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Drogba guides Chelsea past Valencia into last 16

Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 22.43CET
Chelsea FC 3-0 Valencia CF
Didier Drogba struck twice as Chelsea confirmed their place in the last 16 for the ninth successive year and picked up the added bonus of winning Group E.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaValencia

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners4
 
8
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed8
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)34
 
66

Standings

Group E

PPts
1Chelsea FC Chelsea611
2Bayer 04 Leverkusen Leverkusen610
3Valencia CF Valencia68
4KRC Genk Genk63
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 22.43CET

Drogba guides Chelsea past Valencia into last 16

Chelsea FC 3-0 Valencia CF
Didier Drogba struck twice as Chelsea confirmed their place in the last 16 for the ninth successive year and picked up the added bonus of winning Group E.

Chelsea FC eased their way into the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds with a comfortable defeat of Valencia CF which also ensured them top spot in Group E.

It was not the tense occasion perhaps envisaged by the London side's supporters, with Didier Drogba's third-minute goal settling any early nerves. Valencia then dominated possession but could not force a breakthrough and hestitant defending enabled Ramires to add a second midway through the first half, Drogba making it three in the 76th minute. With hopes high of qualifying before kick-off, the Spanish side now head for the UEFA Europa League with the loss confirming them in third.

An early goal was just the start Chelsea were after, yet they could not have dared dream it would materialise so soon. Daniel Sturridge created the opportunity with a flighted ball to the far post which Juan Mata gathered before setting up Drogba. The striker worked the ball on to his left foot and while it was not his sweetest connection and goalkeeper Diego Alves put a glove on it, it still squeezed inside the far post.

It was evidence that Valencia's best form of defence was to attack. Within two minutes Jordi Alba fastened on to an incisive pass from Tino Costa and Chelsea were relieved to see his shot hit the outside of the post. A long-range David Albelda effort had Petr Čech at full stretch as the visitors kept the pressure on.

However their task got even harder in the 22nd minute. Drogba's strength in making ground over the halfway line was impressive but when he played the ball forward for Ramires it looked a race that Víctor Ruiz would win quite comfortably. However the defender hesitated and that was all the invitation Ramires needed to slide the ball beyond Alves.

Valencia will have been heartened by how much possession they enjoyed during the first half; discouraged by the paucity of the chances they had manufactured. The pattern continued after the interval, although Sofiane Feghouli did twice find himself in positions to score.

The first time he blazed over, the second drew a fine save from Čech as the 21-year-old midfielder got power behind a left-footed drive. However, the contest was as good as finished 14 minutes from time when Mata fed Drogba who scored with the outside of his right boot as Chelsea celebrated coming top of their group for the fifth time in six seasons.

Last updated: 27/11/12 13.14CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

valencia

Valencia

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
4
RamiAdil Rami
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
7
JonasJonas
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
Yellow Card68
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution65
7
RamiresRamires
Goal22
Substitution65
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution83
12
BarragánAntonio Barragán
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal3
Goal76
Substitution78
17
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution55
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
18
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
24
CostaTino Costa
Yellow Card69
Substitution77

Substitutes

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
8
LampardFrank Lampard
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution78
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution55
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Substitution65
14
PiattiPablo Piatti
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution83
15
DealbertÁngel Dealbert
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution65
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
Substitution77

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Luca Maggiani (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Andrea De Marco (ITA), Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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