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Chedjou helps Galatasaray peg back Chelsea

Published: Wednesday 26 February 2014, 23.01CET
Galatasaray AŞ 1-1 Chelsea FC
Fernando Torres gave the dominant visitors a half-time lead but Galatasaray turned the tables in the second period, Aurélien Chedjou equalising.
by Dirk Vermeiren
from Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi

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Match statistics

GalatasarayChelsea

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts9
 
9
on target4
 
5
off target5
 
4
blocked0
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners7
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
18
Fouls suffered17
 
18
Passes625
 
477
completed465
 
324

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 26 February 2014, 23.01CET

Chedjou helps Galatasaray peg back Chelsea

Galatasaray AŞ 1-1 Chelsea FC
Fernando Torres gave the dominant visitors a half-time lead but Galatasaray turned the tables in the second period, Aurélien Chedjou equalising.

Aurélien Chedjou struck a 65th-minute equaliser as Galatasaray AŞ turned the tables on Chelsea FC with a second-half performance as dominant as their opponents had been in the first.

The west London club looked to be cruising towards the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after Fernando Torres's early opener and plenty of chances to add to their advantage. Indeed, José Mourinho could have been forgiven for pondering the margin of victory rather than whether or not they would win, but the hosts were a different proposition after the restart. Chedjou turned the ball in following a corner to earn parity and leave this round of 16 tie wide open.

A sold-out Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi is daunting to many but clearly not to Chelsea as they immediately took a firm grip on proceedings in Istanbul – if not subduing the home crowd then at least taking the edge off it. They forged ahead inside nine minutes as Torres converted César Azpilicueta's squared ball from the left. It was Cimbom who appeared to be struggling to come to terms with the occasion, with muscular Chelsea ever a threat on the break.

Wesley Sneijder and Selçuk İnan, Galatasaray's creative fulcrum, were forced to do more defending than they would have hoped to combat the visitors. It was fully 30 minutes before a hint of threat on Petr Čech's goal, with John Terry and his defensive colleagues seemingly at ease repelling the advances of a man they knew so well: Didier Drogba. As the teams went in for half-time the biggest question was how it was only 1-0.

Roberto Mancini worked wonders. His charges emerged from the interval with a spring in their step and suddenly it was Chelsea on the back foot. Selçuk hit the post in a goalmouth melee and the crowd rose in unison, in expectation. Chedjou duly satisfied them as he peeled off Terry to meet Sneijder's excellent corner from the left with a skewed effort that evaded Čech on the way in.

This was definitely not part of Mourinho's game plan. The Portuguese sought to halt Galatasaray's momentum, withdrawing the industrious Torres for the opportunistic Samuel Eto'o; soon afterwards he applauded Drogba off as he made way for Umut Bulut. Fresh legs did not bring fresh opportunities, though, the last 20 minutes witnessing some hard-fought battles in midfield – setting the agenda, perhaps, for the second leg at Stamford Bridge in three weeks.

Last updated: 28/02/14 0.06CET

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Lineups

galatasaray

Galatasaray

chelsea

Chelsea

25
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
Yellow Card61
3
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan (C)
Yellow Card57
7
RamiresRamires
Yellow Card58
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
8
LampardFrank Lampard
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Substitution80
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal9
Substitution68
14
I. HajrovicIzet Hajrovic
Substitution31
14
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Yellow Card57
Substitution67
15
Alex TellesAlex Telles
17
E. HazardEden Hazard
Substitution90+2
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
22
WillianWillian
21
ChedjouAurélien Chedjou
Goal65
24
CahillGary Cahill
22
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
Substitution46
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Yellow Card42
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta

Substitutes

86
Ufuk CeylanUfuk Ceylan (GK)
23
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
6
Ceyhun GülselamCeyhun Gülselam
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
19
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Substitution80
11
OscarOscar
Substitution90+2
26
Semih KayaSemih Kaya
Substitution46
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Substitution67
35
Yekta KurtuluşYekta Kurtuluş
Substitution31
19
BaDemba Ba
52
Emre ÇolakEmre Çolak
29
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Substitution68
55
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu
33
KalasTomáš Kalas

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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