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Atletico Madrid   2 - 2   Chelsea

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
Drogba scored on his return to Champions League action

By Mandeep Sanghera

Didier Drogba struck twice to earn Chelsea a draw at Atletico Madrid and seal their progress from the Champions League group stages.

A thunderous Sergio Aguero volley had put the home side ahead before Drogba rose highest to head in an equaliser from a Florent Malouda cross.

Drogba then sidefooted in at the second attempt, after his first shot had been saved, to put Chelsea in front.

But Aguero curled in a late 25-yard free-kick to deny the Blues victory.

Drogba was back after a three-game European ban after his wild antics following the semi-final defeat to Barcelona in last year's competition.

And his goals showed him at his powerful and clinical best but glossed over a Chelsea display which had rarely shown the kind of edge and authority which has seen them win their last four games on the bounce and score 17 goals in the process.

Atletico have had a change of manager since Chelsea beat them 4-0 two weeks ago and new coach Quique Sanchez Flores wanted the Spanish team to show a more positive intent.

Ahead of the game he had claimed Atletico had more to gain than to lose, having yet to pick up a point, and the home side - backed by a fervent Vicente Calderon crowd - showed the type of urgency and desire they have lacked too often during a poor season.

Chelsea, though, soaked up the early pressure before almost catching Atletico out at the other end.

Michael Essien's determination on the edge of the home side's area saw the ball break for Drogba and he instantly swivelled and struck an angled shot which went just wide.

But former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes, given a rare start by Atletico, had one shimmy and left-foot curler tipped over by keeper Petr Cech.

Chelsea were relying on catching out their opponents on the counter-attack and almost did so when Salomon Kalou steered a header from an Ashley Cole cross just over the bar.

Frank Lampard powered a shot wide, while a Drogba free-kick was also palmed on to the post and clear of danger by keeper Sergio Asenjo.

However, Chelsea - in contrast to Atletico - were waiting for things to happen rather than taking the initiative.

Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero celebrates his first in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea
Aguero made a major impact after coming on for Atletico

They were eventually punished as they conceded their first goal in the Champions League this season - Atletico's first of their campaign in Europe.

John Terry inadvertently flicked on a cross and Atletico substitute Aguero sent a volley flying past a helpless Cech.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti had rested regular first-team players Nicolas Anelka and Deco as well as Michael Ballack with a game against Manchester United coming upon Sunday.

But he was forced to bring the trio on as he tried to get his team back into the game.

Deco sent a volley narrowly wide before the substitutions worked as Drogba nodded in from six yards.

The Ivory Coast international striker then left two defenders in his wake to break clean through on goal and, despite his first shot being saved, he made no mistake from the follow-up to take his tally to 12 goals for the season.

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However, Atletico maintained their record of not losing at home this season when the hightly-rated Aguero curled in a superb free-kick to earn a deserved draw.

Nevertheless, with 10 points from their first four Group D games, Chelsea's progress into the first knockout round of the Champions League was assured.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Atletico Madrid 2-2 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Aguero 66
  • Aguero 90+1
  • Drogba 82
  • Drogba 88

Atletico Madrid

  • 01 Sergio Asenjo
  • 03 Antonio Lopez
  • 16 Juanito
  • 21 Perea
  • 22 Pablo
  • 12 Paulo Assuncao yellow card
  • 20 Simao (Jurado 84)
  • 23 Cleber Santana
  • 07 Forlan
  • 14 Sinama Pongolle (Aguero 53)
  • 19 Reyes yellow card (Maxi 72)

Substitutes

  • 43 De Gea,
  • 17 Ujfalusi,
  • 18 Dominguez,
  • 08 Raul Garcia,
  • 11 Maxi,
  • 09 Jurado,
  • 10 Aguero

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: KuipersAtt: 45,000
ATLETICO MADRID
CHELSEA

Possession

  • Atletico Madrid 55%
  • Chelsea 45%

Attempts on target

  • Atletico Madrid 4
  • Chelsea 5

Attempts off target

  • Atletico Madrid 9
  • Chelsea 7

Corners

  • Atletico Madrid 6
  • Chelsea 4

Fouls

  • Atletico Madrid 11
  • Chelsea 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:19 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+2:59 Didier Drogba takes a shot.
  • 90:00+1:26 Foul by Silva Paulo Assuncao on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Ballack.
  • 90:00+1:15 John Terry crosses the ball, Ibanez Pablo manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:19 GOAL - Sergio AgueroAtletico Madrid 2 - 2 Chelsea Sergio Aguero grabs a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Atletico Madrid 2-2 Chelsea.
  • 89:18 Sergio Aguero fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 87:54 GOAL - Didier DrogbaAtletico Madrid 1 - 2 Chelsea Didier Drogba gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea.
  • Correction - 87:39 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Andres Sergio Asenjo makes a save.
  • 87:39 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Andres Sergio Asenjo.
  • 86:30 Luis Amaranto Perea takes the free kick.
  • 86:30 Booking Caution for John Terry.
  • 86:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Sergio Aguero.
  • 84:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Juliano Belletti on Guerrero Antonio Lopez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jose Manuel Jurado from left wing, save by Petr Cech.
  • 83:43 Substitution Jose Manuel Jurado comes on in place of Sabrosa Simao.
  • 83:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero by Frank Lampard. Direct free kick taken by Guerrero Antonio Lopez.
  • 81:30 The assist for the goal came from Florent Malouda.
  • 81:30 GOAL - Didier DrogbaAtletico Madrid 1 - 1 Chelsea Didier Drogba finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Atletico Madrid 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 81:09 Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Sabrosa Simao makes a clearance.
  • 79:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Cole on Luis Amaranto Perea. Luis Amaranto Perea takes the free kick.
  • 77:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sabrosa Simao by Juliano Belletti. Sabrosa Simao delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 75:46 Deco produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 72:56 Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • Correction - 71:29 Substitution (Atletico Madrid) makes a substitution, with Rodriguez Maxi coming on for Jose Antonio Reyes.
  • 71:29 Substitution Rodriguez Maxi replaces Sabrosa Simao.
  • 69:40 Substitution Deco joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Cole.
  • 69:24 Substitution Nicolas Anelka replaces Salomon Kalou.
  • 68:50 Corner taken by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Ibanez Pablo.
  • 65:53 GOAL - Sergio AgueroAtletico Madrid 1 - 0 Chelsea Sergio Aguero finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Atletico Madrid 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 65:22 Shot by Didier Drogba from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 62:41 John Terry challenges Sergio Aguero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Jose Antonio Reyes from the free kick, save by Petr Cech.
  • 60:30 Diego Forlan fouled by Alex, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Sabrosa Simao from the free kick, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
  • 59:29 Shot by Didier Drogba from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 58:48 Substitution Michael Ballack is brought on as a substitute for Michael Essien.
  • 56:34 Frank Lampard fouled by Luis Amaranto Perea, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Frank Lampard.
  • 53:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Sabrosa Simao. Juliano Belletti takes the free kick.
  • 52:38 Substitution Florent Sinama Pongolle leaves the field to be replaced by Sergio Aguero.
  • 51:04 Joe Cole fouled by Ibanez Pablo, the ref awards a free kick. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:38 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line.
  • Correction - 49:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ibanez Pablo on Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Andres Sergio Asenjo.
  • 49:19 Didier Drogba fouled by Ibanez Pablo, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.
  • 48:55 Luis Amaranto Perea challenges Frank Lampard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
  • 47:06 Corner taken by Sabrosa Simao, Loureiro Cleber Santana has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
  • 46:31 Michael Essien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sabrosa Simao. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sabrosa Simao from left channel, clearance made by Michael Essien.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:05 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+0:18 Shot from just outside the box by Jose Antonio Reyes goes over the bar.
  • 45:00+0:04 Corner from the right by-line taken by Sabrosa Simao, Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 44:21 Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Diego Forlan. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sabrosa Simao from right channel, clearance by Juliano Belletti.
  • 43:46 Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
  • 42:56 Corner taken by Sabrosa Simao from the left by-line, clearance by Didier Drogba.
  • 42:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Florent Sinama Pongolle. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jose Antonio Reyes, clearance by Didier Drogba.
  • 42:03 Salomon Kalou is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andres Sergio Asenjo takes the indirect free kick.
  • 40:30 Loureiro Cleber Santana has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 39:12 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sabrosa Simao, John Terry makes a clearance.
  • 36:51 Loureiro Cleber Santana has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 36:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Silva Paulo Assuncao. Luis Amaranto Perea takes the direct free kick.
  • 34:16 Juliano Belletti fouled by Sabrosa Simao, the ref awards a free kick. Juliano Belletti restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:16 Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:16 Booking Silva Paulo Assuncao goes into the referee's book.
  • 32:06 Silva Paulo Assuncao challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 31:37 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Salomon Kalou misses to the right of the target.
  • 30:10 Diego Forlan takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
  • 28:13 Sabrosa Simao has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 25:56 Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 25:56 Booking Booking for Jose Antonio Reyes.
  • 25:47 Ashley Cole fouled by Jose Antonio Reyes, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 20:41 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sabrosa Simao from the left by-line.
  • 20:09 Jose Antonio Reyes takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 18:32 Frank Lampard decides to take a short corner.
  • 17:50 Foul by Luis Amaranto Perea on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Frank Lampard from left wing, Ibanez Pablo manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:10 Ibanez Pablo takes the free kick.
  • 16:10 Booking Michael Essien is booked.
  • 15:56 Michael Essien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Antonio Reyes.
  • 14:37 The ball is delivered by Juliano Belletti, save made by Andres Sergio Asenjo.
  • 14:03 The ball is crossed by Frank Lampard.
  • 12:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Silva Paulo Assuncao. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.
  • 11:13 The offside flag is raised against Salomon Kalou. Andres Sergio Asenjo takes the indirect free kick.
  • 9:17 Foul by Frank Lampard on Sabrosa Simao, free kick awarded. Sabrosa Simao takes the direct free kick.
  • 8:12 Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 5:13 The referee blows for offside against Didier Drogba. Andres Sergio Asenjo restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 4:37 Diego Forlan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 4:37 Diego Forlan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
  • 4:12 Michael Essien sends in a cross, save made by Andres Sergio Asenjo.
  • 3:25 Jose Antonio Reyes has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 3:09 Short corner taken by Sabrosa Simao from the left by-line.
  • 2:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Amaranto Perea by John Terry. Sabrosa Simao delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Didier Drogba.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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