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Chelsea   0 - 0   FC Copenhagen (agg 2 - 0)

Didier Drogba
Chelsea forward Drogba had a frustrating game as he failed to score

By Mandeep Sanghera

Chelsea cruised through to the last eight of the Champions League for the sixth time in eight seasons despite being held at home by Copenhagen.

Yuri Zhirkov shot wide and Nicolas Anelka had an effort saved as Chelsea failed to add to a 2-0 first-leg lead.

The home side were give a scare when Dame N'Doye's free-kick hit the post.

The chances flowed for Chelsea but Jon Mikel Obi's header hit the Copenhagen crossbar and substitute Fernando Torres had a shot deflected wide.

Torres, who came on after 68 minutes, also burst past a defender before having a poked effort saved as he went six outings without scoring for Chelsea since his £50m January move from Liverpool.

A goal was all a Chelsea side, with the striking riches of Anelka and Didier Drogba also in their ranks, lacked on a night when they showed some glimpses of eye-catching football.

It was the type of performance which gives notice they are almost back to the kind of form which helped them to a domestic double of league and FA Cup last season.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has a shot saved by Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland
Torres has yet to score for Chelsea in six appearances

Apart from N'Doye's rare chance for the visitors, an upset never appeared on the cards for a Chelsea side who have now lost only once at home in 26 Champions League games.

Instead, with the home side in such a commanding position from the first leg, the spotlight of match threatened to fall on whether Torres could break his goalscoring duck.

But Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti resisted placing such a focus on the Spaniard as he started with him on the bench, although Torres must have been looking on longingly as Chelsea relished their two-goal cushion by playing with freedom and fluency.

The roving runs of left-back Ashley Cole were an early feature of the Stamford Bridge side's play and he firstly laid the ball across for Frank Lampard to shoot wide before finding the side-netting with an angled shot after two well-worked moves.

Anelka was wrongly ruled offside when a simple pass for Lampard to tap in awaited, before Drogba's backheel and Cole's lay-off gave Zhirkov a strike at goal which the Russian sent just wide.

Copenhagen's tactics of playing a high defensive line left them open to pacy attacks but, even though Chelsea produced some quickfire moves, they lacked a clinical finish.

A raking Ramires crossfield ball found Zhirkov and he slipped a ball into Anelka, whose sidefoot was just about saved by Johan Wiland as the Blues again failed to capitalise.

Copenhagen almost punished Chelsea's profligacy when N'Doye wrong-footed Blues keeper Petr Cech with a 20-yard free-kick only to be denied by the post with an effort nearly as striking as the visitors' pink shirts.

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The Danish champions, supported by their raucous and rocking fans, took some encouragement from the effort but Chelsea continued to create without applying the finishing touch.

Zhirkov shot wide again after Anelka's low cross before an inviting Jose Bosingwa cross was sidefooted horribly wide by Drogba in another a gilt-edged opening.

Mikel's header struck the Copenhagen crossbar and, while it was easy to enjoy Chelsea's football, there was also a feeling of exasperation at their failure to take advantage.

However, it was a night when they completed their job of Champions League progression with control and confidence ahead of the draw for the quarter-finals on Friday.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 0-0 FC Copenhagen FT
(HT 0-0)(agg 2-0)

      Chelsea

      Substitutes

      FC Copenhagen

      • 21 Wiland
      • 15 Antonsson
      • 17 Wendt
      • 25 Jorgensen
      • 03 Bengtsson (Zohore 61)
      • 06 Claudemir yellow card
      • 08 Kvist
      • 10 Gronkjaer
      • 20 Vingaard (Santin 74)
      • 30 Bolanos yellow card (Kristensen 89)
      • 14 Ndoye

      Substitutes

      • 01 Christensen,
      • 24 Hooiveld,
      • 07 Martin Bergvold,
      • 16 Kristensen,
      • 27 Delaney,
      • 11 Santin,
      • 18 Zohore
      Ref: Oddvar MoenAtt: 36,454
      CHELSEA
      FC COPENHAGEN

      Possession

      • Chelsea 51%
      • FC Copenhagen 49%

      Attempts on target

      • Chelsea 12
      • FC Copenhagen 2

      Attempts off target

      • Chelsea 16
      • FC Copenhagen 5

      Corners

      • Chelsea 11
      • FC Copenhagen 3

      Fouls

      • Chelsea 15
      • FC Copenhagen 11
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:10 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
      • 90:00+2:28 Michael Essien has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
      • 90:00+1:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on Cesar Santin. Direct free kick taken by Domingues Claudemir.
      • 90:00+1:01 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda.
      • 90:00+0:32 Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Dame Ndoye. Free kick taken by Dame Ndoye.
      • 88:54 Substitution Thomas Kristensen on for Cristian Bolanos.
      • Correction - 88:38 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Michael Essien misses to the left of the target.
      • 88:38 Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Johan Wiland.
      • 87:38 Long range effort by Didier Drogba goes wide right of the target.
      • 86:07 Cesar Santin has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
      • 84:29 Jose Bosingwa has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
      • 83:41 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba from the right by-line to the near post.
      • 83:14 Outswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line played to the near post, Dame Ndoye manages to make a clearance.
      • 83:00 Substitution Michael Essien on for Mikel.
      • 80:59 Corner taken by Didier Drogba.
      • 80:18 Booking Cristian Bolanos receives a yellow card.
      • 79:12 Mathias Zanka Jorgensen concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Johan Wiland.
      • 78:41 Dame Ndoye takes a shot.
      • 77:44 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda, John Terry produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
      • 76:58 Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cesar Santin. Domingues Claudemir takes the direct free kick.
      • 76:18 Effort on goal by Dame Ndoye from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
      • 75:19 The referee blows for offside against Fernando Torres. Johan Wiland restarts play with the free kick.
      • 74:39 Substitution Florent Malouda comes on in place of Yury Zhirkov.
      • 74:04 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Johan Wiland.
      • 73:08 Substitution Martin Vingaard goes off and Cesar Santin comes on.
      • 69:09 Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
      • 68:51 Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard.
      • 68:40 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Mathias Zanka Jorgensen gets a block in.
      • 66:45 Ramires fouled by Domingues Claudemir, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
      • 66:45 Substitution Fernando Torres comes on in place of Nicolas Anelka.
      • 66:45 Booking Domingues Claudemir goes into the referee's book.
      • 65:42 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
      • 65:25 Martin Vingaard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yury Zhirkov. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
      • 64:34 Centre by Frank Lampard.
      • 63:09 Dame Ndoye produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 61:55 Dame Ndoye takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
      • 60:06 Substitution Kenneth Zohore comes on in place of Pierre Bengtsson.
      • 59:19 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Johan Wiland.
      • 58:40 Shot from just outside the box by Ramires misses to the right of the goal.
      • 58:12 Corner taken by Yury Zhirkov.
      • 55:53 The referee gives a free kick against Jesper Gronkjaer for handball. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
      • 54:38 Effort on goal by Ramires from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
      • 54:10 Dame Ndoye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ramires. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
      • 53:13 Foul by Didier Drogba on Martin Vingaard, free kick awarded. Domingues Claudemir takes the free kick.
      • 53:13 Booking The referee cautions Didier Drogba for unsporting behaviour.
      • 52:54 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Mikael Antonsson gets a block in.
      • 50:33 Mikel takes a shot.
      • 50:07 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard.
      • 49:57 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Pierre Bengtsson gets a block in.
      • 49:33 Ramires takes a shot. Save by Johan Wiland.
      • 48:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on Mathias Zanka Jorgensen. Johan Wiland takes the free kick.
      • 47:20 Effort from inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the left of the goal.
      • 45:25 The referee blows for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Domingues Claudemir.
      • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:13 The referee calls an end to the first half.
      • 44:51 Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Domingues Claudemir. Direct free kick taken by Mathias Zanka Jorgensen.
      • 44:37 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Johan Wiland makes a save.
      • 43:40 Unfair challenge on Dame Ndoye by Mikel results in a free kick. Martin Vingaard restarts play with the free kick.
      • 41:36 Didier Drogba produces a cross.
      • 39:20 The official flags Didier Drogba offside. Johan Wiland takes the indirect free kick.
      • 38:34 Centre by Nicolas Anelka, save by Johan Wiland.
      • 37:58 Ramires challenges Jesper Gronkjaer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Vingaard takes the direct free kick.
      • 37:30 Yury Zhirkov challenges Martin Vingaard unfairly and gives away a free kick. William Kvist restarts play with the free kick.
      • 32:56 Didier Drogba challenges William Kvist unfairly and gives away a free kick. William Kvist takes the free kick.
      • 32:31 Yury Zhirkov has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
      • 31:18 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Yury Zhirkov.
      • 31:07 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Blocked by William Kvist.
      • 29:14 Jesper Gronkjaer delivers the ball, clearance by John Terry.
      • 28:20 Foul by Dame Ndoye on Mikel, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.
      • 25:49 Corner taken left-footed by Pierre Bengtsson from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Petr Cech by Dame Ndoye results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
      • 25:30 Pierre Bengtsson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Didier Drogba.
      • 24:12 John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Dame Ndoye. Dame Ndoye produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
      • 23:46 The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Johan Wiland restarts play with the free kick.
      • 22:52 Dame Ndoye concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
      • 21:10 Didier Drogba takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 20:20 Corner taken by Frank Lampard played to the near post, Oscar Wendt makes a clearance.
      • 20:05 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Johan Wiland.
      • 19:50 The ball is crossed by Oscar Wendt, save made by Petr Cech.
      • 18:15 Unfair challenge on Cristian Bolanos by Mikel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Domingues Claudemir.
      • 17:35 Effort from deep inside the area by Yury Zhirkov misses to the right of the target.
      • 16:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Jesper Gronkjaer. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
      • 16:19 Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside. Johan Wiland takes the indirect free kick.
      • 15:17 Yury Zhirkov concedes a free kick for a foul on Cristian Bolanos. Domingues Claudemir takes the direct free kick.
      • 14:53 The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Johan Wiland takes the indirect free kick.
      • 14:39 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Mikael Antonsson gets a block in.
      • 13:57 The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Johan Wiland takes the indirect free kick.
      • 10:01 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Johan Wiland.
      • 8:24 Corner taken by Pierre Bengtsson from the right by-line, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.
      • 7:44 Ashley Cole has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
      • 6:00 Jose Bosingwa challenges Martin Vingaard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Martin Vingaard.
      • 5:13 The official flags Jesper Gronkjaer offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
      • 4:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mathias Zanka Jorgensen by Mikel. Mathias Zanka Jorgensen takes the direct free kick.
      • 4:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Mathias Zanka Jorgensen. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
      • 2:32 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 1:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jesper Gronkjaer on Jose Bosingwa. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
      • 0:45 The official flags Jose Bosingwa offside. Johan Wiland restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:13 Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Jesper Gronkjaer results in a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
      • 0:00 The match begins.

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