Chelsea 4 – 2 Stoke City as Gary Cahill thumping header put Chelsea in lead at the Bridge, Willian brace and Diego Costa strike help Premier League leaders to 13th straight win.
League leaders Chelsea hosted Stoke City in the premier league game on new years eve hoping to win their 13th consecutive league win. They started slow and failed to dominate against a very solid looking Stoke City side at Stamford Bridge. But they finally got the breakthrough on corner kick routine where Gary Cahill’s thumping header made it 1-0 for homeside as they lead going into the break.
Chelsea too strong despite Stoke’s efforts
Two goals conceded is a block on the copy book but Chelsea showed real power to pull away from Stoke in that second half. They are nine points clear at the top of the league, with Liverpool facing Manchester City at Anfield in 40 minutes.
Premier League leaders Chelsea equalled the top flight record of 13 consecutive wins after overcoming valiant Stoke in a thriller at Stamford Bridge. An exceptionally entertaining second half witnessed five goals as the Blues were twice made to retake the lead by a Potters side who gave them one of their toughest tests this season. Gary Cahill gave Chelsea the lead when he headed in shortly before half-time, but Stoke defender Bruno Martins Indi levelled only a minute after the break when he poked in from close range.
Willian handed the Blues the advantage again only for Peter Crouch to level with a sidefoot effort high past Thibaut Courtois. Stoke barely had time to celebrate, as moments after the restart Chelsea drove towards goal with Willian applying an fierce angled finish. With five minutes remaining, the Blues all but sealed the three points when Diego Costa – who was magnificent as a target-man – shrugged off the attentions of Martins Indi to fire in the fourth.
Chelsea 4 – 2 Stoke City Premier League Match Highlights
- 34′ 1 – 0 Gary Cahill scored in 34th minute with with a thumping header from close range on a corner kick routine to put Chelsea in lucky lead.
- 46′ 1 – 1 Bruno Martins Indi levelled only a minute after the break when he poked in from close range.
- 57′ 2 – 1 Willian handed the Blues the advantage with a lead ahead.
64′ 2 – 2 Peter Crouch to level with a sidefoot effort high past Thibaut Courtois.
65′ 3 – 2 Willian scored his second goal as Chelsea drove towards third goal with Willian applying an fierce angled finish.
85′ 4 – 2 Diego Costa sealed the three points when he was magnificent as a target-man – shrugged off the attentions of Martins Indi to fire in the fourth.
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