Admittedly waking up late this morning having spent all week up before the crack of dawn, I got up a little late to catch the second half of the Chelsea – Everton match on CNBC sports. Little did I know, would I get treated to some action during the match…
For those of you who don’t know me, I am a big, passionate, football fan and having the platform to discuss the going-on in the football world will keep me in the loop (and not focused on fantasy ‘american’ football). Admittedly a Chelsea follower, I also just like to watch the game and admire (or have admired) players like Gianfranco Zola, Eric Cantona, as well as Cesc Fabregas, Joe Cole, Juan Mata, and Eden Hazard, teams like Barcelona, Madrid, Celtic, and let’s not forget the United States Men’s and Women’s national teams (come on, who doesn’t like Alex Morgan?)
Hopefully, any of my football related posts after this will be remotely interesting.
So for those of you who did manage to catch the match, it was an exciting back and forth affair between the sides with Everton’s Naismith proving a good threat when played through by the Toffees’ midfield, while Gary Cahill was needed to make a decisive tackle on Matt Barkley to maintain the deadlock for a majority of the second half.
The breakthrough came in the midst of stoppage time after Chelsea had been knocking on the door after several miscues by Schurlle’s several gilt edged chances (including a volley sent to row Z with all the time in the world) and a blatant Torres dive. After 93 minutes, Jagielka was adjuged to have fouled Ramires on the right side.
I just missed that bird!
The foul, while not possibly a yellow, was a result of Jagielka’s continued momentum into Ramires. Lampard stood over the kick alone and issued a trademark delivery into the 6 yard box which appeared to have to fallen to Terry’s foot and trickled into the net. Upon later review, Terry’s movement may have thrown Howard off but resulted in the ball knocking off of his knees and into the net. Gif to follow:
Awesome side note: Everton’s third kit 2013/14
I joke with my English friends (mates, sorry) and I get knocked about supporting teams that are usually blue (I enjoy the way Everton played under Moyes and moreso under Martinez – and appreciate teams that can compete without destroying their budgets).
Jokes aside, I am in love with Everton’s away kit. A Nike brand loyalist, the dark blue and white with simple lines is just a looker… and I wouldn’t have a problem wearing that around.