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Summary

  1. Leaders Chelsea have lost one of last 22 matches
  2. Hazard misses out with unspecified injury
  3. Stoke unbeaten in eight home league games
  4. Arnautovic returns from illness

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By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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Gary Cahill

Mike Whalley

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Gary Cahill makes up for conceding a penalty with a late winner as Premier League leaders Chelsea move 13 points clear.

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Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

Antonio Conte runs on to the pitch to celebrate with his players, a big grin plastered across his face. He raises his arms to the visiting fans. Chelsea, for now, are 13 points clear at the top. It's hard to see anyone stopping them now.

I'm off to write the full report for the website. Thanks for your company - I'll be back on Sunday with live text coverage of Atletico Madrid versus Sevilla in La Liga. See you soon.

FULL-TIME

Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

"And now you're gonna believe us, we're gonna win the league," chant the Chelsea fans. Most of us believed you some time ago.

Gary Cahill
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RED CARD

Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

I told you we wouldn't end with 11 against 11. It's Stoke full-back Phil Bardsley who picks up a second yellow card for a wild hack at Cesc Fabregas - and is sent off.

Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea seeking a third on the break. First Diego Costa hits the outside of the post from Pedro's pass infield, and then Ruben Loftus-Cheek, cutting in from the left, forces a fine save from Lee Grant, who gets down low to push aside the shot.

Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

Into stoppage time; Geoff Cameron is the fifth Stoke player booked for a foul, and Peter Crouch is thrown on for Ramadan Sobhi as the home side seek a late equaliser.

Cahill makes amends for penalty

Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

The mark of champions? Chelsea have been pressing through the second half for a winner, and they may have it. Erik Pieters concedes a corner under pressure from Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Willian delivers, David Luiz heads goalwards, Pieters gets in the way, and Gary Cahill slams in the loose ball from about eight yards. A sweet moment for Cahill, who gave away Stoke's penalty in the first half.

Gary Cahill
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GOAL - Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

Gary Cahill

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Stoke, on the back foot for most of the match, have a flurry of pressure. A couple of corners come to nothing, Marko Arnautovic threatens to run through before being stopped, and Ramadan Sobhi miskicks towards the corner flag when a bit more composure could have turned one point into three for Mark Hughes' team. We're nicely set for the final five minutes here.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes a rare Chelsea appearance as a substitute for the final eight minutes; he's on for Nemanja Matic as Antonio Conte chases the win.

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

Stoke are well organised, well drilled and one or two players look very comfortable in possession but, after the third or fourth pass, it seems to break down too easily. 

I'm surprised Mark Hughes hasn't put a couple of subs on to freshen it up.   

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

I was critical of Diego Costa in the first half, but the Chelsea striker can take it as well as dish it out. He takes a bit of a buffeting from Phil Bardsley - who has to be careful, given that he is on a booking - and wins a free-kick. Stoke deal with the initial delivery, but Costa then has a half-chance as he meets a long cross, guiding his header over from an angle.

Diego Costa
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Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea look the likelier winners, but Stoke are hanging in there for now. Willian on the burst for the visitors, plays a pass left for Pedro to sprint on to and hit first time. Lee Grant thrusts up an arm to tip the shot away - excellent goalkeeping.

'Stoke need to work on set-pieces'

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

Mark Hughes and his team need to work on set pieces. 

How many times do we see their corners and free kicks either hit the first man or go all the way over the last one?! 

Fantasy football with Fabregas

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas
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Fabregas has proved himself a valuable player for Chelsea of late, despite his reduced role.

Stats show he has produced assists and created chances more regularly than any other Premier League player this season.

"For sure, Cesc gives you great quality, great fantasy and assists," said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte before today's game.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

A change for Chelsea; Cesc Fabregas is on in midfield for wing-back Victor Moses, and Antonio Conte switches to a back four, with Cesar Azpilicueta moving to right-back.

After that change, Pedro clatters Stoke full-back Phil Bardsley, and is rather fortunate to escape without a booking.

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea having the better of the second half, just as they had the better of the first, but not making their superiority count. Willian swings over a corner now, but Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant is fouled by Diego Costa, and the danger passes.

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

The ball runs loose from the free-kick, and Alonso collides with Mame Biram Diouf by the touchline. The Stoke substitute is up for a bit of afters, by the looks of it. But Alonso isn't really interested, and the potential confrontation fizzles out.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Marcos Alonso whips the left-footed free-kick over the wall and off the bar!

Alonso free-kick
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Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

More fun and games. Willian feeds a diagonal ball through for Pedro, who is taken down just outside the penalty area by Erik Pieters - an offence for which the Stoke defender is booked. There's a yellow card too for Bruno Martins Indi, who took out Diego Costa as Willian played the pass.

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Diego Costa, meanwhile, wins a free-kick almost 40 yards out. Distance is no barrier to David Luiz, though - he takes the fast bowler's run-up and delivers a bouncer that Lee Grant flaps at like a tail-ender. Geoff Cameron is first to the loose ball to clear, and Stoke survive a mini-scare.

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Saido Berahino's race is run. The Stoke striker is withdrawn as Mame Biram Diouf comes on.

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

N'Golo Kante nudges the ball forward through the centre to Costa - but Bruno Martins Indi is across and times the challenge well to knock the ball out for a throw. It's easy to see why Mark Hughes was so keen to make the defender's loan move from Porto permanent.

'Stoke are now falling off the pace'

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

More football being played this half and it's Chelsea who are popping it around a lot more. 

They are in control and Stoke are now falling off the pace. Not a lot happening here. 

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Well, we went 12 minutes of the second half without Diego Costa being involved in a brouhaha, but here he is again. Perhaps more sinned against than sinning this time, as Ryan Shawcross tangles with him by the touchline. Costa swats him away with a hand, as if the Stoke captain were an irritating moth. Much ado about nothing, really.

Shawcross and Costa
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'They're putting Chelsea under pressure'

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Man Utd forward on Final Score

It's a pretty even game. 

They both want to win the physical side of it but are forgetting to score goals and win football. Stoke have been putting everything they have into the box. They're putting Chelsea under pressure. 

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Stoke left-back Erik Pieters has gone down with an injury here - the right thigh seems to be the problem. The Dutchman got a bang from Willian, accidentally, in a midfield tussle. Pieters eventually gets to his feet, and is able to continue.

'The best seek-and-destroy midfielder in the world'

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Ngolo Kante
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Kante is such an influence for Chelsea, and deserves to win the PFA Footballer of the Year award "by a country mile", according to Robbie Savage in his Daily Mirror column this morning.

"On the evidence of his two seasons in English football, Chelsea got him on the cheap at £30m," Savage writes, comparing Kante to Claude Makelele, and suggesting that it is his patrolling in front of the back three that has been central to his team's success this season.

"He is the best seek-and-destroy midfield player in the world."

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Oh, great ball from N'Golo Kante, into the stride of the charging Marcos Alonso. It's another opening for Chelsea, but Phil Bardsley is across really well to make the block. Another Chelsea corner results; again, nought comes of it.

Football, please

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

Good start by Stoke this half already. 

I just hope both teams concentrate on the game rather than trying to get each other booked. 

I just want to see a good half of football now. 

Joe Allen
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Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Mistake from Ryan Shawcross at the other end almost gives Chelsea an opening. The Stoke captain's attempted clearance down the line rebounds off Pedro - who seemed to have run out of space, but is suddenly away down the left. Diego Costa is screaming for a pass into the middle, but Geoff Cameron gets back to intercept and save Stoke, who then clear the resulting corner with relative comfort.

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Brilliant from Ramadan Sobhi, who was outstanding in Stoke's last home game against Middlesbrough. The Egyptian outmuscles Cesar Azpilicueta to reach the byeline, but his low cross is cut out.

KICK-OFF

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Some hearty boos from the home fans as Diego Costa returns to the field with his Chelsea team-mates. Stoke get us under way.

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Scottundefined Costa’s technical ability as a player is great, but his attitude and behaviour on the pitch is staggeringly awful. 

David Simpson: If I were a Chelsea fan, I'd say to him what I tell my U9 team. "Stay on your feet, you can't help us on the floor!"

Jon Connor: Stoke's game plan - Kick Chelsea off the park it seems!

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

A lot happened in the final 10 minutes of that first half. One thing I do need to bring you up to date with; Stoke right-back Phil Bardsley was booked for his clattering challenge on Diego Costa shortly after the equaliser. It's not been the easiest match for Anthony Taylor to referee.

HALF-TIME

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Well, that was rather tasty. Chelsea looked in control for half-an-hour or so, but Stoke did well to find a way back. A real edge to the game, though; there's no way we will finish with 11 against 11 if it continues like this.

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Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Diego Costa has one final run before the break - but Stoke midfielder Joe Allen races back to nick the ball off his toe. The Spain forward has hands on hips and looks to the floor. I think he needs a breather as much as the rest of us.

Stoke 1-1 Chelsea

Steve Bower

Match of the Day commentator at the bet365 Stadium

"To say this first half has had an edge would be something of an understatement."

'The manager needs to have a word'

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger, BBC Radio 5 live

We are coming up now to half-time and the manager has got to have a word with Costa because he is going to be a shown another yellow soon... 

It's a great atmosphere here - the Stoke fans are truly pumped up!

Everything is revolving around Diego Costa today. He is very much the pantomime villain.  

Diego Costa
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