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Classy Chelsea bully Betis

Published: Thursday 20 October 2005, 0.40CET
Chelsea FC 4-0 Real Betis Balompié
José Mourinho's team showed blistering goalscoring form against the Spanish side to go top of Group G.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

Match statistics


Goals scored4
Attempts on target7
Attempts off target9
Fouls committed16
Yellow cards2
Red cards0



P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:47 CET
Published: Thursday 20 October 2005, 0.40CET

Classy Chelsea bully Betis

Chelsea FC 4-0 Real Betis Balompié
José Mourinho's team showed blistering goalscoring form against the Spanish side to go top of Group G.

Chelsea FC treated their UEFA Champions League audience to the kind of blistering goalscoring form that has lit up their domestic football, putting four goals past Real Betis Balompié to go top of Group G.

Drogba opener
The Spanish side, losing to English opponents for the second time in the section, competed well in the early stages and unnerved Chelsea with their pace on the counter. However, once Didier Drogba had broken the deadlock in the 24th minute, there was no holding José Mourinho's team who went on to take their tally of goals in their last three fixtures to 13.

Chelsea changes
Mourinho made the first changes to his starting eleven in this season's competition. Already missing Arjen Robben and Damien Duff through injury, he chose to rest Petr Čech in favour of Carlo Cudicini, and played William Gallas at right-back ahead of Paulo Ferreira. That allowed Spaniard Asier Del Horno his first taste of the UEFA Champions League against familiar opponents.

Edu restored
Unsurprisingly, Llorenç Serra Ferrer stuck with the ten of the team that put Betis's first points on the board with victory over RSC Anderlecht on Matchday 2. With one exception: the Brazilian Edu was reinstated after injury kept him out of the first two games.

Goalline clearance
The match began at a ferocious pace with Shaun Wright-Phillips outstripping his marker with barely a minute gone. He dragged his shot beyond the far post. Betis replied in kind but with a touch more precision, Juanito Gutiérrez rising to meet a right-wing corner and heading firmly towards the corner of the net but Claude Makelele cleared off the line.

Betis intent
Suitably encouraged, Betis held siege momentarily and Stamford Bridge held its breath, a Joaquín Sánchez cross only narrowly eluding two team-mates who were in position to score. It was fast, furious and surprisingly open, as Betis backed up Ferrer's promise that they had come to win the tie.

Oliveira effort
That looked in doubt as Michael Essien headed wide and Joe Cole tested Antonio Doblas. But the Betis threat was quickly underlined again as Ricardo Oliveira gathered a cunning pass and from 20 metres unleashed a shot which Cudicini was pleased to beat away.

Drogba miss
Drogba should have scored when Essien released Wright-Phillips in the 19th minute. The low centre begged to be put away but Drogba's left-footed shot lacked both conviction and contact, flying embarrassingly over.

Careless Varela
That was forgotten six minutes later as Fernando Varela gave the ball away in the Chelsea half with disastrous results for Betis. Essien angled a cute pass to Drogba who squeezed the ball home.

Doblas fumble
Chelsea then doubled their lead with a minute remaining of the first half. Frank Lampard's free-kick should have proved a comfortable take for Doblas but, unbalanced, the goalkeeper dropped the ball at his feet and Ricardo Carvalho took gleeful advantage.

Passing precision
Drogba received a heavy blow in the move that produced the set-piece and failed to reappear after the interval with Hernán Crespo taking his place. That second goal seemed to rid the visitors of their earlier conviction and Chelsea were now dominant, their ability to string passes together a constant delight.

Cole finish
The third goal was constructed in just that fashion, Makelele, Crespo and Essien combining to set up Cole whose finish from the edge of the penalty area maintained the high standard of what had preceded it.

Brilliant fourth
That came on the hour and the fourth goal, five minutes later, would have brought even the most jaundiced observer to their feet. From the centre circle Lampard found Wright-Phillips and, without breaking stride, the winger sent over a pinpoint cross on the run. Crespo, filling space behind David Rivas, had the simple job of heading home.

Last updated: 20/10/05 10.57CET