Fernando Torres scored his first Premier League goal of 2013 as Chelsea marked Rafael Benitez's last game as manager by securing third place and Champions League football for next season with a thrilling victory over Everton.

Torres steered home the winner with 14 minutes left of a breathless game to round off a memorable week for the Europa League winners.

Juan Mata slotted the hosts ahead but David Moyes, in his farewell match after 11 years as Everton boss, saw his side level through Steven Naismith.

Rafael Benitez proud of time at Chelsea

Chelsea dominated the second period and Torres' strike meant that victories for both north London clubs, Tottenham and Arsenal, did not affect their Champions League qualification.

The Gunners needed a win and for the Blues to lose to be certain of finishing third and avoid facing a two-legged play-off to reach the group stages.

And despite a great start, for a long time the hosts gave Arsenal strong hope of at least earning an unprecedented Premier League play-off as both sides could have finished level on points, goal difference and goals scored had Chelsea drawn.

A gloriously sunny day full of positivity was in stark contrast to the cold, miserable conditions and accompanying poisonous atmosphere that surrounded Stamford Bridge in November when Benitez replaced the popular Roberto Di Matteo.

But there was no sense of unrest early on here. The home side looked sharp and, having controlled possession and territory, went ahead after seven minutes.

Tim Howard spilled Demba Ba's shot after a flowing move involving Mata and Oscar, and the Spaniard followed up to slot the ball home with ease.

But the visitors, with Moyes looking to secure the highest points tally in his 11-year stint as Everton manager, responded in style.

Marathon men

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar played 79 matches for club and country this season, while Everton's Leighton Baines played every minute of his team's 38 Premier League games.

Naismith guided a shot just off target, Darron Gibson shot over and Chelsea were on the back foot, suddenly looking jaded and disjointed.

Everton deservedly levelled when David Luiz - back in the defence with Nathan Ake making a classy Premier League debut in midfield - intercepted a pass but lost possession.

Naismith took full advantage of the Brazilian's absence to lift the ball coolly over the advancing Petr Cech.

It was nearly 2-1 moments later when a deflected Gibson shot hit the post, hit Cech on the head, hit the post again and rebounded to safety.

And the chances kept on coming in a breathless first period.

Torres headed wide, Ake shot over and Frank Lampard, presented with a golden boot before the game for becoming the club's record goalscorer, should have scored his 204th in a Chelsea shirt but shot wildly over.

Everton were playing with the greater cohesion and also creating good chances. Steven Pienaar was seeing plenty of the ball and finding space at will and went close with a rasping goalbound shot that was blocked by Luiz.

Chelsea upped the tempo after the interval with Oscar, playing an incredible 79th game of the season for club and country, their main threat.

David Moyes disappointed to bow out with defeat

Gary Cahill had a shot beaten away, Branislav Ivanovic - the midweek Europa League match-winner - horribly mis-kicked and Ba also had a curled effort deflected just wide off Sylvain Distin.

But Everton's defence, superbly organised by Phil Jagielka, was finally breached when Torres shot home from close range - his first Premier League goal in 1,179 minutes since he scored against Aston Villa in December.

And although Toffees sub Nikica Jelavic had a couple of chances to level, Chelsea were not to be denied and have now reached the group stages of Europe's premier club competition for 10 seasons in a row.

Everton manager David Moyes:

"Our players could have turned off and said that it didn't matter but we really gave Chelsea a good game. We played well, we were unlucky not to get more than nothing out of the game.

"It's been a great effort from the players. I've just said to them they've had a brilliant season. You can see the way they've played against the best in the country.

"Whoever takes the job will have a lot of pleasure working with them because they're honest, whole-hearted, have great energy and are a really good team as well.

"It's emotional because it's the last time I walk away from the players but part of the job is you move on. It's rare to stay in a job for 11 years so I'm thankful for getting that opportunity and hopeful they're in a strong position to push on."

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-1 Everton FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Mata 7
  • Torres 76
  • Naismith 14

Chelsea

Substitutes

Everton

Substitutes

Ref: TaylorAtt: 41,794
CHELSEA
EVERTON

Possession

  • Chelsea 48%
  • Everton 52%

Attempts on target

  • Chelsea 10
  • Everton 9

Attempts off target

  • Chelsea 10
  • Everton 7

Corners

  • Chelsea 7
  • Everton 4

Fouls

  • Chelsea 7
  • Everton 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:05 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:24 Cross by Leighton Baines (Everton), shot by Johnny Heitinga (Everton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 90:00+1:44 Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Everton).
  • 90:00+1:01 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 90:00+0:43 Shot by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 89:07 Attacking throw-in by Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
  • 88:45 Attacking throw-in by Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
  • 87:27 Free kick taken left-footed by Petr Cech (Chelsea) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 87:27 Substitution Chelsea substitution: Emboaba Oscar replaced by Paulo Ferreira (tactical).
  • 87:21 Kevin Mirallas (Everton) caught offside.
  • 86:59 Shot by Victor Moses (Chelsea) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 85:44 Cross by Leighton Baines (Everton), header by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (parried) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 84:38 Goal kick taken short by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 84:11 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Emboaba Oscar (Chelsea).
  • 83:52 Shot by Victor Moses (Chelsea) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Seamus Coleman (Everton).
  • 82:46 Cross by Steven Pienaar (Everton), save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 81:43 Substitution Chelsea substitution: Juan Mata replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta (tactical).
  • 81:37 Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Howard (Everton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 81:37 Booking David Luiz (Chelsea) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:30 Handball by David Luiz (Chelsea).
  • 81:01 Shot by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 79:56 Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 78:30 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 78:09 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 77:24 Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
  • 75:40 Assist (header) by Victor Moses (Chelsea) from centre of penalty area.
  • 75:40 GOAL - Fernando TorresChelsea 2 - 1 Everton Goal by Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Chelsea 2-1 Everton.
  • 75:37 Cross by Emboaba Oscar (Chelsea), resulting in open play.
  • 75:05 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 74:33 Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea) on Phil Jagielka (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Jagielka (Everton) from own half, passed.
  • 73:46 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 73:30 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 73:00 Shot by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
  • 72:18 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 71:54 Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Everton).
  • 69:59 Free kick taken left-footed by Ashley Cole (Chelsea) from left channel, passed.
  • 69:59 Booking Johnny Heitinga (Everton) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 69:45 Cross by Leighton Baines (Everton), save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea). Foul by Johnny Heitinga (Everton) on Victor Moses (Chelsea).
  • 69:10 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas (Everton) to near post, clearance by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).
  • 68:21 Header by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 67:58 Foul by Ashley Cole (Chelsea) on Marouane Fellaini (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Jagielka (Everton) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 67:41 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 67:29 Shot by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.
  • 67:01 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 66:56 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 65:29 Substitution Everton substitution: Steven Naismith replaced by Nikica Jelavic (tactical).
  • 65:28 Substitution Everton substitution: Victor Anichebe replaced by Johnny Heitinga (tactical).
  • 65:05 Substitution Chelsea substitution: Demba Ba replaced by Victor Moses (tactical).
  • 63:21 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Juan Mata (Chelsea) to near post, clearance by Marouane Fellaini (Everton).
  • 62:28 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).
  • 62:12 Cross by Kevin Mirallas (Everton), clearance by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
  • 61:40 Cross by Fernando Torres (Chelsea), comfortable save (caught) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 61:29 Attacking throw-in by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).
  • 59:26 Cross by Emboaba Oscar (Chelsea), resulting in open play.
  • 58:27 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 56:55 David Luiz has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 56:55 Booking Marouane Fellaini is shown a yellow card.
  • 56:37 Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) on Emboaba Oscar (Chelsea). Free kick taken right-footed by David Luiz (Chelsea) from left channel (20 yards), hit wall.
  • 55:13 Cross by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), clearance by Sylvain Distin (Everton).
  • 54:55 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 54:20 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Juan Mata (Chelsea) to near post, header by Gary Cahill (Chelsea) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
  • 54:03 Shot by Demba Ba (Chelsea) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), blocked by Sylvain Distin (Everton).
  • 53:24 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 52:46 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Juan Mata (Chelsea) to centre, shot by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 52:21 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Juan Mata (Chelsea) to near post, clearance by Steven Naismith (Everton).
  • 52:07 Shot by Demba Ba (Chelsea) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Sylvain Distin (Everton).
  • 50:51 Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 50:09 Shot by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 49:37 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).
  • 49:08 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 48:51 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 48:41 Shot by Emboaba Oscar (Chelsea) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed left.
  • 46:35 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Juan Mata (Chelsea) to near post, clearance by Marouane Fellaini (Everton). Shot by Gary Cahill (Chelsea) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 46:24 Cross by David Luiz (Chelsea), save (tipped round post) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 45:45 Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
  • 45:21 Defending throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • 45:00+2:05 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:19 Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 45:00+0:55 Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
  • 45:00+0:32 Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
  • 45:00 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 43:50 Foul by Victor Anichebe (Everton) on Ashley Cole (Chelsea). Free kick taken right-footed by David Luiz (Chelsea) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 43:21 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 42:55 Shot by Frank Lampard (Chelsea) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), over the bar.
  • 41:42 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas (Everton) to near post, foul by Victor Anichebe (Everton) on Petr Cech (Chelsea). Free kick taken left-footed by Petr Cech (Chelsea) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 41:20 Shot by Steven Pienaar (Everton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by David Luiz (Chelsea).
  • 40:34 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 40:09 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 39:12 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 38:45 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 38:31 Shot by Steven Pienaar (Everton) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 38:14 Cross by Demba Ba (Chelsea), clearance by Marouane Fellaini (Everton).
  • 38:06 Cross by Emboaba Oscar (Chelsea), resulting in open play.
  • 37:13 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 37:05 Cross by Juan Mata (Chelsea), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 36:26 Cross by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), resulting in open play.
  • 35:40 Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton) on Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Cahill (Chelsea) from own half, passed.
  • 35:00 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 33:48 Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Jagielka (Everton) from right channel, passed.
  • 33:48 Booking Fernando Torres (Chelsea) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 33:42 Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea) on Seamus Coleman (Everton).
  • 33:21 Shot by Juan Mata (Chelsea) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (punched) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 32:35 Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) on Juan Mata (Chelsea). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Cahill (Chelsea) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 32:13 Shot by Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 31:27 Goal kick taken short by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 31:14 Shot by Demba Ba (Chelsea) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.
  • 30:42 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 29:43 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 29:29 Shot by Nathan Ake (Chelsea) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 29:19 Cross by David Luiz (Chelsea), clearance by Sylvain Distin (Everton).
  • 27:01 Attacking throw-in by Phil Jagielka (Everton).
  • 26:38 Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Everton).
  • 26:22 Goal kick taken short by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 25:44 Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton) on Emboaba Oscar (Chelsea). Free kick taken left-footed by Juan Mata (Chelsea) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 24:17 Cross by Seamus Coleman (Everton), resulting in open play.
  • 23:07 Cross by Seamus Coleman (Everton), clearance by Nathan Ake (Chelsea).
  • 22:48 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 20:36 Shot by Darron Gibson (Everton) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 20:23 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).
  • 19:54 Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) on Kevin Mirallas (Everton). Free kick taken left-footed by Leighton Baines (Everton) from own half, passed.
  • 19:35 Goal kick taken short by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 19:12 Header by Fernando Torres (Chelsea) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
  • 17:59 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 17:11 Shot by Darron Gibson (Everton) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (blocked) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 16:45 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).
  • 15:50 Foul by Frank Lampard (Chelsea) on Kevin Mirallas (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Jagielka (Everton) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 15:25 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 15:08 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 13:57 Assist (pass) by Victor Anichebe (Everton) from right side of penalty area.
  • 13:57 GOAL - Steven NaismithChelsea 1 - 1 Everton Goal by Steven Naismith (Everton) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Chelsea 1-1 Everton.
  • 13:20 Attacking throw-in by Seamus Coleman (Everton).
  • 13:15 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 12:50 Cross by Juan Mata (Chelsea), shot by Demba Ba (Chelsea) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
  • 12:23 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 12:05 Shot by Darron Gibson (Everton) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.
  • 11:11 Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea) on Victor Anichebe (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Darron Gibson (Everton) from right channel, passed.
  • 10:51 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 10:21 Cross by Seamus Coleman (Everton), shot by Steven Naismith (Everton) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
  • 9:24 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 9:01 Foul by Victor Anichebe (Everton) on Ashley Cole (Chelsea). Free kick taken left-footed by Petr Cech (Chelsea) from own half, passed.
  • 6:58 Assist by Demba Ba (Chelsea) from right side of penalty area.
  • 6:58 GOAL - Juan MataChelsea 1 - 0 Everton Goal by Juan Mata (Chelsea) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Chelsea 1-0 Everton.
  • 6:55 Shot by Demba Ba (Chelsea) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 6:30 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
  • 5:13 Cross by Leighton Baines (Everton), clearance by David Luiz (Chelsea). Attacking throw-in by Marouane Fellaini (Everton).
  • 4:52 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
  • 4:27 Shot by Darron Gibson (Everton) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed left.
  • 3:56 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 3:33 Shot by Demba Ba (Chelsea) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 1:57 Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea) on Marouane Fellaini (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar (Everton) from right channel, passed.
  • 1:29 Attacking throw-in by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
  • 1:09 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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