Saturday, 27 August 2011
Match Report: Chelsea 3 Norwich City 1
Chelsea beat ten-man Norwich City 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, but needed late goals from Frank Lampard and Juan Mata to secure the points. The Blues made a perfect start as Jose Bosingwa's striker from distance beat John Ruddy from around 25 yards out, but the visitors then enjoyed the better of the game as the first half progressed. Hilario had to make decent saves from Chris Martin and Grant Holt, before Ruddy got down well right on the stroke of half-time to keep out a Florent Malouda volley. Chelsea started the second half brightly, but failed to find a second goal and paid the price just past the hour mark, as Holt capitalised on a mix-up between Hilario and Branislav Ivanovic to hook the ball home. Soon after Didier Drogba was knocked out in a tangle with Ruddy, leading to play being held up for around ten minutes. The decisive moment arrived with around ten minutes to play, as Ruddy brought down Ramires following a quick break and was shown a red card. Lampard blasted the resulting spot-kick past sub keeper Decland Rudd, leaving City a goal down and a man short. Ivanovic wasted a clear chance to make the points safe in stoppage time, but in the 11th added minute debutant Mata made the final score 3-1, latching on to a defensive error to find the back of the net. Romelu Lukaku also made his debut in what turned out to be a good one for the hosts.