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APOEL consoled by well-made point

Published: Wednesday 9 December 2009, 0.25CET
Chelsea FC 2-2 APOEL FC
Substitute Nenad Mirosavljević struck an 87th-minute equaliser as APOEL ended a proud defensive record and bowed out on a high.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaAPOEL

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target13
 
1
Corners8
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
7
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 9 December 2009, 0.25CET

APOEL consoled by well-made point

Chelsea FC 2-2 APOEL FC
Substitute Nenad Mirosavljević struck an 87th-minute equaliser as APOEL ended a proud defensive record and bowed out on a high.

APOEL FC ended Chelsea FC's run of ten matches without conceding at Stamford Bridge and then repeated the trick with three minutes remaining to earn a surprise draw.

Mirosavljević equaliser
It was not enough to propel the Cypriot side into the UEFA Europa League but the memory of how they stood up to one of the continent's dominant forces – albeit a side missing several first-choice players – will live with them for a long time. Marcin Żewłakow's early strike was overturned before half-time as Michael Essien and Didier Drogba got on the scoresheet. Chelsea continued to dominate and always looked the likely winners but they were rocked when, three minutes from time, substitute Nenad Mirosavljević stole in for the equaliser.

Rare breach
Carlo Ancelotti gave UEFA Champions League debuts to goalkeeper Ross Turnbull and Gaël Kakuta and the former was quickly called into action, plunging to his right to beat away Joost Broerse's shot on the turn after a cleverly-worked free-kick. It was a stark warning to Chelsea's rearguard, but not heeded as Żewłakow became the first player to breach them at home in eleven matches. Konstantinos Charalambides found enough time and space to engineer a sweet pass for the Polish striker to stride on to and easily beat the onrushing Turnbull.

Fulsome riposte
It silenced much of Stamford Bridge while the 5,000-strong APOEL supporters let their surprise and delight be heard. The home fans were soon rising to cheer a Joe Cole header which flashed into the net following Florent Malouda's precise cross only for the offside flag to rule it out. Nevertheless, the shock of falling behind served to concentrate Chelsea minds and they were pouring forward in droves. The equaliser followed another well-constructed incursion into the heart of the visitors' defence with Essien taking possession before side-stepping his man and unleashing a firm drive which Dionisios Chiotis could not keep out.

Essien injury
Essien limped off shortly after but with Frank Lampard taking over there was unlikely to be any interruption to Chelsea's supremacy. Almost immediately Yuri Zhirkov advanced to find a crossing position down the left. Drogba pulled away from his markers and there was room aplenty to drive in the second. There was nothing at the start of the second half to suggest the balance of play was about to witness a significant change. Cole came close to Kakuta's low delivery while from a promising position Drogba sensed an opportunity to add to his recent tally of free-kick goals but aimed narrowly wide.

Chances rain
As the rain continued to pour down and Chelsea remained camped in the APOEL half, it seemed the only relevant issue was how many goals the home side would be satisfied with. Cole bounced a long cross off the crossbar but the look on his face was a giveaway that his intention had been to find a team-mate rather than go for goal. Terry had a goal ruled out and was then found wanting at the other end as Chelsea gave the ball away and Mirosavljević pounced to deliver the visitors a point.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.23CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

apoel

APOEL

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
5
EssienMichael Essien
Goal19
Substitution26
3
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
7
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
Yellow Card85
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal26
11
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Substitution70
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
14
BroerseJoost Broerse
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
21
M. ŻewłakowMarcin Żewłakow
Goal6
Substitution83
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Yellow Card18
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
35
BellettiJuliano Belletti
32
HaxhiAltin Haxhi
Substitution34
44
KakutaGaël Kakuta
Substitution73
33
MichailChrysostomos Michail (C)

Substitutes

40
HilárioHilário (GK)
88
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
9
PapathanasiouAndreas Papathanasiou
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution26
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
19
IliaMarios Ilia
Substitution34
43
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
20
Jean PaulistaJean Paulista
45
BoriniFabio Borini
Substitution73
30
MirosavljevićNenad Mirosavljević
Substitution70
Goal87
48
PhilliskirkDaniel Philliskirk
37
BreškaMário Breška
Substitution83

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Ivan Jovanović (SRB)

Referee

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Assistant referees

Nicola Nicoletti (ITA), Luca Maggiani (ITA)

Fourth official

Antonio Damato (ITA)

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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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