Drogba injury mars Chelsea victory
Chelsea avoided an early blow to their Barclays Premier League title hopes but lost Didier Drogba to a sickening injury as they struck late again to beat 10-man Norwich 3-1.
The Canaries looked set to stun Stamford Bridge when Grant Holt pounced on a horrible error from Hilario to equalise and Drogba appeared to be knocked unconscious in an aerial challenge with goalkeeper John Ruddy.
But Frank Lampard blasted home from the penalty spot after Ruddy was sent off for bringing down Ramires and Juan Mata scored on his debut, adding to Jose Bosingwa's first goal for almost three years.
Norwich began the game with a five-man defence but they duly fell behind inside six minutes, as Bosingwa brilliantly found the back of the net via the inside of the post.
Norwich should have levelled when Holt failed to get a touch on Wes Hoolahan's brilliant ball over the top. Chris Martin wasted another great chance to equalise while Kyle Naughton's 25-yarder was saved.
After the break Anthony Pilkington nodded John Terry's header off the line and the recalled Branislav Ivanovic powered Lampard's corner wide.
The leveller came thanks to a moment of madness from Hilario, who needlessly came racing off his line to claim a cross and collided with Ivanovic, allowing Holt to hook the ball into the empty net.
It got worse for Chelsea when Drogba seemed to be knocked unconscious after an aerial challenge with Ruddy. Shortly after play restarted Norwich forward Steve Morison was put clean through - Terry thwarting him with a desperate tackle.
Then a brilliant Chelsea breakaway brought a penalty and a red card for Ruddy. Nicolas Anelka sent Ramires racing clear and he was brought down by the onrushing goalkeeper with Lampard converting the penalty.
Ivanovic somehow failed to kill the contest before a third goal finally arrived with a few seconds to spare, Mata rounding off his debut in style.