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Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
League Cup
 Wednesday 26 October 2011; 8:00pm
Everton 
1 2
 Chelsea
 Saha (83')
[After Extra Time]
Half Time:
0-0
Full Time: 1-1
Kalou (38') 
Sturridge (116')  
Attendance: 23,170
Round 4
Referee: Lee Mason

Match Summary

Everton hauled themselves back into this Carling Cup Fourth Round tie against 10-man Chelsea with a Louis Saha goal in the 82nd minute, could have won it when Denis Straqualursi somehow missed from six yards and then lost it in extra time when Jan Mucha could only parry into the path of Daniel Sturridge. The striker made no mistake in converting the rebound six minutes from the end and the Blues were sent out of the competition.

Ultimately, it was a game that turned with the dismissal for a second yellow card of Royston Drenthe in the first period of extra time. Everton had the momentum with an extra man but they couldn't find a second goal before the Dutchman went in with a second clumsy challenge of the night and referee Lee Mason had little option but to bring the teams level in terms of personnel with a red card.

David Moyes named a fairly strong side with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Louis Saha, Tim Cahill, John Heitinga and Jan Mucha coming into the side as changes from the team that started at Fulham.

The home side started well, with Saha in particular looking in the mood in the first 10 minutes, the Frenchman forcing a terrific save from Ross Turnbull before testing the Chelsea 'keeper from 30 yards with another well-struck effort.

But that good opening looked to have been ruined when John Heitinga dived in with an ill-advised tackle in Nicolas Anelka, sending the striker tumbling to the turf and prompting referee Lee Mason to award a penalty.

Anelka himself stepped up to take the spot kick and sent a wave of relief around Goodison Park when he chipped wide of Mucha's goal.

Barely two minutes later, the away fans were baying for another penalty when Sylvain Distin tripped Anelka right on the edge of the box but the referee waved play on.

Heitinga then drilled a free kick narrowly wide before Malouda put Lukaku past Heitinga and Mucha helped his shot across goal behind for a corner.

Bilyaletdinov shot straight at Turnbull from Drenthe's centre but just as the Blues were looking to get back on top, a terrible error by Mucha gifted the visitors the lead when he allowed Salomon Kalou's soft chip to run through his hands.

Distin headed inches wide from a corner in first-half stoppage time sending the Blues into the break a goal down.

It was increasingly lively stuff in the second half with Hibbert replacing Neville, until it culminated in Chelsea keeper Turnbull getting a red card for bringing down Saha. Baines waited for Cech to replace him, and fired it straight down the middle, enabling Cech to save but the rebound came back to Baines and he smashed teh rebound straight at Cech again.

Everton piled on the pressure, a great Bilyaletdinov header requiring another superb save to keep Everton at bay. Drenthe was another force pushing Everton forward.

It seemed, though that Everton's surge after Chelsea were down to 10 men ran out of ideas until Moyes finally gave up on Bily and put Coleman into the fray. And it wasn't long until a perfect cross from Coleman was met with a deft header by Saha, who loves scoring against Chelsea, 1-1 with 7 mins to go extra time...

Coleman was the catalyst who fired Everton forward again and again, searching for a winner that would avoid the extra time non-one wanted. It was end-to-end frenetic stuff in a breathless last few minutes. But Everton could not get past Cech again and the tie went into extra time, where Drenthe was ejected for a second yellow card.

David Moyes named a fairly strong side with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Louis Saha, Tim Cahill, John Heitinga and Jan Mucha coming into the side as changes from the team that started at Fulham.

The home side started well, with Saha in particular looking in the mood in the first 10 minutes, the Frenchman forcing a terrific save from Ross Turnbull before testing the Chelsea 'keeper from 30 yards with another well-struck effort.

But that good opening looked to have been ruined when John Heitinga dived in with an ill-advised tackle in Nicolas Anelka, sending the striker tumbling to the turf and prompting referee Lee Mason to award a penalty.

Anelka himself stepped up to take the spot kick and sent a wave of relief around Goodison Park when he chipped wide of Mucha's goal.

Barely two minutes later, the away fans were baying for another penalty when Sylvain Distin tripped Anelka right on the edge of the box but the referee waved play on.

Heitinga then drilled a free kick narrowly wide before Malouda put Lukaku past Heitinga and Mucha helped his shot across goal behind for a corner.

Bilyaletdinov shot straight at Turnbull from Drenthe's centre but just as the Blues were looking to get back on top, a terrible error by Mucha gifted the visitors the lead when he allowed Salomon Kalou's soft chip to run through his hands.

Distin headed inches wide from a corner in first-half stoppage time sending the Blues into the break a goal down.

It was increasingly lively stuff in the second half with Hibbert replacing Neville, until it culminated in Chelsea keeper Turnbull getting a red card for bringing down Saha. Baines waited for Cech to replace him, and fired it straight down the middle, enabling Cech to save but the rebound came back to Baines and he smashed teh rebound straight at Cech again.

Everton piled on the pressure, a great Bilyaletdinov header requiring another superb save to keep Everton at bay. Drenthe was another force pushing Everton forward.

It seemed, though that Everton's surge after Chelsea were down to 10 men ran out of ideas until Moyes finally gave up on Bily and put Coleman into the fray. And it wasn't long until a perfect cross from Coleman was met with a deft header by Saha, who loves scoring against Chelsea, 1-1 with 7 mins to go extra time...

Coleman was the catalyst who fired Everton forward again and again, searching for a winner that would avoid the extra time non-one wanted. It was end-to-end frenetic stuff in a breathless last few minutes. But Everton could not get past Cech again and the tie went into extra time, where Drenthe was ejected for a second yellow card.

With four minutes left until penalties, Sturridge followed up on a Malouda shot Mucha had saved to tuck it into the corner and seal the tie for the Londoners, ending Everton's futile quest for this trophy once again.

Lyndon Lloyd

 

Match Preview

Everton and Chelsea meet for the second time in 10 days — and the for the fifth time in cup competition in three years — for a Carling Cup Fourth Round tie at Goodison Park that will see the winners into the last eight.

The two teams met each other in this tournament in early 2008 at the semi-final stage where Chelsea won out over two tightly-contested legs, prompting David Moyes to admit that despite all his patient work at Everton, there was a glass ceiling between his side and the monied elite above that he might never break through.

As if to confirm that, the Londoners beat the Blues in the FA Cup Final a year later and with Moyes not having spent real money on any incoming player for over two years, the gulf in recources between the two clubs is as wide as ever.

Nevertheless, despite the weak manner of Everton's defeat at Stamford Bridge the Saturday before last, Moyes's side have a decent record against Chelsea — they edged them on penalties in the FA Cup in West London last season — and they will have been buouyed by the 3-1 win at Fulham at the weekend that saw Royston Drenthe take full advantage of his first Premier League start.

The Dutchman scored a stunning opener inside three minutes and had a hand in the Blues' other two goals and with Moyes confirming in his pre-match press conference that he'll be choosing from the same squad for this one, Drenthe could well start his third match in Everton colours (his first came in the third round win over West Bromwich Albion.

Indeed, Moyes is expected to make very few changes to the team that started at Fulham. With the possible exception of swapping Apostolos Vellios for Louis Saha — the Frenchman scored the winner at Craven Cottage and has a decent record against Chelsea — the manager might be tempted to name an unchanged line-up, though he will also be mindful of the Premier League encounter with Manchester United looming on Saturday and he admitted to having a couple of slight injury worries following the Fulham win.

Chelsea, for their part, will be forced into making changes after their 1-0 defeat at QPR on Sunday. Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba are both suspended after picking up red cards at Loftus Road, while Ashley Cole also serves a suspension for bookings. Ramires is injured, Raul Meireles is cup-tied, but Fernando Torres is eligible again after serving a ban of his own.

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EVERTON (4-5-1)
  Mucha
  Baines
  Heitinga
  Distin
  Neville (46' Hibbert)
  Bilyaletdinov (81' Coleman)
  Drenthe :75' :107'
  Cahill
  Fellaini :
  Rodwell (78' Stracqualursi)
  Saha
  Subs not used
  Hahnemann
  Barkley
  Osman
  Vellios
  Unavailable
  Anichebe (injured)
  Baxter (loan)
  Duffy (loan)
  Garbutt (loan)
  Silva (loan)
  Yobo (loan)
CHELSEA (4-4-2)
  Turnbull :58'
  Ivanovic
  David Luiz
  Alex
  Bertrand
  Romeu
  Malouda
  McEachran (64' Mikel :76')
  Lukaku (60' Cech)
  Kalou (85' Sturridge)
  Anelka
  Subs not used
  Ferreria
  Lampard
  Torres
  Mata

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