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Chelsea win Group E, Steaua run goes on

Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 22.38CET
Chelsea FC 1-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Demba Ba's goal ensured the 2012 champions sealed top spot in Group E as Steaua's winless run extended to a competition record 23rd game.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaSteaua

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)64
 
36
Total attempts16
 
9
on target8
 
4
off target8
 
5
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners14
 
1
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
10
Passes800
 
437
completed655
 
275

Standings

Group E

PPts
Chelsea FC Chelsea612
FC Schalke 04 Schalke610
FC Basel 1893 Basel68
FC Steaua Bucureşti Steaua63
Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 22.38CET

Chelsea win Group E, Steaua run goes on

Chelsea FC 1-0 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Demba Ba's goal ensured the 2012 champions sealed top spot in Group E as Steaua's winless run extended to a competition record 23rd game.

An early Demba Ba goal was enough for Chelsea FC to finish as group winners for the eighth time in the last 11 campaigns and condemn FC Steaua Bucureşti to the unwanted statistic of the side with the longest UEFA Champions League run without a victory – 23 games.

Chelsea lost twice in Group E to the team who finished third – FC Basel 1893 – but triumphed in all four of their other fixtures, scoring 11 times without reply. In the game's decisive moment, Ba pounced at the far post after Oscar had headed on Willian's near-post corner.

José Mourinho's pre-match demand that Chelsea go out to end the group stage with "a good feeling" removed any possibility of complacency and they soon had the visitors back-pedalling. They should have scored after two minutes when David Luiz, returning to the side for the first time since 2 November, escaped his marker but then failed to connect sweetly.

The Brazil defender was one of five changes to the team who had succumbed to a second defeat against Basel two weeks ago. Mark Schwarzer replaced Petr Čech in goal for his UEFA Champions League debut. The early indications were that he could enjoy a relatively quiet night.

Oscar surged forward and shot wide. Then with nine minutes on the clock Willian's set piece found Oscar, who diverted it to the far post for Ba to bundle in. At that point the Chelsea No19 had played 38 minutes of UEFA Champions League football and scored two goals. Eat your heart out Cristiano Ronaldo.

Steaua, bottom of the group and missing their influential captain Alexandru Bourceanu through suspension, were facing another uphill task. Within minutes they should have equalised as Gabriel Iancu was put clear with only Schwarzer to beat. Relief was written all over Chelsea faces as the midfielder slipped the ball the wrong side of the post.

Some of Chelsea's play became sloppy. Perhaps they were in a comfort zone because they seemed capable of scoring at will. From Eden Hazard’s whipped-in centre, Branislav Ivanović sent a strong header goalwards and Ciprian Tătăruşanu’s reflexes were exemplary.

Ba spoiled his copybook by lifting over from point blank range in the second half after Willian had bent a lovely ball into his path. It would not prove costly in terms of the result, but it illustrated why some observers think Mourinho will increase his striking options in the January window. Later Hazard headed over with the goal gaping. The home crowd were imploring their team to score a second, but it would not arrive.

Last updated: 13/12/13 0.11CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2014/matches/round=2000479/match=2011840/postmatch/report/index.html#chelsea+seal+group+e

Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

steaua

Steaua

23
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Yellow Card48
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
5
PintiliiMihai Pintilii (C)
Substitution64
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
8
LampardFrank Lampard
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
11
OscarOscar
Substitution67
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
Yellow Card78
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Yellow Card20
Substitution74
17
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
Yellow Card51
17
HazardEden Hazard
22
PîrvulescuPaul Pîrvulescu
19
BaDemba Ba
Goal10
23
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
Substitution61
22
WillianWillian
Substitution80
35
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
Substitution71
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
80
IancuGabriel Iancu

Substitutes

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
NițăFlorin Niță (GK)
7
RamiresRamires
Substitution74
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
Substitution61
9
TorresFernando Torres
19
CristeaAdrian Cristea
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
20
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Substitution64
14
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution67
25
PiovaccariFederico Piovaccari
Substitution71
15
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Substitution80
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
24
CahillGary Cahill
33
VarelaFernando Varela

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

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