Live Commentary: Chelsea 4-1 Norwich - as it happened

Live Commentary: Chelsea 4-1 Norwich - as it happened
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Sports Mole brings you text commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.

Hello and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Norwich City.

Roberto Mancini's men welcome the Canaries to Stamford Bridge as they seek to increase their lead at the top of the table.

The Blues sit three points clear of their nearest challengers, Everton, who play Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Chris Hughton is still waiting for his first league win in charge of the Norfolk outfit, having moved from Birmingham City to replace Paul Lambert in the summer.

Chelsea have won four of the last five consecutive games in all competitions against Norwich.

Follow all the action with us below. Please note that kickoff is at 3pm.

4.50pmChelsea stay top of the Premier League and maintain their unbeaten start to the season in the process. Thoroughly deserved. Stay here for the Match Analysis of this game.

FULL TIMEChelsea 4-1 Norwich City

90 minsCHANCE! David Luiz is typically high up the pitch, and sends a cross into the box from the right. Terry strives to get on the end of it but can't quite manage it.

89 minsOscar plays a ball into Torres but Barnett is on hand to head behind for a corner.

CHELSEA SUBSTITUTION:John Obi Mikel comes off for Oriol Romeu.

83 minsCHANCE! Terry gets onto a Torres flick on, but can get a header on target. It looked like his shirt was being pulled. Probably a clear penalty, but it's of little consequence. Chelsea are really comfortable at the moment.

83 minsCHANCE! Terry gets onto a Torres flick on, but can get a header on target. It looked like his shirt was being pulled. Probably a clear penalty, but it's of little consequence. Chelsea are really comfortable at the moment.

80 minsOscar is so light footed. He was trying to weave some magic in the Norwich area once again, but Torres's positioning never really gave the Brazilian the option.

80 minsIt's the Spaniard's Premier League debut for Chelsea.

CHELSEA SUBSTITUTION:That's the last contribution from Ivanovic. He is replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.

GOALMata sent the ball into the box from the left, and it was teed up for Ivanovic by Cole. The Serbian smashed home with his right foot. Wonderful technique.


75 minsCHANCE! Torres and Mata play a clever one-two that sees the number nine through on goal. Ruddy is fast out of his goal to smother the shot, though. It could be far worse for the Canaries had Ruddy not been in goal today.

74 minsHazard and Mata look right on each others' wavelength. They're looking pretty slick, although Norwich do look a bit deflated.

70 minsChelsea have taken their foot off the pedal slightly. Norwich have just had a decent spell in the Chelsea half, but couldn't find the ball forward. The Blues look solid defensively.

NORWICH SUBSTITUTION:Bradley Johnson makes way for Anthony Pilkington.

CHELSEA SUBSTITUTION:Ramires comes on to replace Frank Lampard.

64 minsChelsea link up nicely on the edge of the Norwich area yet again, but Torres can't find the final ball into Lampard.

61 minsOscar, to Mata, through to Torres... but the linesman's flag goes up for offside. Neat interplay, though.

59 minsChelsea are in complete control. Lampard has a crack at goal but it's deflected and skies behind for a corner.

57 minsCHANCE! It's Hazard who is the provider this time, as he slips a wonderful ball through to Mata. John Ruddy rushes out of his goal to Norwich's rescue.

55 minsSHOT! Oscar has a dip but Ruddy saves.

52 minsPENALTY APPEAL! Hazard chased what looked like a lost cause, and Barnett allowed the ball to run to Ruddy. It looked as though he body checked the Belgian, but the referee is not interested. It looked like a penalty and it would have been a soft one of Norwich to concede.

51 minsBrilliant play again by Mata. He links up well with Hazard, and tries to weave his way into shooting range but is crowded out by the Norwich defence.

48 minsCHANCE! Johnson sends in another cross that Holt gets on the end of, but he can't direct his effort goalwards.

45 minsChelsea kickoff the second half at Stamford Bridge.

3.57pmYou can read Pascal Lemesre's Half-Time Report for this game by clicking here.

44 minsCHANCE! Bradley Johnson sends in a hanging cross to the back post, picking out Holt. He tries to guide it back across Cech but gets it wrong.

42 minsThis Mata, Hazard, Oscar combination is looking great for Chelsea.

40 minsSHOT! Oscar shows his twinkle toes as he dances over the ball inside the Norwich box before getting a toe-poked shot away. Ruddy gets down well to save it.

36 minsChelsea are firmly in the ascendancy. Every time the go forward it looks as though they will score.

33 minsThe Spaniard looks like he has a point to prove after being left out of the recent Spain squad.

GOALCredit has to go to Juan Mata, who picked the ball up in his own half and burst forward before playing a delightful through ball for Hazard to run onto and coolly slot past Ruddy.


27 minsFirstly, Norwich took the lead through an excellent strike from Grant Holt. Torres then equalised with a header from Ivanovic's cross, before Lampard smashed Chelsea into the lead in typical fashion.

26 minsAgain, we apologise for the interruption. There is quite a bit to catch you up on.

6 minsChelsea already look dominant in midfield. Hazard and Mata have both had good early touches.

3 minsCHANCE! Torres is put clean through but he dithers and is eventually tackled by Barnett.

2 minsMartin sends a cross into the box but no one is in there to get on the end of it. Holt is very much the lone striker today.

KICKOFFNorwich get us underway at Stamford Bridge.

2.59pmThe players are on the pitch and we're moments from kickoff.

2.58pmManchester City have maintained their unbeaten record at the expense of Sunderland's. Chelsea are the only other side unbeaten.

2.56pmApologies for the slight break in coverage. A few technical problems, but we're fine now.

2.31pmChelsea have made a good start to the new campaign, with all their fresh faces. There's no surprises with their lineup today. Torres will want to get more goals under his belt and this is a prime opportunity for him to do so.

2.25pmChelsea have won four of the last six games these two sides have played - a run bookended by two 0-0 draws.

NORWICH SUBS:Bunn, Turner, Jackson, Snodgrass, Morison, Pilkington, R. Bennett

NORWICH:Ruddy, R. Martin, Johnson, Bassong, Garrido; Howson, Hoolahan, E. Bennett, Barnett, Tettey; Holt

CHELSEA SUBS:Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Bertrand, Romeu, Ramires, Moses

CHELSEA:Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres

2.08pmSome team news...

2.07pmThe Canaries look like they will be in for a difficult afternoon. They have a poor record at Stamford Bridge and the European champions are the early pace setters in the Premier League.

2.03pmGood afternoon everybody. Welcome to Sports Mole's coverage of the Premier League encounter between Chelsea and Norwich.

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