NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
FA Cup Sixth Round
Wednesday March 22, 2006
Kick off 8.05pm
Full match commentary on Newcastle World TV
NEWCASTLE United's FA Cup dream ended at the quarter-final stage when they went down 1-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho's team were beaten by the Magpies a round earlier in last season's competition, but they quickly showed they were out for revenge by netting what proved to be the winning goal as early as the fourth minute when John Terry pounced unmarked on Damien Duff's low left-wing corner and squeezed his effort between Nolberto Solano and Shay Given.
United arrived at the Bridge without a goal on this ground since Clarence Acuna netted on the opening day of the 2001/02 campaign, and although they enjoyed a decent share of possession they found genuine chances hard to come by.
Lee Bowyer and Nolberto Solano both went close in the first half, while Ricardo Carvalho almost grabbed a second for the hosts.
Craig Moore made his senior competitive debut for the Magpies after the break, and Kieron Dyer probed tirelessly for an opening. But Newcastle knew it wasn't going to be their night when Robbie Elliott was dismissed in the final minute, receiving a second yellow card from referee Steve Bennett for a foul on sub Shaun Wright-Phillips.
At the final whistle, it was very much a tale of two captains. Terry left the field as his team's matchwinner, while for Alan Shearer and the travelling Geordie fans, there was only the realisation that the great number nine and club's all-time record goalscorer had seen his last chance of winning a trophy with his hometown club disappear.
SECOND-HALF ACTION UPDATES
94min - Chelsea's final burst forward sees Peter Ramage bravely block a Frank Lampard shot before referee Steve Bennett blows for full time and Newcastle's FA Cup hopes are ended at Stamford Bridge.
93min - Shay Given launches a free-kick towards the Chelsea box, but the Blues backline holds firm again and clears through Ricardo Carvalho.
90min - Four minutes of additional time will be played.
90min - NEWCASTLE RED CARD - The Magpies are hit again on the break by Chelsea. This time Shaun Wright-Phillips pushes the ball past Robbie Elliott and then goes crashing to the turf. Referee Steve Bennett rules it to be a bodycheck and shows a second yellow of the evening to the Geordie defender.
88min - Chelsea are happy to try and hit Newcastle on the counter in the dying stages. Hernan Crespo breaks forward only to see his shot blocked by Peter Ramage. At the other end, Emre sees a cross from the left swept away by Asier Del Horno.
85min - A foul by Claude Makelele on Alan Shearer just inside the Chelsea half gives United a free-kick. But when Didier Drogba heads clear, the Blues launch a swift counter that ends with Shaun Wright-Pjhillips blazing wide.
81min - Emre tries to get the Magpies going forward, but when he shoots from 25 yards, it cannons into Ricardo Carvalho and bounces away to safety. At the other end, Stephen Carr gives away possession cheaply and needs Scott Parker to rescue the situation with a last-ditch challenge on Didier Drogba.
79min - Michael Essien's first contribution is to win a left-wing corner that is headed clear for United by Craig Moore.
78min - Jose Mourinho makes a double change. Hernan Crespo takes over from Eidur Gudjohnsen and Michael Essien replaces Joe Cole.
76min - Kieron Dyer is still probing away for Newcastle and this time wins a left-wing corner off Ricardo Carvalho. Emre's delivery is cleared by the Blues.
72min - Kieron Dyer shakes his head in disbelief as he is clearly fouled by Claude Makelele just outside the Chelsea box, yet referee Steve Bennett waves play on. Thankfully, the hosts' counter-attack comes to nothing.
70min - The Magpies make their second change. Off comes Nolberto Solano and Emre takes over in midfield.
69min - Chelsea make their first change. Jose Mourinho withdraws Damien Duff and on comes Shaun Wright-Phillips. Kieron Dyer then wins a corner off Geremi, who is then yellow carded for trying to keep hold of the ball.
67min - Ricardo Carvalho catches Shola Ameobi late and the Magpies have a left-wing free-kick. Nolberto Solano's centre is headed clear before Joe Cole's counter-raid is halted by a backtracking Scott Parker.
63min - Newcastle lose possession on Chelsea's bye-line and the Blues break swiftly upfield. Damien Duff releases Eidur Gudjohnsen in the inside left channel, but his cross-cum-shot flashes across Shay Given's goal, evading Joe Cole along the way.
58min - There is a flashpoint as Joe Cole goes over on the ball and Chelsea claim he is fouled on the floor. A brief skirmish follows and the end result is yellow cards for Craig Moore, Shola Ameobi and Didier Drogba. When play restarts, Frank Lampard's right-wing delivery is met by Didier Drogba, but twice his shots a repelled by Shay Given. From the following corner, John Terry heads over.
56min - A free-kick for Newcastle on the corner of the Chelsea box as Asier Del Horno brings down Nolberto Solano. The Peruvian crosses into a crowded area but Didier Drogba is the man who heads clear.
54min - Kieron Dyer has looked Newcastle's best attacking threat on the evening. This time he advances forward and tees up Stephen Carr for a right-wing cross that is cleared by John Terry's diving header.
52min - Glenn Roeder makes an early change in the second half. Celestine Babayaro is the player who comes off and on comes Craig Moore for his first taste of competitive football at senior level for the Magpies. The Aussie slots in at centre-back alongside Peter Ramage, with Robbie Elliott moving to left-back.
50min - Newcastle win their first corner of the half, which Didier Drogba clears. Chelsea then immediately counter and win a flag-kick of their own as Stephen Carr had to turn behind a low centre from Joe Cole. The Irish defender has little respite as, a minute later, he is beaten by countryman Damien Duff - only for Lee Bowyer to prevent his cut-back reaching a blue shirt.
48min - Another forward burst from the Blues as Ricardo Carvalho's long ball downfield is controlled by Didier Drogba and his dipping shot is gathered by Shay Given at the second attempt. The hosts have certainly made a lively start to the second half, and a minute later Eidur Gudjohnsen goes on the charge before scooping over from the edge of the box.
47min - Chelsea are quickly back on the offensive as Joe Cole controls a high punt from Didier Drogba and wriggles past Shola Ameobi and Celestine Babayaro before Shay Given turns his rising drive behind for a right-wing corner. Cole delivers the flag-kick and Lee Bowyer's back post header drops for Asier Del Horno, who then blazes over from 16 yards.
The second half begins with neither Glenn Roeder nor Jose Mourinho having made any changes.
FIRST-HALF ACTION UPDATES
Half-time comes with Newcastle still trailing to John Terry's early strike.
45min - Shola Ameobi and Alan Shearer try to launch one final attack before the interval, but the skipper's pass to try and play in Kieron Dyer is cut out by a watchful Ricardo Carvalho.
43min - Scott Parker gets a lecture from referee Steve Bennett after a challenge on Asier Del Horno. Frank Lampard's vicious inswinging free-kick from the left is met by Ricardo Carvalho six yards out, but he somehow hooks his effort wide of goal.
41min - The Magpies are still searching for an equaliser in the final minutes of the first half. Shola Ameobi fires in a low drive from 25 yards that travels narrowly wide of Carlo Cudicini's right-hand post.
40min - Kieron Dyer, from the inside left role, works the ball into the Chelsea penalty area to Nolberto Solano, but when John Terry cuts out the Peruvian's intended flick for Lee Bowyer, the ball breaks to Stephen Carr, who lashes it high and wide from 25 yards.
38min - Robbie Elliott is shown a yellow card by Steve Bennett after holding back Didier Drogba. From the free-kick, Joe Cole sees his right-wing cross charged down by Scott Parker. Chelsea recycle possession and Shay Given goes down low at his near post to claim a low centre from Geremi.
34min - Shay Given is called upon again for the Magpies, this time coming to his near post to punch Geremi's right-wing cross off the head of Eidur Gudjohnsen.
30min - Chelsea go on the attack through Damien Duff, who carries the ball forward into United territory before slipping a pass to Joe Cole on his right. The England star delivers a deep cross that has Shay Given backpedalling towards his back post to take.
26min - Newcastle are rightly aggrieved when Lee Bowyer is penalised for a challenge on Didier Drogba by referee Steve Bennett, awarding Chelsea a free-kick in the visitors' half. The punishment is almost worse as the ball threatens to drop for Eidur Gudjohnsen, but Scott Parker is there to make a typically committed clearance.
24min - Peter Ramage is in the right place at the right time to clear the danger as Didier Drogba pulls away to the far post to turn Asier Del Horno's deep left-wing cross back across the Toon goal. The Blues are quickly back on the attack and Frank Lampard fires wide from 25 yards.
23min - Eidur Gudjohnsen gets in behind the Magpies' defence to latch on to a pass from Damien Duff, but his first-time effort is poor and ends high up in the Shed end.
21min - Another free-kick for Newcastle 25 yards from goal as Lee Bowyer spins away from Asier Del Horno, only to be tripped by the Spaniard. Nolberto Solano takes it, and his right-foot effort misses by inches, with Carlo Cudicini never likely to reach it.
19min - Frank Lampard robs Lee Bowyer midway inside the United half, but his low drive from 25 yards is comfortably stopped by Shay Given diving low to his right.
17min - A long diagonal free-kick from Geremi causes a moment of panic in the Newcastle area as Didier Drogba brings it down, but his first touch is a heavy one and it travels through to Shay Given. United move downfield and Nolberto Solano and Kieron Dyer fashion a shooting chance for Lee Bowyer. His low 18-yard drive is only parried by Carlo Cudicini, but referee Steve Bennett then adjudges Alan Shearer to have fouled John Terry in the race for the loose ball.
14min - A timely tackle by Celestine Babayaro denies his former club a second goal. Didier Drogba uses all his strength to hold off the attentions of Robbie Elliott and feeds Joe Cole to his right, but his low drive is blocked by the diving figure of the Magpies' left-back.
12min - Newcastle win a left-wing corner after good work by Kieron Dyer before Celestine Babayaro sees his cross turned behind by Joe Cole. Nolberto Solano's flag-kick is punched clear by Carlo Cudicini only as far as Lee Bowyer, but the Magpie midfielder totally miskicks. United win the ball back and earn a free-kick when Solano is fouled by Claude Makelele 25 yards out, but the Peruvian's effort cannot clear the Blues' defensive wall.
8min - Chelsea appeal for a penalty as Dider Drogba claims his low right-wing cross is blocked by the hand of Celestine Babayaro. Referee Steve Bennett is unimpressed, but when Newcastle counter through Kieron Dyer and Nolberto Solano, the move eventually breaks down. United recycle the ball and Stephen Carr tries his luck with a swerving 25-yard drive, but it is always travelling wide of Carlo Cudicini's right-hand post.
7min - Another left-wing corner for Chelsea as Stephen Carr heads behind under pressure from Asier Del Horno. The Spaniard then has a wild slice from Damien Duff's flag-kick, and when the Irishman delivers for a second time, Robbie Elliott heads clear from Ricardo Carvalho.
4min - CHELSEA GOAL (1-0): A nightmare start for the Magpies as John Terry puts the hosts in front. Chelsea win a left-wing corner that Damien Duff takes, and his low delivery is met by the Blues skipper, who jabs an effort goalwards that squeezes between Nolberto Solano, guarding the near post, and Shay Given.
3min - There is some defending for United to do. Firstly Stephen Carr and Robbie Elliott cut out crosses from Damien Duff and Asier Del Horno, and then Elliott again deals with a left-wing cross from Didier Drogba.
1min - Newcastle win an early free-kick midway inside the Chelsea half when Scott Parker is upended by Ricardo Carvalho. However, Stephen Carr finds Nolberto Solano's pass too high to control and possession is quickly lost.
Chelsea get the game underway attacking the Shed end where the travelling Newcastle fans are housed.
NEWCASTLE United will be looking to book their place in the semi final of the FA Cup when they go in against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
Both sides are looking to bounce back from defeats in their last league game, with the Magpies losing 3-1 at home to Liverpool on Sunday, and Jose Mourinho's men slipping up at Fulham later that day.
Glenn Roeder had to reckon without Jean Alain Boumsong, who was banned following his red card against Liverpool, so Stephen Carr returned from abdominal problems to play at right right back, with Peter Ramage sliding along to the heart of the back four alongside Robbie Elliott.
There were two changes in midfield, with Emre dropping to the bench as Lee Bowyer returned, and Charles N'Zogbia was left out as Kieron Dyer started a game for the first time since the FA Cup fourth round win over Southampton in January.
Mourinho made seven changes to the side that lost to Fulham, with goalkeeper Carlo Cudicin, Ricardo Carvalho, Asier Del Horno, Geremi,.Didier Drogba, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Damien Duff all starting.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Peter Ramage, Robbie Elliott, Celestine Babayaro (Craig Moore 52m), Nobby Solano (Emre 70m), Scott Parker, Lee Bowyer, Shola Ameobi, Kieron Dyer, Alan Shearer.
Subs: Steve Harper, Lee Clark, Amady Faye.
Chelsea: Carlo Cudicin, Asier Del Horno, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Damien Duff (Shaun Wright-Phillips 69m), Claude Makelele, Frank Lampard, Geremi, Joe Cole (Michael Essien 78m), Didier Drogba, Eidur Gudjohnsen (Hernan Crespo 78m).
Subs not used: Petr Cech, Robert Huth.
Referee: Steve Bennett.