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Apoel Nicosia   0 - 1   Chelsea

Juliano Belletti (left) set up team-mate Nicolas Anelka (right) to score against Apoel Nicosia
Belletti (left) and Anelka combined to put Chelsea ahead

By Mandeep Sanghera

Chelsea made harder work than necessary of a second Champions League Group D win as they beat Apoel Nicosia.

Nicolas Anelka steered home a precise angled strike just inside the far post to open the scoring.

Chelsea were in control but nearly paid the price for not adding to their lead when Savvas Poursaetides' deflected shot was saved by Petr Cech's legs.

Constantinos Charalambides also headed a far post header agonisingly high late on for Apoel as Chelsea held on.

It ended in unconvincing fashion for the visitors as it seemed they let complacency get the better of them.

They were far superior to their Cypriot rivals but - after their domination of the first half - stepped off the gas and almost gave the vociferous home fans an unlikely cause for celebration.

Apoel's supporters had been in party mood from the start at the GSP Stadium as they enjoyed their team's first ever home game in the group stages of the Champions League.

But they had little to cheer as Chelsea slowly started dominating possession and it did not take long for the pressure to create a breakthrough.

The ball was spread wide on the right to Juliano Belletti and he jinked past two defenders before pulling the ball back for Anelka to finish with aplomb.

Chelsea switched off momentarily to give Charalambides a sight of their goal but - under pressure - he sliced a 15-yard shot well wide.

It was a rare chance for the home side whose intentions did not match their executions.

Too often when in promising positions they were guilty of wayward passing and lacked the belief that they could score against their more illustrious opponents.

606: DEBATE

But Chelsea were failing to turn their dominance into a second and this served as encouragement for Apoel as they started to test their visitors.

Savvas had a shot on goal after Florent Malouda had given the ball away and his effort clipped the inside of the diving John Terry's leg before being kept out by keeper Cech.

Blues centre-back Ricardo Carvalho also had to crucially block a cross with unmarked striker Nenad Mirosavljevic lurking.

The late header high from Charalambides would have angered Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti but he will be satisfied that his side got back to winning ways after their first defeat of the season to Wigan last Saturday.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Apoel Nicosia 0-1 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Anelka 18

    Apoel Nicosia

    • 22 Chiotis
    • 05 Grncarov
    • 26 Morais
    • 32 Haxhi
    • 07 Poursaitides
    • 10 Charalambidis (Jean Paulista 85)
    • 23 Pinto
    • 24 Kontis
    • 29 Alexandrou (Kosowski 58)
    • 33 Michael (Breska 80)
    • 30 Mirosavljevic

    Substitutes

    • 88 Kissas,
    • 19 Elia,
    • 11 Kosowski,
    • 17 Satsias,
    • 37 Breska,
    • 09 Papathanasiou,
    • 20 Jean Paulista

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Ref: LayecAtt: 20,000
    APOEL NICOSIA
    CHELSEA

    Possession

    • Apoel Nicosia 53%
    • Chelsea 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Apoel Nicosia 3
    • Chelsea 4

    Attempts off target

    • Apoel Nicosia 3
    • Chelsea 10

    Corners

    • Apoel Nicosia 8
    • Chelsea 2

    Fouls

    • Apoel Nicosia 6
    • Chelsea 19
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:38 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+3:00 Kamil Kosowski takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 90:00+2:19 Corner taken by Nenad Mirosavljevic, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
    • 90:00+2:06 The ball is swung over by Nenad Mirosavljevic, clearance made by John Terry.
    • 90:00+1:38 Long range shot by Florent Malouda goes wide right of the goal.
    • 90:00+0:41 Michael Essien has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 90:00+0:23 Short corner worked by Florent Malouda.
    • 90:00+0:01 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Blocked by Helio Pinto.
    • 89:16 The ball is crossed by Kamil Kosowski, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 84:32 Substitution (Apoel Nicosia) makes a substitution, with Francisco Jean Paulista coming on for Konstantinos Charalambidis.
    • 84:10 Headed effort from inside the area by Konstantinos Charalambidis misses to the left of the target.
    • 79:01 Free kick taken by Boban Grncarov.
    • 79:01 Substitution Joe Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Salomon Kalou.
    • 79:01 Substitution (Apoel Nicosia) makes a substitution, with Mario Breska coming on for Chryssis Michael.
    • 79:01 Booking The referee cautions Branislav Ivanovic for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:45 Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Konstantinos Charalambidis.
    • 77:52 Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Savvas Poursaitides results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 77:16 Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Konstantinos Charalambidis. Konstantinos Charalambidis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:42 The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic, Florent Malouda takes a shot. Dionissis Chiotis makes a save.
    • 74:26 Ashley Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Nuno Morais. Savvas Poursaitides takes the free kick.
    • 74:13 Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Savvas Poursaitides. Savvas Poursaitides takes the free kick.
    • 72:26 Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 69:40 The ball is sent over by Nenad Mirosavljevic, Ashley Cole gets a block in.
    • 67:47 Substitution Deco replaces Juliano Belletti.
    • 66:11 Corner taken by Konstantinos Charalambidis played to the near post.
    • 65:59 The ball is swung over by Konstantinos Charalambidis, clearance by Ashley Cole.
    • 64:55 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kamil Kosowski from the left by-line, save by Petr Cech.
    • 64:32 Inswinging corner taken by Konstantinos Charalambidis, clearance by Ricardo Carvalho.
    • 64:09 Savvas Poursaitides takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 62:50 The ball is swung over by Savvas Poursaitides, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
    • 62:22 Nenad Mirosavljevic fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Nuno Morais restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:54 Altin Haxhi delivers the ball.
    • 58:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juliano Belletti by Konstantinos Charalambidis. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Florent Malouda from right channel.
    • 57:02 Chryssis Michael takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:02 Substitution Kamil Kosowski replaces Nektarios Alexandrou.
    • 57:02 Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Nenad Mirosavljevic.
    • 56:48 The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda.
    • 55:31 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Konstantinos Charalambidis from the left by-line, Petr Cech makes a save.
    • 55:09 The ball is sent over by Nektarios Alexandrou, clearance made by Ashley Cole.
    • 54:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christos Kontis on Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:59 Konstantinos Charalambidis fouled by Florent Malouda, the ref awards a free kick. Savvas Poursaitides takes the direct free kick.
    • 51:23 Foul by Altin Haxhi on Juliano Belletti, free kick awarded. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
    • 49:32 Foul by Ricardo Carvalho on Nenad Mirosavljevic, free kick awarded. Chryssis Michael takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:37 The ball is swung over by Salomon Kalou, Christos Kontis gets a block in.
    • 46:54 A cross is delivered by Nicolas Anelka.
    • 45:52 Unfair challenge on Konstantinos Charalambidis by Florent Malouda results in a free kick. Savvas Poursaitides takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:15 Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:05 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 43:57 Corner taken left-footed by Nektarios Alexandrou, Christos Kontis has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
    • 43:08 Boban Grncarov takes the direct free kick.
    • 43:08 Booking Salomon Kalou goes into the book.
    • 43:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Helio Pinto by Salomon Kalou.
    • 41:35 Foul by Helio Pinto on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
    • 41:23 The ball is sent over by Michael Essien, clearance by Christos Kontis.
    • 40:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nektarios Alexandrou. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
    • 39:40 Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Boban Grncarov makes a clearance.
    • 34:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christos Kontis by Nicolas Anelka. Christos Kontis takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Boban Grncarov.
    • Correction - 31:20 Corner from right by-line taken by Nektarios Alexandrou.
    • 31:20 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Konstantinos Charalambidis.
    • 30:31 Foul by Michael Essien on Helio Pinto, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Konstantinos Charalambidis, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
    • 27:04 Florent Malouda has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
    • 26:34 Chryssis Michael produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Blocked by John Terry.
    • Correction - 25:51 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Konstantinos Charalambidis from the left by-line, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.
    • 25:51 Corner taken by Nektarios Alexandrou, clearance by Frank Lampard.
    • 25:37 The ball is delivered by Nektarios Alexandrou, blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 24:07 Nicolas Anelka challenges Savvas Poursaitides unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Savvas Poursaitides.
    • 23:49 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Christos Kontis gets a block in.
    • 22:35 Florent Malouda challenges Konstantinos Charalambidis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Savvas Poursaitides takes the free kick.
    • 20:03 Branislav Ivanovic delivers the ball, Header by Ashley Cole from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 19:55 A cross is delivered by Ashley Cole.
    • 19:12 Altin Haxhi sends in a cross, Konstantinos Charalambidis produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
    • Correction - 18:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Altin Haxhi by Juliano Belletti. Free kick taken by Altin Haxhi.
    • 18:55 Altin Haxhi fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Altin Haxhi.
    • 17:39 Assist by Juliano Belletti.
    • 17:39 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaApoel Nicosia 0 - 1 Chelsea Nicolas Anelka finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Apoel Nicosia 0-1 Chelsea.
    • 16:51 Centre by Nicolas Anelka, Chryssis Michael manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:47 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Salomon Kalou goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 14:03 Centre by Nicolas Anelka.
    • 13:16 Frank Lampard has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
    • 12:16 The assistant referee flags for offside against Helio Pinto. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 10:52 Foul by Konstantinos Charalambidis on Nicolas Anelka, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Branislav Ivanovic misses to the right of the goal.
    • 10:07 The assistant referee signals for offside against Frank Lampard. Free kick taken by Dionissis Chiotis.
    • 9:35 The offside flag is raised against Nenad Mirosavljevic. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
    • 8:25 Michael Essien has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 4:59 Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Savvas Poursaitides. Savvas Poursaitides takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:41 Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nenad Mirosavljevic. Nektarios Alexandrou takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on Nuno Morais. Nuno Morais takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:20 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard, Dionissis Chiotis fouled by John Terry, the ref awards a free kick. Dionissis Chiotis takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:09 Ashley Cole delivers the ball, clearance by Boban Grncarov.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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