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Chelsea   2 - 1   MSK Zilina

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Sturridge put in an impressive shift for Chelsea

By Mandeep Sanghera

Chelsea's youngsters helped them secure top spot in Group F as they came from a goal down to beat MSK Zilina.

Zilina took a shock lead when Babatounde Bello played a neat one-two with Robert Jez and poked in a shot.

But Chelsea's pressure told when Daniel Sturridge slotted in a Salomon Kalou cross at the far post.

Chelsea strived for a winner and, after Didier Drogba and Patrick van Aanholt were denied by the woodwork, Florent Malouda stole in to side-foot home.

Malouda's late strike should earn Chelsea some respite from their recent troubles on a night when the club's young players also gained vital experience in their development.

Sturridge was the most impressive of the five-strong contingent of promising prospects, while holding midfielder Josh McEachran belied his 17 years to, like Chelsea, grow into a game the home side ultimately dominated having only been sparked into life after going a goal down.

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The Blues had already secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League before the match but the game had taken on extra significance after the club's recent poor form, the ill-managed exit of assistant manager Ray Wilkins and question marks being raised over Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's future.

Having lost three out of four league games and in desperate need of a morale-boosting win, Ancelotti refused to let the strain on his side stop him from giving his up-and-coming brigade the chance to impress.

Chelsea's starting line-up averaged 24 years and 164 days, with McEachran, Jeffrey Bruma, 19, Van Aanholt, 20, Gael Kakuta, 19 and 21-year-old Sturridge thrust into the limelight.

Ancelotti disappointed with slow start

Initially, they failed to show the vibrancy their youthful years might have suggested and, after a sedate opening, Zilina shocked them by taking the lead.

Bello laid the ball off to Jez, received the return pass as he ran through the gap between centre-back Bruma and right-back Paulo Ferreira and stabbed in a shot past keeper Ross Turnbull.

The goal was only Zilina's second in the group phase of the competition this season, both coming against Chelsea, but it served to give Group F's whipping boys hope of an upset.

And they almost doubled their lead when Tomas Majtan was allowed to run at goal from the left before his angled shot was beaten away Turnbull.

However, Zilina had also conceded 15 goals in their four games going into the game at Stamford Bridge and they were left to rue that miss as Chelsea belatedly showed an increased intensity and urgency.

Sturridge was proving the home side's most likely source of an equaliser, although he wasted one chance when he shot wide instead of squaring the ball to the better-placed Drogba.

A curling 20-yard shot from Sturridge was also palmed away before Malouda failed to get enough purchase and direction on a near-post header as keeper Martin Dubravka saved.

The pressure from Chelsea was now piling on and eventually told when England Under-21 international Sturridge was rewarded for his anticipation as he side-footed in after a cross from half-time substitute Kalou was allowed to reach the far post.

Drogba sent a header straight at Dubravka and a 25-yard shot from Ramires swerved just the wrong side of the upright as Zilina's goal lived a charmed life.

And, it was only the woodwork which was coming to the visitors' rescue, with a Drogba free-kick being palmed on to post and Van Aanholt arrowing a sweetly struck strike against the post.

However, Chelsea's persistence paid off when Nicolas Anelka's cross was nodded down by Drogba and Malouda latched on to the knock-down by side-footing in a shot from point-blank range as the home side kept up their 100% record in this season's Champions League.

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-1 MSK Zilina FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Sturridge 51
  • Malouda 86
  • Babatounde 19

Chelsea

Substitutes

MSK Zilina

  • 30 Dubravka
  • 02 Angelovic
  • 03 Pecalka
  • 05 Guldan
  • 15 Piacek
  • 42 Gergel
  • 12 Jez
  • 44 Vladavic (Rilke 90)
  • 10 Majtan (Poliacek 85)
  • 14 Oravec (Ceesay 64)
  • 28 Babatounde

Substitutes

  • 22 Krnac,
  • 07 Leitner,
  • 21 Poliacek,
  • 23 Sourek,
  • 27 Zosak,
  • 09 Rilke,
  • 18 Ceesay
Ref: SchorgenhoferAtt: 40,266
CHELSEA
MSK ZILINA

Possession

  • Chelsea 67%
  • MSK Zilina 33%

Attempts on target

  • Chelsea 14
  • MSK Zilina 6

Attempts off target

  • Chelsea 14
  • MSK Zilina 0

Corners

  • Chelsea 12
  • MSK Zilina 1

Fouls

  • Chelsea 14
  • MSK Zilina 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:50 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+2:32 Bello Babatounde delivers the ball.
  • 90:00+1:02 Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 90:00+1:02 Substitution Jacob Mellis on for Joshua McEachran.
  • 90:00+1:02 Pavol Poliacek challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 90:00+0:11 Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Jozef Piacek.
  • 89:05 Substitution Emil Rilke replaces Admir Vladavic.
  • 87:52 The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save made by Martin Dubravka.
  • 87:09 Foul by Lubomir Guldan on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Didier Drogba shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 85:25 Assist on the goal came from Didier Drogba.
  • 85:25 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 2 - 1 MSK Zilina Florent Malouda fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-1 MSK Zilina.
  • 85:22 Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross,
  • 84:19 Substitution Pavol Poliacek on for Tomas Majtan.
  • 83:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stanislav Angelovic on Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Joshua McEachran.
  • 82:35 Effort from deep inside the area by Florent Malouda misses to the left of the goal.
  • 82:17 Momodou Ceesay challenges Paulo Ferreira unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paulo Ferreira takes the free kick.
  • 81:37 Patrick Van Aanholt delivers the ball, Header on goal by Didier Drogba from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 81:13 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, clearance made by Jozef Piacek.
  • 81:01 The ball is swung over by Patrick Van Aanholt, clearance by Jozef Piacek.
  • 80:52 Salomon Kalou delivers the ball.
  • 79:41 Free kick taken by Roman Gergel.
  • 79:41 Booking Ramires receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 79:35 Lubomir Guldan fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 79:17 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, save by Martin Dubravka.
  • 79:00 Robert Jez sends in a cross, save by Ross Turnbull.
  • 77:46 Unfair challenge on Lubomir Guldan by Florent Malouda results in a free kick. Robert Jez takes the free kick.
  • 74:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paulo Ferreira on Momodou Ceesay. Admir Vladavic shoots direct from the free kick, save by Ross Turnbull.
  • 74:24 Effort from inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the right of the goal.
  • 73:36 Substitution Nicolas Anelka on for Daniel Sturridge.
  • 72:59 Didier Drogba crosses the ball, clearance by Jozef Piacek.
  • 72:49 A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba, clearance by Lubomir Guldan.
  • 72:31 Ramires sends in a cross, Jozef Piacek makes a clearance.
  • 72:26 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, Mario Pecalka manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:15 Ramires produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 70:53 Shot from outside the penalty area by Patrick Van Aanholt hits the post.
  • 70:21 Roman Gergel sends in a cross.
  • 70:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Robert Jez. Jozef Piacek takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:26 Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 69:12 Paulo Ferreira sends in a cross, clearance by Stanislav Angelovic.
  • 68:16 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Mario Pecalka makes a clearance.
  • 66:07 Ramires takes a shot. Comfortable save by Martin Dubravka.
  • 65:59 A cross is delivered by Salomon Kalou.
  • 65:25 Salomon Kalou produces a cross, save by Martin Dubravka.
  • 64:45 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • Correction - 64:11 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Jez.
  • 64:11 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Jozef Piacek gets a block in.
  • 63:48 Substitution Momodou Ceesay on for Tomas Oravec.
  • 62:09 Tomas Oravec is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jeffrey Bruma.
  • 62:00 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Martin Dubravka.
  • 60:58 Foul by Joshua McEachran on Tomas Oravec, free kick awarded. Robert Jez crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • 60:35 The ball is crossed by Jeffrey Bruma, Header on goal by Branislav Ivanovic from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 59:36 Patrick Van Aanholt fouled by Stanislav Angelovic, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, save by Martin Dubravka.
  • 58:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Stanislav Angelovic. Free kick crossed by Robert Jez, save by Ross Turnbull.
  • Correction - 57:20 Salomon Kalou sends in a cross, clearance by Mario Pecalka.
  • 57:20 The ball is swung over by Salomon Kalou, Stanislav Angelovic makes a clearance.
  • 56:07 Foul by Admir Vladavic on Paulo Ferreira, free kick awarded. Paulo Ferreira takes the free kick.
  • 55:35 Shot from long range by Ramires misses to the right of the target.
  • 55:27 Daniel Sturridge sends in a cross, clearance by Jozef Piacek.
  • 54:52 Florent Malouda delivers the ball, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Martin Dubravka.
  • 52:24 Branislav Ivanovic delivers the ball.
  • 52:04 Inswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, clearance made by Mario Pecalka.
  • 51:33 Florent Malouda decides to take the corner short.
  • 50:17 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeChelsea 1 - 1 MSK Zilina Daniel Sturridge finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 MSK Zilina.
  • 49:13 Corner from the right by-line taken by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Tomas Majtan.
  • 49:00 Joshua McEachran delivers the ball, clearance by Roman Gergel.
  • 48:32 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 48:23 The ball is sent over by Paulo Ferreira, clearance made by Stanislav Angelovic.
  • 47:40 Joshua McEachran delivers the ball, Lubomir Guldan makes a clearance.
  • 47:05 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Clearance made by Robert Jez.
  • 46:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Roman Gergel. Direct free kick taken by Ramires.
  • 46:15 Shot from just outside the box by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the goal.
  • 46:04 Florent Malouda produces a cross, clearance made by Mario Pecalka.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Salomon Kalou on for Gael Kakuta.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:16 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 44:59 Tomas Majtan takes a shot. Ross Turnbull makes a comfortable save.
  • 44:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stanislav Angelovic by Florent Malouda. Stanislav Angelovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:06 The ball is swung over by Gael Kakuta, Jozef Piacek manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 41:21 Corner from the left by-line taken by Florent Malouda, Robert Jez manages to make a clearance.
  • 41:21 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, clearance by Tomas Majtan.
  • 41:02 Shot by Florent Malouda. Blocked by Jozef Piacek.
  • 40:19 Corner taken by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Mario Pecalka.
  • 39:16 Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 38:53 The ball is delivered by Paulo Ferreira, Lubomir Guldan makes a clearance.
  • 38:18 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Jozef Piacek.
  • 38:01 The ball is swung over by Patrick Van Aanholt, Robert Jez makes a clearance.
  • 37:22 Florent Malouda takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
  • 35:39 Didier Drogba produces a cross, Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Martin Dubravka.
  • 35:03 Gael Kakuta takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Roman Gergel makes a clearance.
  • 33:57 Didier Drogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Martin Dubravka.
  • 33:42 Florent Malouda delivers the ball, clearance made by Jozef Piacek.
  • 31:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Mario Pecalka. Martin Dubravka takes the free kick.
  • 31:19 Centre by Paulo Ferreira.
  • 30:58 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Martin Dubravka.
  • 30:16 Robert Jez takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 30:01 Tomas Majtan takes a shot. Save by Ross Turnbull.
  • 29:36 Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lubomir Guldan. Direct free kick taken by Mario Pecalka.
  • 29:05 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda.
  • 27:43 Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 27:28 Roman Gergel delivers the ball, Jeffrey Bruma makes a clearance.
  • 26:31 Jeffrey Bruma concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Oravec. Free kick crossed right-footed by Robert Jez, save made by Ross Turnbull.
  • 25:15 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Foul by Didier Drogba on Jozef Piacek, free kick awarded. Martin Dubravka restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:05 Patrick Van Aanholt sends in a cross.
  • 22:53 Branislav Ivanovic has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 22:36 Florent Malouda fouled by Lubomir Guldan, the ref awards a free kick. Florent Malouda takes the free kick.
  • 22:03 The ball is crossed by Tomas Majtan.
  • 21:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bello Babatounde by Florent Malouda. Stanislav Angelovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:01 Bello Babatounde takes a shot. Ross Turnbull makes a comfortable save.
  • 18:26 Assist on the goal came from Robert Jez.
  • 18:26 GOAL - Bello BabatoundeChelsea 0 - 1 MSK Zilina Bello Babatounde gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 MSK Zilina.
  • 17:13 Gael Kakuta crosses the ball.
  • 13:26 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, clearance by Lubomir Guldan.
  • 12:42 Patrick Van Aanholt crosses the ball.
  • 11:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Sturridge on Stanislav Angelovic. Martin Dubravka restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:25 Bello Babatounde takes a shot. Jeffrey Bruma gets a block in.
  • 6:12 Corner taken by Gael Kakuta from the right by-line to the near post.
  • 5:58 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Mario Pecalka.
  • 4:57 The ball is sent over by Tomas Majtan, save by Ross Turnbull.
  • 3:54 Unfair challenge on Tomas Oravec by Ramires results in a free kick. Bello Babatounde takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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