A Moment in Time
news Wed 14 Feb 2018
Tickets are still available for Friday's FA Cup fifth-round game against Hull City and, ahead of the tie, we look back on a memorable win over the Tigers in 2009 through a selection of images.
It was an afternoon on which a new Chelsea manager oversaw a victory which was secured right at the death, with Didier Drogba proving the difference between the teams.
Chelsea v Hull City, Saturday 15 August 2009, Premier League, Stamford Bridge
Hull, who were newly-promoted at the time, visited the Bridge on the opening day of the 2009/10 campaign, and ahead of kick-off there was a minute's applause in memory of Sir Bobby Robson who had passed away a few weeks earlier.
It was marked impeccably by everybody inside the stadium.
Carlo Ancelotti, overseeing his first Premier League match in charge of the Blues, offers instructions from the sidelines, but the Italian watched the visitors take a shock lead through Stephen Hunt after 28 minutes.
John Mikel Obi started the game in a three-man midfield, alongside Michael Essien and Frank Lampard, and it was the Nigerian who won the free-kick which drew us level just nine minutes after falling behind.
With Drogba standing over the dead ball the home fans sensed it was a big opportunity, and the Ivorian didn't disappoint, striding forward firing his kick up and over the wall and beyond Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.
Shortly before half-time, we were back on level terms.
Michael Ballack replaced Mikel at half-time, with Ancelotti sending his team out in search of a winner, and Nicolas Anelka almost gave us the lead, only to be denied by the feet of Myhill.
Further changes followed as Deco replaced Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou came on for Anelka, but with the clock ticking down it looked as though we would have to settle for a point.
As the game entered injury-time, the striker collected a Deco pass on the left-hand side of the Hull penalty area and while his intention was to deliver a cross into the danger zone, the ball looped over the head of Myhill and into the back of the net to seal a last-gasp victory.
The season was off to a winning start, and the campaign ended with us securing both the Premier League title and FA Cup.
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