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Rosenborg make point to deny Chelsea

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2007, 0.40CET
Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg BK The Norwegian minnows earned an impressive draw as Chelsea had to come from a goal down in London.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaRosenborg

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target18
 
4
Corners8
 
2
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 19 September 2007, 0.40CET

Rosenborg make point to deny Chelsea

Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg BK The Norwegian minnows earned an impressive draw as Chelsea had to come from a goal down in London.

Chelsea FC made a stuttering start to the campaign as they were forced to come from a goal down to earn a Group B point against Rosenborg BK at Stamford Bridge.

Shock opener
Miika Koppinen had given the visitors a shock lead midway through the first half, applying a decisive foot to Marek Sapara's left-wing free-kick to leave Petr Čech with no chance. One of the UEFA Champions League favourites, Chelsea fought back and equalised through Andriy Shevchenko on 53 minutes but a winner proved elusive.

Cross purposes
The hosts had wasted no time in pushing forward early on and Rosenborg's five-man midfield were soon in retreat. It was clear that the instructions were to get the ball out wide as quickly as possible and test the Norwegian side's resolve with crosses; Joe Cole set an example by cutting in and floating one over, Salomon Kalou heading high and wide. There was nevertheless a warning for the Premier League team as Juliano Belletti slipped and offered Abdou Razack Traoré a sight of goal; although his shot was dragged wide, here were encouraging, if brief, signs that there were spaces for Rosenborg to exploit.

Koppinen surprise
Concerted pressure should have yielded a Chelsea goal. Michael Essien smacked a drive centimetres wide before Florent Malouda's effort from an Shevchenko cross hit the nearest defender. As vigorously as Rosenborg were applying themselves, and even allowing for that earlier opening, there was nothing to suggest that Stamford Bridge was about to be rocked by an away goal; but one duly arrived in the 24th minute from Koppinen.

Opportunities missed
From that point until half-time Chelsea queued up to equalise. Alex nodded wide, Joe Cole missed the target, and Kalou and Shevchenko failed to level by the narrowest of margins. Knut Tørum's men knew the pressure would be back on, however, the minute the second-half whistle blew. Joe Cole duly led the charge but yet again his sights were awry.

Equaliser
When the equaliser finally arrived, though, it followed a let-off at Chelsea's end of the pitch. A patient bout of passing around the Londoners' penalty area had ended with Alexander Tettey lifting his attempt too high. Then Malouda, who does not seem to know how to play a loose cross, drifted another delicious ball in to tempt the goalkeeper off his line; Shevchenko only had to nod it goalwards to score.

Woodwork intervenes
The game had become very open, with Chelsea constantly on the attack. Malouda struck a post and Shevchenko, following up, was denied. Then it appeared that the Ukrainian had to score a second but he could not find the touch. Chelsea rattled the woodwork twice more and came close on numerous occasions. Yet José Mourinho's team will be the first to admit that they are not firing on all cylinders, the injured Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard being sorely missed. For the Norwegian champions there were contrasting emotions. This was a notable result when set in the context of having won only one of their previous 24 group matches.

Last updated: 19/09/07 10.28CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

rosenborg

Rosenborg

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
13
HirschfeldLars Hirschfeld (GK)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Substitution74
2
KoppinenMiika Koppinen
Goal24
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
5
BasmaChrister Basma
Substitution46
5
EssienMichael Essien
Yellow Card66
6
StrandRoar Strand (C)
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Goal63
7
Y. KonéYssouf Koné
Yellow Card89
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution74
10
RisethVidar Riseth
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred
Substitution85
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
19
TetteyAlexander Tettey
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
20
TraoréAbdou Razack Traoré
33
AlexAlex
27
SaparaMarek Sapara
Substitution69
35
BellettiJuliano Belletti
33
DorsinMikael Dorsin
Yellow Card66

Substitutes

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
28
HansenAlexander Hansen (GK)
9
SidwellSteve Sidwell
4
StoorFredrik Stoor
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
8
Ya KonanDidier Ya Konan
Substitution69
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
14
IversenSteffen Iversen
Substitution85
22
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
Substitution74
18
LagoAlejandro Lago
24
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Substitution74
22
NordvikAndreas Nordvik
42
SawyerLee Sawyer
26
KvarmeBjørn Tore Kvarme
Substitution46

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Knut Tørum (NOR)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Vincent Texier (FRA), Stéphane Duhamel (FRA)

Fourth official

Said Ennjimi (FRA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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