Mata strike sees off Norwich

Chelsea continued their improved form under Rafa Benitez with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Norwich at Carrow Road.

Last Updated: 27/12/12 at 07:33 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Fires home his superb winner for Chelsea

Juan Mata: Fires home his superb winner for Chelsea

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

After scoring eight at the weekend against Aston Villa, Juan Mata's brilliant first half strike proved to be enough for Chelsea to boost their title chances.

Norwich struggled to create too many goalscoring opportunities with Sebastien Bassong's header over the top in stoppage time their best chance of the game.

In the early exchanges chances were few and far between with defences very much on top.

David Luiz, who was again playing in midfield, had a few sights of goal but he failed to trouble Mark Bunn in the Norwich goal with a couple of wayward efforts.

Chelsea created the best opening of the game on the half hour mark when Luiz slipped Mata in on goal, but the Spaniard could only hit his shot into the side-netting.

The visitors were beginning to get on top and four minutes later Luiz teeed up John Obi Mikel on the edge of the box only for the Nigerian to drill his powerful shot over the crossbar.

Chelsea broke the deadlock on 38 minutes as Mata netted his 13th goal of the season with a superb shot from the edge of box.

There looked very little on when Mata picked up a pass from Oscar 30 yards from goal, but with very little backlift he fired a fierce shot past Mark Bunn into the corner of the net.

Bunn had to be alert early in the second half to divert Oscar's deflected corner at his near post as Chelsea pushed for a second goal.

Mata tried to catch out Bunn on 55 minutes with a quickly taken free-kick from the edge of the box with the keeper still organising his wall, but he got back to save the curling effort.

Victor Moses really should have added a second goal on 68 minutes when he brought down Cesar Azpilicueta's cross inside the box on his chest, but he drilled his shot wide of the target.

Norwich pushed everything forward in the closing stages in a bid to find an equaliser, but the closest they came was deep into injury time when Bassong headed down into the ground and over the crossbar as Chelsea secured all three points.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 25 April 2015
17:30
Man City 3-2 A Villa Report
15:00
Burnley 0-1 Leicester Report
C Palace 0-2 Hull City Report
Newcastle 2-3 Swansea Report
QPR 0-0 West Ham Report
Stoke 1-1 S'land Report
W Brom 0-0 Liverpool Report
12:45
So'ton 2-2 Tottenham Report
Sunday, 19 April 2015
16:00
Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham  
13:30
Man City 2-0 West Ham Report

Footer 365

League Two round-up: Tranmere and Cheltenham relegated to Conference

Shrewsbury secured promotion to League One by beating Cheltenham, whose relegation fate was sealed along with Tranmere.

Man City 3-2 Aston Villa: Brad Guzan drops howler before Fernandinho strikes late as City go second

Fernandinho struck in the 89th minute to hand Manchester City a dramatic 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

League One round-up: Preston forced to wait for promotion party

Preston took a huge step towards promotion with a 3-0 win over Swindon, but MK Dons kept up the pressure with a victory.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company