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Drogba winner vanquishes Valencia

Published: Thursday 4 October 2007, 0.55CET
Valencia CF 1-2 Chelsea FC Didier Drogba scored a second-half winner as Chelsea came from behind to secure the initiative in Group B.
by Trevor Haylett
from Mestalla
Drogba winner vanquishes Valencia
Didier Drogba salutes the travelling fans ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ValenciaChelsea

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target9
 
5
Corners3
 
5
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed16
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 4 October 2007, 0.55CET

Drogba winner vanquishes Valencia

Valencia CF 1-2 Chelsea FC Didier Drogba scored a second-half winner as Chelsea came from behind to secure the initiative in Group B.

Chelsea FC put their recent problems behind them with a resounding UEFA Champions League victory by the same scoreline with which they removed Valencia CF from last season's quarter-finals.

Terry spirit
In Avram Grant's first European match at the helm, Chelsea came from behind to claim their first win in this term's competition, their spirit epitomised by John Terry who played with a face mask following surgery on a fractured cheekbone. David Villa gave the Spanish side an early advantage but a Joe Cole goal and a Didier Drogba strike gave a real boost to the new Stamford Bridge regime.

Chelsea unnerved
There was an immediate scare for Chelsea when Joaquín got away down the right and flashed the ball all the way across the area. From a tight angle David Silva shot wide. That was followed by a simple kick out for Petr Čech which he sliced horribly; Chelsea were clearly unnerved in this noisy, steamy atmosphere and Valencia were in the mood to inflict punishment.

Neat finish
They did not have long to wait, though there was an element of fortune about the goal which originated from a dynamic Villa surge in the ninth minute. Possession was lost but as Chelsea tried to clear their lines, Paulo Ferreira smashed the ball into Michael Essien. In a flash Villa was on to the rebound, his brain working far quicker than those wearing blue, and he tucked a neat shot past the goalkeeper.

Čech grateful
Chelsea poured forward in numbers when the chance presented itself and Drogba had a low drive deflected wide. Far more penetrative was a smart break at the other end with which Fernando Morientes cleverly took out two defenders. It left Joaquín with a clear run on goal and Čech was grateful to grasp the shot between his legs. In the next instant Chelsea carved out an equaliser. Drogba was involved and when Florent Malouda took up the running down the left he squared a lovely ball to the far post where Cole got the final touch to direct the ball into the net under pressure from Emiliano Moretti.

No reflection
It was a cracker of a match and there could have been more goals before the break. Drogba lifted a powerful shot just a fraction too high while Villa was almost as close when Ricardo Carvalho cleared the ball straight to him. Valencia knew that the interval scoreline did not reflect the problems they had caused the Chelsea defence and they resumed on the offensive, Moretti directing a header the wrong side of the post.

Thing of beauty
Then Chelsea almost paid the price for again failing to deal with the bustling presence of Morientes, Villa profiting to find the net only to be ruled offside. However, the visitors' second goal in the 71st minute was a thing of beauty. Joe Cole picked up possession deep in his own half, made strides and then struck a wonderful pass with the outside of his boot. Valencia were stretched and Raúl Albiol could not keep pace with Drogba who finished with aplomb. In a late rally, Villa and Carlos Marchena both missed opportunities, as did Rubén Baraja who snatched at a shot with the final kick of the game.

Last updated: 01/11/07 10.25CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

chelsea

Chelsea

13
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
4
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Yellow Card79
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
Substitution75
5
EssienMichael Essien
Substitution84
7
VillaDavid Villa
Goal9
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution69
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Goal21
15
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal71
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Substitution88
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Yellow Card89
Substitution89
21
SilvaDavid Silva
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution86
23
MiguelMiguel
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)

Substitutes

1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
2
SunnySunny
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Substitution75
9
SidwellSteve Sidwell
Substitution84
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
18
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Substitution69
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution86
19
ArizmendiJavier Arizmendi
Substitution88
33
AlexAlex
Substitution89
20
AlexisAlexis
35
BellettiJuliano Belletti

Coach

Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP) Avram Grant (ISR)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Griselli (ITA), Paolo Calcagno (ITA)

Fourth official

Antonio Damato (ITA)

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