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Chelsea 1-0 Everton

John Terry tries to get on the end of a Frank Lampard free-kick from which Chelsea scored the winner against Everton

John Terry grabbed a stoppage-time winner as Chelsea beat Everton to retain their advantage at the top of the Premier League.

Blues captain Terry slid in with goalkeeper Tim Howard to meet Frank Lampard's inswinging free-kick, denying Everton a fully deserved point against their lacklustre hosts.

Neither side created many clear chances but the Toffees looked sharper for much of the game, only to lose out in agonising fashion.

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The league leaders lacked cohesion, despite a promising opening and a marked improvement in the final stages.

But the victory, their 12th in 14 home league games this season, means they are one point clear of Arsenal and three points ahead of Manchester City, though the latter have one game in hand.

Everton's hopes of ending Jose Mourinho's remarkable home league record, which now stands at 74 games unbeaten as Blues manager, were dealt a blow in the warm-up.

Lacina Traore had to be replaced in the starting line-up because of a hamstring injury, but the change seemed to unnerve the hosts more.

The fit-again Terry, Gary Cahill and their defensive colleagues struggled to deal with Everton's movement and lack of an out-and-out striker.

Traore's stand-in Steven Naismith, a scorer in both his past two games against the Blues - including the winner at Goodison Park in September, impressed while Leon Osman and Kevin Mirallas also caught the eye.

But for all their fine build-up play, they did not regularly test goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Mirallas mis-kicked a great chance and also had a deflected effort go wide, while Phil Jagielka glanced a header off target.

The closest they came before the break was when Osman forced a stunning tip-over from Cech with a fierce 20-yard strike.

Chelsea, with Eden Hazard again their main threat, were disjointed and sloppy in possession for the majority of the first period, though Samuel Eto'o threatened on several occasions and Willian had a couple of tame shots easily dealt with.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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But the hosts lacked conviction and it was no surprise when a frustrated Mourinho changed things at the break.

Ramires replaced the ineffective and injured Oscar, and his introduction led to a slight improvement, but still little in the way of goal threat.

Branislav Ivanovic had a powerful close-range half-volley beaten away, and Hazard and Willian had attempts at goal.

At the other end Cech had to make a brilliant diving reaction save to keep out an Osman shot that took a nick off Mirallas.

But just as Everton, who have not won at Stamford Bridge since 1994, seemed to have withstood a period of late pressure, Lampard's beautifully struck set-piece allowed Terry to earn his side victory.

On 27 February, the Premier League's Dubious Goals Panel awarded the goal to Frank Lampard.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 21Matic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 22WillianSubstituted forTorresat 62'minutes
  • 8Lampard
  • 29Eto'oSubstituted forSchürrleat 69'minutes
  • 11OscarBooked at 9minsSubstituted forRamiresat 45'minutes
  • 17Hazard

Substitutes

  • 3Cole
  • 7Ramires
  • 9Torres
  • 14Schürrle
  • 15Salah
  • 19Ba
  • 23Schwarzer

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 3Baines
  • 18BarryBooked at 82mins
  • 6JagielkaBooked at 90mins
  • 15Distin
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forDeulofeuat 75'minutes
  • 16McCarthy
  • 14Naismith
  • 21OsmanSubstituted forBarkleyat 63'minutes
  • 22PienaarSubstituted forMcGeadyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 2Hibbert
  • 7McGeady
  • 10Deulofeu
  • 20Barkley
  • 26Stones
  • 29Garbutt
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
41,580

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home25
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 1, Everton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Everton 0.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Frank Lampard.
Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Goal!

Own Goal by Tim Howard, Everton. Chelsea 1, Everton 0.

Booking

Phil Jagielka (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Phil Jagielka (Everton).
Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Steven Naismith (Everton) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a cross.
Attempt missed. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.
Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Gareth Barry (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Chelsea. John Terry tries a through ball, but Frank Lampard is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Steven Pienaar.
Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).
César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Kevin Mirallas.
Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).
Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).
Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dangerous play by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Andre Schürrle replaces Samuel Eto'o.
Sylvain Distin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).
Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea).
Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).
Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.
Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Ross Barkley replaces Leon Osman.
Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Fernando Torres replaces Willian.
Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.
Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Naismith.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gareth Barry.
Offside, Everton. Phil Jagielka tries a through ball, but Sylvain Distin is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Petr Cech.
Attempt saved. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.
Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2718632860
2Arsenal2718542559
3Man City2618354257
4Liverpool2616553453
5Tottenham261556450
6Man Utd2713681245
7Everton2612951045
8Southampton271098639
9Newcastle2611411-637
10West Ham278712-331
11Hull278613-230
12Swansea267712-328
13Aston Villa267712-928
14Stoke276912-1527
15Crystal Palace268216-1826
16West Brom2741310-825
17Norwich266713-2025
18Sunderland266614-1624
19Cardiff275715-2922
20Fulham276318-3221
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