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Chelsea see off Levski in style

Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006, 0.25CET
Chelsea FC 2-0 PFC Levski Sofia Andriy Shevchenko and Shaun Wright-Phillips struck as the hosts ended their campaign as Group A winners.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

Match statistics

ChelseaLevski

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
4
Corners9
 
3
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed14
 
10
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

5 December 2006

A Chelsea
2-0
Levski
A Barcelona
2-0
Werder
B Sporting
1-3
Spartak Moskva
B Bayern
1-1
Internazionale
C Galatasaray
3-2
Liverpool
C PSV
1-3
Bordeaux
D Olympiacos
1-1
Shakhtar
D Roma
1-0
Valencia

6 December 2006

E Dynamo
2-2
Real Madrid
E Lyon
1-1
Steaua
F Man. United
3-1
Benfica
F København
3-1
Celtic
G Porto
0-0
Arsenal
G Hamburg
3-2
CSKA Moskva
H Anderlecht
2-2
AEK
H Milan
0-2
Lille
 
Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006, 0.25CET

Chelsea see off Levski in style

Chelsea FC 2-0 PFC Levski Sofia Andriy Shevchenko and Shaun Wright-Phillips struck as the hosts ended their campaign as Group A winners.

Andriy Shevchenko and substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips scored their first UEFA Champions League goals for Chelsea FC as their team finished top of Group A following a comfortable victory over a PFC Levski Sofia side destined to prop up a difficult pool.

Glory trail
The goalscorers struck either side of half-time as Chelsea recorded a total of 13 points from a possible 18, which will fill them with confidence as they attempt to bring Europe's greatest club prize to London for the first time. The margin of defeat should have been more but Levski won new friends with the way they went about their night's work. Despite losing all six matches, the Bulgarian title-holders should be stronger for their first experience of the competition's lofty standards.

Early warning
Indeed, the visitors were true to their word by taking the game to Chelsea wherever possible and facing their illustrious opponents toe-to-toe. Yet every time they made a mistake, punishment loomed. Stanimir Stoilov's men were nearly undone before most of them had enjoyed a first touch of the ball. Igor Tomašić was caught in possession, enabling Shevchenko to send Arjen Robben away down the left. He rounded goalkeeper Bozhidar Mitrev before cutting the ball back into the path of the Ukrainian international whose powerful drive was palmed away by the recovering Mitrev. The 19-year-old keeper will have been delighted by his contribution on his full UEFA Champions League debut.

Prompted into action
Levski responded with a couple of long-range efforts which failed to trouble Hilário, selected in place of Carlo Cudicini in Chelsea's goal. If the hosts were disturbed by that, it produced the desired effect as they proceeded to pin Levski in their own half. Frank Lampard, captain in the absence of the suspended John Terry, shot first time and with venom and Elin Topuzakov needed treatment after getting in the way.

Shevchenko opener
Robben demanded a stretching save as he attempted to curl a strike into the far corner and two minutes later Chelsea had the lead. Robben and Lampard combined and when the ball was directed across the forward line, Shevchenko skilfully steered it past Mitrev's left hand with the outside of his boot. At the other end, Cédric Bardon got underneath the ball as he attempted to volley home when well placed but it was an isolated raid. Shevchenko missed with another diagonal drive while Ricardo Carvalho had a shot cleared off the line as Chelsea finished the first half in total command.

Knockout blow
Always neat and tidy, the visitors sought to punish any Chelsea lethargy at the start of the second period and were only stopped short by a couple of close offside decisions. When Chelsea resumed on the offensive, Michael Ballack put a difficult volley over following Robben's corner. Wayne Bridge was doing his best to impress on his return to the side in Ashley Cole's place. One measured cross was almost put on a plate for Didier Drogba but Mitrev was there first, though it came at the cost of a blow to the head. The whole Levski team were left reeling, however, on 83 minutes when Carvalho followed his surge down the right with a pass inside to Wright-Phillips, who shot from outside the box and beyond Mitrev's outstretched right hand.

Last updated: 06/12/06 10.59CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

levski

Levski

40
HilárioHilário
12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev
5
EssienMichael Essien
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Goal27
Substitution69
6
EromoigbeRichard Eromoigbe
8
LampardFrank Lampard
7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
9
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
10
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution70
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
13
BallackMichael Ballack
17
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution75
16
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution69
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
18
BridgeWayne Bridge
24
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
Substitution59
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
Substitution58
27
BardonCédric Bardon

Substitutes

3
A. ColeAshley Cole
88
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
5
HristovBorislav Hristov
14
GeremiGeremi
9
G. IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
Substitution75
19
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Substitution58
14
V. MinevVeselin Minev
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution69
16
OgnyanovMarian Ognyanov
24
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Substitution69
Goal83
30
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov
Substitution59
33
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
77
KoprivarovMilan Koprivarov
Substitution70

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Stanimir Stoilov (BUL)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Eric Castellani (FRA), Francis Crelo (LUX)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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