- English Barclays Premier League
- 30 December 2012, 1:30pm
- Goodison Park
- Attendance: 39,485
FULL-TIME: CHELSEA WIN! The Blues become the first team to win at Goodison Park in the Premier League this season! Their reward is moving up to third spot in the table and they have a certain Frank Lampard to thank after another wonderful midfield display. Everton stay in sixth. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stay tuned for the full-match report.
90+3 mins: Just as I type that, Jelavic makes a real mess in the area when trying to connect with Baines' cross. That could well be it.
90+2 mins: Chelsea are being attracted to the corner flags like I've been to the mince pies over Christmas. They look like they are going on hold on to a big win here.
90 mins: Chelsea look to launch a deadly counter attack but Torres is stopped by a fine sliding tackle by Distin which keeps Everton in this.
89 mins:The Everton fans are incensed after Osman is clearly fouled on the edge of the area. Mr Webb though waves play on! Four minutes are added on.
86 mins: Cole goes in the book for time wasting as Chelsea close in on another victory to add to Rafa's revolution.
84 mins: Everton aren't really troubling Chelsea since I typed my last update, in fact, Chelsea look comfortable. They make their final sub with Oscar coming on for Mata.
80 mins: This is going to be a big ten minutes or so for Chelsea as Everton start to bombard the box with long ball after long ball. The hosts make their final change with Oviedo replacing Pienaar.
77 mins: Now Everton make a couple of changes of their own with Naismith and Hitzlsperger coming off for Barkley and Vellios.
75 mins: Distin is in the book and the disappointing Hazard is replaced by Moses.
72 MINS: BRACE FOR LAMPARD! Chelsea are ahead! Jagielka fails to clear a cross from the right and his flick goes straight to LAMPARD who scuffs the ball into net to send the Chelsea fans wild. Does Roman really want to see Lampard go?
70 mins:Luiz has been asking for a booking and finally gets one after another reckless tackle.
68 mins: Everton hit the crossbar for a third time! Jelavic does brilliantly to stoop low and meet Baines' drilled cross but is denied by the woodwork!
66 mins: Hazard has been quiet today but he springs into life with a weaving run inside. He passes to Mata who fails to find Ramires running inside. However Chelsea keep on the front foot with Torres testing Howard with a fierce strike.
63 mins: Pienaar's in the book for leaving a foot in on Luiz's ankle. No complaints there.
61 mins: Everton win a free-kick on the left edge of the area but Baines can't pick out anyone in a blue shirt. Turnbull then stops a looping cross right on his goal-line.
58 mins:The offside flag is up too for Jelavic just as he was about to race clear. At the other end, Luiz smacks over from distance. This game really could go either way. Both sides are playing well.
Josh, Hammersmith -"ive seen ba drive into loftus road ???"
55 mins: Torres shoots straight at Howard despite having most of the goal at his mercy! His blushes are spared however by the offside flag.
53 mins: Luiz plays a wonderful ball in towards Torres but Howard is alert and gets there just before him.
51 mins: Everton are pushing forward but the defence are standing firm. Piennar has the best opportunity to cross but he gets it all wrong.
Jax, Derby -"Everton are the best team on merseyside at the moment..but Chelsea look strong to !!"
47 mins: Cahill is booked early on for a rash tackle on Baines. Everton have started well again since the restart.
45 mins: Back to Goodison Park though where Chelsea have been hit with an injury blow. Cech has apparently injured his ankle and will be replaced by Turnbull. I think they'll be a few shots from distance.
45 mins: We've heard some juicy transfer gossip at half-time. Demba Ba is on his way to....Chelsea! The Newcastle striker will be holding talks at Stamford Bridge later tonight. What do you make to that? I'd have Ba in my team over Sturridge any day!
HALF-TIME: Well Chelsea have recovered from what was a dismal start, falling behind after just 63 seconds. We have a real battle on our hands here at Goodison Park but will either of these clubs sit in third spot come the end of the game? Stick around to find out!
45 mins: Everton respond with Anichebe nearly meeting Baine's deep free-kick at the near post. The ball falls to Heitinga who cracks one way over the crossbar. One minute added on.
42 MINS: CHELSEA ARE LEVEL! Everton can't hold on until half-time! They fail to properly clear the corner and Ramires' cross from the right is met by the head of LAMPARD who guides it wonderfully into the bottom left corner.
40 mins: Lampard tries one of his trademark free-kicks from distance. It deflects to Torres who then sees his hopeful shot deflected wide. Corner to Chelsea.
Neil, Edinburgh - "I fancy Chelsea to turn this around, 4-2"
36 mins: Everton are on the counter attack and only a diving left glvoe from Cech stops the lively Jelavic from putting Everton two goals to the good.
33 mins: Mata and Torres cleverly work their way into the Everton box before Azpilicueta sends a tantalising cross right across the face of goal. It just needed a touch!
30 mins: It's getting a bit scrappy now with both sides falling short in the final third. Everton don't look particularly troubled though.
Wayne, Sunderland -need everton to lose for my accumalator
27 mins: Now Howard makes a fine stop! Ramires bursts towards the Everton box but is eventually blocked. The ball rolls to Mata on the follow-up who is denied by the goalie's legs!
25 mins: Chelsea are hanging on! Jagielka's cross from the right deflects right into the path of Osman who stings the palms of Cech from 18 yards out.
22 mins: Ramires lets rip from distance but it's nowhere near the Everton goal. A horrible effort which pretty much sums up Chelsea's start to this match.
20 mins: Chelsea are being pegged right back to their six-yard line as Everton surge forward once again. However, Piennar's cross from the left asks far too much of Jelavic on this occasion.
17 mins: Chelsea fans can take some comfort from the fact that Everton haven't kept a clean sheet in the league since September. They're going to have to seriously up their game if they are to find the back of the net here though.
13 mins: Everton are right back on the attack and win two quick corners from either side. The pressure momentarily lifts for Chelsea as Webb spots a foul in the area.
10 mins: Chelsea try to wake themselves up from this slumber but a pass intended for Ramires in the box flashes right past him and out for a goal-kick.
7 mins: Everton hit the post again! They have a free-kick right in Leighton Baines territory after Cahill upends the goalscorer Pienaar. It's left to Jelavic this time who cracks the woodwork with a right-footed curler. Cech rooted!
4 mins: Chelsea have their first real spell of possession but the Everton backline is yet to be tested by Torres and Co.
James, work - "I think Chelsea will have this one today 3-1."
1 MIN: GOAL! EVERTON TAKE THE LEAD! What a start for the Toffees! Jagielka is given the freedom of the right flank and lifts up a cracking cross to the far post where Anichebe rattes the post with a firm header. The rebound falls to PIENAAR who belts in from close range! Are we on for another big score today?!
Griff, Battersea - "Come on Everton, Anichebe 1st goal, Toffees to win 2-1."
0 mins: 'Z Cars' theme tune. Done. Handshakes. Done. Referee Howard Webb counting the players. Done. Now it's time for Everton to kick-off. Chelsea are in their white away kits this afternoon.
1300: Good afternoon and welcome along to Goodison Park as Everton host Chelsea. The Toffees, who welcome back Heitinga and Naismith into the starting eleven, could leapfrog the Blues into third place if they were to win today. Rafa makes three changes to his side, all in midfield to as Lampard, Ramires and Hazard all return. Kick-off is not too far away so make sure you get your predictions in via the link above.
- English Barclays Premier League
- 30 December 2012, 1:30pm
- Goodison Park
- Attendance: 39,485
Frank Lampard scored twice as Chelsea came back from a goal down to beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.
Steven Pienaar had given the home side a second-minute lead but Lampard found the equaliser just before the interval and was on the spot to net the winner with 20 minutes to go.
Everton had started the game feverishly as they pressed Chelsea high up the field and had their reward after just 63 seconds.
Pienaar played in Phil Jagielka down the right flank and when Victor Anichebe headed the subsequent cross against the bar, there was the South African again to fire the rebound past Petr Cech.
The Toffees nearly doubled their lead shortly afterwards when Nikica Jelavic curled a free-kick against the post as David Moyes' side continued to swarm all over the visitors.
Cech also saved brilliantly from Jelavic later in the half but by that point Chelsea were edging their way back into the contest and found an equaliser just before the break.
Fernando Torres found Ramires on the right and his left-footed cross reached Lampard just outside the six-yard box with the 34-year-old measuring his header into the bottom corner of the net.
If Chelsea were fortunate to go in level at the interval then they were even luckier when Jelavic saw a brilliant header come back off the crossbar in the second half.
But Rafa Benitez's side showed plenty of resolve and took the lead after 72 minutes - thanks to that man Lampard.
Juan Mata started the move and looked to have finished it when he drilled a shot on goal but Howard saved well only for Lampard to shovel home the winning goal from close range.
Everton threw everything at Chelsea in the latter stages in a desperate attempt to maintain their unbeaten home record but the visitors defended brilliantly to see out the win and go third.