Robert Green’s slip-up caused his team a sixth conservative home loss in the English Premier League against Chelsea at Loftus Road on Sunday. Green afforded the Blues the opportunity they needed to score after having tried for over 88 minutes. Cesc Fabregas netted the goal, assisted by Eden Hazard. His right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner made it 1-0.
Prior to Green’s mistake, however, it was a promising game for both teams. Jose Mourinho’s men had their fair share of substantial attacks yet failed to produce goals. The Hoops showed commitment in the first half, and their presence was felt by the visitors.
In the 43rd minute Charlie Austin won a free kick in the defensive half. Given a half-chance he tried to score but instead directly placed the ball into the keeper’s hands. The visitors controlled most of the ball possession and shots on goals but the sides went into half-time still at 0-0.
The second half started on a much higher note for the home team when Austin tried to score a goal resulting from a corner kick but was saved. No team looked threatening in the final third though. The hosts’ efforts for a draw with the Blues came to an abrupt end when Green’s blunder contributed to Chelsea’s win, and the league leaders are now seven points clear with a game in hand.