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"Chelsea outplayed the Dutch champions for the vast majority of the game"
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Tuesday, 14 March, 2000, 21:37 GMT
Chelsea seal quarter-final spot

It looked bad for Chelsea when Frank Leboeuf's seventh minute penalty was easily saved by Dudek
Feyenoord 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea marched into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a convincing 3-1 victory on foreign soil to Dutch side Feyenoord.

It is fantastic for the club to be one of the last eight teams in our first time in the Champions League

Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli
Frank Leboeuf missed an early penalty in Rotterdam but Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Wise and Tore Andre Flo all found the net to continue their thrilling debut in Europe's premier club competition.

Feyenoord pulled one back through substitute Bonaventure Kalou but once Wise restored the visitors lead, Chelsea were home and dry.

Chelsea should have gone ahead after just five minutes when Flo won a penalty after being felled by Kees van Wonderen.

As so often it was Wise who scored the crucial goal
French World Cup winner Leboeuf stepped up to take the kick but his poorly directed shot was easily saved by Dudek.

The Polish keeper, ranked above Ed De Goey by Fifa, pulled off a series of key blocks during a first half which should have seen the London side take a convincing lead.

Indeed the tie was a repeat of the first Group D tie when Chelsea peppered the Feyenoord goal but failed to find the net during the opening 45 minues.

Zola's fifth minute volley was straight at Dudek, Dennis Wise saw a dipping 29th minute volley tipped over the bar, and Gustavo Poyet was only denied by a timely Van Gobbel header.

So as the wasted chances began to mount up following Leboeuf's early miss from the spot, it seemed as though Chelsea's early menace might go unrewarded.
Match facts
38 mins: Zola's superb strike gives Chelsea the lead
59 mins: Kalou levels the scores
63 mns: Wise restores Chelsea's advantage
68 mins: Flo makes it 3-1
By with seven minutes to go before the interval, Chelsea's 33-year-old Italian maestro finally found the scoring touch which has elduded him most of the season.

Flo failed to win a high ball to the edge of the box from Albert Ferrer, but the rebound fell to Zola.

With Dudek unsighted from Ulrich Van Gobbel's challenge, the Italian unzipped a wicked 20-yard volley that flew into the net after ricocheting off the inside of both posts.

The goal was no less than Chelsea deserved and Poyet almost gave the scoreline a justified added gloss as he slid onto a Zola pass, but Dudek smothered well at the near post.

For all their chances in the first half, Chelsea stuttered after the interval as they appeared to succumb to the fear which saw them sit back against Marseille last week.

Flo scored but his all-round movement was just as valuable
In that match Chelsea managed to cling on to their 1-0 lead, but this time things were different.

With just 13 minutes of the second half gone, Kalou punished their lack of ambition.

De Goey opted to palm away a poor cross, but his deflection fell straight into the path of the substitute Kalou, who tucked away the equaliser.

To Chelsea's credit, they found the higher gear which should have been theirs after the opening goal and they reclaimed the lead after just seven minutes.

Didier Deschamps fierce drive was well-saved but it was Chelsea's other inspirational midfielder, skipper Dennis Wise, who restored their lead.

Nigerian left-back Celestine Babayaro provided the necessary spurt down the flank, and as Poyet drew two defenders close to the goalline, Wise popped up unmarked to head home Chelsea's second.

Five minutes later, Gianluca Vialli's place in the quarter finals was secure as his Norwegian striker found the net with a characteristically muscular goal.

Holding off the challenge of right back Tomasz Rzasa, Flo cut inside before powering a left-foot shot inside the left-hand upright.

De Goey was alert enough to pull off his only save of the game, a flying block from Cruz, as Chelsea strolled to the final whistle.

Chelsea now need only to draw with Lazio in next week's Group D finale to win the group outright but will still qualify in defeat.

Feyenoord: Dudek, Rzasa, Van Wonderen, Konterman, Van Gobbel, De Visser, Paauwe, Van Gastel, Bosvelt, Tomasson, Cruz.
Subs: Graafland, Gyan, Kalou, Samardzic, Van Vossen, Korneev, De Haan.

Chelsea: De Goey, Babayaro, Desailly, Leboeuf, Petrescu, Poyet, Wise, Deschamps, Di Matteo, Zola, Flo.
Subs: Cudicini, Hogh, Sutton, Ambrosetti, Morris, Thome, Harley.

Referee: Knut-Erik Fisker (Denmark)

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