Chelsea 4-2 Reading – Blues Survive A Right Royal Shock At The Bridge (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

23rd, August 2012


By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 4-2 Reading – Premier League – August 22 2012

Another pivotal performance from Belgian wing-wizard Eden Hazard helped Chelsea on their way to a second win of the season at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. However, Premier League new-boys Reading made a proper game of it, and came close to pulling off a major shock.

Spot-kick veteran Frankie Lamps opened the scoring on 18 minutes with a penalty after Hazard had been felled in the box, but within little more than 10 minutes of that goal, Brian McDermott’s men were ahead, courtesy of goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Guthrie. While Pogrebnyak’s first of the new campaign was a fine header, Guthrie’s owed a lot to some dismal ‘keeping from Petr Cech.

Gary Cahill levelled the scores on 69 minutes as the home side started to turn the screw, before Fernando Torres (with more than a hint of offside) and Branislav Ivanovic secured all three points for the Blues late on.

Still, fair dues to the Royals for pushing the European champs all the way.



Photos: PA

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  1. Venny says:

    Hazard showing a lot of class these first two games. If he keeps this form consistent throughout the season he may be a favorite for PFA player of year?

  2. Anabelle says:

    Confession: I have an age inappropriate crush on Fernando Torres. There, I said it.

  3. MrMac says:

    Much room for improvement.

    But also much potential?

    Torres moving more around, and hazard being epic at creating space.

    Also sturridge was fantastic – little bit disappointed with ramires.

    It’s actually cool that we at chelsea now have options, to subtitute if shit ain’t working. Class substitutions noless!

  4. gamblino says:

    You’re really starting to take the piss with your ads now. Pop-unders?!

  5. Will says:

    Pies must be regretting their prediction that Hazard would be a massive flop.

  6. p says:

    Will, it made for a good hearty laugh though, at least when I first read it.

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