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Ivanović completes rousing Chelsea comeback

Published: Wednesday 14 March 2012, 23.18CET
Chelsea FC 4-1 SSC Napoli (aet, agg: 5-4)
Branislav Ivanović struck an 105th-minute winner as Roberto Di Matteo's side booked their place in Friday's quarter-final draw against the odds.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaNapoli

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
11
Corners12
 
8
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed22
 
23
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)55
 
45

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 14 March 2012, 23.18CET

Ivanović completes rousing Chelsea comeback

Chelsea FC 4-1 SSC Napoli (aet, agg: 5-4)
Branislav Ivanović struck an 105th-minute winner as Roberto Di Matteo's side booked their place in Friday's quarter-final draw against the odds.

Chelsea FC booked a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh time in nine seasons as they overturned SSC Napoli's 3-1 first-leg advantage on a pulsating night at Stamford Bridge.

It was the old guard – Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba – who helped steer the home team through with the opening three goals. After going 2-0 down on the night Napoli revived their hopes through Gökhan Inler's splendid strike but Lampard's penalty forced extra time, where Branislav Ivanović fired in to wrap things up.

Napoli had quickly settled to their task and survived a scare when Drogba headed down a long throw and Daniel Sturridge fired off a shot which Morgan De Sanctis scrambled to his left to keep out. Even so, nerves were evident in Chelsea's play and the visitors began to win possession and work themselves into some dangerous positions.

Chances began to flow. Marek Hamšík was denied by Petr Čech's outstretched leg and Edinson Cavani shot over following the subsequent corner. Then came a more obvious opening for the Uruguayan but he could only find the side netting. Ezequiel Lavezzi got away behind the defence following Inler's pass; Čech again came to the rescue.

Chelsea might have feared going further behind in the tie but their night suddenly brightened with a stunning goal from Drogba. Christian Maggio had taken a blow on the foot a little earlier and it stopped him closing down Ramires as quickly as he would have liked. The cross was measured and the Ivorian stole a metre on his marker to bullet in his header.

Cavani's poor first touch wasted an opening at the other end and it proved the cue for Sturridge to take over as chief penalty-box menace. One fearsome cross flew across the goal; his follow-up header lacked power. Maggio was soon forced off injured, with Juan Zúñiga switching from left-back to facilitate the arrival of Andrea Dossena.

Chelsea will have been delighted with their first-half lead bearing in mind the chances Napoli created and it got even better for them immediately after the restart as Terry rose to power in a header from Lampard's corner. Game well and truly on.

It stirred an emphatic response from the Italian side with Terry forced to show his defensive abilities as the ball fizzed around the area. It was the skipper's clearance following a cross that paved the way for Napoli's goal in the 55th minute, Inler controlling the ball on his chest before dispatching a stunning half-volley into the bottom corner of the net.

De Sanctis distinguished himself with two instinctive saves, first from Ivanović, then from Drogba's smart turn. But he was beaten again in the 75th minute when Lampard drilled in a penalty after Dossena had handled.

The excitement continued into extra time. Just before the end of the first period Drogba played the ball across and Ivanović was there to ram it high into the net. Stamford Bridge roared its approval lustily.

Last updated: 27/11/12 16.33CET

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Quotes

  • Roberto Di Matteo

    Read more"The performance of this whole team was outstanding – not just the senior players, but the collective performance"

  • Walter Mazzarri

    Read more"We should have been more careful defensively, but we came up against a team full of champions. But Napoli should be proud tonight"

Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

napoli

Napoli

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Goal105 ET
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
Substitution110 ET
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Yellow Card98 ET
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
Substitution37
5
EssienMichael Essien
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
Yellow Card115 ET
7
RamiresRamires
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Substitution106 ET
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Yellow Card43
Goal75
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution95 ET
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal29
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution63
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro (C)
Yellow Card53
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Goal47
Substitution98 ET
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Goal55
Yellow Card112 ET

Substitutes

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
83
RosatiAntonio Rosati (GK)
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution63
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
Substitution37
Yellow Card68
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
16
Vargas                        Eduardo Vargas
Substitution110 ET
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution95 ET
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Substitution98 ET
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
29
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution106 ET
24
CahillGary Cahill
85
BritosMiguel Britos

Coach

Roberto Di Matteo (ITA) Walter Mazzarri (ITA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mike Pickel (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Felix Zwayer (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Florian Meyer (GER), Deniz Aytekin (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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