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Anelka leads Chelsea procession in Zilina

Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET
MŠK Žilina 1-4 Chelsea FC
The English titleholders proved too strong for their Slovakian counterparts with Nicolas Anelka scoring two of the goals and creating a third.
by Andy James
from Štadión MŠK Žilina

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ŽilinaChelsea

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target8
 
7
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners5
 
4
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed11
 
14
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET

Anelka leads Chelsea procession in Zilina

MŠK Žilina 1-4 Chelsea FC
The English titleholders proved too strong for their Slovakian counterparts with Nicolas Anelka scoring two of the goals and creating a third.

Chelsea FC enjoyed a seamless return to the European stage with a comfortable 4-1 UEFA Champions League Group F victory at MŠK Žilina.

The hosts, making their debut in the competition proper, received a baptism of fire against the Premier League champions with goals from Michael Essien, Daniel Sturridge and a brace from Nicolas Anelka ensuring the away win. The Slovakian titleholders put in a spirited display, but ultimately Tomáš Oravec's second-half strike was a mere consolation.

Žilina seemed unfazed by their high-profile opponents early on, refusing to invite the visitors onto them and attempting themselves to snatch a surprise opener. However, the Blues took advantage of the resulting space in the 13th minute, Anelka squaring from the left for the onrushing Essien, who sent an unstoppable finish past Martin Dúbravka.

Undeterred, the home side stayed loyal to their attacking principles and Róbert Jež almost caught out Petr Čech with a low free-kick. Still, Pavel Hapal's team were punished when Anelka was again afforded too much room on the left, racing in to score through the legs of Dúbravka after being put clear by Florent Malouda.

Chelsea looked to have decided things shortly before the half-hour, when Malouda's inswinging corner was headed onto the underside of the bar by John Terry, with Anelka on hand to stab home his second of the match. Daniel Sturridge might have added a fourth before the interval as Yuri Zhirkov found him in the centre, but the striker's shot was deflected wide thanks to a saving tackle by Mário Pečalka.

However, Sturridge required just three minutes of the second half to net his first UEFA Champions League goal, latching onto Yossi Benayoun's through ball before rounding the keeper and slotting into the unguarded net.

Despite the deficit, Žilina were inspired into their best spell of the game. The lively Admir Vladavić twice went close from distance, but the home fans' moment of joy arrived in between times. Čech failed to deal with a Jež cross from the right, Branislav Ivanović unwittingly headed towards his own net and Oravec slid in to make absolutely sure the ball crossed the line.

Žilina posed more questions of their guests with a quarter of an hour left as Ľubomír Guldan nodded narrowly wide, yet there would be no further reply and Chelsea played out the match with relative ease. Hapal's men can take positives from their maiden UEFA Champions League outing, but it is Chelsea who set the early Group F pace.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.34CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002820/postmatch/report/index.html#chelsea+strong+zilina

Quotes

  • Pavel Hapal, Žilina coach

    Read more"For us it was a footballing lesson; we saw the way the modern game is going. We lost, but I am not disappointed. We lost to a stronger team."

  • Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea coach

    Read more"It was a very nice evening for Anelka. He scored twice and he was the best player on the pitch."

Lineups

žilina

Žilina

chelsea

Chelsea

30
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
3
PečalkaMário Pečalka
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
5
GuldanĽubomír Guldan
Substitution79
5
EssienMichael Essien
Goal13
6
MrázPatrik Mráz
10
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution79
9
RilkeEmil Rilke
Substitution57
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
12
JežRóbert Jež (C)
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution88
14
OravecTomáš Oravec
Goal55
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
15
PiačekJozef Piaček
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Goal48
Substitution62
18
M. CeesayMomodou Ceesay
Substitution62
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
28
BelloBabatounde Bello
33
AlexAlex
44
VladavićAdmir Vladavić
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Goal24
Goal28

Substitutes

22
KrnáčMartin Krnáč (GK)
22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
2
AngelovičStanislav Angelovič
Substitution79
7
RamiresRamires
7
LeitnerVladimír Leitner
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
10
MajtánTomáš Majtán
Substitution62
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
21
PoliačekPavol Poliaček
Substitution57
38
Van AanholtPatrick van Aanholt
Substitution88
23
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
44
KakutaGaël Kakuta
Substitution62
37
VittorSergio Vittor
46
McEachranJosh McEachran
Substitution79

Coach

Pavel Hapal (CZE) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Berry Simons (NED)

Fourth official

Richard Liesveld (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)

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