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Stylish Chelsea seize command

Published: Thursday 7 April 2005, 0.52CET
Chelsea FC 4-2 FC Bayern München Two Frank Lampard goals help the Premiership leaders to a fine victory.

Match statistics

ChelseaBayern

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners8
 
4
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
21
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 7 April 2005, 0.52CET

Stylish Chelsea seize command

Chelsea FC 4-2 FC Bayern München Two Frank Lampard goals help the Premiership leaders to a fine victory.

By Paul Saffer at Stamford Bridge

Two Frank Lampard goals in ten second-half minutes helped put Chelsea FC in control of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final against FC Bayern München.

Invaluable cushion
Joe Cole's early strike was cancelled out by substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger. But Lampard, not his dynamic self in the first period, justified his stellar reputation with two blistering finishes and Didier Drogba then made it 4-1, before an added-time Michael Ballack penalty gave Bayern hope for next Tuesday's return.

Makaay out
With striker Mateja Kezman suspended, Arjen Robben injured and manager José Mourinho absent, Chelsea used Didier Drogba as a front-runner supported by Cole and Damien Duff. Both of Bayern's first-choice strikers, Claudio Pizarro and Roy Makaay, suffered weekend hamstring injuries, so José Paolo Guerrero was the lone forward while Torsten Frings dropped back to replace suspended sweeper Martin Demichelis.

Early goal
The opening exchanges seemed tentative, but within four minutes Chelsea broke through. A long ball from John Terry was headed straight to Duff by birthday boy Robert Kovac. The Irishman slid the ball to Cole on the edge of the box, and his shot took a cruel deflection off Lucio that wrong-footed Oliver Kahn. Soon after, a Lampard corner was headed towards goal by Terry only for Kahn to tip it away.

Midfield congestion
Owen Hargreaves and Duff had shots blocked, but the majority of the action came in the shape of some crunching midfield tackles. Claude Makelele did angle a shot over, and at the other end, a Guerrero strike was deflected wide. Home goalkeeper Petr Cech was finally called into action midway through the half by a Hargreaves free-kick, while Kahn's heart then must have stood still as Gudjohnsen received the ball in the box, but this time Kovac made a cool saving tackle.

Bayern threaten
Zé Roberto seemed set to score when Glen Johnson inadvertently chested the ball into his path but shot wide, and then curled a free-kick over from the edge of the area. With Chelsea soaking up all Bayern's pressure and Guerrero isolated, first-half openings for the visitors were rare. Lampard, like his opposite midfield number Ballack, had been unusually subdued, but the English international did curl a shot just wide following a corner.

Schweinsteiger arrives
Schweinsteiger replaced Hasan Salihamdzic at the break to bolster Bayern's attack. However, Chelsea threatened within 60 seconds in a typically ferocious counterattack, Duff's shot blocked after beating Kahn. Indeed, Chelsea seemed intent on again catching Bayern cold, but it was they who were soon picking the ball out of the net. Chelsea only half-cleared a Ballack free-kick and Zé Roberto's shot, parried by Cech, fell nicely for Schweinsteiger to swiftly justify his introduction.

Advantage restored
Time then for Lampard to burst into life. A Johnson clearance was headed down by Drogba, and a typically emphatic Lampard shot gave Kahn no chance. Bayern had been level for just eight minutes. Robert Huth was swiftly sent on for Johnson to further shore up Chelsea's defence against his compatriots, but moments later it was Kahn who had to save a stinging Duff drive.

Lead increases
Lampard soon beat Kahn again though, as Makelele's cross was brilliantly chested down by the English international, who swivelled and sent the ball inside the far post. Drogba nearly increased the advantage, but after showing some fine skills to make the chance blasted over. Next time, though, he slammed in from close range following a corner, but there was still time for Bayern to snatch a lifeline with seconds remaining as Ballack was fouled by Ricardo Carvalho and duly stroked in the penalty.

Last updated: 07/04/05 21.50CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

bayern

Bayern

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
Substitution65
2
SagnolWilly Sagnol
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
Yellow Card54
3
LúcioLúcio
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
Yellow Card32
5
R.KovačRobert Kovač
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Goal60
Goal70
8
FringsTorsten Frings
Yellow Card38
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Goal4
Substitution82
11
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
Substitution73
11
DuffDamien Duff
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Goal90+3
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
Yellow Card51
20
SalihamidžićHasan Salihamidžić
Substitution46
15
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Yellow Card11
Goal81
Substitution90
23
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
33
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
69
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu

Substitutes

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
5
SmertinAleksei Smertin
7
SchollMehmet Scholl
Substitution73
14
GeremiGeremi
9
HashemianVahid Hashemian
24
ForssellMikael Forssell
Substitution90
16
JeremiesJens Jeremies
29
HuthRobert Huth
Substitution65
25
LinkeThomas Linke
30
TiagoTiago
Substitution82
26
DeislerSebastian Deisler
33
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution46
Goal52
Yellow Card63

Coach

Felix Magath (GER)

Referee

Rene H.J. Temmink (NED)

Assistant referees

Adrianus Inia (NED), Rob B.G. Meenhuis (NED)

Fourth official

Pieter Vink (NED)

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