Dec 7, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​bet365 Stadium
StokeStoke City
Crouch (42'), Ireland (50'), Assaidi (90')
Crouch (80'), Walters (83'), Assaidi (90'), Ireland (91')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Schurrle (10', 52')
Terry (85')

Half-Time Report: Peter Crouch with late equaliser before half time

Peter Crouch makes it 1-1 just before half time in the match between Stoke City and Chelsea.

Stoke City are level in their match against Chelsea at the break this afternoon.

The visitors almost took an early lead after only four minutes. Andre Schurrle did well to pull the the ball back, but Ramires's first-time shot went well over.

However, it was 1-0 to the Blues just five minutes later. John Obi Mikel found Schurrle in the box, and the German international fired a low shot past Asmir Begovic.

Andre Schurrle of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 7, 2013© Getty Images

It almost got even better for Jose Mourinho's men, but Juan Mata's decent strike was well held by Begovic.

Stoke were poor at this point and were fortunate that Eden Hazard decided to pass to Fernando Torres after he had dribbled into the box.

However, despite their lack of chances, the home side equalised before the break.

Peter Crouch of Stoke celebrates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 7, 2013 © Getty Images

Petr Cech came for a Jonathan Walters cross but then changed his mind. The ball was then controlled by Peter Crouch, who fired a shot through a number of players.

Chelsea´s Frank Lampard celebrates after during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match Schalke 04 vs FC Chelsea in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on October 22, 2013
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