Stamford Bridge, London, England
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FT: The result means that Chelsea temporarily climb to the top of the league on 25 points, it’s their fifth consecutive league victory and clean sheet whilst Everton temporarily remain in sixth on 18 points before the rest of the weekend’s games.
FT: Everton weren’t given any time to breathe in the match and were restricted to only one chance in the second-half much to the credit of Chelsea, who were so dominant in the match. The Toffees best chance fell to Mirallas, who headed just over the bar.
FT: Costa had a number of chances in the second-half but Williams made some fine last-ditch challenges to prevent the Spaniard from adding to his one goal. His best chance in the second-half was when his acrobatic volley was palmed away by Stekelenburg. Prior to that, Hazard fired home after a nice exchange with Pedro, who was brilliant and added a fifth minutes later. Luiz went close to a sixth when his volley was tipped over the bar by Stekelenburg before Moses cut-inside to fire an effort that Stekelenburg saved.
FT: The Blues were sensational at times and played some lovely intricate football against a good Everton side, who were made to look like a side in the bottom-half of the table. The scoreline was flattering in truth and it could have easily been seven or eight.
FT: So Chelsea temporarily move to the top of the league thanks to an emphatic performance.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+2′ A dangerous cross from Moses is left by Stekelenburg and just evades Costa.
90’+1′ Alonso wins a freekick.
90’+1′ Costa is caught just offside.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
89′ Chance!! Moses cuts-inside to fire an effort that Stekelenburg saves well.
84′ Barkley wins a freekick.
83′ Final Chelsea change sees John Terry replace Cahill.
82′ Moses wins a freekick.
80′ The resulting-corner is dealt with by the visitors.
80′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Luiz on the volley, which is tipped over the bar by Stekelenburg.
79′ Final Chelsea change sees Hazard replaced by Michy Batshuayi.
79′ Chance!! Oscar sends Costa through on-goal but just as he’s about to pull the tigger, Williams makes a vital challenge to deny the Spaniard and concede a corner.
74′ Alonso wins a freekick.
70′ Close!! The delivery is met by Mirallas, who heads just over the bar.
69′ First Chelsea change sees Oscar replace Pedro.
69′ Moses concedes a corner.
65′ Final Everton change sees Tom Davies replace Barry.
65′ Goal!! Costa does well to beat his man and tee-up Hazard, who fires an effort that Stekelenburg parries into the path of Pedro, who taps home.
63′ Barry receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Pedro. The Everton man will miss his next match.
62′ Chance!! Hazard back-heels the ball to Alonso, who sends in a teasing cross into Costa, whose acrobatic volley is palmed away by Stekelenburg.
59′ Second Everton change sees Aaron Lenon replace Bolasie.
58′ Costa wins a freekick.
56′ Goal!! Hazard exchanges a lovely one-two with Pedro, who finds the Belgian, who cuts-inside to fire an effort low into the bottom-corner past a helpless Stekelenburg.
53′ Moses cuts-inside but his effort is blocked.
52′ Pedro looks to play Costa through on-goal but Stekelenburg just about gets ahead of the striker to palm the ball away before clearing the ball unconvincingly out of play.
51′ Luiz wins a freekick.
49′ Chance!! Matić finds Costa, who fires an effort that Williams blocks. The flag was up for offside, but he was actually onside.
48′ Luiz wins a freekick.
47′ The delivery is dealt with by the hosts.
47′ Alonso concedes a corner.
45′ Chelsea get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Chelsea add to their tally or will Everton somehow come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The next goal in this match will be crucial, so Chelsea can’t afford to take their foot off the pedal and should instead search for more goals to seal the victory given what occurred last season when Chelsea and Everton drew 3-3. Everton will need to improve drastically and gain possession on the ball. They’ve simply been wasteful when on the ball. The Toffees will need to get Lukaku more involved in the match; he’s lacked service and has been crowded-out on a number of occasions although Chelsea’s defence deserve full credit for doing so.
HT: The Toffees haven’t got going as of yet and haven’t created many chances. The best chance they had was when a Coleman cross was met by Lukaku, but his header lacked conviction and was straight at Courtois.
HT: The hosts have been dominant and played some delightful stuff and the only downside is that it’s only three when it could have been five or six. The Blues scored with their first chance of the game when Hazard curled home and added a second seconds later when Alonso fired home through the legs of Stekelenburg. They could have added a third earlier when Moses hit the post on the volley. Then Costa headed wide before volleying home three minutes before the break. The Spaniard had a great chance in injury-time at the end of the half when he fired into the side-netting after brilliant play from Pedro.
HT: So Chelsea are cruising at the break.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45’+1′ Chance!! Pedro beautifully beats Williams and finds Costa, who gets past Jagielka and looks set to make it four but he fires wide into the side-netting under-pressure from the retreating Everton skipper.
45′ The corner is cleared to Pedro, who volleys harmlessly over the bar.
45′ Pedro receives the ball and cuts-inside before firing an effort that deflects wide.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
44′ Hazard wins a freekick.
44′ Hazard wins a freekick.
42′ Goal!! The corner is flicked-on by Matić and falls to Costa, who volleys home.
41′ Jagielka concedes a corner.
40′ Hazard’s delivery is cleared before a dangerous cross from Hazard into Costa.
39′ Pedro wins a freekick in a good position.
37′ Hazard is penalised for a foul on Coleman.
35′ First Everton change sees Oviedo replaced by Kevin Mirallas.
35′ Chance!! A cross from Moses is headed wide by Costa.
34′ The freekick is cleared.
34′ Kanté wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Barry.
33′ So close!! A dangerous cross from Alonso falls to Moses, whose volley strikes the outside of the post.
29′ Jagielka receives a yellow card for dissent.
24′ Barkley’s delivery is dangerous but it comes to nothing as Williams is caught offside.
23′ Bolasie wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Cahill.
22′ A Coleman cross is met by Lukaku, but his header is straight at Courtois under-pressure.
19′ Goal!! Hazard turns his man and surges forward; finding Pedro, who cuts the ball back towards Costa, but it falls to Alonso, who fires through the legs of Stekelenburg. It was Alonso’s first goal for the club.
18′ Goal!! Hazard cuts-inside and curls an effort that goes past Stekelenburg. The keeper is complaining that Pedro was obstructing his vision from an offside, but the Spaniard was played onside by Oviedo and wasn’t interfering with play.
17′ Stekelenburg claims a Moses cross.
16′ Stekelenburg is hurried by Costa and misplaces a pass.
15′ Pedro’s delivery is overhit before Williams clears the ball.
14′ Moses wins a freekick in a good position after a late foul from Bolasie, who receives a yellow card.
11′ Bolasie is penalised for a foul.
11′ Kanté is penalised for handball.
9′ Costa is back on the field.
8′ Play resumes.
8′ Costa has to leave the field to receive futher treatment.
7′ The referee halts play so Costa can receive treatment after a lunging-challenge from Coleman. The Irishman did get a touch on the ball but he went over the ball. He’s lucky to escape without a yellow card. Chelsea didn’t even get a freekick either. Costa is receiving treatment.
6′ Hazard wins a freekick after a foul from Williams.
4′ A dangerous cross from Alonso is claimed by Stekelenburg.
3′ Lukaku surges forward but he’s crowded-out by Cahill and Luiz.
0′ Everton get the game underway.
Chelsea F.C.: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Gary Cahill, David Luiz, César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Nemanja Matić, N’Golo Kanté, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Pedro
Everton F.C.: Maarten Stekelenburg (GK), Bryan Oviedo, Ramiro Funes Mori, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Séamus Coleman, Gareth Barry, Tom Cleverley, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie, Romelu Lukaku