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Chelsea comeback clinches first place in Group F

Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.30CET
Chelsea FC 2-1 MŠK Žilina
The home side recovered from Babatounde Bello's fine goal to take the points thanks to Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda.
by Trevor Huggins
from Stamford Bridge

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ChelseaŽilina

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
5
Attempts off target16
 
1
Corners12
 
1
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.30CET

Chelsea comeback clinches first place in Group F

Chelsea FC 2-1 MŠK Žilina
The home side recovered from Babatounde Bello's fine goal to take the points thanks to Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda.

A youthful Chelsea FC side needed a late winner from Florent Malouda to secure a fifth consecutive UEFA Champions League victory as they finished top of Group F.

Second-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda came to the rescue of Carlo Ancelotti's reshuffled side, who fell behind to Babatounde Bello's fine 19th-minute strike for MŠK Žilina. The visitors were unrecognisable from the side that suffered a record 7-0 home defeat against Olympique de Marseille on Matchday 4, and looked set to earn their first point of the campaign despite Sturridge's equaliser six minutes after half-time, only for Malouda to pounce with four minutes of regulation time remaining.

Ancelotti made seven changes to the side that beat FC Spartak Moskva 4-1 on Matchday 4, notably handing a full debut to 17-year-old midfielder Josh McEachran and giving starts to defenders Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Bruma, with Ross Turnbull between the posts. There was an understandable lack of the usual fluidity from the hosts in the opening stages, and the visitors took full advantage to snatch an unexpected advantage. Picking up the ball outside the area, Bello twice swapped passes neatly with Róbert Jež before steering a shot past Turnbull with his right foot.

It was just what the game needed, giving Tomáš Majtán the confidence to ghost past two Chelsea defenders before unleashing a vicious angled shot which Turnbull did well to block at his near post. At the other end, Sturridge and Malouda both tested Martin Dúbravka and the latter was particularly unlucky to see a thunderous 20-metre effort deflected away for a corner.

Ancelotti replaced Gaël Kakuta with Salomon Kalou at the interval and the Ivorian only needed six minutes to make an impact, his cross from the left somehow finding its way through for Sturridge to rifle in from an acute angle at the far post. With pressure mounting, Chelsea promptly set about looking for a winner and very nearly found it a few minutes later. Dúbravka was at full stretch to tip Didier Drogba's angled free-kick from the left on to the crossbar and Branislav Ivanović could only head over when Bruma pulled the ball back.

Van Aanholt had no better luck when his rasping shot hit the post, but Chelsea's experienced heads secured the points with time running out. Substitute Nicolas Anelka sent over the cross from the left, Drogba headed firmly down and Malouda stuck out a leg to guide the ball in.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.20CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

žilina

Žilina

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
30
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
2
AngelovičStanislav Angelovič
7
RamiresRamires
Yellow Card80
3
PečalkaMário Pečalka
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba (C)
5
GuldanĽubomír Guldan
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Goal86
10
MajtánTomáš Majtán
Substitution85
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
12
JežRóbert Jež (C)
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Goal51
Substitution74
14
OravecTomáš Oravec
Substitution65
38
Van AanholtPatrick van Aanholt
15
PiačekJozef Piaček
43
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
28
BelloBabatounde Bello
Goal19
44
KakutaGaël Kakuta
Substitution46
42
GergelRoman Gergel
46
McEachranJosh McEachran
Substitution90+2
44
VladavićAdmir Vladavić
Substitution90

Substitutes

40
HilárioHilário (GK)
22
KrnáčMartin Krnáč (GK)
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
7
LeitnerVladimír Leitner
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution46
9
RilkeEmil Rilke
Substitution90
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution74
18
M. CeesayMomodou Ceesay
Substitution65
47
B. CliffordBilly Clifford
21
PoliačekPavol Poliaček
Substitution85
52
MellisJacob Mellis
Substitution90+2
23
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
55
SalaJacopo Sala
27
ZošákŠtefan Zošák

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Pavel Hapal (CZE)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Mario Strudl (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Gangl (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Bernhard Brugger (AUT), Oliver Drachta (AUT)

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