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Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City

By Chris BevanBBC Sport
Sammy Eto'o scores Chelsea's second goal

Chelsea fought back from a goal down to thump Cardiff after scoring an equaliser which should not have stood.

Jordon Mutch ran through to put Cardiff ahead after David Luiz's mistake.

But Eden Hazard levelled after Samuel Eto'o kicked the ball away as Bluebirds keeper David Marshall bounced it, which according to Fifa's rules is a foul.

A well-worked Eto'o goal put Chelsea ahead and, after their boss Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands, Oscar and Hazard sealed the victory.

Chelsea climb to second in the table but the scoreline was harsh on Cardiff - starting with the home side's equaliser in the 32nd minute.

The laws of the game stipulate that the ball is considered under the goalkeeper's control when he bounces it, but referee Anthony Taylor allowed play to continue before Hazard fired home.

Samuel Eto'o, David Marshall, Eden Hazard
David Marshall is sprawled on the ground after Samuel Eto'o nicks the ball from him

Cardiff had taken the lead with a bizarre goal of their own. Luiz casually let the ball run past him after Ramires played it back to Cech, allowing Mutch to nip in and coolly slot home.

The Welsh side were showing no ill-effects of a turbulent two-week period that saw the future of boss Malky Mackay put in doubt when his head of recruitment, Iain Moody, was replaced by unknown 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov.

Mackay has insisted he has no intention to quit, despite reports that Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan is also suggesting substitutions and tactics during games.

Tan was not at Stamford Bridge and Mackay's tactics proved effective as his side soaked up Chelsea's attacks despite conceding the majority of possession, and frequently threatened on the break.

John Terry twice went close to levelling with headers but it took a superb save from Petr Cech to stop Peter Odemwingie extending Cardiff's lead with a header from Peter Whittingham's free-kick.

Chelsea's frustrations continued after their controversial equaliser, at least until Eto'o scored his first Premier League goal after 66 minutes by latching on to a Hazard pass and burying the ball past Marshall.

The Bluebirds responded well and almost hit back when Kim Bo-Kyung stung Cech's palms.

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Mourinho had to watch what looked like being an anxious final 20 minutes from the stands, with Taylor ordering him from his technical area after he persistently complained to fourth official Trevor Kettle about the referee's decisions.

But Oscar's fine strike from the edge of the box gave his side breathing space in the 78th minute and Hazard made it four soon after, dancing into the box before beating Marshall at his near post.

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 34BertrandSubstituted forTorresat 64'minutes
  • 8Lampard
  • 4David LuizBooked at 40mins
  • 26Terry
  • 10MataSubstituted forOscarat 59'minutes
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 29Eto'oSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 69'minutes
  • 22Willian
  • 17E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 5Essien
  • 9Torres
  • 11Oscar
  • 15De Bruyne
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 24Cahill
  • 28Azpilicueta

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1MarshallBooked at 54mins
  • 28Théophile-Catherine
  • 3Taylor
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forGestedeat 81'minutes
  • 4Caulker
  • 6Turner
  • 19CowieBooked at 45mins
  • 8MedelSubstituted forKimat 56'minutes
  • 11OdemwingieSubstituted forCampbellat 67'minutes
  • 18Mutch
  • 7Whittingham

Substitutes

  • 5Hudson
  • 10Campbell
  • 13Kim
  • 15Gestede
  • 16Noone
  • 23Maynard
  • 32Lewis
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
41,475

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home20
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1.

  3. Post update

    John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Oscar.

  6. Post update

    Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

  7. Post update

    Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Turner (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ramires.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

  12. Post update

    Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

  14. Post update

    Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by John Terry.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 4, Cardiff City 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Rudy Gestede replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Frank Lampard.