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banner Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK
Chelsea seal easy passage
Gudjohnsen and Zola celebrate
Gudjohnsen claimed three goals in the tie
Levski Sofia 0-2 Chelsea (Agg 0-5)

Chelsea completed a comfortable stroll into the second round of the Uefa Cup with a second-leg win in Sofia.

First-half goals from John Terry and Eidur Gudjohnsen completed a 5-0 aggregate win for Claudio Ranieri's side.

In truth, Chelsea had won the tie at Stamford Bridge last week.

Gudjohnsen scored twice that night and his completion of an effective first-round hat-trick ensured a comprehensive performance by Chelsea.

Celestine Babayaro
Babayaro is sent crashing
An end-to-end opening saw Chelsea force six corners and, from one, Gudjohnsen saw a shot cleared off the line.

That was to prove crucial as Petit's deep cross from the right was nodded down by Melchiot, and Terry swept home his first goal of the season to effectively put the Blues into the second round of the competition.

The away goal silenced the home crowd and had Chelsea's 350 travelling fans celebrating.

Petit might have added another goal six minutes before the break but lost control in the six-yard box as the ball slipped away from him and behind for a goal kick.

Chelsea did score a second goal as the first half edged into injury time, and it was a brilliant solo effort by Gudjohnsen.


I hope we can go all the way in this competition - I want to win and so do my players
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri

Fed by Gallas, the Icelandic striker twisted and turned his way past two defenders before firing into the roof of the net.

Gudjohnsen, having played a key role in this tie, was given a rest after 54 minutes. He was replaced by Finnish striker Mikael Forssell.

Emmanuel Petit
Petit's cross led to Chelsea's opener

Then, with the result beyond doubt, boss Ranieri brought off Zola and sent on promising England under-18 striker Leon Knight after 59 minutes for his Chelsea debut.

The youngster almost made an instant impact, as within two minutes he sent in a teasing cross from the left which just eluded the lunging head of Forssell.

Levski wasted a good chance a minute later as Angelov pulled the ball back for Chilikov but he hooked over the bar.

There were then ironic cheers from the home fans as Telkiyski had a low shot on target from 25 yards which was comfortably saved by Ed de Goey after 65 minutes.

Desailly came to the rescue with a clearing header two minutes later to halt the danger from Telkiyski's right wing free kick as the Blues kept their clean sheet intact.

That was the icing on the cake for Ranieri, but the comfortable passage through was all he was truly worried about.

Levski Sofia: Petkov, Stankov, Biser Ivanov, Markov, Angelov, Telkiiski, Botelho, Topuzakov, Golovskoj, Pantelic, Chilikov. Subs: Ivankov, Trenchev, Genchev, Dragich, Stoilov, Tzvetino, Terziev.

Chelsea: de Goey, Terry, Desailly, Melchiot, Gallas, Babayaro, Lampard, Petit, Jokanovic, Zola, Gudjohnsen. Subs: Bosnich, Ferrer, Dalla Bona, Zenden, Aleksidze, Knight, Forssell.

Referee: Martin Ingvarsson (Sweden)

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"An assured performance from Chelsea"
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri
"My players played really well"
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