The official website for European football

Chelsea maintain perfect start

Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 0.05CET
Chelsea FC 2-0 PFC CSKA Moskva John Terry and Eidur Gudjohnsen strengthen Chelsea's grip on Group H.

Match statistics

ChelseaCSKA Moskva

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners3
 
11
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 0.05CET

Chelsea maintain perfect start

Chelsea FC 2-0 PFC CSKA Moskva John Terry and Eidur Gudjohnsen strengthen Chelsea's grip on Group H.

By Trevor Haylett at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC made it three wins out of three UEFA Champions League Group H games with another convincing display, although they had to endure several worrying moments against a PFC CSKA Moskva side who now trail the English team by five points.

Headed goals
Goalkeeper Petr Cech was one of the most influential performers for Chelsea who took a 2-0 lead before the interval with headed goals from John Terry and Eidur Gudjohnsen. It may have left the home club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich - a fan of CSKA - with mixed feelings but there is no denying the strength of Chelsea's challenge for the knockout phase.

First start
Chelsea had lost leading scorer Didier Drogba with a groin problem since Matchday 2 so Mateja Kezman made his first start in the competition. Wayne Bridge returned after injury with Ricardo Carvalho making way and William Gallas shifting over to central defence.

Semak steps in
The Portuguese defender's namesake, Brazilian midfield player Daniel Carvalho, was one of three changes for CSKA with striker Ivica Olic a serious loss after straining a thigh muscle. Sergey Semak took over in attack alongside Vágner Love, while Nigerian Chidi Odiah also came in.

Whirlwind opening
CSKA began at a whirlwind pace, penning Chelsea back in the penalty area from the start and engineering several goal attempts. Love got in the first and was unlucky that his goalbound effort struck Terry lying prone on the ground, diverting it behind for a corner. A minute later Love showed good close control to hold the ball up before engaging with Carvalho. The latter's shot brushed the boot of Claude Makelele, causing Cech a problem at his near post but the goalkeeper was equal to it.

Dangerous activity
It was a flurry of dangerous activity around their goal that might have unnerved the home team. Having survived, they then went away and scored with a major assist from Cech's opposite number, Igor Akinfeev, who came for Frank Lampard's corner but only caught a hefty dose of embarrassment as the ball sailed over his head, Gudjohnsen nodding down for Terry to find the net.

Terry chances
The England defender might have helped himself to a hat-trick before the interval, shooting fractionally beyond the far post when Damien Duff's ball in from the left skidded right the way across the area. Then from Lampard's free-kick Terry's header was again just off target. Meanwhile, CSKA kept plugging away, frequently working themselves into good positions only to be foiled by swift covering tackles or by the reflexes of Cech.

Late second
The keeper went full length to deny Sergei Ignashevich, and when, following a corner, the ball bounced up off Gudjohnsen it demanded the sharpest of reactions; once more Cech was not found wanting. CSKA hardly deserved to go in one goal down so it was a shattering blow to concede a second just on the half-time whistle, Gudjohnsen drifting away from his marker to head in Duff's set-piece.

Neat combinations
It was another example of Chelsea's ability to take their chances in Europe, a contrast to their domestic form where goals have been at a premium. CSKA could only envy them as their neat combinations helped them make progress towards the Chelsea penalty area where their hopes continued to founder.

Swerving drive
Cech then pushed away a swerving drive from Evgeni Aldonin who was a consistent prompter at the heart of the Muscovites midfield. Chelsea had no need to do any forcing, such was their advantage in the game and the confidence they had in a defence which stood firm to the end.

Last updated: 21/10/04 9.51CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2004/matches/round=1968/match=1077191/postmatch/report/index.html#chelsea+maintain+perfect+start

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.