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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance: 27,348
StokeStokevChelseaChelsea
04
  • Walters, og 45+2
  • Walters, og 62
  • Lampard, pen 65
  • Hazard, 73

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90 mins:FULL TIME: STOKE 0-4 CHELSEA. There is the full time whistle and its been a horrible day for Stoke. Chelsea were given too much space and they punished the Potters for some sloppy errors.

90 mins:We are into injury time.

89 mins:MISSED! That sump up Jon Walters' day as he thumps it miles over the cross bar.

88 mins:Stoke have a late penalty as Walters is brought down by a wrong-footed Terry.

85 mins:We are into the final five minutes now and Stoke just want to get off the field now.

83 mins:Chelsea have taken their foot off the gas now, which is a little unfortunate for Torres who'd love to make an impact.

80 mins:Two changes for Stoke with Whitehead and Jerome replacing Adam and Jones.

79 mins:A change for Chelsea with Juan Mata replaced by the returning John Terry.

77 mins:Almost a chance for Torres as he gets in behind but Mata's pass is a little too firm.

75 mins:Into the final fifteen minutes now and Stoke just need to ensure this not get any worse.

72 mins:GOAL: STOKE 0-4 CHELSEA. It's getting embarrassing now! EDEN HAZARD collects the ball and tries his luck from 30 yards and absolutely rips it past Begovic and into the top corner.

71 mins:Etherington gets to the byline and cuts the ball back but Jones misses his kick.

70 mins:Fernando Torres comes on for Chelsea as he replaces Demba Ba.

69 mins:Should be a fourth for Chelsea as Ba nods back across goal and Lampard is superbly denied by Begovic from point blank range.

67 mins:Stoke are not happy wit the penalty award but its all academic now as Chelsea look set to grab all three points.

65 mins:GOAL: STOKE 0-3 CHELSEA. That really is game over now as FRANK LAMPARD smashes the spot kick into the roof of the net.

64 mins:PENALTY! Mata bursts into the box and is bundled over by a combination of Shawcross and Huth and the referee points to the spot.

62 mins:GOAL: STOKE 0-2 CHELSEA. Game over? The ball is whipped in and Demba Ba's header is going wide until it hits JON WALTERS and goes in. A second own goal for the Potters striker.

59 mins:Stoke think they have a penalty as Etherington gets in behind and Azpilicueta brings him down but the flag is up for offside and Chelsea are off the hook.

58 mins:Frank Lampard has been superb for Chelsea so far today and it's still hard to believe they are going to let him walk out of the Bridge in the summer.

55 mins:Although N'Zonzi strikes one from 25 yards that Cech does well to parry behind for a corner.

53 mins:Stoke are really struggling to show any great attacking threat here and Chelsea look pretty comfortable.

50 mins:Good work from Demba Ba as he twists and turns inside the box and finds Ashley Cole who is well denied by Begovic.

48 mins:A good start to the second half from Stoke but a poor cross from Charlie Adam means the chance goes begging.

46 mins:The second half begins.

45 mins:HALF TIME: STOKE 0-1 CHELSEA. It looked like we would be going in all square but Chelsea snatch the lead right on half time. They probably just about edged a poor first half.

45 mins:GOAL: STOKE 0-1 CHELSEA. Chelsea lead! Azpilicueta swings the ball across the box and WALTERS, under pressure from Mata, powers a header into his own net.

45 mins:There will be two minutes added on.

42 mins:Cech is called into action but its a simple stop to keep out Whelan's long range drive.

40 mins:A dangerous ball in from Mata is superbly headed behind by Shawcross with ba in close attendance.

39 mins:Andy Wilkinson picks up the first booking as he fouls Eden Hazard.

38 mins:The Blues look solid at the back so far with Luiz and Ivanovic keeping Jones and Walters quiet.

35 mins:He's in the game now though as Lampard sticks one over the top and Begovic makes a superb stop to keep Ba's shot out.

33 mins:Chelsea are finding it very difficult to get the ball into the feet of Demba Ba who has looked very isolated.

30 mins:The opening half hour has been a bit flat here to be honest.

27 mins:Adam brings down Ramires and he requires a bit of treatment now.

25 mins:The crowd are chanting 'Boring' at Chelsea as they pass it about in midfield but suddenly they burst on and Lampard is superbly denied by Begovic.

22 mins:Rafa Benitez is barking orders at his team from the bench as Stoke continue to look the more dangerous.

19 mins:Good goalkeeping from Cech to relieve some pressure as he comes to claim a corner on his own six yard line.

16 mins:Stoke are applying good pressure now and they win three corners in quick succession that Chelsea only just manage to clear.

13 mins:A chance for Etherington to run at Azpilicueta and he beats him but fires over from a tight angle.

10 mins:It's become a bit scrappy now with both sides committing a number of minor offences which are breaking up play.

8 mins:Great chance...wide! Wilkinson bundles the ball through the Chelsea defence and Kenwyne Jones is through on Cech but he clips wide of the far post.

5 mins:It's been a bright start from the visitors as they look to make up for Wednesday night's horror show.

2 mins:Sloppy play from Whelan gifts the ball back to Chelsea in a dangerous area and Shawcross does superbly to deny Ramires a chance.

1 mins:We are underway.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Hazard, Lampard, Ramires, Bertrand, Mata, Ba.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington, Adam, Jones.

Rafa Benitez has decided to drop the misfiring Fernando Torres today as he starts new signing Demba Ba in the central striker's role today.

The Potters are enjoying a fine season once again but have endured a bit of a wobble of late, but they will make this tough for the Blues today.

Welcome to the Britannia as Stoke City host Chelsea.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance: 27,348
StokeStokevChelseaChelsea
04
  • Walters, og 45+2
  • Walters, og 62
  • Lampard, pen 65
  • Hazard, 73

match report

Chelsea moved back into third place in the Premier League as they produced a commanding display to beat Stoke City 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

Rafa Benitez saw his side bounce back from their midweek defeat to Swansea with a convincing performance as they could, and should, have won by an even bigger margin in the Potteries.

But it was a real day to forget for Stoke's Jon Walters as he scored two own-goals before firing over a late penalty as the home side saw their unbeaten home record disappear.

The Potters had not lost at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League since February and have proved formidable opponents for the league's big guns, but this was their biggest home loss since returning to the top flight in 2008.

After a relatively uninspiring opening half, Chelsea went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Walters put a diving header into his own net as he looked to clear Cesar Azpilicueta's cross with Juan Mata pressuring him.

On the hour the officials made a huge call as referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot when Azpilicueta looked like he caught Matthew Etherington but, much to Chelsea's relief, assistant Sian Massey had flagged for offside and replays showed she was right.

Then, just minutes later, Chelsea doubled their lead and amazingly it was another own goal from Walters as he flicked in a Mata corner with Asmir Begovic helpless.

Suddenly the game was beyond Stoke when Chelsea won a penalty on 65 minutes as Mata went down under pressure from Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross, and Frank Lampard stepped up to hammer home.

Lampard could, and should, have added to that goal but he was denied from point-blank range by Begovic, who in truth kept the score respectable.

The game was put to bed 18 minutes from time and it was the pick of the goals as Eden Hazard fired into the top corner from 30 yards, a wonderful finish from the little Belgian.

Another huge cheer came from the away side as Chelsea captain John Terry made his long-awaited return from injury and the former England star did make a contribution as he gave away a late penalty.

Walters was quick to take the ball, but the Irishman's day went from bad to worse as he lashed his spot-kick high and it clipped the top of the bar.

The three points take Chelsea into third, above Tottenham who were held to a goalless draw at QPR earlier in the day.

team line-up

1Asmir Begovic
28Andy Wilkinson
4Robert Huth
17Ryan Shawcross
2Geoff Cameron
6Glenn Whelan
19Jonathan Walters
26Matthew Etherington86
16Charlie Adam79
15Steven N'Zonzi
9Kenwyne Jones79

substitutes

30Ryan Shotton
29Thomas S°rensen
20Matthew Upson
18Dean Whitehead79
33Cameron Jerome79
21Michael Kightly86
25Peter Crouch

referee

Andre Marriner

team line-up

1Petr Cech
28CÚsar Azpilicueta83
4David Luiz
2Branislav Ivanovic
3Ashley Cole
7Ramires
10Juan Mata80
34Ryan Bertrand
17Eden Hazard
8Frank Lampard
29Demba Ba71

substitutes

22Ross Turnbull
21Marko Marin
26John Terry80
11Oscar
19Paulo Ferreira83
9Fernando Torres71
57Nathan Ake

referee

Andre Marriner

match stats

possession %4356
shots on target56
shots off target52
corners67
tackles won1211
offsides31