When five minutes of stoppage time was announced at Stamford Bridge, the match looked like it could go either way. Chelsea and Everton each had chances to take the lead in the first 90, but neither were able to break the deadlock; until the 93rd, that is.
With a little under three minutes left in the game, Ramires was brought down by Phil Jagielka on the left wing. The center-back protested, but it was obvious to the referee that the challenge was late and showed the defender a yellow card. With a mass of blue and white tussling around in front of Everton’s goal, Frank Lampard put an in-swinging free kick into the six-yard box. An onrushing John Terry split the opposition defense and nicked the ball off of a flatfooted Tim Howard and into the back of the net. The crowd erupted as Chelsea’s players ran in jubilation to the corner flag to celebrate with the Blue’s faithful. Two minutes later, the final whistle blew and the hosts took all three points.
Despite being level for most of the match, Chelsea still looked the better side against a very good Everton team, and definitely deserved the lead. The host side created the most chances with eight of their 18 shots hitting the target. The Blues completed 79 percent of their passes and had a tackle success rate of 54 percent. To put that in perspective, Everton only put two shots are target and totaled five shots altogether, despite maintaining 51 percent possession.
Not only does this win keep the Blues on top of the Premier League table, but it was also a landmark win; Jose Mourinho now has 150 wins as Chelsea’s manager. All this coming off of a week where the Portuguese boss said very little, yet was still all that many could talk about. How his mind games sure work wonders.
Chelsea will now travel to Istanbul to take on Galatasaray in the Champions League Round of 16 this upcoming Wednesday. This match will be the first reunion between the club and club legend Didier Drogba, the man who brought Chelsea their first Champions League trophy with literally his last kick in a Blues’ shirt.