham 0-0 Southampton Stoke 0-2 Arsenal (Özil 36, Iwobi 90+1) Sunday Watford 0-0 Burnley Man City 1-1 Newcastle (Gabriel Jesus 86; Gayle 16) Monday Norwich 3-1 Sunderland (Pritchard 13, Jesé 38, Hoolahan 84; Young 90) League Table | Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Man City | 14 | 11 | 3 | 0 | 22 | 6 | +16 | 36 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Chelsea | 15 | 10 | 3 | 2 | 28 | 9 | +19 | 33 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Arsenal | 15 | 10 | 1 | 4 | 29 | 13 | +16 | 31 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | West Ham | 15 | 9 | 2 | 4 | 27 | 14 | +13 | 29 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 5th | | Tottenham | 15 | 8 | 4 | 3 | 31 | 19 | +12 | 28 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 6th | | Leicester | 14 | 8 | 2 | 4 | 23 | 20 | +3 | 26 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 7th | | Everton | 15 | 7 | 3 | 5 | 24 | 19 | +5 | 24 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8th | | Liverpool | 15 | 7 | 2 | 6 | 23 | 19 | +4 | 23 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 9th | | Man Utd | 15 | 6 | 3 | 6 | 23 | 15 | +8 | 21 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 10th | | Bournemouth | 15 | 5 | 5 | 5 | 22 | 23 | -1 | 20 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 11th | | Watford | 15 | 5 | 4 | 6 | 19 | 19 | 0 | 19 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 12th | | Sunderland | 15 | 5 | 4 | 6 | 18 | 20 | -2 | 19 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 13th | | Newcastle | 15 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 20 | 27 | -7 | 17 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 14th | | Stoke | 15 | 4 | 4 | 7 | 15 | 21 | -6 | 16 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 15th | | Southampton | 15 | 4 | 4 | 7 | 17 | 26 | -9 | 16 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 16th | | Norwich | 15 | 4 | 3 | 8 | 15 | 22 | -7 | 15 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 17th | | Derby County | 15 | 4 | 0 | 11 | 14 | 28 | -14 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 18th | | Burnley | 15 | 3 | 3 | 9 | 13 | 30 | -17 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 19th | | Swansea | 15 | 3 | 2 | 10 | 13 | 20 | -7 | 11 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 20th | | West Brom | 15 | 3 | 1 | 11 | 15 | 41 | -26 | 10 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  3. There's actually something that's been on my mind ever since you wrote "Sometimes, Love is not Enough". Am I right in thinking that "We Are The Gooners" was based on ArsenalFanTV?
  4. Piers Morgan, Alan Davies, Ian Wright, DT, Robbie, Moh, Martin Keown, Nick Hornby, Jeremy Corbyn, your boys took one hell of a beating!
  5. Chelsea returned to Southampton for the quarter final of the Carabao Cup. However, with Liverpool on the horizon, Spencer picked a fully rotated side; only Pedro kept his place from the Newcastle game. Southampton Forster Freeman Wisdom Kongolo Targett Romeu Clasie Ward-Prowse Redmond Giovani Boufal Substitutes: McCarthy, Gardos, Rodriguez, Collins, Tadic, Bertrand, Huddlestone Chelsea Begovic Wakefield Rüdiger Christensen Aké Camacho Loftus-Cheek Colkett Musonda Batshuayi Pedro Substitutes: Courtois, Zappacosta, Luiz, Fàbregas, Kanté, Willian, Costa Referee: Mark Clattenburg Southampton had the first chance, with Boufal sending a shot sailing wide of the mark. In the eighth minute, a throw-in from Wakefield found Musonda, who sent a curling cross into the area. Aké got his head to it, but Forster pulled off a fingertip save to divert the ball over. Two minutes later, a shot from Giovani was blocked by Begovic and cleared by Wakefield. In the seventeenth minute, Batshuayi set off on a run through the Southampton half, beating Romeu and Ward-Prowse before seeing his shot saved by Forster. In the 25th minute, a throw-in by Freeman was intercepted by Pedro, who headed the ball on to Batshuayi. Batshuayi ran into the area before sending a low shot into the bottom corner to give Chelsea the lead. In the 33rd minute, Boufal sent a shot sailing over the bar, before Ward-Prowse skied a free kick three minutes later. In the 43rd minute, Musonda was booked for a foul on Targett. At half time, Southampton took Romeu off, replacing him with Jay Rodriguez. Four minutes into the half, Colkett passed to Musonda, whose shot was saved by Forster. Three minutes later, Boufal passed to Ward-Prowse, whose shot was beaten away by Begovic. In the 54th minute, Aké cleared the ball to Musonda, who went on a run down the right flank, wriggling away from Targett before sending in a cross. Batshuayi met it with a volley, but it was saved by Forster. Three minutes later, Musonda fired over. Just before the hour mark, Rodriguez was tackled by Wakefield, who played the ball back to Christensen. Christensen looked for Aké to his right, but Aké played a wayward pass which was pounced on by Rodriguez, who fired the ball past Begovic to level the score. Southampton then replaced Freeman with Huddlestone. Two minutes later, a throw-in from Wakefield found Camacho, who passed back. Wakefield then took the ball down the right, and sent in a cross, which Batshuayi converted at the near post. In the 63rd minute, Loftus-Cheek was booked for a foul on Boufal. Five minutes later, Chelsea were awarded a free kick, which Batshuayi sent over the bar. Southampton then made their final change, with Gardos coming on for Wisdom. In the 77th minute, a cross from Huddlestone found the head of Rodriguez, who headed over. Four minutes later, Giovani had a header saved by Begovic when he should have scored. However, from the clearance, Southampton regained possession, and Gardos fed the ball first time for Huddlestone. Huddlestone passed to Clasie, who looked for Ward-Prowse on the right. Ward-Prowse crossed the ball for Rodriguez, who headed the ball past Begovic to bring Southampton level again. Chelsea responded by bringing David Luiz on for Christensen. In the 84th minute, a clearance from Kongolo was intercepted by Aké, who moved the ball to Wakefield. Wakefield played a low pass into the area to Musonda, who centred the ball for Batshuayi to power a header past Forster to complete his hat trick. Southampton pushed players forward as the match drew to a close, but they couldn't create another opening and Chelsea made it into the last four courtesy of a sensational performance from Batshuayi. Carabao Cup Fifth Round - at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton Southampton 2-3 Chelsea (Rodriguez 59, 82; Batshuayi 25, 61, 84) Attendance: 32,505 (1,625 away) Man of the Match: Michy Batshuayi Other results Tuesday Newcastle 0-1 Everton (Saivet s/o 61; Benteke 40) Northampton 0-1 Man City (Iheanacho 78) Wednesday Cardiff 2-0 Leicester (Gunnarsson pen 75, Pilkington 89) Semi Final Draw Chelsea vs Cardiff Man City vs Everton
  6. Chelsea hosted Newcastle at arguably the ideal time. Antonio Gómez was taking charge of his first game as manager since Benitez had departed to become Holland manager. However, Eden Hazard didn't feature, having sustained a gashed head against Gladbach. N'Golo Kanté returned to the side, having been rested. Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Luiz Zouma Gayà Matic Kanté Fàbregas Willian Costa Pedro Substitutes: Begovic, Wakefield, Rüdiger, Camacho, Loftus-Cheek, Musonda, Batshuayi Newcastle Darlow Chambers Lascelles Dunk Durmisi Ritchie Diamé Colback Pjaca Gayle Mitrovic Substitutes: Sels, Sakai, Anita, Pérez, Lazaar, Clark, Lerma Referee: Neil Swarbrick It was in fact Newcastle who had the first chances, as Ritchie saw a half volley tipped over by Courtois before Mitrovic headed over from the resulting corner. In the ninth minute, Willian sent a few kick clean over the bar, before Darlow tipped a Pedro shot wide two minutes later. Willian then had another chance, with a free kick being saved by Darlow. In the fifteenth minute, Willian played a free kick forward to Kanté, who got to the byline and centred the ball into the six yard box where Costa fired the ball into the bottom corner to give Chelsea the lead. Chelsea continued to attack, as Willian shot wide before Fàbregas sent a shot off target in the eighteenth minute. Two minutes later, a header by Zouma was saved by Darlow. In the 23rd minute, Kanté fed in Fàbregas, whose low shot was tipped behind by Darlow. In the 32nd minute, Willian was shown a yellow card for a trip on Chambers. Two minutes later, a cross from Gayà was headed clear by Durmisi, only for Kanté to head back in. Costa, however, was tackled before he could shoot. In the 35th minute, Chelsea won a free kick, which Willian sent wide. Three minutes later, a tame shot from Costa was easily gathered by Darlow. Four minutes before the break, Costa passed forward to Kanté, who got into the area before having a shot tipped behind by Darlow. A minute later, Matic headed wide from a corner, before Lewis Dunk was booked for a foul on Costa and Willian's free kick was tipped over by Darlow. As the match entered first half stoppage time, Fàbregas played a low pass to Gayà, who played a long ball to Costa. Costa easily rose above Durmisi and glanced the header on to Willian, who headed the ball in at the near post for the 50th league goal of his career. Vurnon Anita came on to replace Diamé at half time, before Gayà was booked for a foul on Gayle. A long range shot from Gayle was then tipped behind by Courtois, before Darlow saved a shot from Pedro. Just before the hour mark, Pjaca was booked for a foul on Willian. Two minutes later, Camacho was brought on to replace Matic, before Ayoze Perez replaced Mitrovic. In the 69th minute, Colback was booked for a foul on Kanté, before Dunk was replaced by Clark and Musonda replaced Willian. Two minutes later, a cross from Gayle was tipped wide by Courtois. With just over ten minutes left, Pedro dispossessed Ritchie and found Fàbregas, who passed to Kanté. Kanté went on a surging run into the Newcastle half, only to be tackled by Colback. The ball went back to Camacho who sought out Fàbregas. Fàbregas fed the ball into the box looking for Costa, who turned and fired the ball into the top corner. David Luiz then went off, with Rüdiger replacing him. A minute later, a shot by Ritchie was blocked by Gayà, before Zouma was booked for a foul on Gayle. With a minute left, a shot by Musonda went over the bar. In the last minute, a long ball from Darlow was intercepted by Rüdiger, whose header was intercepted by Colback. Pérez, however, lost the ball to Azpilicueta, who passed to Fàbregas. Fàbregas passed to Kanté, who set off on another run into the Newcastle half. He was obstructed by Colback, who he had given nightmares all game. Neil Swarbrick looked to play advantage, but brought play back and called Colback over before showing him a second yellow card. Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United (Diego Costa 15, 79, Willian 45+1; Colback s/o 90) Attendance: 41,629 (3,000 away) Man of the Match: Diego Costa Other results Friday Stoke 1-1 Swansea (Allen 83; Bastón 71) Saturday Derby County 1-2 Sunderland (Edwards 61; Blaszczykowski 22, Defoe 86) Everton 3-1 Norwich (McCarthy 75, Deulofeu 81, Barkley 88; Oliveira 80) Tottenham 2-0 Burnley (Wanyama 8, Walker 55) West Ham 2-0 Bournemouth (Calleri 21, 90+1) West Brom 1-2 Arsenal (Rooney 48; Giroud 23, pen 61) Sunday Liverpool 4-2 Southampton (Emre Can 4, Pulisic 44, Sturridge 49, 75; Giovani 46, 56) Watford 1-1 Man Utd (Bolasie 48; Martial 71, Nainggolan s/o 82) League Table | Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Man City | 13 | 11 | 2 | 0 | 21 | 5 | +16 | 35 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Chelsea | 14 | 9 | 3 | 2 | 27 | 9 | +18 | 30 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Arsenal | 14 | 9 | 1 | 4 | 27 | 13 | +14 | 28 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | West Ham | 14 | 9 | 1 | 4 | 27 | 14 | +13 | 28 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 5th | | Tottenham | 14 | 8 | 3 | 3 | 30 | 18 | +12 | 27 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 6th | | Everton | 14 | 7 | 3 | 4 | 24 | 15 | +9 | 24 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 7th | | Liverpool | 14 | 7 | 2 | 5 | 23 | 18 | +5 | 23 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8th | | Leicester | 13 | 7 | 2 | 4 | 19 | 17 | +2 | 23 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 9th | | Sunderland | 14 | 5 | 4 | 5 | 17 | 17 | 0 | 19 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 10th | | Bournemouth | 14 | 5 | 4 | 5 | 21 | 22 | -1 | 19 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 11th | | Man Utd | 14 | 5 | 3 | 6 | 19 | 15 | +4 | 18 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 12th | | Watford | 14 | 5 | 3 | 6 | 19 | 19 | 0 | 18 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 13th | | Stoke | 14 | 4 | 4 | 6 | 15 | 19 | -4 | 16 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 14th | | Newcastle | 14 | 4 | 4 | 6 | 19 | 26 | -7 | 16 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 15th | | Southampton | 14 | 4 | 3 | 7 | 17 | 26 | -9 | 15 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 16th | | Norwich | 14 | 3 | 3 | 8 | 12 | 21 | -9 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 17th | | Derby County | 14 | 4 | 0 | 10 | 14 | 27 | -13 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 18th | | Burnley | 14 | 3 | 2 | 9 | 13 | 30 | -17 | 11 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 19th | | West Brom | 14 | 3 | 1 | 10 | 12 | 37 | -25 | 10 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 20th | | Swansea | 14 | 2 | 2 | 10 | 12 | 20 | -8 | 8 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  7. Chelsea travelled to Germany knowing that a point away to Gladbach would guarantee top spot in the Champions League Group. The hosts, meanwhile, needed to win to stand a realistic chance of qualifying as they would face Juventus in their final game. A major shock had occurred the previous night, as Paris Saint-Germain had been eliminated from the group stage after losing 2-0 at Old Trafford, prompting much schadenfreude from Chelsea fans. Gladbach Sommer Jungwirth Elvedi Kolo Wendt Strobl Kramer Stindl Correa Johnson Raffael Substitutes: Sippel, Knoche, Hazard, Wagner, Traoré, Vestergaard, Drmic Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Luiz Zouma Gayà Camacho Matic Fàbregas Willian Costa Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Wakefield, Rüdiger, Colkett, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU) Ils sont les meilleurs Sie sind die besten These are the Champions Die meister Die besten Les meilleurs équipes The Champions! It took just three minutes for the first booking, with Camacho picking up a yellow card for a trip on Correa. Five minutes later, Strobl was booked for a foul on Costa, with Willian not directing the free kick goalwards. In the seventeenth minute, a pass from Stindl found Raffael, who put in a cross. The cross was deflected to Kramer, who missed the target. Four minutes later, Correa played in Raffael, whose long shot went wide. In the 28th minute, Gayà's throw-in found Fàbregas, who who passed to Costa. Costa played the ball back to Matic, who exchanged passes with Willian before hitting it low through to Costa. Costa passed to Fàbregas, who looked to find Hazard, and Hazard sent a long-range effort wide. Two minutes later, Azpilicueta was shown a yellow card for a foul on Correa. In the 32nd minute, Camacho tackled Raffael and passed to Costa, who sprayed the ball out to Willian on the right. Willian drifted past Wendt before crossing into the area. Sommer caught the cross, but his long throw was intercepted by Gayà, who knocked it down the right for Hazard. Hazard passed back to Fàbregas, who sprayed the ball out left for Gayà. Gayà then passed back to Fàbregas, who fed the ball right to Matic. Matic passed through to Willian, who delivered the ball to the near post, where Costa headed home for his tenth goal of the season. Gladbach looked to hit back immediately, and Raffael scooped a shot well over the bar. Four minutes later, Raffael had another chance, sending an audacious shot wide of the mark. In the 41st minute, Costa skipped past Elvedi and sent a cross in to Willian, who headed just over. On the stroke of half time, a cross by Jungwirth was intercepted by Gayà, who moved the ball forward to Hazard. Hazard hit a searching long ball to Costa, who hit the ball 30 yards upfield to Willian. Willian whipped in a cross to Costa, whose shot came back off the post only for Hazard to score an open goal. In the 52nd minute, Fàbregas played in Willian, whose volley was just wide. Two minutes later, Raffael sent the ball over the bar from some way out. On the hour mark, Johnson fired a half volley wide. Gladbach made all three changes, as Knoche, Traoré and Thorgan Hazard - facing off against his world class brother - came on to replace Jungwirth, Elvedi and Correa. A minute later, Willian delivered a cross to the far post, where Costa headed just wide. In the 70th minute, Eden Hazard was forced off with a gashed head, and Pedro took his place. With 12 minutes left, Loftus-Cheek came on to replace Camacho. Thorgan Hazard then had two chances, sending a shot wide in the 81st minute before hitting the side netting three minutes later. Costa was replaced by Batshuayi before Zouma headed just wide with five minutes left, as Chelsea made it five wins from five to guarantee top spot in the group. UEFA Champions League Group C, Match 5 - at Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-2 Chelsea (Diego Costa 32, Hazard 45) Attendance: 46,030 (4,371 away) Man of the Match: Willian Other results Group A: Athletic Bilbao 3-2 CSKA Moscow (Aduriz 1, Schennikov og 14, Muniain 26; Milanov 2, 19, Dzagoev s/o 90+3), FC Porto 3-1 Besiktas (Fabricio og 64, Herrera 66, Silva 83; Beck 49) Group B: Chievo 1-4 Atlético Madrid (Meggiorini 83; Saúl 23, 55, 58, Gaitán 30), Benfica 2-0 FC Basel (Jonas 58, Alario 87) Group C: Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Juventus (Pjanic 19, Savic 77) Group D: Bayern Munich 1-1 AS Monaco (Lewandowski 37; Germain 45+1), Red Bull Salzburg 0-4 Tottenham (Simunovic og 8, Dembélé 23, Dier 30, Alli 50) Group E: BATE Borisov 0-4 Celtic (Dembélé pen 3, 57, Mulgrew 23, Sinclair pen 90), Sporting CP 0-1 Real Madrid (Rodriguez 76) Group F: Club Brugge 3-4 Shakhtar (Vossen 40, 64, Joselu 66, Eboue s/o 69; Vázquez 10, Bernard 36, 51, Taison 64), Dortmund 1-2 Inter Milan (Rode 14; Perisic 2, Icardi pen 86) Group G: Feyenoord 0-2 FC Barcelona (Suárez 40, 40), Zenit 2-0 Arsenal (Kokorin 7, Shatov 52) Group H: Legia Warsaw 0-4 Bayer Leverkusen (Volland 10, 25, 47, Hernández 79), Man Utd 2-0 PSG (Martial 33, Mata 65) Europa League Group C: Liverpool 2-1 Saint-Étienne (Lallana 67, Sturridge 82; Monnet-Paquet 4; Cop s/o 75) Group D: Olympique Lyonnais 3-1 Hearts (Fekir 15, Depay pen 47, Nkoulou 51; Mújica 23) Group H: Espanyol 0-2 Man City (De Bruyne 20, Belotti 87) Group K: Southampton 4-1 Schalke 04 (Giovani 32, 52, Lingard 67, Gabbiadini 77; Poulsen 43) Group L: Watford 3-0 Qarabag (Pereyra 4, 46, Deeney 16) Group Tables | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | FC Porto | POR | 5 | 3 | 1 | 1 | 8 | 4 | 4 | 10 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | CSKA Moscow | RUS | 5 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 9 | 7 | 2 | 8 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Athletic Club | ESP | 5 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 8 | 6 | 2 | 7 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Beşiktaş JK | TUR | 5 | 1 | 0 | 4 | 5 | 13 | -8 | 3 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | SL Benfica | POR | 5 | 5 | 0 | 0 | 11 | 3 | 8 | 15 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q | Atlético de Madrid | ESP | 5 | 4 | 0 | 1 | 15 | 4 | 11 | 12 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | FC Basel | SUI | 5 | 1 | 0 | 4 | 7 | 18 | -11 | 3 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Chievo | ITA | 5 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 6 | 14 | -8 | 0 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Chelsea | ENG | 5 | 5 | 0 | 0 | 10 | 2 | 8 | 15 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Juventus | ITA | 5 | 3 | 0 | 2 | 8 | 5 | 3 | 9 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Gladbach | GER | 5 | 2 | 0 | 3 | 7 | 8 | -1 | 6 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Dinamo Zagreb | CRO | 5 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 2 | 12 | -10 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | Tottenham | ENG | 5 | 4 | 0 | 1 | 11 | 3 | 8 | 12 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q | Bayern | GER | 5 | 3 | 1 | 1 | 8 | 4 | 4 | 10 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | AS Monaco | FRA | 5 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 6 | 6 | 0 | 7 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Red Bull Salzburg | AUT | 5 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 1 | 13 | -12 | 0 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Real Madrid | ESP | 5 | 5 | 0 | 0 | 11 | 1 | 10 | 15 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Celtic | SCO | 5 | 3 | 0 | 2 | 10 | 5 | 5 | 9 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Sporting CP | POR | 5 | 2 | 0 | 3 | 8 | 9 | -1 | 6 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | BATE Barysaw | BLR | 5 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 3 | 17 | -14 | 0 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | Internazionale | ITA | 5 | 5 | 0 | 0 | 13 | 3 | 10 | 15 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q2 | Dortmund | GER | 5 | 3 | 0 | 2 | 7 | 6 | 1 | 9 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Shakhtar | UKR | 5 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 7 | 13 | -6 | 4 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Club Brugge | BEL | 5 | 0 | 1 | 4 | 8 | 13 | -5 | 1 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q1 | FC Barcelona | ESP | 5 | 4 | 1 | 0 | 15 | 3 | 12 | 13 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Arsenal | ENG | 5 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 8 | 9 | -1 | 7 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Feyenoord | NED | 5 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 5 | 12 | -7 | 4 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Zenit | RUS | 5 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 5 | 9 | -4 | 4 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | Man Utd | ENG | 5 | 4 | 1 | 0 | 11 | 2 | 9 | 13 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q | Leverkusen | GER | 5 | 4 | 0 | 1 | 13 | 5 | 8 | 12 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Paris Saint-Germain | FRA | 5 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 9 | 8 | 1 | 4 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Legia Warszawa | POL | 5 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 1 | 19 | -18 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  8. Chelsea returned to the South Coast after the international break, with the World Cup playoffs having concluded. Spain had demolished Ireland 9-3 on aggregate, but Holland had fallen to Turkey. Spencer opted to rest Kanté, giving Charlie Colkett his first appearance in the matchday squad. Southampton Forster Cédric Wisdom Kongolo Bertrand Romeu Clasie Hendrix Gabbiadini Giovani Tadic Substitutes: McCarthy, Tomkins, Lingard, Rodriguez, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Boufal Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Luiz Zouma Gayà Camacho Matic Fàbregas Willian Costa Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Wakefield, Rüdiger, Colkett, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi Referee: Graham Scott In the third minute, Giovani found Tadic, who brought Bertrand into play. Bertrand took the ball down the line before passing to Hendrix, who moved the ball onto Tadic. Tadic passed to Giovani, whose shot was saved by Courtois. In the fifteenth minute, a headed clearance by Wisdom was picked up by Camacho, who sent the ball right to Willian. Willian took it down the right and knocked it towards the far post, but Costa volleyed home at the near post to give Chelsea the lead. Three minutes later, a copy from Gayà was deflected to Matic, who passed to Camacho. Camacho went for goal, but he sent the ball wide. In the 22nd minute, Camacho had another chance, seeing a header saved by Forster after some pinball in the box. In the 32nd minute, Gabbiadini moved the ball out right to Cédric, who crossed the ball low and hard to Hendrix. Hendrix passed to Clasie, whose shot struck the post and was cleared by Zouma. Southampton would regret that miss two minutes later. Camacho intercepted a headed clearance by Clasie, and headed the ball to Fàbregas. Fàbregas looked for Costa, who played the ball down the left for Gayà. Gayà's cross was gathered by Forster, but Hendrix was robbed by Camacho, who hit a 45 yard ball ahead of Hazard. Hazard then played a low pass right to Costa, who hit a scorching shot into the back of the net to double Chelsea's lead. In the 39th minute, a corner from Fàbregas found the head of Camacho, who headed off target. Five minutes later, a throw-in from Cédric found Giovani, who delivered a cross to Tadic in the area. Zouma cleared, but only to Clasie, who passed to Gabbiadini. Gabbiadini passed to Cédric, who got to the byline and delivered a cross to Tadic, who headed wide. Tadic then had another chance in stoppage time, but his shot was tipped wide by Courtois. At half time, Romeu was replaced by Jesse Lingard, a £19.5M summer signing from Manchester United, as Southampton looked to get back in the match. It was Chelsea who made the first move of the half, however, as Costa saw a header saved by Forster before shooting inches wide after a lovely ball by Fàbregas put him through on goal. In the 55th minute, a cross from Cédric found Gabbiadini, who played in Tadic. Tadic hit a half volley, which he skewed wide of the goal. Southampton then took Kongolo off to be replaced by Davis. In the 58th minute, Southampton were awarded a free kick. Bertrand stepped up against his former club, but the shot struck Camacho and went behind. Clasie was then taken off and replaced by Ward-Prowse. In the 67th minute, Camacho played an aerial ball to Costa, whose ambitious effort went high and wide. In the 79th minute, Camacho was booked for a foul on Giovani. Chelsea then replaced a tiring Costa and Zouma with Batshuayi and Rüdiger. With five minutes to go, Davis blazed a shot over the bar, before Chelsea brought Charlie Colkett on for his debut. In the first minute of added time, Azpilicueta threw the ball to Willian, who sent the ball back to Camacho. Camacho hit a low first time shot into the net to put the icing on the cake. Barclays Premier League - at At Mary's Stadium, Southampton Southampton 0-3 Chelsea (Diego Costa 15, 34, Camacho 90+1) Attendance: 32,505 (3,000 away) Man of the Match: Willian The big news of the weekend, however, broke on Tuesday. Danny Blind had been sacked following Holland's failure to qualify for the World Cup and, barely 12 hours after the win over West Ham, Rafael Benitez left Newcastle to take the vacant Holland job. Other results Friday Arsenal 4-1 Watford (Sánchez 45, Giroud 62, 72, 86; Deeney 45+2) Saturday Burnley 1-2 West Brom (Boyd 50; Chadli 14, Yacob 28) Man Utd 0-1 Stoke (Arnautovic 75) Sunderland 2-0 Liverpool (Defoe 31, Young 81) Swansea 2-3 Everton (Doumbia 55, Amat 90+3; Benteke 62, Deulofeu 79, Barkley 86) Leicester 2-2 Tottenham (Vardy 33, 69; Son 16, Dembélé 47) Sunday Norwich 0-1 Derby County (Edwards 29) Bournemouth 2-2 Man City (Wilson 46, Daniels pen 55; Caulker og 43, Agüero 52) Monday Newcastle 2-1 West Ham (José Fonte og 13, Dunk 23; Calleri 3) League Table | Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Man City | 13 | 11 | 2 | 0 | 21 | 5 | +16 | 35 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Chelsea | 13 | 8 | 3 | 2 | 24 | 9 | +15 | 27 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Arsenal | 13 | 8 | 1 | 4 | 25 | 12 | +13 | 25 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | West Ham | 13 | 8 | 1 | 4 | 25 | 14 | +11 | 25 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 5th | | Tottenham | 13 | 7 | 3 | 3 | 28 | 18 | +10 | 24 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 6th | | Leicester | 13 | 7 | 2 | 4 | 19 | 17 | +2 | 23 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 7th | | Everton | 13 | 6 | 3 | 4 | 21 | 14 | +7 | 21 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8th | | Liverpool | 13 | 6 | 2 | 5 | 19 | 16 | +3 | 20 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 9th | | Bournemouth | 13 | 5 | 4 | 4 | 21 | 20 | +1 | 19 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 10th | | Man Utd | 13 | 5 | 2 | 6 | 18 | 14 | +4 | 17 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 11th | | Watford | 13 | 5 | 2 | 6 | 18 | 18 | 0 | 17 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 12th | | Sunderland | 13 | 4 | 4 | 5 | 15 | 16 | -1 | 16 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 13th | | Newcastle | 13 | 4 | 4 | 5 | 19 | 23 | -4 | 16 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 14th | | Stoke | 13 | 4 | 3 | 6 | 14 | 18 | -4 | 15 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 15th | | Southampton | 13 | 4 | 3 | 6 | 15 | 22 | -7 | 15 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 16th | | Norwich | 13 | 3 | 3 | 7 | 11 | 18 | -7 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 17th | | Derby County | 13 | 4 | 0 | 9 | 13 | 25 | -12 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 18th | | Burnley | 13 | 3 | 2 | 8 | 13 | 28 | -15 | 11 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 19th | | West Brom | 13 | 3 | 1 | 9 | 11 | 35 | -24 | 10 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 20th | | Swansea | 13 | 2 | 1 | 10 | 11 | 19 | -8 | 7 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  9. Chelsea travelled to Bournemouth having won their last three matches. Prior to the match, Eddie Howe had called Spencer "overrated". Spencer opted to rest Zouma, with Rüdiger taking his place. Bournemouth Federici Francis Cook Caulker Daniels Gradel Surman Arter Fraser Afobe Wilson Substitutes: Boruc, Smith, Stanislas, King, Ibe, Haps, Hyndman Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Luiz Rüdiger Gayà Matic Kanté Fàbregas Willian Costa Hazard Substitutes Begovic, Wakefield, Zouma, Camacho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi Referee: Martin Atkinson Chelsea started brightly, and in the third minute, Gayà took the ball deep into the Bournemouth half before passing to Kanté. Kanté got into the box and took a shot, but he didn't get enough power on it. A minute later, Costa sent a shot wide. In the seventh minute, Cook laid the ball forward to Afobe, who passed wide to Gradel. Gradel sent a cross into the area, and Wilson volleyed the ball into the net from a tight angle to give Bournemouth the lead. In the fifteenth minute, Daniels was booked for a foul on Willian. A minute later, Federici saved from Kanté and then Costa. In the twentieth minute, Wilson passed to Afobe, whose shot was tipped behind by Courtois. In the 28th minute, a counter by Chelsea saw a cross from Gayà deflected to Fàbregas, who sent the ball sailing wide of the mark. Three minutes later, a clearance by Cook was intercepted by Matic, who passed to Kanté. Kanté got into the area before passing to Willian, who hit a first time shot into the top corner of the net. Bournemouth looked to retake the lead immediately, but Afobe's shot from the edge of the area was saved by Courtois. Two minutes later, Courtois had to be on hand again to save from Wilson. In the 36th minute, a throw-in from Gayà found Kanté, who passed to Fàbregas. Fàbregas passed to Hazard, who sent the ball over the bar. Two minutes later, Diego Costa jinked past Caulker and was one-on-one with Federici, only to be denied by a last ditch tackle by Cook. In first half stoppage time, a throw-in from Azpilicueta found Willian, who passed back to Azpilicueta. Azpilicueta passed into the area to Costa, who was tackled by Surman. The ball then fell to Fàbregas, whose shot was deflected into the net off Caulker, who got enough on it for it to be marked as an own goal. Just after half time, Chelsea attacked again, and Costa's shot from the edge of the area went just over. In the 55th minute, Surman intercepted a header by Rüdiger and passed to Arter. After angled a 30 yard pass to Gradel, who sent the ball to King in the area. Luiz intercepted and looked to clear, but the ball cannoned off King and fell to Afobe, who fired home past a stranded Courtois for his fifth goal of the season. Bournemouth came forward again immediately, and Courtois did well to tip King's shot behind. That was King's last contribution, as he was then withdrawn - having only been on the pitch for fifteen minutes - for Hyndman. In the 65th minute, Costa was booked for a foul on Surman, before Camacho came on for Matic. Costa was replaced by Batshuayi with just over fifteen minutes left, having had a quiet game. Two minutes later, a free kick from Willian found Gayà, who passed back to Willian. Willian passed to Fàbregas, who laid the ball off to Camacho. Camacho went for goal, but Federici pushed the ball away. With eight minutes left, Surman had a shot saved by Courtois. The match quietened down after that, as Bournemouth held on for a point. Barclays Premier League - at Dean Court, Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth 2-2 Chelsea (Wilson 7, Afobe 55; Willian 31, Caulker og 45+1) Attendance: 10,203 (1,023 away) Man of the Match: Max Gradel Other results Friday Derby County 2-4 Everton (Russell 16, Edwards 66; Benteke 39, 44, McCarthy 74, Barkley 90) Saturday Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham (Sánchez 4, Özil 51, Lukaku 77; Rose s/o 38) Leicester 2-0 West Ham (Willian José 25, pen 61) Norwich 1-0 Stoke (Pritchard 2) Man Utd 3-0 West Brom (Martial 5, 74, 81) Sunday Burnley 0-1 Man City (Hendrick s/o 65; Agüero 55) Sunderland 3-1 Southampton (Defoe 7, Teixeira 11, Lens 80; Gabbiadini 90) Swansea 2-1 Watford (Bastón 76, Sigurdsson 90+3; Deeney pen 39) Newcastle 3-2 Liverpool (Pjaca 28, Ritchie 32, Diamé 74; Sakal og 44, Pulisic 59) League Table | Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Man City | 12 | 11 | 1 | 0 | 19 | 3 | +16 | 34 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | West Ham | 12 | 8 | 1 | 3 | 24 | 12 | +12 | 25 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Chelsea | 12 | 7 | 3 | 2 | 21 | 9 | +12 | 24 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Tottenham | 12 | 7 | 2 | 3 | 26 | 16 | +10 | 23 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 5th | | Arsenal | 12 | 7 | 1 | 4 | 21 | 11 | +10 | 22 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 6th | | Leicester | 12 | 7 | 1 | 4 | 17 | 15 | +2 | 22 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 7th | | Liverpool | 12 | 6 | 2 | 4 | 19 | 14 | +5 | 20 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8th | | Everton | 12 | 5 | 3 | 4 | 18 | 12 | +6 | 18 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 9th | | Bournemouth | 12 | 5 | 3 | 4 | 19 | 18 | +1 | 18 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 10th | | Man Utd | 12 | 5 | 2 | 5 | 18 | 13 | +5 | 17 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 11th | | Watford | 12 | 5 | 2 | 5 | 17 | 14 | +3 | 17 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 12th | | Southampton | 12 | 4 | 3 | 5 | 15 | 19 | -4 | 15 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 13th | | Sunderland | 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 13 | 16 | -3 | 13 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 14th | | Newcastle | 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 17 | 22 | -5 | 13 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 15th | | Stoke | 12 | 3 | 3 | 6 | 13 | 18 | -5 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 16th | | Norwich | 12 | 3 | 3 | 6 | 11 | 17 | -6 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 17th | | Burnley | 12 | 3 | 2 | 7 | 12 | 26 | -14 | 11 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 18th | | Derby County | 12 | 3 | 0 | 9 | 12 | 25 | -13 | 9 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 19th | | Swansea | 12 | 2 | 1 | 9 | 9 | 16 | -7 | 7 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 20th | | West Brom | 12 | 2 | 1 | 9 | 9 | 34 | -25 | 7 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  10. Chelsea faced Juventus at Stamford Bridge knowing that a point would put them within touching distance of the knockout stage, and a win would guarantee it, as would a point if Gladbach failed to beat Dinamo Zagreb. However, the Blues were without José Gayà, who was suspended after being sent off in Turin. Spencer opted to start Azpilicueta at left back, and give Charlie Wakefield his Champions League debut. Juventus, meanwhile, were without their cultured Argentine striker, Paulo Dybala, who had sustained a calf strain. Chelsea Courtois Wakefield Luiz Zouma Azpilicueta Matic Kanté Fàbregas Willian Costa Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Zappacosta, Rüdiger, Camacho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi Juventus Buffon Benatia Bonucci Chiellini Lichtsteiner Pjanic Khedira Sandro Correa Savic Mandzukic Substitutes: Neto, Goldaniga, Cuadrado, Niang, Asamoah, Rugani, Lemina Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Ils sont les meilleurs Sie sind die besten These are the Champions Die meister Die besten Les meilleurs équipes The Champions! After being hit early on by Chelsea in the previous match, Juventus looked to return the favour. In the second minute, Pjanic put a free kick wide after a foul by David Luiz, before Bonucci headed against the upright from a corner two minutes later. In the fourteenth minute, a free kick from Willian was deflected out for a corner, before a shot from Kanté was blocked a minute later. In the 24th minute, Kanté intercepted a pass from Sandro to Khedira and passed to Luiz, who sent a long ball to Costa. Costa moved the ball out wide to Willian, who got down the right before passing to Kanté, and Kanté got into the area before surging past Chiellini and striking a low shot which settled just over the line off the inside of the post to give Chelsea the lead. A minute later, a free kick from Pjanic found Benatia, whose header wasn't even close. Mandzukic then sent a header wide, before Courtois turned a Savic shot behind. Three minutes from half time, a superb sliding tackle from Chiellini dispossessed Willian, and Juventus looked to counter. Sandro played a long ball down the left for Mandzukic, who passed to Savic. Correa then took over and exchanged passes with Pjanic before seeing a shot tipped behind by Courtois. Five minutes into the second half, David Luiz robbed Mandzukic and passed to Zouma. Zouma passed left to Azpilicueta, who passed down the line for Hazard. Hazard passed through to Fàbregas, who found Wakefield out on the right. Wakefield passed to the feet of Willian, who floated the ball in from the right, and Costa volleyed home at the near post to double Chelsea's lead. Five minutes later, Azpilicueta played the ball past Lichtsteiner and looked for Hazard. Hazard encouraged Costa to come forward with a searching pass, but Costa lost the ball to Bonucci. Bonucci, however, lost it to Hazard, whose shot was saved by Buffon. In the 63rd minute, Conte replaced Savic with Cuadrado, who was incidentally on loan from Chelsea. Cuadrado looked to get on the scoresheet immediately, but sent the ball over the bar. Two minutes later, Zouma headed wide from a corner. In the 67th minute, Juventus were awarded a free kick for a David Luiz handball. Pjanic's shot was blocked by Kanté, but the ball fell to Benatia, who played the ball into the area for Lichtsteiner. Lichtsteiner went for glory, but his shot was saved by Courtois. Juventus then took Bonucci off, replacing him with Goldaniga. Two minutes later, Chelsea looked to launch a counter attack, as Fàbregas sent a 30 yard ball to Hazard. Hazard sent a cross into the area, where Diego Costa connected and saw his volley strike the post. In the 72nd minute, Goldaniga found Pjanic, who passed to Cuadrado. Cuadrado passed into the path of Mandzukic, whose shot was saved by Courtois. Juventus then made their final change, replacing Pjanic with Asamoah. With just under ten minutes left, Azpilicueta played a pass down the left to Hazard, who sent in a cross. Costa headed from an awkward angle, but sent his header wide. As the match closed out, Spencer brought Camacho, Loftus-Cheek and Batshuayi on for Kanté, Matic and Costa. In the final minute of stoppage time, Cuadrado looked to grab a consolation goal, but sent the ball over the bar. The win meant that Chelsea were guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage. UEFA Champions League Group C, Match 4 - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 2-0 Juventus (Kanté 24, Diego Costa 50) Attendance: 41,629 (2,081 away) Man of the Match: Willian The Premier League awards were presented the following day. Both Diego Costa and N'Golo Kanté were pipped to the Player of the Month award by West Ham's advanced forward Jonathan Calleri, while Spencer edged out Slaven Bilic and Mauricio Pochettino for Manager of the Month. Some people, however, disagreed with the decision; in his column in The Sun, Sid Collingwood stated that “While I have nothing against Spencer and I believe he has had a good month, Slaven Bilic is more deserving of the award on the following tiebreaker: West Ham five, Manchester United one.” Other Results Tuesday Group A: Besiktas 2-4 CSKA Moscow (Aboubakar 6, 69, Gökhan Tore s/o 35; Dzagoev 10, Golovin 13, 39, 61), FC Porto 2-0 Athletic Bilbao (Silva 37, 82) Group B: Atlético Madrid 4-0 FC Basel (Griezmann 35, 45+1, Gaitán 44, Gameiro 90, Giménez s/o 59), Chievo 1-3 Benfica (Birsa 65, Douglas s/o 85; Dainelli og 30, Alario 57, Horta 90+1) Group C: Gladbach 4-1 Dinamo Zagreb (Hermann 22, 56, Johnson 54, Kramer 89; Coulibaly 48) Group D: Red Bull Salzburg 1-3 Bayern Munich (Ajeti 48; Hummels 44, Coman 45+1, Lewandowski 53), Tottenham 1-2 AS Monaco (Son 66; Falcao 7, Germain 59) Group E: BATE Borisov 2-4 Sporting CP (Tishkov 45, 77, Pigulevskiy s/o 38; Geraldes 25, Trauco 33, Kalinic 42, 62, Semedo s/o 8), Celtic 1-2 Real Madrid (Bébé 86; Morata 77, Bale 82) Group F: Club Brugge 1-2 Dortmund (Joselu 14; Götze 43, Schürrle pen 65), Shakhtar 1-2 Inter Milan (Taison 60; Miranda 25, Banega 47) Group G: Arsenal 1-4 Barcelona (Lukaku 86; Suárez 32, 51, 57, Neymar 38), Zenit 2-2 Feyenoord (Dzyuba 36, Kokorin 55; Jørgensen 34, Trindade de Vilhena 63) Group H: Legia Warsaw 0-2 Man Utd (Mata 10, Ghoulam 59), Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 PSG (Volland 58, Kampl 61; Neves 79) Europa League Group C: Torino 1-2 Liverpool (Martínez 86; Wilshere 34, Sturridge pen 83) Group D: Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 Hearts (Lubin 28) Group H: Man City 2-0 Mladá Boleslav (De Bruyne 53, Sterling 65) Group K: Vorskla 0-2 Southampton (Kisel s/o 61; Romeu 34, Lingard 84) Group L: Valencia 3-1 Watford (Munir 5, 38, 75, Pérez 1; Deeney 53) Group Tables: | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | CSKA Moscow | RUS | 4 | 2 | 2 | 0 | 7 | 4 | 3 | 8 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | FC Porto | POR | 4 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 5 | 3 | 2 | 7 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Athletic Club | ESP | 4 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 5 | 4 | 1 | 4 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Besiktas JK | TUR | 4 | 1 | 0 | 3 | 4 | 10 | -6 | 3 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | SL Benfica | POR | 4 | 4 | 0 | 0 | 9 | 3 | 6 | 12 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q | Atlético de Madrid | ESP | 4 | 3 | 0 | 1 | 11 | 3 | 8 | 9 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | FC Basel | SUI | 4 | 1 | 0 | 3 | 7 | 16 | -9 | 3 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Chievo | ITA | 4 | 0 | 0 | 4 | 5 | 10 | -5 | 0 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | Chelsea | ENG | 4 | 4 | 0 | 0 | 8 | 2 | 6 | 12 | | 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| 7 | 3 | 4 | 9 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | AS Monaco | FRA | 4 | 2 | 0 | 2 | 5 | 5 | 0 | 6 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Red Bull Salzburg | AUT | 4 | 0 | 0 | 4 | 1 | 9 | -8 | 0 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | Real Madrid | ESP | 4 | 4 | 0 | 0 | 10 | 1 | 9 | 12 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Celtic | SCO | 4 | 2 | 0 | 2 | 6 | 5 | 1 | 6 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Sporting CP | POR | 4 | 2 | 0 | 2 | 8 | 8 | 0 | 6 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | BATE Barysaw | BLR | 4 | 0 | 0 | 4 | 3 | 13 | -10 | 0 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | Internazionale | ITA | 4 | 4 | 0 | 0 | 11 | 2 | 9 | 12 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | Q | Dortmund | GER | 4 | 3 | 0 | 1 | 6 | 4 | 2 | 9 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Club Brugge | BEL | 4 | 0 | 1 | 3 | 5 | 9 | -4 | 1 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Shakhtar | UKR | 4 | 0 | 1 | 3 | 3 | 10 | -7 | 1 | | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | Q | FC Barcelona | ESP | 4 | 3 | 1 | 0 | 13 | 3 | 10 | 10 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Arsenal | ENG | 4 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 8 | 7 | 1 | 7 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Feyenoord | NED | 4 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 5 | 10 | -5 | 4 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Zenit | RUS | 4 | 0 | 1 | 3 | 3 | 9 | -6 | 1 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Man Utd | ENG | 4 | 3 | 1 | 0 | 9 | 2 | 7 | 10 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Leverkusen | GER | 4 | 3 | 0 | 1 | 9 | 5 | 4 | 9 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Paris Saint-Germain | FRA | 4 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 9 | 6 | 3 | 4 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Legia Warszawa | POL | 4 | 0 | 0 | 4 | 1 | 15 | -14 | 0 | | 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  11. Leicester City were Chelsea's next league opponents at Stamford Bridge. The Blues brought several first teamers back, but Spencer rested Azpilicueta and David Luiz with Juventus on the horizon. Leicester sat sixth in the table, having already beaten Man Utd and Liverpool in the league and Arsenal in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Chelsea Courtois Wakefield Rüdiger Zouma Gayà Matic Kanté Fàbregas Willian Costa Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Camacho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi Leicester Zieler Juanfran Morgan Huth Fuchs Bentancur Ndidi Mahrez José Carrillo Vardy Substitutes: Schmeichel, Elustondo, Drinkwater, Slimani, Campaña, Chilwell, King Referee: André Marriner The first real chance came in the third minute. Willian got down the right and searched out Kanté to his left. Kanté found Hazard, who played a great pass to Gayà. Gayà looked certain to score, but hit his shot straight at Zieler. Three minutes later, Matic tripped Carrillo, and Fuchs sent the free kick over the bar. In the tenth minute, Morgan played a square ball right to Bentancur, who passed through to Mahrez. Mahrez then played the ball into the path of Willian José, whose shot from a very tight angle was saved by Courtois. Four minutes later, Mahrez sent a shot wide of the mark. In the seventeenth minute, a foul by Ndidi resulted in a free kick to Chelsea. Willian took the kick long into the area, but Costa's header was saved by Zieler. The next chance came in the 32nd minute, as Willian José played a one-two with Carrillo before passing to Vardy. Vardy then passed to Bentancur, who couldn't direct the shot goalwards. Five minutes later, Gayà got past Mahrez and passed to Kanté, who played a one-two with Costa before sending the ball flying over the bar. Kanté then had another opportunity two minutes later which went just wide of the post. In the 42nd minute, a corner from Mahrez was headed out by Matic, but only as far as Carrillo, who exchanged passes with Fuchs before passing to Morgan. Morgan played in Juanfran, who couldn't direct the ball goalwards. It was a miss Leicester would regret, as two minutes later, a Leicester attack broke down as Hazard dispossessed Juanfran and passed to Gayà. Gayà punted the ball up the pitch, but Morgan intercepted. Zouma headed it on to Hazard, who passed to Costa. Costa sent the ball back to Zouma, who hit it long towards Costa. Costa seemed to have committed a foul, but Marriner waved play on, and Hazard raced onto the loose ball before firing it home to give Chelsea the lead. In first half stoppage time, Chelsea were awarded a free kick, which Willian sent wide. Drinkwater came on for Bentancur at half time, and nearly made an immediate impact, sending a shot wide of the mark. In the 54th minute, Matic was booked for a foul on Vardy. Just before the hour mark, Fàbregas passed to Costa, who found Kanté. Kanté passed to Matic, who sent the ball to Wakefield. Wakefield's cross was headed clear by Huth, whose clearance was intercepted by Fàbregas. Fàbregas then played in Hazard, whose shot was tipped wide by Zieler. Two minutes later, Willian was tripped by Huth, but sent the free kick high over the bar. In the 64th minute, Kanté played in Costa, whose shot was saved by Zieler. Willian pounced on the rebound, but Fuchs made an important challenge. A minute later, a free kick from Fàbregas found the head of Zouma, whose header was saved by Zieler, before Vardy came off to be replaced by Slimani. In the 67th minute, Danny Drinkwater conceded a free kick. Willian passed to Kanté, who played in Costa with a low pass into the area. Costa had the goal at his mercy, and doubled Chelsea's advantage with a powerful close-range strike. Four minutes later, Camacho came on to replace Matic. In the 73rd minute, a pass from Ndidi found Drinkwater, whose shot was secured by Courtois. Leicester then took Fuchs off, replacing him with Chilwell. With ten minutes left, Wakefield's throw-in found Kanté, who looked to cross, and Zieler had to tip the cross over the bar. Zieler then had to save a header from Kanté, before tipping a Hazard shot wide. In the 82nd minute, a Leicester counter-attack saw Juanfran take the ball into the Chelsea half before passing to Carrillo. Carrillo got to the edge of the area, before having a shot which Courtois saved. A minute later, Ndidi played a first time ball to Juanfran, who played a one-two with Mahrez before crossing it into the area for Willian José, who couldn't get his header on target. Mahrez then played a searching pass to Slimani, whose shot was saved by Courtois. With three minutes left, a throw-in from Gayà found Costa, who played the ball to Kanté. Kanté looked to take the ball into the area, only to be denied by a brilliant slide tackle from Huth. Carrillo looked to set up a counter, but Camacho nipped in and found Hazard with an inch-perfect pass. Things opened up nicely for Hazard, who raced into the area before firing the ball into the far corner of the net to score his tenth goal of the season. Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 3-0 Leicester City (Hazard 44, 87, Diego Costa 67) Attendance: 41,629 (3,000 away) Man of the Match: Eden Hazard Other results Friday Stoke 0-2 Derby County (Forsyth 57, Russell 71) Saturday Man City 3-0 Arsenal (De Bruyne 6, Otamendi 8, Aguero 23) Southampton 2-2 Newcastle (Tadic 20, Davis 48; Nano 15, Ritchie 77) Watford 0-0 Norwich West Ham 2-1 Burnley (Ayew 42, Calleri 51; Vokes 67) Tottenham 1-0 Man Utd (Felipe Anderson 24) Sunday West Brom 1-1 Swansea (Rooney 57; Sigurdsson pen 61) Liverpool 4-1 Bournemouth (Wijnaldum 10, Origi 34, 63, Sabitzer 69; Afobe 32) Monday Everton 0-0 Sunderland Champions League Watch Sampdoria 3-1 Juventus (Bolaños 3, Álvarez 46, Muriel 72; Correa 43) League Table | Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Man City | 11 | 10 | 1 | 0 | 18 | 3 | +15 | 31 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | West Ham | 11 | 8 | 1 | 2 | 24 | 10 | +14 | 25 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Tottenham | 11 | 7 | 2 | 2 | 26 | 13 | +13 | 23 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Chelsea | 11 | 7 | 2 | 2 | 19 | 7 | +12 | 23 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 5th | | Liverpool | 11 | 6 | 2 | 3 | 17 | 11 | +6 | 20 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 6th | | Arsenal | 11 | 6 | 1 | 4 | 18 | 11 | +7 | 19 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 7th | | Leicester | 11 | 6 | 1 | 4 | 15 | 15 | 0 | 19 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8th | | Watford | 11 | 5 | 2 | 4 | 16 | 12 | +4 | 17 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 9th | | Bournemouth | 11 | 5 | 2 | 4 | 17 | 16 | +1 | 17 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 10th | | Everton | 11 | 4 | 3 | 4 | 14 | 10 | +4 | 15 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 11th | | Southampton | 11 | 4 | 3 | 4 | 14 | 16 | -2 | 15 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 12th | | Man Utd | 11 | 4 | 2 | 5 | 15 | 13 | +2 | 14 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 13th | | Stoke | 11 | 3 | 3 | 5 | 13 | 17 | -4 | 12 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 14th | | Burnley | 11 | 3 | 2 | 6 | 12 | 25 | -13 | 11 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 15th | | Sunderland | 11 | 2 | 4 | 5 | 10 | 15 | -5 | 10 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 16th | | Newcastle | 11 | 2 | 4 | 5 | 14 | 20 | -6 | 10 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 17th | | Norwich | 11 | 2 | 3 | 6 | 10 | 17 | -7 | 9 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 18th | | Derby County | 11 | 3 | 0 | 8 | 10 | 21 | -11 | 9 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 19th | | West Brom | 11 | 2 | 1 | 8 | 9 | 31 | -22 | 7 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 20th | | Swansea | 11 | 1 | 1 | 9 | 7 | 15 | -8 | 4 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  12. Chelsea had been drawn at home to Crewe Alexandra in the next round of the Carabao Cup. The visitors sat 14th in League 2, and Spencer looked to use the tie to rest first team players, especially with Juventus on the horizon. Chelsea Begovic Wakefield Rüdiger Christensen Aké Camacho Matic Loftus-Cheek Musonda Jiménez Pedro Substitutes: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Kanté, Fàbregas, Willian, Batshuayi Crewe Garratt Turton Ray Guthrie Harfield Kirk Ainley Jones Hollands Cooper Luer Substitutes: Hilton, Ng, Pickering, Muskwe, Bakayogo, Wilkinson, Dagnall Referee: Adrian Holmes Chelsea looked to assert themselves, and in the seventh minute, Aké had a header saved by Garratt. Seven minutes later, Christensen intercepted a pass and found Matic. Matic exchanged passes with Camacho before spraying the ball out to Pedro on the left. Pedro cut inside and got into the area before shooting straight at Garratt. EIn the nineteenth minute, Pedro sent a free kick into the area. Christensen headed the ball on to Rüdiger, whose shot struck the inside of the post before being saved at the second attempt. Five minutes later, a pass from Loftus-Cheek found Pedro, whose shot was turned behind by Garratt. In the 26th minute, Matic received a yellow card for a foul on Hollands. Two minutes later, Musonda hit a long ball to Jiménez, who looked for Pedro to his left. Pedro then set off on a storming run, cutting inside before sending a shot wide. Jiménez then missed a sitter on the half hour mark. In the 34th minute, Matic played the ball to the feet of Loftus-Cheek, who passed back to Christensen. Christensen passed to Rüdiger, who looked for Matic in front of him. Matic found Musonda, who played it to Wakefield. Wakefield crossed from the byline, and Jiménez fired the ball into the roof of the net after his initial shot was blocked. Jiménez nearly doubled his tally four minutes later, but sent the ball over the bar. On the stroke of half time, a Crewe attack saw Luer run onto a forward pass from Cooper only to send the ball wide. The second half was much quieter, with Ainley being booked for a trip on Jiménez and Bakayogo replacing Cooper before Loftus-Cheek and Jiménez both went into the book. With just over fifteen minutes left, Chelsea brought Kanté on to replace Matic. In the 78th minute, a long ball from Camacho was headed clear, but only as far as Kanté. Kanté outpaced Hollands and had a shot, which struck Jiménez and went behind. Fàbregas came on for Camacho as the clock ticked on, and in the 90th minute a shot from Jiménez was tipped wide by Garratt. From the corner, Hollands headed clear, but only as far as Musonda. Musonda went for goal, but the ball went just over. Kanté had a shot tipped behind and then fired wide in stoppage time, but Chelsea ran out winners, despite not being at their best. Carabao Cup Fourth Round - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 1-0 Crewe Alexandra (Jiménez 34) Attendance: 33,620 (2,100 away) Man of the Match: Charlie Wakefield After the match, David Artell said that “I don't think Chelsea are as good as people make them out to be”. When Craig Charlesworth of BBC Radio 5 Live asked if he wished to respond to those comments, Spencer replied “No, I don't.” Other results Tuesday Blackburn 0-1 Northampton (Slattery 61) Middlesbrough 1-3 Everton (Gestede 32; Swift 43, 77, Funes Mori 61) Wednesday Cardiff 1-0 Man Utd (Pilkington 59) Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace (Zapata 17) Newcastle 4-2 Watford (Armstrong 9, Dunk 30, Colback 66, Pjaca 74; Success 2, Bolasie 47) Southampton 3-1 Oxford United (Wisdom 39, Boufal 60, 89; Maguire 55) Wigan 2-3 Man City (Hendry 19, Bogie 52; Daniels og 39, Ntcham 44, Otamendi 87) Quarter Final Draw Southampton vs Chelsea Cardiff vs Leicester Newcastle vs Everton Northampton vs Man City
  13. Chelsea’s win in the Juventus stadium was followed up by a trip to Turf Moor, against a Burnley side with one of the leakiest defences in the league. Diego Costa returned to the match squad, but Marcos Alonso was out for two months. Burnley Heaton Ward Vergini Mee Park Gudmundsson Defour Westwood Brady Vokes Beric Substitutes: Flatt, Tarkowski, Boyd, Suk, Arfield, Mawson, Barton Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Luiz Zouma Gayà Matic Kanté Fàbregas Willian Costa Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Wakefield, Rüdiger, Camacho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi Referee: Mike Jones Chelsea looked to attack instantly, and with barely a minute gone Hazard steered a header wide. Two minutes later, David Luiz received a warning for a push on Vergini. In the fourth minute, Willian flighted in a free kick which was saved by Heaton. In the eleventh minute, Defour played a free kick short to Gudmundsson, who hit a hopeful effort well wide. A minute later, a throw-in from Gayà found Costa, who passed to Hazard. Hazard exchanged passes with Gayà, before cutting inside and hitting a long range effort which was saved by Heaton. In the sixteenth minute, Matic intercepted a pass and passed to Azpilicueta, who passed back. Matic passed to Kanté, who found Fàbregas. Fàbregas hit a delightful aerial pass which Costa ran onto, and Costa chanced his arm, but Heaton was equal to it. Brady and Mee both hit shots wide, then in the 31st minute, a long ball by Westwood found Vokes, who assessed his options before seeking out Gudmundsson. Gudmundsson passed to Westwood, who played a first time pass to Beric. Beric passed to the feet of Brady, who hit a hefty long ball to Vokes, who passed to the feet of Westwood. Westwood played a long ball into the area which Gudmundsson picked up, and his shot was saved by Courtois. Two minutes later, Courtois was on hand again to save a shot from Brady. Just before halftime, David Luiz pulled up with a thigh strain, and was replaced by Rüdiger. Chelsea came storming out of the blocks from the restart and barely a minute in, Kanté intercepted a pass from Brady and jinked past Westwood before seeking out Costa. Costa then brought Matic into play, and Matic expertly picked out Kanté, who raced onto the defence-splitting pass before sending a shot across Heaton into the far corner of the net to give Chelsea the lead. Five minutes later, a cross from Fàbregas found the head of Costa, who headed the ball over. In the 56th minute, Hazard picked out Costa with a lovely pass which left him clean through on goal, but the Spaniard went too far into the area and the ball was cleared. A minute later, Park Joo-Ho was booked for a trip on Kanté, while Sam Vokes was replaced by Suk Hyun-Jun. In the 60th minute, Westwood was booked for a foul on Kanté. Westwood was promptly replaced by Joey Barton, while Boyd came on to replace Robbie Brady. In the 64th minute, a throw-in from Gayà found Hazard. Hazard was tackled by Defour, but Rüdiger recovered the loose ball and passed to Fàbregas. Fàbregas then passed to Kanté, who played in Costa, and Costa easily beat Heaton at his near post to double Chelsea's lead. Chelsea then replaced a tiring Matic with Camacho, before Charlie Wakefield came on to replace Zouma with Azpilicueta slotting in at centre back. In the 68th minute, Rüdiger headed the ball against the bar from a corner. With seven minutes left, Fàbregas played the ball to Wakefield out wide. Wakefield got past Park Joo-Ho and crossed the ball in for Willian, who beat Heaton but not the rest of the Burnley defence. Two minutes later, Beric was shown a yellow card for a foul on Azpilicueta. With four minutes left, Gudmundsson hit a 55 yard pass to Boyd, who connected on the edge of the box and sent the ball past Courtois to give Burnley a lifeline. Burnley then took the game to Chelsea, with a scramble in the Chelsea area being decided by an offside flag. In the ninetieth minute, Joey Barton hit a half volley over the bar, but Chelsea held on for their first away win of the season thanks in no small part to N'Golo Kanté who, along with Jamie Vardy, would be one of only two players in the team of the week who didn't play for Norwich. Barclays Premier League - at Turf Moor, Burnley Burnley 1-2 Chelsea (Boyd 86; Kanté 47, Diego Costa 64) Attendance: 22,546 (2,073 away) Man of the Match: N'Golo Kanté Other results Friday Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle (Navas 87) Saturday Arsenal 0-1 West Ham (Obiang 86) Everton 2-1 Stoke (Swift 71, Pavoletti 88; Bojan pen 3) Norwich 5-0 West Brom (Finnbogason 25, 36, 73, Pritchard 43, Jesé 63) Swansea 0-1 Tottenham (Son 30) Sunday Man Utd 0-0 Man City Derby County 0-2 Watford (Olsson og 14, Bolasie 49) Leicester 3-1 Liverpool (Bentacur 7, Vardy 52, 75; Lallana 61, Can s/o 76) Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton (Fraser 33; Gabbiadini 80) League Table | Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Man City | 10 | 9 | 1 | 0 | 15 | 3 | +12 | 28 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | West Ham | 10 | 7 | 1 | 2 | 22 | 9 | +13 | 22 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Tottenham | 10 | 6 | 2 | 2 | 25 | 13 | +12 | 20 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Chelsea | 10 | 6 | 2 | 2 | 16 | 7 | +9 | 20 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 5th | | Arsenal | 10 | 6 | 1 | 3 | 18 | 8 | +10 | 19 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 6th | | Leicester | 10 | 6 | 1 | 3 | 15 | 12 | +3 | 19 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 7th | | Bournemouth | 10 | 5 | 2 | 3 | 16 | 12 | +4 | 17 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8th | | Liverpool | 10 | 5 | 2 | 3 | 13 | 10 | +3 | 17 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 9th | | Watford | 10 | 5 | 1 | 4 | 16 | 12 | +4 | 16 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 10th | | Everton | 10 | 4 | 2 | 4 | 14 | 10 | +4 | 14 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 11th | | Man Utd | 10 | 4 | 2 | 4 | 15 | 12 | +3 | 14 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 12th | | Southampton | 10 | 4 | 2 | 4 | 12 | 14 | -2 | 14 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 13th | | Stoke | 10 | 3 | 3 | 4 | 13 | 15 | -2 | 12 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 14th | | Burnley | 10 | 3 | 2 | 5 | 11 | 23 | -12 | 11 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 15th | | Sunderland | 10 | 2 | 3 | 5 | 10 | 15 | -5 | 9 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 16th | | Newcastle | 10 | 2 | 3 | 5 | 12 | 18 | -6 | 9 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 17th | | Norwich | 10 | 2 | 2 | 6 | 10 | 17 | -7 | 8 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 18th | | Derby County | 10 | 2 | 0 | 8 | 8 | 21 | -13 | 6 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 19th | | West Brom | 10 | 2 | 0 | 8 | 8 | 30 | -22 | 6 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 20th | | Swansea | 10 | 1 | 0 | 9 | 6 | 14 | -8 | 3 | | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  14. Chelsea travelled to Turin to take on Juventus in their next Champions League group game. The blues had last faced the Italian side in the 2012/13 season and had lost 3-0 in what had turned out to be Di Matteo's last game as manager. Incidentally, Antonio Conte had been in the Juventus dugout that day as well. Juventus Buffon Benatia Bonucci Goldaniga Lichtsteiner Pjanic Khedira Sandro Savic Correa Dybala Substitutes: Neto, Chiellini, Marchisio, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Rugani, Niang Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Zouma Luiz Gayà Matic Kanté Fàbregas Willian Batshuayi Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Zappacosta, Rüdiger, Aké, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Jiménez Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Well, it's a tough one for Chelsea tonight. Both Alonso and Costa are missing through injury, but a win would see Chelsea go top of the group. We can go live now to Juventus Stadium as the teams walk out onto the pitch. Ils sont les meilleurs Sie sind die besten These are the Champions Die meister Die besten Les meilleurs équipes The Champions! 01: It's going to be Chelsea who get us underway. Matic to Willian, Willian goes breaking away down the right, looks to cross, but it's deflected behind for a corner. 02: Lichtsteiner to take the throw-in. Intercepted by Hazard, who heads it on to Fàbregas. Fàbregas back to Hazard, here's Hazard bearing down on the Juventus area, slips the ball to Batshuayi, Bonucci with the tackle, falls to Willian, how about that! Chelsea ahead inside two minutes! Wild celebrations among the Chelsea fans, a nightmare start for Juventus! 06: Pjanic with the corner, Juventus looking to respond, up goes Bonucci, but he heads it wide. 10: Correa heads the ball to Lichtsteiner. This is where Chelsea have to be careful, Juventus’ wing backs are very dangerous going forward, and Gayà fully alert there, dispossessing Lichtsteiner. He looks for Hazard, now Hazard bringing Fàbregas into play. Fàbregas feeds it to the feet of Matic, now Kanté taking over. Kanté to Batshuayi, this is a really good counter by Chelsea. Batshuayi back to Kanté, Kanté surging through the Juventus half,lays it low through to Willian... and he beats Buffon at his near post! Two for Willian, and inside ten minutes it's Juventus nil, Chelsea two! A clinical counter attack there by Chelsea, and now Juventus have a mountain to climb! 11: Matic sends it left to Gayà. Gayà, finds Batshuayi. Now Hazard taking over. Hazard with a pot-shot, but Buffon tips it away! 12: Corner taken by Fàbregas. Zouma gets up, but he heads it wide. 12: Gayà nicks it from Lichtsteiner, looks to find Hazard. Hazard to Fàbregas. Fàbregas with a beautiful aerial ball to Batshuayi, clean through on goal, strikes it, saved by Buffon! Batshuayi did brilliantly there, it deserved a goal at the end of it… 13: Bonucci with the clearance, Fàbregas wins it back. Fàbregas to Batshuayi, Batshuayi now brings Gayà into play. Gayà passes back to Fàbregas, Fàbregas to Batshuayi. Batshuayi goes for it, but Buffon tips it over the bar! 15: Correa with the free kick, plays it into the area. Savic with the header, but he sends it wide. 18: Gayà with the throw-in. Intercepted by Pjanic, but Gayà wins it back and crosses into the area. Kanté with the header, steers it wide. 20: It's been all Chelsea in the opening stages, but here's Khedira, brought down by Kanté, and it's a yellow card. Pjanic looks to shoot with the free kick, but it's blocked by Kanté 25: Corner floated in by Correa. Khedira nods it to Lichtsteiner, who goes for the half volley, inches wide, so close there! 25: Pjanic heads the ball down for Correa, Correa brings Savic in, Savic seeks out Dybala. Dybala goes for goal, but sends the ball wide. 31: Gayà with the throw-in, finds Batshuayi. Batshuayi passes to Hazard, who finds Fàbregas in the penalty area. Now back to Gayà, who sends the ball far post from the left. Goldaniga nods it away, but Hazard has it deep inside the area. Cross blocked, back to Gayà. Gayà centres the ball, deflected off Benatia, and Buffon tips it wide! Benatia, so close there, to putting it into his own net! 39: Coming together there between Gayà and Lichtsteiner, and it's a yellow card for Gayà. 42: Free kick to Juventus, there was a coming together between Gayà and Dybala, and now Svein Oddvar Moen is calling Gayà over. This could be trouble, because Gayà was booked three minutes ago... and it's a second yellow card for Gayà, and Chelsea are down to ten men! 42: So, Fàbregas is going to come off, and Zappacosta comes on with Azpilicueta switching to left back. 47: Matic passed to Hazard, now Hazard making a surging run through the Juventus half, for a goal, but it whistles just over the crossbar! What a goal that would have been, Hazard did so well until the finish! 48: Hazard loses out to Lichtsteiner, now Lichtsteiner passes to Khedira. Khedira passes low to Correa, Correa shoots, tipped over by Courtois! 58: Juventus are going to make two changes, Marchisio replaces Alex Sandro, while Asamoah replaces Pjanic. 60: Asamoah throws the ball in to Marchisio, Marchisio paases back to Asamoah. Asamoah floats the ball to the near post, intercepted by Luiz. Marchisio reclaims the ball,pases through to Correa, now Khedira, looks for Savic, Azpilicueta blocks, back to Marchisio, who goes for glory, but it's turned behind by Courtois! 63: Juventus making their final change, and Chiellini comes on to replace Benatia. 64: Goal kick taken long by Courtois, Goldaniga clears, Asamoah with the header but it's intercepted by Kanté. Kanté finds Willian, who takes off down the right, jumps Asamoah's challenge, sends in a cross which Buffon has to save, but it's too wide for Batshuayi. 67: Savic finds Lichtsteiner out on the right. Lichtsteiner sends the cross in, Dybala goes for goal, and again Courtois tips the ball behind! 69: Chiellini trips Willian, and it's a yellow card. 72: Savic to Correa, time beginning to run out for Juventus. Correa now plays it forward for Dybala to run onto, it's Dybala...off the post! And it's cleared by Zappacosta, as Chelsea continue to hang on by their fingertips! 72: Throw-in taken long by Chiellini. Bonucci beats David Luiz in the air, but it's saved by Courtois and Azpilicueta clears. 73: Chelsea making a change now, and it's Jiménez who comes on for Batshuayi. 75: Throw-in taken by Chiellini. Jiménez clears, Dybala plays the ball back into the area. Jiménez intercepts again, seeks out Hazard. Hazard clears, and Jiménez robs Khedira. Jiménez now, racing into the Juventus half, shot blocked, falls to Hazard. Hazard goes for it, but it's saved by Buffon. That would have been a superb goal, it would have put the game to bed. 81: Marchisio plays it into the area. Lichtsteiner shoots, deflected off Azpilicueta and against the post! 86: Correa with the corner, headed out by Kanté. Zouma gets up above Lichtsteiner and heads it on. Marchisio passes 30 yards left to Correa. Correa with a low cross to Dybala, Juventus are back in it! A superb cross by Correa, Dybala converted, and Juventus have a goal back with four minutes to go! 88: Lichtsteiner with the throw-in, finds Dybala. Dybala to Correa. Correa passes inside to Lichtsteiner. Lichtsteiner to Dybala. Dybala with an ambitious effort, but it's well wide. 89: Marchisio trips Matic, and it's a yellow card. 90+1: Here's Correa, to Marchisio. Marchisio to Savic. Savic, from distance, with a half volley... tipped wide by Courtois again! 90+2: Bonucci trips Hazard, and it's a yellow card. 90+3: The final whistle goes, and what a fantastic win this is for Chelsea! Willian's brace set them on their way, and really they should have had more. Gayà's red card put them at a disadvantage, but they defended resolutely and could have had another, and they go top of the group after three matches. UEFA Champions League Group C, Match 3 - at Juventus Stadium, Turin Juventus 1-2 Chelsea (Dybala 86; Willian 2, 10, Gayà s/o 42) Attendance: 41,475 (2,073 away) Man of the Match: Willian Other results Group A: Athletic Bilbao 0-1 FC Porto (Merino og 27), CSKA Moscow 1-0 Besiktas (Milanov 72) Group B: FC Basel 1-5 Atlético Madrid (Onuachu 36; Griezmann 26, 83, Gameiro pen 28, 84, Juanfran 73), Benfica 1-0 Chievo (Alario 39) Group C: Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Gladbach (Raffael 2, 30) Group D: AS Monaco 1-2 Tottenham (Moutinho 40; Kane 3, Son 74), Bayern 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg (Coman 18, Lewandowski 33) Group E: Real Madrid 2-0 Celtic (Marcelo 6, Rodriguez 24), Sporting CP 3-1 BATE Borisov (Medeiros 35, Coates 66, Ruiz pen 90+1; Tishkov 57) Group F: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Club Brugge (Schürrle 34, Aubameyang 72; Refaelov 77), Inter Milan 4-0 Shakhtar (Icardi 3, 17, pen 66, Ordets og 52) Group G: Barcelona 2-2 Arsenal (Messi 35, Neymar 64; Lukaku 75, Iwobi 89), Feyenoord 2-1 Zenit (José Enrique 27, Elia 65; Dzyuba 82) Group H: Man Utd 3-0 Legia Warsaw (Davari og 2, Pogba 16, Nainggolan 17), PSG 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen (Cavani 44; Hernandez 45, Volland 53) Europa League Group C: Liverpool 3-0 Torino (Lallana 24, 87, Pulisic 40) Group D: Hearts 2-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv (Iriondo 9, King 78) Group H: Mladá Boleslav 0-3 Man City (Belotti 35, 71, Jesus 73) Group K: Southampton 2-0 Vorskla (Gabbiadini 48, Cédric 74) Group L: Watford 3-2 Valencia (Skhiri 10, Dawson 12, Pereyra 17; Pérez 70, Rodrigo 84) Group Table | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Chelsea | ENG | 3 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 6 | 2 | +4 | 9 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Juventus | ITA | 3 | 2 | 0 | 1 | 6 | 3 | +3 | 6 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Gladbach | GER | 3 | 1 | 0 | 2 | 3 | 5 | -2 | 3 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Dinamo Zagreb | CRO | 3 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 1 | 6 | -5 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  15. You know how FM sometimes throws up bizarre results? Take a look at the latest post in my story (unless you're a Man Utd fan).
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