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Chelsea dominant in dispatching Galatasaray

Published: Tuesday 18 March 2014, 22.50CET
Chelsea FC 2-0 Galatasaray AŞ (agg: 3-1)
Samuel Eto'o's early goal was added to before half-time by defender Gary Cahill's close-range strike as the 2012 winners eased through.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaGalatasaray

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts21
 
4
on target13
 
1
off target8
 
3
blocked3
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
0
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
20
Fouls suffered19
 
19
Passes500
 
535
completed369
 
385

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 18 March 2014, 22.50CET

Chelsea dominant in dispatching Galatasaray

Chelsea FC 2-0 Galatasaray AŞ (agg: 3-1)
Samuel Eto'o's early goal was added to before half-time by defender Gary Cahill's close-range strike as the 2012 winners eased through.

Chelsea FC made it an unhappy return to Stamford Bridge for Galatasaray AŞ's Didier Drogba by marching into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the eighth time in 11 seasons.

While all the attention had been focused on the reunion with their former forward, it was one of their current ones, Samuel Eto'o, who got the ball rolling Chelsea's way with a strike after four minutes. If that was a well-worked incursion, the second goal owed everything to smart reactions, Gary Cahill following up a John Terry header to score from close range.

Drogba – a winner of ten major prizes with Chelsea and who will always be remembered for the decisive penalty against FC Bayern München which ensured they lifted the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League – battled as hard as he could and typically won a number of headers and free-kicks, but support was in short supply simply because the home side were so dominant.

The game panned out that way from the fourth minute when Eden Hazard drifted infield and was not picked up as he gathered a throw-in, a smart turn shrugging off his nearest challenger. Oscar joined in and set Eto'o free inside the box, the low finish containing sufficient power to beat Fernando Muslera.

It was a wonderful boost for the Blues while Galatasaray had paid a heavy price for granting Hazard and Oscar the room to weave their magic. If the Turkish champions were to improve on a record of no victories in eight visits to England they would need to show far more discipline.

Drogba, who was afforded a stirring welcome from the home supporters, sent a bicycle kick over the bar but was overambitious when chancing his arm from 35 metres, his free-kick threatening only the 'Always in our hearts' banner that adorned the upper section of the stand behind Petr Čech's goal.

Lampard came close following a delightful combination between Oscar and Hazard. Then, from Lampard's free-kick, Terry's volley flew just too high. With three minutes remaining in the first half Lampard's corner was again met by Terry and when Muslera beat out the header, Cahill reacted first to ram the ball in.

The visiting fans tried to lift their team with a constant wall of noise, but most of the action after the break was in the opposite half of the field as Chelsea sought a third goal, Willian stinging Muslera's palms from the edge of the area.

Late on Muslera denied Hazard and Fernando Torres, and Drogba missed a late opportunity to mark his return with a goal. Two for the hosts hardly did justice to their superiority.

Last updated: 01/04/14 11.20CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

galatasaray

Galatasaray

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
25
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Yellow Card58
3
Felipe MeloFelipe Melo
Yellow Card19
7
RamiresRamires
8
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan (C)
Yellow Card90+1
8
LampardFrank Lampard
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
11
OscarOscar
Yellow Card40
Substitution82
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Yellow Card68
17
E. HazardEden Hazard
15
Alex TellesAlex Telles
22
WillianWillian
Substitution90+3
17
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
Substitution54
24
CahillGary Cahill
Goal42
21
ChedjouAurélien Chedjou
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
26
Semih KayaSemih Kaya
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Substitution77
29
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Goal4
Substitution86
35
Yekta KurtuluşYekta Kurtuluş
Substitution67

Substitutes

23
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
86
Ufuk CeylanUfuk Ceylan (GK)
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
2
G. BurdissoGuillermo Burdisso
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution86
6
Ceyhun GülselamCeyhun Gülselam
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
14
I. HajrovicIzet Hajrovic
Substitution77
14
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution82
19
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Substitution54
19
BaDemba Ba
22
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
Substitution67
33
KalasTomáš Kalas
Substitution90+3
55
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Tobias Welz (GER), Bastian Dankert (GER)

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