Norwich City vs. Chelsea: Premier League Live Score, Recap and Analysis
EPL: Norwich City vs Chelsea FC - Carrow Road
Norwich City 0-1 Chelsea FC (Full Time)
Goals: Mata, 37' (CHE)
Norwich City: Bunn; R.Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Pilkington, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Hoolahan; Holt (C)
Chelsea FC: Cech (c); Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Mikel, Luiz; Moses, Oscar Mata; Torres
90+3' - Chelsea found Norwich far more difficult to beat than Aston Villa but managed to hang on for the win. Thanks for following all the action with me, and be sure to look out for more reaction to come on Bleacher Report.
90+3' - FULL TIME Norwich City 0-1 Chelsea
90+1' - Chelsea sustain some good Norwich pressure, Ashley Cole clearing the ball just in front of goal before Bassong head over from the resulting corner.
90 +1' SUB Mata comes off to be replaced by Ake, Chelsea's 17 year old defensive midfielder.
88' - SUB Norwich make their final substitution as Elliot Bennet replaces Wes Hoolahan.
87' - Frank Lampard plays a lovely one-two with Mata before losing the ball. He does well to win it back and it's picked up by Hazard who has a shot but Bunn comes to claim. Great goalkeeping.
84' - Mata plays a lovely ball into space in the box for Torres who does well to control it and cross it back across goal. It's cleared easily as there are precisely zero Chelsea players there.
80' - SUB Norwich replace Johnson with Howson with ten minutes to go.
78' - SUB Steve Morison replaces Pilkington for Norwich while Victor Moses is replaced by Eden Hazard for Chelsea.
76' - Both teams seem happy enough to pass it around in the middle of the park for now. Norwich are only really having shots from way, way outside the area. Needless to say they're not troubling Cech
72' - SUB Mikel leaves the game to be replaced by Frank Lampard.
69' - Norwich win their sixth corner of the game which Gary Cahill clears behind. The second corner comes in and a free kick is given for a foul on Mikel.
66' - Snodgrass goes down in the box and everyone appeals for a penalty. It's not given, because it wasn't a penalty. Ivanovic sneezed at him and he fell over. Norwich still haven't had a spot-kick this season.
65' - Chelsea win two corners in a row again, Juan Mata send the ball across the box from the second clearance but there's nobody on the far post to pick it up and it bounces out for a goal kick.
63' - Seriously David Luiz, the ball is round, not egg-shaped, and this is football, not rugby. The Brazilian lashes another shot high over the bar.
60' - Norwich enjoy a good spell of possession but again they lack killer instinct. This time it's Pilkington who scuffs his shot so badly that Petr Cech had to wait an age for it to roll into his arms
57' - Juan Mata celebrating his seventh league goal this season
54' - Victor Moses is fouled just outside the area and Mata takes the resulting free kick while Norwich are still organising themselves, drawing a smart save from Bunn.
53' - Hoolahan releases Grant Holt whose low shot skims wide of the post. He was offside anyway.
51' - Azpilicueta puts a lovely cross into the box but it's straight at the 'keeper from Victor Moses. Chelsea still very much in charge.
50' - Chelsea play the possession game until Petr Cech punts it so long it goes straight to the Norwich 'keeper.
48' - Chelsea have a corner, Oscar whips it in, Moses gets a touch but Bunn tips it behind for another corner, which is taken short and pings about for a while before Ashley Cole has a shot. It goes wide, surprisingly, and Norwich regroup.
45' - The second half is under way at Carrow Road.
45+1' - Chelsea have had 62% of the possession to Norwich's 38%. The home side will need to improve this ratio to take anything from the game.
Here are the half time scores from across the EPL
HALF-TIME SCORES Everton 0-0 Wigan, Fulham 1-0 Saints, Man Utd 1-2 Newcastle, Norwich 0-1 Chelsea, Reading 0-0 Swansea, S'land 0-0 Man City.— Premier League (@premierleague) December 26, 2012
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