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Porto sunk by Ballack strike

Published: Wednesday 7 March 2007, 0.50CET
Chelsea FC 2-1 FC Porto (agg: 3-2) Michael Ballack struck a 79th-minute volleyed winner to complete a superb recovery by Chelsea in London.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

Match statistics

ChelseaPorto

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
0
Corners5
 
0
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed17
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 7 March 2007, 0.50CET

Porto sunk by Ballack strike

Chelsea FC 2-1 FC Porto (agg: 3-2) Michael Ballack struck a 79th-minute volleyed winner to complete a superb recovery by Chelsea in London.

For 33 minutes, Chelsea FC's UEFA Champions League dream was in peril but second-half goals from Arjen Robben and Michael Ballack sent Jose Mourinho's side into the quarter-finals for the third time in four years and at the expense of his former club.

Major scare
When Ricardo Quaresma scored early on for FC Porto, it was only the second game in nine home matches in the competition that Chelsea had conceded. They are used to having things their own way here, but Robben got them back on track immediately after the interval and Ballack played the trump card with a close-range volley with eleven minutes remaining.

Early attempts
Andriy Shevchenko sent an angled drive fizzing over the top with barely a minute gone, then Ballack stooped to apply a header to Frank Lampard's corner. Despite the encouraging start, Chelsea were not at their vintage best, with a number of passes going astray. Porto, meanwhile, demonstrated that they could make significant inroads into the Chelsea half.

Shock opener
Even so, it was still a surprise when the visitors broke through to score a stunning goal and shatter Chelsea's proud defensive record at Stamford Bridge in this competition. Their counterattack began with Pepe who found Lisandro López, and when Lucho González joined in the midfielder laid a superb pass into the path of Quaresma, who had broken clear of the blue shirts with a straight run on goal. With only Petr Čech to beat, the winger remained composed and finished coolly beneath the goalkeeper.

Positive reponse
This was potentially a far more serious blow to Chelsea than Porto's opening strike two weeks ago, as the Portuguese title-holders now had a crucial away goal. The Premiership champions poured forward in response, with Ashley Cole taking every opportunity to surge deep into Porto territory. From one cross Shevchenko missed his kick and Didier Drogba scooped the ball over. From another, Helton got his decision-making all wrong but Ballack was unable to take advantage. Lassana Diarra charged forward down the other flank and when he was impeded, the stage was set for Robben to curl in a teasing centre. Unfortunately for the hosts, his delivery flew over the heads of both Shevchenko and Ricardo Carvalho.

Tactical switch
At the interval Mourinho took off Claude Makelele in favour of John Obi Mikel. The young substitute had been on the field for only three minutes before he was joining in the celebrations that followed Robben's timely equaliser. The winger's low shot should have demanded no more than a routine stop from Helton but the goalkeeper allowed the ball to spin off his body and drop over the line.

Confidence boost
It was just what Chelsea needed before any serious doubts began to infect their play, although Porto had not come close to threatening a second goal as they were forced to soak up a lot of pressure. They became careless in possession and the tide was definitely with Chelsea, though their rhythm was not helped as first Shevchenko then Ballack required treatment. The pair recovered, though, to combine for Ballack to score the late winner and take the Londoners into Friday's draw.

Last updated: 07/03/07 11.45CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

porto

Porto

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
2
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa (C)
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
Substitution46
3
PepePepe
5
EssienMichael Essien
5
ČechMarek Čech
Substitution56
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Goal15
Yellow Card58
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Substitution84
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
8
LampardFrank Lampard (C)
9
LisandroLisandro
Substitution82
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
13
FucileJorge Fucile
Yellow Card83
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Goal79
14
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
16
RobbenArjen Robben
Yellow Card35
Goal48
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution56
19
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Yellow Card61
Substitution66
18
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção

Substitutes

40
HilárioHilário (GK)
99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
9
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
6
IbsonIbson
Substitution56
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Substitution46
21
AlanAlan
18
BridgeWayne Bridge
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
Substitution66
26
João PauloJoão Paulo
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution84
28
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution56
Yellow Card87
24
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
29
Bruno MoraesBruno Moraes
Substitution82

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea De Marco (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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