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FC Copenhagen   0 - 2   Chelsea

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka (left) powers in a shot to put Chelsea in front against Copenhagen
Anelka rewarded Chelsea's dominance with the opening goal

By Mandeep Sanghera

Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Carlo Ancelotti as they cruised to a win over Copenhagen in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

Nicolas Anelka seized on a misplaced pass from ex-Blues winger Jesper Gronkjaer to fire the visitors ahead.

The Premier League club added to their lead when Frank Lampard's reverse pass found Anelka and he drove in a second.

Ancelotti's men were dominant but £50m striker Fernando Torres could not register his first goal for the club.

It was all too easy for Chelsea as the lacklustre Danish champions looked every bit like a team that had not played a competitive game since 7 December because of their league's winter break.

With the visitors desperate to keep alive their Champions League hopes after being knocked out of the FA Cup last Saturday and their chances of defending their Premier League crown seemingly over, Copenhagen had a chance to add to Chelsea's misery.

Fernando Torres did not score but showed signs of returning to his best
Torres had his chances but a first Chelsea goal eluded him

Instead, a timid home side stood off their opponents and the Blues were too good not to take advantage and earn a commanding lead for the return leg at Stamford Bridge on 16 March.

Ancelotti paired Anelka with Torres in attack as Didier Drogba dropped to the bench and the duo, helped by some poor defending, responded with a performance of hunger and desire, which was also epitomised by their team-mates.

Anelka grabbed the glory with the goals but, if the finishing prowess of Torres had been as clinical as his partner's, the Spaniard would have scored his first goal for Chelsea since his January move from Liverpool.

However, while Anelka ruthlessly punished Gronkjaer by powering in a shot from just inside the edge of the area to put the Blues in front after 17 minutes, Torres failed to round off some of his pace and movement with a goal.

The Spanish forward's first real chance came when an off-target Ramires shot left him with a sight of goal but his first touch let him down and allowed Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland to fend away the danger.

Torres jinked his way into a promising opening as he produced the type of play which unnerves defenders, but his poked shot was again saved by Wiland.

A lunging Mathias Jorgensen tackle was next to foil Torres as Chelsea dominated proceedings but failed to add to their lead.

Copenhagen appeared to be fearful of the Blues and this was apparent when Anelka was allowed the time and space to turn and shoot at goal with his effort going high.

Visiting keeper Petr Cech was belatedly called into action when he had a Martin Vingaard long-range shot to save after the break.

The Danes had drawn against Barcelona at the Parken Stadium in the group stages earlier this season but could not rediscover the same sort of form as they looked a yard off the pace.

And Chelsea wrapped things up when Anelka again showed Torres how to finish with a first-time shot from Lampard's exquisite pass.

After a faltering season, it was a welcome win for Ancelotti's side and a surprisingly comfortable one given the fact Copenhagen had never before suffered defeat at home in the Champions League.

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
FC Copenhagen 0-2 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Anelka 17
    • Anelka 54

    FC Copenhagen

    • 21 Wiland
    • 02 Pospech yellow card
    • 15 Antonsson
    • 17 Wendt (Bengtsson 75)
    • 25 Jorgensen yellow card
    • 06 Claudemir
    • 08 Kvist
    • 10 Gronkjaer (Zohore 87)
    • 30 Bolanos
    • 11 Santin (Vingaard 46)
    • 14 Ndoye

    Substitutes

    • 01 Christensen,
    • 24 Hooiveld,
    • 03 Bengtsson,
    • 16 Kristensen,
    • 20 Vingaard,
    • 27 Delaney,
    • 18 Zohore

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Ref: KuipersAtt: 28,000
    FC COPENHAGEN
    CHELSEA

    Possession

    • FC Copenhagen 41%
    • Chelsea 59%

    Attempts on target

    • FC Copenhagen 7
    • Chelsea 10

    Attempts off target

    • FC Copenhagen 5
    • Chelsea 9

    Corners

    • FC Copenhagen 1
    • Chelsea 3

    Fouls

    • FC Copenhagen 13
    • Chelsea 8
    • Final Result
    • 93:54 The referee ends the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:33 Pierre Bengtsson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
    • 90:00+3:02 A cross is delivered by Martin Vingaard, save by Petr Cech.
    • 90:00+1:40 Substitution Fernando Torres goes off and Salomon Kalou comes on.
    • 90:00+0:27 Dame Ndoye takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 88:50 Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 87:36 Effort on goal by Michael Essien from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 85:49 Unfair challenge on Martin Vingaard by John Terry results in a free kick. Cristian Bolanos crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 85:49 Substitution Kenneth Zohore replaces Jesper Gronkjaer.
    • 85:49 Booking John Terry goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 85:18 Corner taken right-footed by Ramires.
    • Correction - 83:59 Substitution Yury Zhirkov is brought on as a substitute for Florent Malouda.
    • 83:59 Substitution Yury Zhirkov replaces Florent Malouda.
    • 83:57 Booking Booking for Florent Malouda.
    • 79:41 Domingues Claudemir takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 77:58 Pierre Bengtsson crosses the ball, save by Petr Cech.
    • 77:33 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Mathias Zanka Jorgensen.
    • 77:16 Martin Vingaard takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 75:19 Dame Ndoye produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 74:32 Substitution Pierre Bengtsson replaces Oscar Wendt.
    • 74:00 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Oscar Wendt makes a clearance.
    • 73:25 Foul by William Kvist on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:39 Substitution Didier Drogba replaces Nicolas Anelka.
    • 71:06 Zdenek Pospech takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.
    • 69:36 Foul by Zdenek Pospech on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick.
    • 69:36 Booking Zdenek Pospech receives a yellow card.
    • 69:11 Michael Essien fouled by Domingues Claudemir, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
    • 67:42 The offside flag is raised against Jesper Gronkjaer. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 66:35 Cristian Bolanos sends in a cross.
    • 66:27 Cristian Bolanos sends in a cross, John Terry makes a clearance.
    • 66:03 Centre by Ashley Cole.
    • 65:34 Foul by Domingues Claudemir on Jose Bosingwa, free kick awarded. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:20 Jose Bosingwa fouled by Jesper Gronkjaer, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
    • 62:53 Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Johan Wiland.
    • 61:58 The ball is crossed by Cristian Bolanos, clearance made by Jose Bosingwa.
    • 60:17 Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Johan Wiland.
    • 59:29 Dame Ndoye has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 58:02 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Johan Wiland makes a save.
    • 57:26 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 56:12 The ball is sent over by Zdenek Pospech, John Terry makes a clearance.
    • 55:32 Unfair challenge on Domingues Claudemir by Michael Essien results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by William Kvist.
    • 55:20 Ramires takes a shot. Blocked by Zdenek Pospech.
    • 54:32 Cristian Bolanos takes the inswinging corner, save by Petr Cech.
    • 53:04 Assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.
    • 53:04 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaFC Copenhagen 0 - 2 Chelsea A goal is scored by Nicolas Anelka from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. FC Copenhagen 0-2 Chelsea.
    • 52:18 Unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by Jesper Gronkjaer results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 50:56 Martin Vingaard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
    • 50:12 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Mathias Zanka Jorgensen.
    • 48:09 Martin Vingaard is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
    • 47:48 John Terry challenges Dame Ndoye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Domingues Claudemir restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:18 Martin Vingaard takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Martin Vingaard on for Cesar Santin.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:24 Dame Ndoye is adjudged to have handled the ball. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:25 Foul by Cesar Santin on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:26 Florent Malouda challenges Dame Ndoye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Zdenek Pospech.
    • 42:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by William Kvist on Frank Lampard. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:17 Cesar Santin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:36 The ball is crossed by Cristian Bolanos, save by Petr Cech.
    • 40:18 Centre by Jose Bosingwa, Header by Nicolas Anelka from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 38:26 Shot from deep inside the area by Nicolas Anelka clears the bar.
    • 37:14 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Mathias Zanka Jorgensen makes a clearance.
    • 35:52 Nicolas Anelka is caught offside. Oscar Wendt restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:21 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cristian Bolanos. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Oscar Wendt from right channel.
    • 34:21 Booking Fernando Torres is booked.
    • 33:26 The offside flag is raised against Ramires. Mikael Antonsson takes the free kick.
    • 31:24 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Johan Wiland.
    • 29:47 Nicolas Anelka produces a cross.
    • 26:35 The ball is delivered by Jesper Gronkjaer, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
    • 25:54 Unfair challenge on Domingues Claudemir by Frank Lampard results in a free kick. Mikael Antonsson takes the free kick.
    • 24:41 John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Cesar Santin. Free kick crossed left-footed by Oscar Wendt from right channel, Fernando Torres manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:18 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Header on goal by Nicolas Anelka from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 22:17 Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Oscar Wendt.
    • 21:02 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Johan Wiland.
    • 20:47 The ball is crossed by Zdenek Pospech, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
    • 20:19 The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka, clearance by Mikael Antonsson.
    • 18:49 The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, blocked by Zdenek Pospech.
    • 17:27 Shot by Domingues Claudemir from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 16:14 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaFC Copenhagen 0 - 1 Chelsea Goal scored by Nicolas Anelka from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. FC Copenhagen 0-1 Chelsea.
    • 15:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Dame Ndoye. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 13:43 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, Johan Wiland makes a comfortable save.
    • 12:41 Zdenek Pospech takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
    • 12:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Domingues Claudemir. Direct free kick taken by Domingues Claudemir.
    • 11:59 The offside flag is raised against Jose Bosingwa. Free kick taken by Johan Wiland.
    • 11:25 Corner taken by Florent Malouda, Dame Ndoye manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:00 Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Mikael Antonsson.
    • 10:41 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Mikael Antonsson gets a block in.
    • 9:57 Ashley Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Johan Wiland.
    • 8:21 Shot from outside the box by Cesar Santin goes wide right of the target.
    • 7:34 The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole.
    • 6:15 Mathias Zanka Jorgensen concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Frank Lampard crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Mikael Antonsson.
    • 6:15 Booking Mathias Zanka Jorgensen is shown a yellow card.
    • 5:19 Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mathias Zanka Jorgensen.
    • 4:26 Domingues Claudemir gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dame Ndoye on Frank Lampard. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:05 Frank Lampard has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
    • 3:00 Jose Bosingwa delivers the ball, Mikael Antonsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:42 Centre by Fernando Torres, Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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