Chelsea vs. Norwich City: Second Half Game Thread

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How did Chelsea respond to going a goal down inside 11 minutes? With three goals of their own, of course.

Well, that was a pretty wild first 45 minutes of play.

Grant Holt opened the scoring for the visitors very early on with a controlled low volleyed from about 15 yards that managed to avoid an at-the-time limping John Terry lunge. We didn't have to wait long for a firm answer from Chelsea, however, with Fernando Torres, guilty of wasting a wonderful chance a few minutes earlier, guiding a lovely header past John Ruddy at his near post on 14 minutes.

And then came the entertainment. Frank Lampard followed with a trademark low drive through traffic eight minutes later, latching onto a deflected overhead kick from Torres, before Juan Mata conducted the pièce de résistance of the first half by leading a counter in which he threaded a beautiful ball behind the Norwich defense for Eden Hazard, who curled a low shot around Ruddy and in at the far post. We're talking excellence, people.

The thing is, there are more goals left in this, too. Perhaps for both sides. I'm anxious to see how everything eventually plays out. Talk amongst yourselves.

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