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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 21:35 GMT
Anderlecht 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea sealed their passage into the Champions League knockout phase with a comfortable win against Anderlecht.

Hernan Crespo's crisp volley put Chelsea on their way after only eight minutes as Jose Mourinho's side swiftly established control.

And Ricardo Carvalho's far-post finish seven minutes later clinched their first Champions League win on foreign soil for 12 months.

Frank Lampard struck the post late on as Chelsea cruised to victory.

Crespo was given the nod ahead of Didier Drogba - and wasted no time in rewarding boss Mourinho for his selection.

Mbo Mpenza steered a close-range effort narrowly wide after eight minutes, and his miss was punished within seconds as Chelsea swept to the other end to score.

Lampard's cross was inviting, but Crespo showed magnificent technique and composure to steer an airborne finish beyond Silvio Proto.

And Chelsea built on the lead as Carvalho added a second after 15 minutes.

Crespo turned creator to head on Joe Cole's corner, and Carvalho showed a striker's touch to deliver a powerful finish at the far post.

The Argentine striker's pedigree was clear to see, and he almost added his second with an instinctive volley from Vincent Kompany's poor clearance, which flew narrowly over.

Anderlecht were spirited, but lacked real quality, and they rarely looked like scoring their first goal of the Champions League campaign in the opening 45 minutes.

Bart Goor's deflected shot was easily saved by Petr Cech, while the Chelsea keeper needed to be alert to halt Mpenza.

Chelsea continued to look dangerous, and Damien Duff's shot was turned away by a desperate block following a rampaging run from Carvalho.

Mourinho, attempting to clinch a crucial win, sent on Lassana Diarra for Cole after 62 minutes.

Chelsea cruised comfortably through the second half, and almost added a third with eight minutes left, when Proto turned Lampard's shot on to the upright.

Anderlecht: Proto, Deschacht, Tihinen, Kompany, Zewlakow, Goor, Vanderhaeghe (Iachtchouck 46), Vanden Borre, Akin (Ehret 74), Mpenza (Zetterberg 60), Wilhelmsson.
Subs Not Used: Zitka, Juhasz, Deman, Mitu.

Booked: Vanden Borre.

Chelsea: Cech, Del Horno, Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Gallas, Duff, Essien, Lampard, Joe Cole (Diarra 63), Crespo (Carlton Cole 86), Gudjohnsen (Geremi 77).
Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Drogba, Paulo Ferreira, Huth.

Booked: Del Horno, Terry.

Goals: Crespo 8, Ricardo Carvalho 15.

Att: 21,070

Ref: Stefano Farina (Italy).

Interview: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

Interview: Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo

Report: BBC Five Live's Simon Brotherton


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