• English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Carrow Road
  • Attendance: 26,831
  • Mata, 38

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90 mins:Chelsea bring Nathan Ake on for Mata.

90 mins:Hazard picks up a booking as the match moves into three minutes of stoppage time.

88 mins:The Canaries bring Elliott Bennett on for Wes Hoolahan.

87 mins:Hazard has a late effort saved by Bunn.

85 mins:Norwich have not really created a clear opening but but remain in this game.

83 mins:Johnson is immediately replaced by Jonny Howson.

82 mins:Johnson is booked for diving.

80 mins:Mata has a rare header on goal but it fails to trouble Bunn.

78 mins:Norwich bring Steve Morison on for Pilkington.

78 mins:Chelsea bring Hazard on for Moses.

76 mins:Play is becoming more congested as the pitch gets heavier.

74 mins:The referee has a word with Holt for his hefty challenge on Mata but the Norwich striker escapes a booking.

72 mins:Lampard does indeed come on for Mikel.

70 mins:Lampard is warming up after Mikel takes a heavy knock.

68 mins:Great strike by Moses who is narrowly off-target with his effort after he'd brought the ball down superbly with his chest.

66 mins:Snodgrass bursts into the penalty area and tumbles to the ground, but the referee waves play on.

64 mins:Sebastien Bassong is caught offside when the home side win a free-kick, poor play by the Norwich defender.

62 mins:Anthony Pilkington selfishly goes for goal when a pass to a team-mate would have been the better option.

60 mins:The heavy rain that has been lashing the country has now hit north Norfolk.

58 mins:Moses tries find Fernando Torres, but Martin is in the right place to clear the danger.

56 mins:Holt fires in a rasping drive that is only just off-target.

54 mins:Snodgrass drives forward but Cahill defends well at the vital moment.

52 mins:Chelsea are enjoying almost complete domination now as Moses' cross-cum shot is gathered by Bunn.

50 mins:Oscar's corner almost catches Bunn out but the Norwich keeper eventually keeps the ball away from his goal.

48 mins:Neither manager has made any changes at the interval.

46 mins:The second-half action at Carrow Road is underway.


42 mins:Norwich are trying their best to hit back but the Chelsea defence stands firm.

40 mins:Chelsea just about deserve their lead as they've edged the first half.

38 mins:NORWICH CITY 0-1 CHELSEA. Chelsea's recent dominance pays off as MATA's left-footed strike is far too good for Mark Bunn.

37 mins:Victor Moses wins a corner for the visitors who are ending the half well.

35 mins:Chelsea suddenly step up the pace but a promising move ends with Mikel firing a shot over the bar.

33 mins:Only one real chance after 33 minutes of the match - not a classic it has to be said.

31 mins:Juan Mata is set up by Luiz but fails to hit the target with the clearest opening of the match so far.

29 mins:Ashley Cole bursts forward but Martin and Michael Turner close him down and the chance is lost.

27 mins:Bradley Johnson appears to catch Mikel with an elbow and the Chelsea man goes down, but the referee opts not to produce a card.

25 mins:Chelsea are happy to persevere with a patient approach but it's not paid dividends so far.

23 mins:Luiz tries his luck again after a slick move but he's off-target with a rushed effort.

21 mins:David Luiz crashes a 35-yard drive way over the bar.

19 mins:Neither side has created a cleat-cut chance yet, it's all very tight.

17 mins:Russell Martin sees his shot charged down by Oscar as Norwich enjoy a spell of possession.

15 mins:Norwich look a solid unit but the way they're set up today they're going to struggle to create much in attack.

13 mins:Tettey fires an ambitious effort wide but Norwich are starting to get a foothold in the game.

11 mins:Gary Cahill appears to have taken a kncok to the face after being caught by Alexander Tettey but play goes on.

9 mins:Robert Snodgrass is a little fortunate to escape a booking after clattering into Oscar.

7 mins:Norwich have struggled to string any passes together in the opening minutes - Chelsea have started well.

5 mins:Chelsea will be full of confidence having scored 13 goals in their last two matches.

3 mins:Norwich start brightly as they force Chelsea onto the back foot.

1 mins:We're underway at Carrow Road.

John Mikel Obi returns for Rafa Benitez's side after serving his suspension and Oscar also starts, while Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard drop to the bench.

Grant Holt returns for the Canaries after recovering from a hamstring injury while Russell Martin comes in for Steven Whittaker.

Norwich City will be keen not to lose two games in a row following their weekend setback against West Brom when they entertain a Chelsea side that thrashed Aston Villa 8-0 on Sunday.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Carrow Road
  • Attendance: 26,831
  • Mata, 38

match report

Chelsea continued their improved form under Rafa Benitez with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Norwich at Carrow Road.

After scoring eight at the weekend against Aston Villa, Juan Mata's brilliant first half strike proved to be enough for Chelsea to boost their title chances.

Norwich struggled to create too many goalscoring opportunities with Sebastien Bassong's header over the top in stoppage time their best chance of the game.

In the early exchanges chances were few and far between with defences very much on top.

David Luiz, who was again playing in midfield, had a few sights of goal but he failed to trouble Mark Bunn in the Norwich goal with a couple of wayward efforts.

Chelsea created the best opening of the game on the half hour mark when Luiz slipped Mata in on goal, but the Spaniard could only hit his shot into the side-netting.

The visitors were beginning to get on top and four minutes later Luiz teeed up John Obi Mikel on the edge of the box only for the Nigerian to drill his powerful shot over the crossbar.

Chelsea broke the deadlock on 38 minutes as Mata netted his 13th goal of the season with a superb shot from the edge of box.

There looked very little on when Mata picked up a pass from Oscar 30 yards from goal, but with very little backlift he fired a fierce shot past Mark Bunn into the corner of the net.

Bunn had to be alert early in the second half to divert Oscar's deflected corner at his near post as Chelsea pushed for a second goal.

Mata tried to catch out Bunn on 55 minutes with a quickly taken free-kick from the edge of the box with the keeper still organising his wall, but he got back to save the curling effort.

Victor Moses really should have added a second goal on 68 minutes when he brought down Cesar Azpilicueta's cross inside the box on his chest, but he drilled his shot wide of the target.

Norwich pushed everything forward in the closing stages in a bid to find an equaliser, but the closest they came was deep into injury time when Bassong headed down into the ground and over the crossbar as Chelsea secured all three points.

team line-up

28Mark Bunn
5Sébastien Bassong
18Javier Garrido
2Russell Martin
6Michael Turner
12Anthony Pilkington79
4Bradley Johnson82
27Alexander Tettey
7Robert Snodgrass
9Grant Holt
14Wes Hoolahan88


8Jonathan Howson82
13Declan Rudd
10Simeon Jackson
16Steve Morison79
24Ryan Bennett
20Leon Barnett
17Elliott Bennett88


Jonathan Moss

team line-up

1Petr Cech
2Branislav Ivanovic
3Ashley Cole
24Gary Cahill
28César Azpilicueta
4David Luiz
13Victor Moses79
10Juan Mata92
12John Obi Mikel74
9Fernando Torres


19Paulo Ferreira
17Eden Hazard79
57Nathan Ake92
21Marko Marin
8Frank Lampard74
35Lucas Piazon
22Ross Turnbull


Jonathan Moss

match stats

possession %3663
shots on target13
shots off target48
tackles won1613