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Luiz and Mata help Chelsea beat Leverkusen

Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 22.37CET
Chelsea FC 2-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
David Luiz struck with 23 minutes remaining and Juan Mata clinched victory in added time against a skilful Leverkusen side at Stamford Bridge.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaLeverkusen

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
24
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)59
 
41

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:25 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 22.37CET

Luiz and Mata help Chelsea beat Leverkusen

Chelsea FC 2-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
David Luiz struck with 23 minutes remaining and Juan Mata clinched victory in added time against a skilful Leverkusen side at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from David Luiz and Juan Mata steered Chelsea FC to their eighth UEFA Champions League matchday one victory in ten attempts and ensured new manager André Villas-Boas got off to a satisfying start in a competition that has become a real focus for the Stamford Bridge club.

Luiz, making his first appearance of the season in place of captain John Terry, struck in the 67th minute to reward an improved second-half display from the hosts. However, they were never completely comfortable against a skilful Bayer 04 Leverkusen side until Mata struck to settle the Group E fixture in added time.

The ball was in the net – at both ends – inside the first four minutes but neither effort counted with Simon Rolfes denied by the referee's whistle then Raul Meireles flicking in from an offside position. Before that Fernando Torres had sent an acrobatic volley over his shoulder but also wide of the mark: it was some start to the night and not surprisingly the rest of the half struggled to live up to that billing.

Torres, seeking his first goal of the season, was working hard to get on the end of things as Mata and Daniel Sturridge sparkled down the flanks. He might have scored in the tenth minute but allowed Bernd Leno to save with his left hand. Sturridge did better with a couple of stinging drives. Meanwhile the Bundesliga team were working hard, funnelling back to deny space and then counterattacking with stealth when the opportunity arose.

Just after the break, Torres twisted to get a header on target. It heralded a period of added urgency from the home side though they were nearly undone at the back as Michael Ballack, returning to the club where he had a trophy-laden four years, raced through only for Petr Čech to deny him with an outstretched leg.

A great save from Leno then kept out Sturridge but Chelsea were building a head of steam and it was about yield the first goal. Luiz began the move with a strong run from deep and when Ashley Cole played it in and Torres knocked it back, the Portuguese swept the ball stylishly beyond the goalkeeper. At the death Torres broke through and this time set up Mata for an easy second.

Last updated: 30/11/12 17.04CET

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Quotes

  • André Villas-Boas

    Read more"It was a pity the second goal took time to arrive, as it would have given us comfort, but we had excellent work-rate"

  • Robin Dutt

    Read more"Chelsea won deservedly, no question about it. But nevertheless I have seen a good performance from my team"

Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

leverkusen

Leverkusen

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK) (C)
23
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
Yellow Card59
Goal67
Substitution76
8
BenderLars Bender
Yellow Card72
Substitution80
9
TorresFernando Torres
Yellow Card9
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Goal90+2
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Substitution66
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
18
SamSidney Sam
Substitution73
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution64
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution64
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Yellow Card38

Substitutes

40
HilárioHilário (GK)
22
YelldellDavid Yelldell (GK)
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution64
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
20
McEachranJosh McEachran
10
Renato AugustoRenato Augusto
Substitution66
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
Substitution80
33
AlexAlex
Substitution76
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution73
Yellow Card74
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution64
38
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Robin Dutt (GER)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Eric Dansault (FRA), Frédéric Cano (FRA)

Fourth official

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (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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