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Crespo kickstarts Chelsea charge

Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.28CET
S.S. Lazio 0-4 Chelsea FC Hernán Crespo scores against his old club as Chelsea climb clear.

Match statistics

LazioChelsea

Goals scored0
4
Attempts on target8
 
12
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners13
 
5
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed17
 
16
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards1
 
1

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.28CET

Crespo kickstarts Chelsea charge

S.S. Lazio 0-4 Chelsea FC Hernán Crespo scores against his old club as Chelsea climb clear.

By Tom Kington at the Stadio Olimpico

Hernán Crespo came back to haunt his former club as Chelsea FC underlined their position as UEFA Champions League Group G leaders with an emphatic 4-0 away victory against S.S. Lazio.

Chelsea masterclass
With four goals from four different players, the London club gave a masterclass in individual talent that leaves Lazio struggling to pass the group stage. The sides lived up to their reputations for sparkling football in the first half, with each team instigating a series of end-to-end counterattacks, so it was surprising that the first goal should come with a simple tap-in from a deflected free-kick.

Left-sided threat
The left flanks immediately proved fruitful for both teams, with Lazio's Giuseppe Favalli feeding balls up to Dejan Stankovic to cross, while Wayne Bridge made a series of dangerous overlapping runs for Chelsea. Fabio Liverani in the Lazio midfield made good on his word to exploit spaces in the Chelsea defence with fast balls over the top, while back-heels and balls through legs were a frequent spectacle.

Easy opener
Former Lazio favourite Juan Sebastián Verón was also finding space to seek out Crespo - and it was Verón's dangerous free-kick which goalkeeper Matteo Sereni parried to give Crespo an easy goal from point-blank range. The Argentinian promptly started the hunt for a second, testing Sereni from further out and even trying a bicycle-kick from a corner as his team-mates found room to feed the attack.

Stankovic chances
Lazio responded with nervously mistimed tackles which brought tit-for-tat responses, but quality won out as the sides brought the half back to the boil with more end-to-end attacks. Stankovic was the prime mover in a Lazio fightback, throwing himself at the Chelsea defence and nearly connecting with a Simone Inzaghi knock-down in the 38th minute before volleying smartly a minute later and seeing another thunderous effort deflected wide.

Good parry
But Chelsea saw the gaps as Lazio pushed for an equaliser and Crespo was able to test Sereni twice in time added on before the interval, the keeper producing an excellent dive to deny the Argentinian after Adrian Mutu fed him on the counterattack.

Lazio on top
Lazio attacked from the whistle as the game restarted, Stankovic again forcing a diving save from Carlo Cudicini, who tipped around Bernardo Corradi's follow-up effort. Not even Sinisa Mihajlovic's 52nd-minute red card - after two challenges on Damien Duff - could dampen the Lazio pressure as the hosts made Chelsea look like they were down to ten men.

Home pressure
Stankovic tested Cudicini again after Inzaghi had held off the defence to slip the ball through, while the keeper had be at his most alert three minutes later to tip over a fierce drive from Corradi after more sustained Lazio pressure. The tide turned after Jesper Grønkjær, on for Crespo, shot wide on the break before fellow substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen added a close-range second following a dinking run across the face of the area by Frank Lampard.

Chelsea style
As the fight went out out of the hosts, Chelsea could afford to turn on the style and showcase their individual talent. Duff beat four opponents before scoring the game's finest goal in the 75th minute and Lampard doubled his tally over the two games by knocking in the rebound after Gudjohnsen's shot was saved ten minutes from time. Despite Glen Johnson's late dismissal for kicking the ball away, there was no doubting this was Chelsea's night.

Last updated: 05/11/03 11.47CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

chelsea

Chelsea

33
SereniMatteo Sereni (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
Yellow Card42
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
Substitution71
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
Yellow Card81
Red Card90
5
ZauriLuciano Zauri
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
9
CorradiBernardo Corradi
7
MutuAdrian Mutu
Yellow Card41
Substitution57
10
StankovićDejan Stanković
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Goal80
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
Yellow Card51
Red Card52
11
DuffDamien Duff
Goal75
14
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution58
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli (C)
18
BridgeWayne Bridge
20
LiveraniFabio Liverani
Yellow Card70
20
VerónJuan Verón
Substitution75
21
S. InzaghiSimone Inzaghi
Substitution71
21
CrespoHernán Crespo
Goal15
Substitution67
24
CoutoFernando Couto
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)

Substitutes

15
CasazzaFabrizio Casazza (GK)
31
AmbrosioMarco Ambrosio (GK)
6
DaboOusmane Dabo
9
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
7
Claudio LópezClaudio López
Substitution71
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution75
16
GiannicheddaGiuliano Giannichedda
14
GeremiGeremi
18
MuzziRoberto Muzzi
Substitution71
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
Substitution67
Goal70
23
NegroPaolo Negro
Substitution58
29
HuthRobert Huth
53
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
30
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution57

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Claudio Ranieri (GRE)

Referee

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Eniutin (RUS), Yury Dupanau (BLR)

Fourth official

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

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