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Saturday 7 December 2013 | Britannia Stadium | Referee: Jonathan Moss | Attendance 25,154

Stoke
  • Peter Crouch (42)
  • Stephen Ireland (50)
  • Oussama Assaidi (90)
Stoke
3 - 2
Chelsea
  • André Schürrle (9, 53)
Chelsea

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Oussama Assaidi secured all three points for Stoke City with a long-range strike in the final minute goal to earn a 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's first visit to the Britannia Stadium got off to the perfect start thanks to Andre Schuerrle's ninth-minute opener. Peter Crouch and Stephen Ireland netted for Mark Hughes' side but their lead was soon wiped out as Schuerrle grabbed his second goal in the 53rd minute. Chelsea were unable to hold on to the point as Assaidi fired a sensational effort into the top corner from 25 yards to record a memorable victory.

Both managers made two changes from their midweek fixtures as Marc Muniesa and Jonathan Walters replaced Erik Pieters and Assaidi for the Potters, while Jon Obi Mikel and Schurrle were recalled in place of Frank Lampard and Willian for Chelsea.

Mourinho's team had the first sight of goal after just five minutes but Ramires wasted an excellent chance. However, they did not have to wait long for their opening goal as Schuerrle netted five minutes later. The Germany midfielder jinked past Ryan Shawcross twice before rifling his shot low into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Mata nearly doubled the visitors' lead on their next attack, as a loose ball dropped to the Spaniard on the edge of the penalty area but his effort was straight at Asmir Begovic.

Stoke had struggled to make any impact on the game but they grabbed an equaliser in the closing minutes as the Blues’ failed to clear a left-wing corner. The ball was allowed to bounce inside a crowded penalty area, with Petr Cech coming halfway for the ball before backing out, and Crouch pounced to fire into the net.

Hughes' side took the lead early in the second half through substitute Ireland, his second goal for the club. Walters raced down the right and played the ball into Ireland and the 27-year-old calmly curled a fine finish past Cech into the far corner.

Stoke's lead lasted three minutes as Schurrle grabbed his second when the home side failed to clear an Eden Hazard free-kick. Schuerrle thundered a first-time volley into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Ireland had a fantastic chance to restore his side’s lead in the 67th minute after superb work from Crouch, but the Irish midfielder smashed his effort over the bar. However, there was still time for late drama as Assaidi drifted in from the left and launched his effort beyond Cech and into the top corner.

The result broke a three-game losing streak for Stoke against Chelsea and inflicting the Portuguese manager's first Barclays Premier league defeat in the month of December.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We showed great character after the disappointment of conceding an early goal. The response was exemplary and the quality of the goals for both sides was outstanding. I really enjoyed the game.

"They are a good team individually and collectively and at times we struggled to work out their rotations and their movement, but we stuck at it. In the second half we were excellent. We upped our intensity to match them. Chelsea asked a lot of questions but we always had a threat."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "I don't feel very comfortable to tell you what I think about the game. I prefer to be simple and pragmatic. We scored one goal less than them and we lost. I can't analyse with you certain aspects of the game, or individual performances. I don't want to take credit away from them [Stoke].

"If I was Mark [Hughes], I'd be upset if the opposition manager just said, 'We lost'. They did something to get a point, maybe not to win.' "

"I don't organise my teams this way. Individual mistakes kill a team and the way we work. But, there are also the goals we didn't score. In the first half, we had lots of occasions in which a simple movement and finish would have meant the job was done. We should score more goals than we did.

"Our first half was fantastic. We dominated. We had dozens of situations when we won the ball back... but we didn't kill the game. We gave life to an opponent who was in big trouble. In the second half, it was less football - push here, pull there, yellow card, free-kick."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Asmir Begovic 6.0 7.52
20. Geoff Cameron 5.38 4.41
17. Ryan Shawcross 4.57 5.25
12. Marc Wilson 5.71 4.35
5. Marc Muniesa 5.57 3.73
6. Glenn Whelan 4.5 4.49
10. Marko Arnautovic 4.71 5.61
15. Steven N'Zonzi 4.5 4.44
19. Jonathan Walters 4.86 4.39
16. Charlie Adam 3.14 5.26
25. Peter Crouch 6.78 5.31
Substitutes All Fans BFR
29. Thomas Sørensen 3.75 2.63
24. Oussama Assaidi 7.27 6.0
8. Wilson Palacios 3.4 4.16
32. Stephen Ireland 5.9 4.55
7. Jermaine Pennant 4.6 4.29
9. Kenwyne Jones 3.25 4.07
28. Andy Wilkinson 2.75 2.78
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Petr Cech 3.47 6.68
24. Gary Cahill 5.62 6.29
28. César Azpilicueta 5.79 6.11
26. John Terry 5.0 6.58
2. Branislav Ivanovic 5.4 6.67
10. Juan Mata 6.25 6.62
17. Eden Hazard 5.5 7.46
14. Andre Schürrle 8.33 6.4
7. Ramires 4.85 6.05
12. John Obi Mikel 5.18 5.4
9. Fernando Torres 5.83 6.32
Substitutes All Fans BFR
19. Demba Ba 4.22 6.12
3. Ashley Cole 6.0 5.98
8. Frank Lampard 5.91 6.64
23. Mark Schwarzer 4.2 5.29
15. Kevin De Bruyne 4.6 6.21
5. Michael Essien 5.4 5.61
29. Samuel Eto'o 3.4 6.16

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