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Chelsea head through to semi-finals

Published: Wednesday 9 April 2008, 0.57CET
Chelsea FC 2-0 Fenerbahçe SK (agg: 3-2)
An early Michael Ballack header preceded some nervy moments before Frank Lampard's late clinching strike.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge
Chelsea head through to semi-finals
Frank Lampard celebrates after scoring for Chelsea ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ChelseaFenerbahçe

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
1
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners3
 
1
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

8 April 2008

Chelsea
2-0
Fenerbahçe
Liverpool
4-2
Arsenal

9 April 2008

Barcelona
1-0
Schalke
Man. United
1-0
Roma
 
Published: Wednesday 9 April 2008, 0.57CET

Chelsea head through to semi-finals

Chelsea FC 2-0 Fenerbahçe SK (agg: 3-2)
An early Michael Ballack header preceded some nervy moments before Frank Lampard's late clinching strike.

Chelsea FC secured their fourth UEFA Champions League semi-final berth in five seasons thanks to another of Michael Ballack's early goals and then Frank Lampard's nerve-settling second with three minutes remaining against Fenerbahçe SK.

Nervous finish
Their progression to another last-four meeting with Liverpool FC was achieved moreover with their third-choice goalkeeper on the pitch after Hilário came on for Carlo Cudicini, already deputising for Petr Čech, with 26 minutes played. The replacement responded superbly as the Turkish title-holders, never before European semi-finalists, piled on the pressure until Lampard's coup de grâce.

Ballack heads in
Ballack had been dismissive of the notion that Chelsea could make anywhere near as dynamic a start as they enjoyed against Olympiacos CFP when he nodded in a Lampard cross on five minutes. He underestimated his team's capabilities; this time the clock showed only four minutes as he glanced home Lampard's free-kick with aplomb before wheeling away in triumph.

Cole hits post

It was just the beginning the Londoners wanted and it almost became two as Salomon Kalou set off on a powerful run down the left, angling the ball back for Joe Cole who improvised to stunning effect, stretching out a foot to prod the ball against the post. Avram Grant's Chelsea were buoyant while Fenerbahçe were rocking. Their priority in the short term was not to concede another but they were on the rack and it was fortunate that Edu read the danger signs when Ballack attempted to play in Didier Drogba.

Cudicini off
When allowed the ball, the visitors from Istanbul showed some neat touches but these were only brief interludes in a tidal wave of early Chelsea pressure. However, they could take encouragement from the sight of Cudicini hobbling out of the action midway through the half, seemingly after a muscle pull. That brought understudy Hilário on to the field and he was immediately tested by a long-range drive from Semih Şentürk, preferred up front to ex-Chelsea forward Mateja Kežman. Then, from Alex's free-kick, Lugano rose highest and unchallenged but could not place his header on target.

Essien threat
In a similar right-back role to last week, Michael Essien was again able to push forward and created a number of chances. At the start of the second period he drilled a ball into Drogba who turned swiftly but shot straight at Volkan Demirel. The goalkeeper left his line to chase Kalou for a ball Joe Cole struck just too hard for his colleague and was fortunate that Lugano helped him crowd out the Chelsea forward.

Fenerbahçe hope
That was followed by a neat Drogba-Ballack combination which so nearly put the German player in. A second Chelsea goal looked likely yet until it arrived Fenerbahçe lived in hope and the Stamford Bridge fans remained anxious even though Hilário had still to be seriously tested with an hour gone. Fenerbahçe coach Zico sent on Kežman as his side sought with added urgency the goal that would put them through.

Hilário heroics
Chelsea endured some shaky moments and Hilário scrambled to push away's Gökhan Gönül's deflected volley. He then parried a fierce strike from Kazım Kazım before Essien, who will be suspended for the first leg against Liverpool at Anfield, ended a persistent run with a low cross and Lampard tapped in.

Last updated: 08/04/13 21.28CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
Substitution26
1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
2
LuganoDiego Lugano
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
6
Gökçek VedersonGökçek Vederson
Substitution89
5
EssienMichael Essien
Yellow Card86
8
Kazım KazımColin Kazım Richards
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
Yellow Card90
15
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Goal87
20
AlexAlex (C)
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution85
23
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
Substitution75
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
33
MaldonadoClaudio Maldonado
Substitution60
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Goal4
36
Edu DracenaEdu Dracena
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution58
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
99
DeividDeivid

Substitutes

40
HilárioHilário (GK)
Substitution26
22
Serdar KulbilgeSerdar Kulbilge (GK)
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
5
Yasin ÇakmakYasin Çakmak
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
9
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution60
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution85
18
Ali BilginAli Bilgin
Substitution89
33
AlexAlex
19
Önder TuracıÖnder Turacı
35
BellettiJuliano Belletti
Substitution58
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
25
Uğur BoralUğur Boral
Substitution75

Coach

Avram Grant (ISR) Zico (BRA)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official

Felix Brych (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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