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Clinical Anelka cuts down APOEL

Published: Thursday 1 October 2009, 0.35CET
APOEL FC 0-1 Chelsea FC
It was business as usual for the visitors as another Nicolas Anelka goal earned a narrow win, though they had to survive a late scare.
by Erodotos Miltiadous
from GSP Stadium

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Match statistics

APOELChelsea

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
12
Corners8
 
2
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed5
 
22
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 1 October 2009, 0.35CET

Clinical Anelka cuts down APOEL

APOEL FC 0-1 Chelsea FC
It was business as usual for the visitors as another Nicolas Anelka goal earned a narrow win, though they had to survive a late scare.

It was business as usual for Chelsea FC as, despite a few late scares caused by a determined APOEL FC side, a goal from Nicolas Anelka earned the Londoners' second successive 1-0 victory in Group D.

Drogba suspended
With Didier Drogba two games into a three-match UEFA Champions League suspension Anelka once again carried Chelsea's goalscoring burden in Nicosia, as he had done at home to FC Porto a fortnight ago. His 18th-minute breakthrough had been coming but the visitors failed to build on their advantage and were almost made to pay as an increasingly adventurous APOEL team mounted a late siege on their goal. Yet there would be no way through.

Belletti build-up
After a typically cautious start, the Premier League outfit gradually wrested control of the game and were almost in cruise control by the time Anelka – who had struck the only goal against Porto on Matchday 1 – broke the deadlock. Given freedom to roam down the right, Juliano Belletti attacked with purpose, making light work of Altin Haxhi before cutting the ball back to Anelka. The Frenchman still had a job to do but he did it with aplomb, firing his first-time shot inside Dionisios Chiotis's far post.

Growing threat
Despite Chelsea's dominance, the goalkeeper – APOEL's hero as they earned a point at Club Atlético de Madrid on their group-stage debut – otherwise had very little to do. Ashley Cole, Florent Malouda and Anelka all tried their luck from distance, yet with little menace, and on the counterattack the Cypriot champions began to ask questions of the Blues' back line. Christos Kontis and Nenad Mirosavljević both threatened, briefly, and it proved the platform for a much-improved second-half performance from the home side.

Attacking bent
With the words of coach Ivan Jovanović doubtless ringing in their ears, the local favourites stepped up a gear after the restart, winning a succession of corners, although Chelsea stood firm. An injury worry before this fixture, striker Kamil Kosowski was introduced moments before the hour mark to add another dimension to the APOEL attack and, going into the final ten minutes, his team found one.

Charalambides chance
Raiding down the flanks, they started to peg back Chelsea as Belletti and Cole had done earlier in the contest and, with six minutes remaining, came their chance: Constantinos Charalambides sending his header a whisker wide. It was as close as they would get to restoring parity, despite the efforts of Jean Paulista and Kosowski, and Chelsea duly moved three points clear in Group D ahead of their meeting with Atlético in three weeks' time. Still on one point, APOEL can nevertheless travel to Porto in October with confidence intact.

Last updated: 27/11/12 7.08CET

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Lineups

apoel

APOEL

chelsea

Chelsea

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
5
GrncarovBoban Grncarov
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Yellow Card79
7
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution85
5
EssienMichael Essien
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
24
KontisChristos Kontis
8
LampardFrank Lampard
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
29
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution58
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Yellow Card44
Substitution80
30
MirosavljevićNenad Mirosavljević
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
32
HaxhiAltin Haxhi
35
BellettiJuliano Belletti
Substitution68
33
MichailChrysostomos Michail (C)
Substitution80
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Goal18

Substitutes

88
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
40
HilárioHilário (GK)
9
PapathanasiouAndreas Papathanasiou
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution80
11
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Substitution58
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
20
DecoDeco
Substitution68
19
IliaMarios Ilia
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
20
Jean PaulistaJean Paulista
Substitution85
41
HutchinsonSam Hutchinson
37
BreškaMário Breška
Substitution80
43
BrumaJeffrey Bruma

Coach

Ivan Jovanović (SRB) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Michael Annonier (FRA), David Benech (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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