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Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea

Fernando Torres fires in for Chelsea against Cardiff

Second-half goals by Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres helped Chelsea come back to win against relegated Cardiff.

The Bluebirds took the lead when Craig Bellamy's left-foot shot was deflected off Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta and wrong-footed keeper Mark Schwarzer.

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Below-par Chelsea finally struck back in the 72nd minute when Schurrle fired a rebound high into the net after David Marshall's save from Azpilicueta.

Torres's 11th goal of the season from six yards completed the comeback.

The result meant Chelsea finished third, but without a trophy for the first time in three years, while their 82-point total is their worst under manager Jose Mourinho who complained this week that they lacked a striker with "killer instinct" and after making six changes, watched his side toil for much of the game.

Meanwhile, Cardiff's first season back in the top flight after 51 years ended with them rock bottom of the Premier League, and the 2013-14 campaign was summed up as they struggled to deal with the visitors' greater quality, in spite of Chelsea's lack of penetration.

The day began with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan telling BBC Sport he was prepared to reconsider his decision to change City's colours from blue to red - provided they get back into the Premier League.

The fans made their feeling known by singing "We'll always be blue" before kick-off and hurling blue balloons onto the pitch, though it was the team playing in blue who prevailed.

Chelsea, captained by Ashley Cole on what may be his last appearance for them, should have been a goal up inside five minutes as Torres latched on to a mistake by Steven Caulker but having rounded goalkeeper Marshall and negotiated a crowd of blue balloons, the Spaniard saw his goalbound shot cleared off the line by Caulker.

Mohamed Salah and Oscar also wasted good chances after Bellamy - also possibly playing his final game for his club - had put Cardiff ahead, after which Schwarzer was rarely tested.

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Chelsea players fit for World Cup - Mourinho

Chelsea were brighter after the break, with Salah posing problems as Eden Hazard threatened to open up the Welsh club's defence.

The equaliser came when Marshall, Cardiff's player of the season, was beaten by substitute Schurrle, while Torres's short-range finish three minutes later ended Cardiff's resistance and condemned them to 20th place.

For both clubs, the rebuilding starts now, as Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer contemplates his first experience of the Championship.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on his team's display:

"The performance was better than the result because the team played well from the first minute.

"The game was always in our hands and at half time the result is unbelievable because they didn't have a shot and they scored a goal.

"We were balanced to attack, playing good football and it was good because we played well, we won and not one of the boys goes to the World Cup with injuries, because we're always afraid of that."

Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "There's been loads of positives in many games, but today was another confirmation for me that when we stick together we're hard to beat and create problems.

"What we've struggled with sometimes this year is the quality to come back in games we've had to chase games and that's something we have to look at next year.

"It's very disappointing [to lose] because for the lads and the fans to come away with something today would have been a great boost for everyone."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 4Caulker
  • 6Turner
  • 42John
  • 35Fabio
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 18Mutch
  • 39BellamySubstituted forHealeyat 76'minutes
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 51mins
  • 29DaehliSubstituted forCowieat 67'minutes
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forJamesat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Wolff Eikrem
  • 19Cowie
  • 25McNaughton
  • 32Lewis
  • 34Berget
  • 37James
  • 46Healey

Chelsea

  • 23Schwarzer
  • 33Kalas
  • 3Cole
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 21MaticBooked at 88mins
  • 15SalahSubstituted forAkéat 79'minutes
  • 12MikelBooked at 33minsSubstituted forSchürrleat 66'minutes
  • 17HazardSubstituted forSwiftat 89'minutes
  • 11Oscar
  • 9Torres

Substitutes

  • 4David Luiz
  • 14Schürrle
  • 19Ba
  • 24Cahill
  • 27Aké
  • 40Hilario
  • 49Swift
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
27,716

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home10
Away28
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Chelsea 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Chelsea 2.

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Torres.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ashley Cole.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Tom James replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. John Swift replaces Eden Hazard.

Booking

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

Foul by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).

Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle.

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt saved. Fabio (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Nathan Aké replaces Mohamed Salah.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Rhys Healey replaces Craig Bellamy.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Chelsea 2. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by André Schürrle with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Chelsea 1. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

Attempt saved. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oscar with a cross.

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Torres.

Attempt missed. Fabio (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Don Cowie replaces Mats Daehli.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. André Schürrle replaces John Obi Mikel.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Cole.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Cardiff City).

Offside, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Ashley Cole is caught offside.

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Aron Gunnarsson is caught offside.

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

goal

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