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Eto'o double puts Chelsea in command

Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 23.02CET
Chelsea FC 3-0 FC Schalke 04
Samuel Eto'o struck twice as the Londoners beat Jens Keller's men for the second time in a fortnight to take a firm grip on Group E.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaSchalke

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts10
 
7
on target9
 
4
off target1
 
3
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
4
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
17
Fouls suffered17
 
13
Passes695
 
534
completed572
 
417

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 23.02CET

Eto'o double puts Chelsea in command

Chelsea FC 3-0 FC Schalke 04
Samuel Eto'o struck twice as the Londoners beat Jens Keller's men for the second time in a fortnight to take a firm grip on Group E.

Samuel Eto'o scored his first UEFA Champions League goals for Chelsea FC to drive the London side to a three-point lead in Group E with their 100th European victory.

Eto'o's first was a triumph for anticipation and opportunism as FC Schalke 04 goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand dallied over his attempted clearance, allowing the striker to divert it into an empty net. The second recalled all the Cameroonian's best moments in the colours of FC Barcelona and FC Internazionale Milano as his shot arrowed into the far corner while Demba Ba's first in the competition put the icing on Chelsea's cake with seven minutes remaining.

Chelsea's third successive win – scoring ten in the process and conceding none – scarcely looked on the cards as the Bundesliga club, who remain in second place on six points despite this second 3-0 loss to José Mourinho's men in two weeks, started in explosive fashion.

Julian Draxler shone brightest of all early on, first sliding a low, skimming shot just the wrong side of the upright before brilliantly setting up Ádám Szalai who also fired menacingly close. Pressing high up the pitch, the visitors were causing all sorts of problems but gradually the home team established a foothold as Willian began to get on the ball, providing a platform for André Schürrle to demonstrate his skills.

The German international's free-kick was heading for the top corner before Hildebrand got there just in time to claw it to safety. The keeper was the hero on that occasion but soon after Schürrle swung another effort narrowly off target, Hildebrand was left embarrassed as his hesitation gave Eto'o the opportunity to stick out his right leg and deflect the custodian's clearance into an unguarded net.

It was a remarkable moment and Eto'o was quick to include Mourinho in the celebrations to mark his first UEFA Champions League goal for more than two and a half years, and 28th in total. Schalke were unable to muster a response before the interval but seven minutes into the second half they believed they had chiselled out an equaliser when Draxler worked his magic again. This time his attempt was on target but Petr Čech smuggled it away.

Then Chelsea made the game safe. Willian's pace was too hot as he surged forward through the centre before finding Eto'o in space on the right. The finish was clinical and measured to a tee, the ball arrowing into the far corner with Hildebrand well beaten. Eto'o left the field to rapturous acclaim and Ba showed his own penalty-box instinct to make it three, twisting to volley in a lofted pass from Frank Lampard and wrap up the points.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.43CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

schalke

Schalke

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
7
RamiresRamires
9
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Substitution77
11
OscarOscar
Substitution81
10
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Yellow Card19
Substitution62
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Yellow Card72
14
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution78
15
AogoDennis Aogo
22
WillianWillian
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
Yellow Card76
24
CahillGary Cahill
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
Substitution67
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
28
SzalaiÁdám Szalai
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
32
MatipJoel Matip
29
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal31
Goal54
Substitution77
33
NeustädterRoman Neustädter

Substitutes

23
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
1
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
2
HooglandTim Hoogland
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
5
Felipe SantanaFelipe Santana
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution81
6
KolasinacSead Kolasinac
Substitution77
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
7
MeyerMax Meyer
Substitution67
15
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Substitution78
11
ClemensChristian Clemens
Substitution62
19
BaDemba Ba
Substitution77
Goal83
24
AyhanKaan Ayhan

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Jens Keller (GER)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Leif Erik Opland (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR), Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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