Monday 5 September
Diego Costa got a couple of international goals as Spain beat Liechtenstein 8-0.
Branislav Ivanovic and Serbia missed out on a home win in rainy Belgrade as the Republic of Ireland snatched an equaliser in a 2-2 draw. It was not a pretty spectacle in a game both sides really needed to win.
Tuesday 6 September
England U21 ran riot against Norway stuffing six past the next best team in their group. Marcus Rashford scored three to hog the headlines but Nat Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker weighed in with one each.
Back with the grown-ups and Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois both started as Belgium strolled to a 0-3 over Cyprus. Michy Batshuayi missed a late penalty that would have added gloss.
Bosnia and Herzegovina and Asmir Begovic won 5-0 at home to Estonia.
N’Golo Kante started for France as they were held by Belarus to a 1-1 draw in Minsk.
Wednesday 7 September
Brazil with Willian in from the start beat Colombia 2-1 to strengthen their qualification campaign ahead of the World Cup in Russia. That their participation might have been in doubt shows how far the Selection have fallen.
Friday 9 September
Chelsea U23 3:1 Tottenham Hotspur U23
Jay Dasilva tucked away a penalty, Isaac Christie-Davies headed just over the line and Fikayo Tomori lashed in a third as we dominated after the break and seemed to impress the watching Antonio Conte. A good night for the smattering of Blues who made the trip to the Bridge tonight.
Hammersmith and Fulham have opened the second consultation on our ground redevelopment proposals. We’d like to implore the club to include standing areas, respect the traditions of the Stadium in the new design and make provision for a longer and wider pitch should regulations change. But we’d be ignored because once executives see the shiny architect’s model all thought and consideration go out of the window in the excitement with their new toy.
All the documents are on the council’s website but polish your reading glasses and get a brew on because there are thousands of pages of detail here.
Saturday 10 September
Norwich City U18 5:4 Chelsea U18
You can’t fault the entertainment. Two Martell Taylor-Crossdale goals and an own-goal saw us 1-3 up at the break but a Canaries second-half recovery rather dented our record and Charlie Brown’s late consolation was little comfort on the way home. Good grief.
In the grown-up game: Manchester City made Jose’s United look pedestrian as they comfortably ran out derby winners. The bright side was their awful and unsteady goalkeeper – he looks to have a few mistakes in him.
In Championship Tammy Abraham and Izzy Brown came head to head and left with a goal and a point each as Bristol City drew two each with Rotherham.
Sunday 11 September
Swansea City 2:2 Chelsea
It seem the refereeing community still have it in for us as Andre Mariner allowed Swansea to kick, pull, trip and scrap their way to a thoroughly undeserved point.
We should have killed them off in the first-half when Diego Costa’s sumptuous finish was all that separated the sides, but the second period allowed a penalty where Courtois panicked under pressure and a second where Leroy Fer, blatantly, obviously, clearly fouled Gary Cahill to rob him of the ball and finish. Gary was too honest and tried to get back to stop the goal instead of rolling around as if shot.
A later incident perfectly illustrated the undisguised contempt Mariner had for Chelsea this afternoon: a Swansea boot came through the back of Hazard’s calf to get to the ball – play on – the Swansea break was then stopped as a Swansea player ran into John Terry – yellow card.
Diego was in no mood to let things stand and acrobatically volleyed in a looping ball after Ivanovic tried his luck.
We had chances to win it in a frenetic ending but will have to chalk this up to experience and be more determined to finish off sides when we have our collective boots on their neck.
Reading 0:3 Chelsea
The women are keeping up the pressure on Man City as second-half goals from Katie Chapman, Gemma Davison and Ana Borges mean we keep tabs on City who won at Arsenal, typically the gooners couldn’t do us a favour.