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Chelsea   2 - 0   Marseille

John Terry scores the opener for Chelsea
Captain John Terry shows a deft touch to open the scoring early on for Chelsea

By Mark Ashenden

Chelsea made it two wins from two in Champions League Group F despite a stuttering display against Marseille.

John Terry toe-poked an early opener from Gael Kakuta's corner and Nicolas Anelka's penalty doubled the lead after a debatable Stephane Mbia handball.

Chelsea sat back for much of the second half and Benoit Cheyrou, Brandao and Luco Gonzales went close for Marseille.

But the Blues could have extended their lead as the woodwork stopped an Alex free-kick and late Michael Essien shot.

Following defeats by Newcastle and Manchester City, Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti had demanded a "good result" as the Blues looked to maintain the lead in Group F

And the Italian was rarely let down by a team missing the injured Frank Lampard and suspended Didier Drogba with a victory earned in the opening 45 minutes and thanks to a small dose of luck as his side followed up the 4-1 win at MSK Zilina two weeks ago.

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Kakuta, given the nod over Daniel Sturridge, was handed duties to support Anelka and Florent Malouda in attack and there were only seven minutes on the clock when the left foot of the 19-year-old produced the goods.

The French star curled in a corner from the left and with the ball falling low to Terry's toes, the skipper flicked the ball home from a tight angle.

It was a sweet finish by the England centre-half, known more for his headed goals, but Marseille boss Didier Deschamps, facing his old club, will not be happy with the efforts of Cheyrou who allowed the ball to creep in at the post he was protecting.

Apart from a deflected shot by Gonzales, the French champions were comfortable in possession but offered little going forward in the first half.

Malouda pulled all the strings from the middle with his forceful runs regularly producing panic in Marseille's defence and two early stinging shots came close to bringing reward.

The Blues continued to dominate but they were handed two warnings in quick succession when a Cheyrou corner caused mayhem in the box, followed by the same man blasting over.

Just before the half-hour mark Ancelotti's team gave themselves some breathing space after a hotly disputed decision by referee Frank de Bleeckere.

Essien was in bags of space on the right as he whipped in a cross and as the ball careered into the arms of Mbia, the Belgian official swiftly pointed at the spot.

Anelka took only two steps before calmly slotting the ball past the motionless keeper Steve Mandanda to notch his club's 31st goal in only 10 games.

The comfort enjoyed by the hosts in the opening half was strangely replaced by edginess and errant passing as Brandao and Gonzales came close with powerful shots from distance.

The wake-up call was duly heard and, following a foul on Essien, there seemed little danger from 35 yards before Alex stepped up to clatter the right upright with a thunderous free-kick.

As Chelsea pushed for a third goal to settle their nervy second-half display, the woodwork denied them again as Essien's shot flew off the left post.

Still Chelsea's luck held out as Gabriel Heinze came within a whisker of latching on to a Gonzales free-kick before the ball fell kindly into the arms of Petr Cech.

Ancelotti's men held on though with the final few minutes seeing substitute Sturridge failing to convert an Ashley Cole cross and the introduction of 17-year-old Josh McEachran.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-0 Marseille FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Terry 7
  • Anelka (pen) 28

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Marseille

    • 30 Mandanda
    • 19 Heinze yellow card
    • 21 Diawara
    • 06 Edouard Cisse
    • 07 Cheyrou (Ayew 59)
    • 08 Gonzalez
    • 12 Kabore
    • 17 M'bia yellow card
    • 09 Brandao
    • 10 Gignac (Valbuena 59)
    • 11 Remy

    Substitutes

    • 16 Andrade,
    • 02 Azpilicueta,
    • 03 Taiwo,
    • 05 Hilton,
    • 18 Abriel,
    • 28 Valbuena,
    • 20 Ayew
    Ref: F De BleeckereAtt: 40,675
    CHELSEA
    MARSEILLE

    Possession

    • Chelsea 50%
    • Marseille 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 2
    • Marseille 4

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 10
    • Marseille 9

    Corners

    • Chelsea 2
    • Marseille 2

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 14
    • Marseille 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:07 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+1:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joshua McEachran by Evanilson Brandao. John Terry takes the indirect free kick.
    • 90:00+1:11 Effort from just outside the box by Lucho Gonzalez goes over the bar.
    • 89:37 Michael Essien produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
    • 88:37 Centre by Loic Remy.
    • 87:50 Substitution Mikel leaves the field to be replaced by Joshua McEachran.
    • 87:24 The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole, Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 85:23 Mathieu Valbuena takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
    • 84:18 Shot from just outside the box by Mathieu Valbuena goes over the crossbar.
    • 82:36 Effort from just outside the box by Edouard Cisse goes over the bar.
    • 81:55 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mathieu Valbuena, Ramires manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:55 Booking The referee shows Mikel a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:45 Mikel challenges Lucho Gonzalez unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 80:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane M'bia Etoundi by Daniel Sturridge. Free kick taken by Stephane M'bia Etoundi.
    • 79:44 The ball is sent over by Gabriel Heinze.
    • 78:28 Loic Remy fouled by John Terry, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lucho Gonzalez from right channel, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 78:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on Edouard Cisse. Indirect free kick taken by Edouard Cisse.
    • 77:57 A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Steve Mandanda makes a comfortable save.
    • 77:41 Andre Ayew takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 76:59 Shot by Florent Malouda from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 75:26 Foul by Mikel on Lucho Gonzalez, free kick awarded. Lucho Gonzalez takes the indirect free kick.
    • Correction - 74:46 Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty area hitting the post.
    • 74:46 Florent Malouda produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
    • 71:59 Substitution Yuri Zhirkov goes off and Daniel Sturridge comes on.
    • 70:14 The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole.
    • 67:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Mathieu Valbuena. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 66:55 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Mandanda.
    • 65:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Andre Ayew. Strike on goal comes in from Alex from the free kick.
    • 65:15 Andre Ayew challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic takes the indirect free kick.
    • 64:11 Lucho Gonzalez sends in a cross, clearance made by John Terry.
    • 63:05 Shot from just outside the box by Gabriel Heinze goes over the bar.
    • Correction - 62:49 The ball is delivered by Mathieu Valbuena, Alex manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:49 The ball is delivered by Mathieu Valbuena, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.
    • 61:44 Corner from the left by-line taken by Mathieu Valbuena, Alex makes a clearance.
    • 61:35 Souleymane Diawara produces a cross, blocked by John Terry.
    • 60:49 Substitution Gael Kakuta goes off and Ramires comes on.
    • 58:00 Indirect free kick taken by Steve Mandanda.
    • 58:00 Substitution Mathieu Valbuena is brought on as a substitute for Andre Pierre Gignac.
    • 58:00 Substitution (Marseille) makes a substitution, with Andre Ayew coming on for Benoit Cheyrou.
    • 58:00 The assistant referee flags for offside against Florent Malouda.
    • 57:34 Evanilson Brandao takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
    • 57:20 Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Lucho Gonzalez. Benoit Cheyrou takes the indirect free kick.
    • 57:09 The ball is sent over by Yuri Zhirkov, Stephane M'bia Etoundi makes a clearance.
    • 53:46 Evanilson Brandao delivers the ball.
    • 52:41 Benoit Cheyrou delivers the ball, save by Petr Cech.
    • 52:24 Charles Kabore sends in a cross.
    • 51:36 Evanilson Brandao sends in a cross, Petr Cech makes a save.
    • 51:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Evanilson Brandao by Michael Essien. Benoit Cheyrou restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Benoit Cheyrou on Michael Essien. Free kick taken by Alex.
    • 49:52 The ball is sent over by Loic Remy.
    • 49:05 Shot by Mikel from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 48:22 Gabriel Heinze takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
    • 47:53 Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Lucho Gonzalez. Lucho Gonzalez restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:42 Florent Malouda challenges Gabriel Heinze unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephane M'bia Etoundi takes the indirect free kick.
    • 47:04 Unfair challenge on Benoit Cheyrou by Ashley Cole results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Benoit Cheyrou, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 45:34 Gael Kakuta challenges Evanilson Brandao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lucho Gonzalez, save by Petr Cech.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:12 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+0:54 Effort from just outside the area by Florent Malouda goes over the bar.
    • 44:03 The official flags Ashley Cole offside. Steve Mandanda restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:33 Effort from outside the penalty box by Benoit Cheyrou goes wide right of the goal.
    • 41:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Edouard Cisse on Ashley Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
    • 40:30 Foul by Andre Pierre Gignac on John Terry, free kick awarded. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
    • 39:28 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Nicolas Anelka misses to the left of the target.
    • 38:00 Evanilson Brandao challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the indirect free kick.
    • 37:05 Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane M'bia Etoundi. Indirect free kick taken by Stephane M'bia Etoundi.
    • 34:55 Effort on goal by Benoit Cheyrou from long range goes over the crossbar.
    • 33:11 Florent Malouda is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Souleymane Diawara takes the indirect free kick.
    • 32:53 Gabriel Heinze is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 31:55 The assistant referee signals for offside against Florent Malouda. Indirect free kick taken by Souleymane Diawara.
    • 29:43 The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole.
    • 28:47 The official flags Michael Essien offside. Stephane M'bia Etoundi takes the indirect free kick.
    • 27:50 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaChelsea 2 - 0 Marseille Nicolas Anelka scores a placed penalty. Chelsea 2-0 Marseille.
    • 27:32 Booking Gabriel Heinze booked for dissent.
    • 26:33 Booking Stephane M'bia Etoundi receives a caution.
    • 26:27 Michael Essien sends in a cross, The referee gives a against Stephane M'bia Etoundi for handball.
    • 25:40 Shot from just outside the box by Benoit Cheyrou goes over the crossbar.
    • 24:44 Florent Malouda crosses the ball.
    • 22:56 Corner taken left-footed by Benoit Cheyrou, Stephane M'bia Etoundi concedes a free kick for a foul on Petr Cech. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 22:47 A cross is delivered by Loic Remy, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:22 Loic Remy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Indirect free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
    • 19:40 Foul by Florent Malouda on Charles Kabore, free kick awarded. Souleymane Diawara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:00 Effort from just outside the area by Benoit Cheyrou goes over the target.
    • 17:39 The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole, clearance made by Edouard Cisse.
    • 17:04 Florent Malouda sends in a cross, clearance by Souleymane Diawara.
    • 14:55 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Steve Mandanda.
    • 13:08 Shot from deep inside the area by Florent Malouda goes over the bar.
    • 12:21 Loic Remy concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Ashley Cole takes the indirect free kick.
    • 11:50 The offside flag is raised against Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Souleymane Diawara.
    • 9:37 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Florent Malouda.
    • 6:55 Gael Kakuta provided the assist for the goal.
    • 6:55 GOAL - John TerryChelsea 1 - 0 Marseille John Terry scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Marseille.
    • 6:41 Inswinging corner taken by Gael Kakuta,
    • 6:23 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Mandanda.
    • 5:59 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Stephane M'bia Etoundi.
    • 4:21 Benoit Cheyrou produces a cross.
    • 3:20 Alex concedes a free kick for a foul on Loic Remy. Lucho Gonzalez delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Alex makes a clearance.
    • 2:10 Charles Kabore produces a cross, Shot by Lucho Gonzalez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 1:15 The ball is crossed by Benoit Cheyrou, Petr Cech makes a save.
    • Correction - 0:42 Branislav Ivanovic is caught offside. Free kick taken by Gabriel Heinze.
    • 0:42 The official flags Branislav Ivanovic offside. Free kick taken by Gabriel Heinze.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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