Middlesbrough 0 v Chelsea 5 18.10.2008

October 18, 2008 | Filed Under: UK Box Update 
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 Chelsea got a emphatic 5-0 victory against Middlesbrough today in their Premier League clash at the Riverside.Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League .Salomon Kalou fired the visitors ahead with 14 minutes gone, and although Chelsea took the game by the scruff of the neck, they had to wait until six minutes after the break for Juliano Belletti to increase their lead with a stunning 35-yard strike.

Kalou made sure of the points with a deflected 53rd-minute third, and Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda completed the rout on a day when Nicolas Anelka had a goal disallowed, hit the post and was denied by keeper Ross Turnbull.Despite their lack of big names, the visitors were utterly dominant before the break and not only that, they played a brand of expansive, penetrative football that left Boro gasping for air.The only concern for Scolari will have been that as they went in at the break, they were only a goal to the good, Kalou pouncing on a loose ball to fire past Turnbull after Andrew Taylor had blocked the impressive Belletti’s 14th-minute shot.

But for the slightest of touches from right-back Jonathan Grounds, Lampard would have doubled the lead from Malouda’s cross 10 minutes later.

The Frenchman should have done better when he found himself in on goal with 31 minutes gone, only to fire wide of Turnbull’s far post with Boro hanging on for dear life.

Southgate may have been happy to get his players back into the dressing room with the scoreline at only 1-0, but the game was over within eight minutes of the restart.

Turnbull at least stood up to the challenge when, within four minutes of the restart, Malouda waltzed past Grounds and, having opted not to hand Anelka a tap-in, was denied by the keeper.But the youngster could do nothing two minutes later to keep Belletti’s stinging 35-yard piledriver out of his top corner as Chelsea flexed their muscles once again.

The third goal arrived with 37 minutes still to play when Kalou claimed his second with the help of a wicked deflection off David Wheater, although Boro’s misery was far from complete.

Kalou and Anelka combined down the right with 63 minutes gone for the midfielder to send in an inviting cross for Lampard, whose diving header gave Turnbull no chance.

The Boro keeper’s afternoon took a further turn for the worse with 66 minutes gone when he allowed Anelka’s shot to squirm from his grasp, with the post serving a fifth up on a plate for the vigilant Malouda.



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