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Clinical Chelsea streak past Schalke

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 0.50CET
Chelsea FC 2-0 FC Schalke 04 Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba struck early in each half to take Chelsea three points clear atop Group B.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

Match statistics

ChelseaSchalke

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners4
 
7
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
13
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 0.50CET

Clinical Chelsea streak past Schalke

Chelsea FC 2-0 FC Schalke 04 Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba struck early in each half to take Chelsea three points clear atop Group B.

Didier Drogba scored for the second successive UEFA Champions League game to build on Florent Malouda's early strike as Chelsea FC took a positive stride towards qualification for the knockout rounds yet again.

Deserved win
The Premier League side always had too much strength and know-how for an FC Schalke 04 team who received a setback before the start and were unlucky to hit a post as they tried to reduce the two-goal deficit. It leaves Chelsea with a three-point advantage at the head of Group B and extends new manager Avram Grant's 100 per cent record in the competition since succeeding José Mourinho.

Chelsea delight
Schalke's prospects were not helped when Kevin Kuranyi failed a fitness test on the knee he hurt in training on Tuesday and was removed from their lineup. Søren Larsen took over which meant the visitors, already disrupted by injuries, could only name five substitutes. Chelsea immediately set about making their task even more difficult by snatching an early lead as young goalkeeper Manuel Neuer allowed Malouda's shot to slip through his grasp. Having received a clever knockdown from Drogba, the Frenchman turned Rafinha inside out before unleashing a drive which caught out Neuer.

Schalke efforts
Now Schalke had to abandon any cautious instincts and they showed, through some tidy combinations, that they could take the fight to Chelsea's back four. Without Kuranyi, however, they lacked a strong focal point though Gerald Asamoah did escape to send one header off target. Nearer to half-time, Carlos Grossmüller beat Petr Čech at his near post yet he had already been flagged offside.

Neuer save
That was followed by a delightful Malouda cross from which Michael Essien headed on and Neuer regained some confidence with an agile save. The same pairing had produced an earlier opportunity which Essien nodded wide while Frank Lampard was also unable to direct his header following Drogba's centre.

Visitors threaten
The first period ended in a flurry of attacks which saw Grossmüller extend Čech and Fabian Ernst come close with a swinging drive, while at the other end Joe Cole demanded another stop from Neuer. At that stage Schalke appeared to be still in contention but within two minutes of the second half the contest slipped further away from the Bundesliga club.

Drogba strikes
Chelsea's crossing had maintained a high standard and the ball dispatched by Paulo Ferreira, making a right-sided break, was centimetre-perfect for Drogba who dived to glance it away from the goalkeeper. The centre-forward and the fans behind the goal then indulged in mutual acclaim; recent reports in which it was said he wanted a move away from Stamford Bridge seemingly forgotten. Schalke did not give up, but on a night of many headed chances there was only frustration for Larsen on the hour as he got a good connection to Rafinha's delivery only to see his effort come back off the upright and into Čech's arms.

Last updated: 25/10/07 1.24CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

schalke

Schalke

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
2
WestermannHeiko Westermann
5
EssienMichael Essien
Substitution70
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon (C)
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
8
ErnstFabian Ernst
8
LampardFrank Lampard (C)
9
LarsenSøren Larsen
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution89
11
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal47
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Yellow Card24
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Goal4
Substitution84
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Substitution61
18
BridgeWayne Bridge
16
RodríguezDarío Rodríguez
Yellow Card57
Substitution81
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
18
RafinhaRafinha
33
AlexAlex
21
GrossmüllerCarlos Grossmüller
Substitution77

Substitutes

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Substitution89
10
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution61
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Substitution70
23
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
25
BajramovićZlatan Bajramović
Substitution81
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution84
26
AzaouaghMimoun Azaouagh
Substitution77
22
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
35
BellettiJuliano Belletti

Coach

Avram Grant (ISR) Mirko Slomka (GER)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Henrik Andren (SWE), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Hakan Jonasson (SWE)

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