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Defoe ends Chelsea run


Defoe ends Chelsea run

Jermain Defoe had the perfect start to his Portsmouth career today as his goal was enough to end Chelsea's nine game winning streak. Nicolas Anelka had put Chelsea in front ten minutes prior to Defoe's 63rd minute goal.

Lassana Diarra, the former Chelsea midfielder who signed from Arsenal for £5 million last month, drove Pompey forward early on.

He picked out on-loan Baros with a delightful diagonal ball after five minutes but the striker, making his home debut, was off balance when he shot and skied the ball off target from 20 yards.

Ballack's miss for Chelsea soon afterwards was just as spectacular, his shot from the same sort of distance as Baros ballooning over the bar despite plenty of time and space to measure Ashley Cole's square pass.

Surprisingly, Hreidarsson partnered skipper Sol Campbell in the centre of Pompey's defence with Sylvain Distin absent for the first time this season with a hamstring injury.

But it was Hreidarsson's block tackle that halted a dangerous advance by Anelka after 10 minutes before Niko Kranjcar drove a good right-footed shot just wide.

Diarra tested Petr Cech with a firm drive from distance and Pompey more than held their own in midfield.

Anelka, who had ploughed a lone furrow up front, could have hurt Pompey in added time at the end of the first half when Florent Malouda's perceptive pass set him up for a run on James, but the keeper stayed big to block the shot and Ashley Cole skied the rebound.

New boy Defoe had been quiet so far for Pompey but three minutes after the break he worked his away through the Chelsea box, defying three challenges, only for Shaun Wright-Phillips to get a foot in and Baros then wastefully fired the loose ball against the fallen Cech's knee.

Malouda raced away down the left and when his perfect far-post cross was perfectly cushioned by Joe Cole's silky touch, Anelka was on hand to finish with clinical poise.

Defoe, who had a relatively quiet first half, came up with a route-one equaliser, staying onside to drill in fellow debutant Milan Baros's header from a long clearance by goalkeeper David James.

It was the dream debut and thanks will be extended from the Emirates today.