Sunday, 18 August 2013

EPL LIVE Coverage with extras:

Hello and welcome to my latest blog post where I have LIVE Coverage of the match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge where new manager Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea for his second coming as Chelsea boss.

But first, here is my match report of the earlier game played today in the EPL:

Crystal Palace 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 
This match was played at Selhurst Park, as Palace hosted Champions League chasing Tottenham Hotspur in their first EPL game of the season as a newly-promoted side. 
The hosts gave it their all in-front of their home fans, tried to make chances but Tottenham were solid at the back, especially with new signings Capoue and Paulinho dominating the midfield.

Spurs were the team who had more of the possession and the chances, yet they could not finish until the 50th minute when a penalty was awarded for a handball after a Lennon cross was blocked by a Palace defender. £20million signing and Spanish striker Roberto Soldado stepped up to take it, and slotted the ball cooly into the back of the net. 

Debut goal: Soldado slots the ball from the penalty spot into the net to give Spurs a 1-0 lead. 

Stroke of luck: Soldado scored the only goal of the game for Spurs - albeit a penalty. 

Crystal Palace looked more dangerous on the counter attack after making some substitutions in the second half but were unable to take their chances and beat Lloris to equalise and in the end the game finished 1-0 to the away side, with Spurs looking average with their new signings.
Room for improvement, but a good win nonetheless. 

Chelsea vs Hull - LIVE Coverage:

A good day for Mourinho so far on his return to English football, six years after he left Chelsea to manage in different leagues. Without Mata, Lukaku and Schurrle, the hosts are still comfortably beating Hull by 2 goals to nil after 35 minutes on the clock.

A great attacking move was finished off by Brazillian playmaker Oscar after 15 minutes, before Lampard doubled the lead with a powerfully swerving free-kick effort from 25 yards out which the goalkeeper probably should have saved in the 25th minute as retribution after missing a penalty in the 6th minute. 

A good through ball by Kevin de Bruyne finds Oscar open in the area to slot the ball underneath McGregor.

Early lead: Oscar celebrates giving Mourinho & Co their first goal of the new season after 15 minutes at home. 
Lampard hits a powerfully swerving free-kick strike from 25 yards out to double Chelsea's lead. 

Jubilation: Lampard is mobbed by his team-mates after his good free-kick finish. 

Chelsea are looking comfortable for their 2-0 lead, but Hull are struggling to keep up and should have played new signings Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore instead of sitting them both on the bench. 

HALF-TIME: Chelsea are 2-0 up, and could be 3 or 4-0 up but have been denied on several occasions by the Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor who was at fault for both goals but has done well to keep the scoreline respectable. 

17:30 - Still 2-0 to Chelsea right now, a slightly better defensive performance by Hull but the hosts have not actually done that much going forward. Kevin de Bruyne has been impressive throughout, but is being substituted by new signing and German forward Andre Schurrle. 

17:55 - FULL-TIME. Chelsea have beaten Hull comfortably by 2 goals to nil, and took their foot off the gas significantly during the second half despite van Ginkel, Schurrle and Lukaku all coming on for The Blues towards the end of the game. Hull will not be disappointed as they failed to make clear cut chances, and a 2-0 loss flatters them. 

20:00 - Lots of European action tonight, here are the results and fixtures to be played today: 

Liga BBVA: 

Barcelona 7 Levante 0 - FT
Lionel Messi scored a double as Barca move up to top of the table on the second official day of the 2013-14 Liga BBVA season. Sanchez, Pedro (2) and Xavi also got on the scoresheet for the defending champions, as an emphatic win shows they are ready to retain their title this season. 

Osasuna 0 Granada 0 - LIVE

Real Madrid 0 Real Betis 0 - LIVE
Last year's second placed side Real Madrid are in action against interesting side Real Betis as new manager Carlo Ancelotti takes charge of his first competitive league match as Real manager. 

They have already had an own goal disallowed, and only 10 minutes have been played so far at the Bernabeu.

Here is the team line-up playing for Real tonight:
Lopez, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Khedira, Isco, Modric, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema. 

20:30 - And the game has bursted into life at the Bernabeu! Two offside goals for the hosts, before Betis score with a shock goal of themselves.
Great movement by Betis before Jorge Molina struck the ball well into the top corner of the net out of reach for Spanish goalkeeper David Lopez, before French striker Karim Benzema equalised 12 minutes later with a powerful effort which beat the goalkeeper at his near post and hit the back of the net in an instant. 1-1, and Real deserve more but cannot take their chances.