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Torres on target as Chelsea sneak past Steaua

Published: Thursday 14 March 2013, 23.06CET
Chelsea FC 3-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti (agg: 3-2)
Needing to score twice in the second half to reach the quarter-finals, Chelsea came through with goals from John Terry and Fernando Torres.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaSteaua

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target7
 
2
Corners7
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 March 2013, 23.06CET

Torres on target as Chelsea sneak past Steaua

Chelsea FC 3-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti (agg: 3-2)
Needing to score twice in the second half to reach the quarter-finals, Chelsea came through with goals from John Terry and Fernando Torres.

Chelsea FC turned back the clock to reprise their come-from-behind heroics from last season's UEFA Champions League and finally extinguish the redoubtable challenge of FC Steaua Bucureşti.

When the Romanian side rubbed out Chelsea's opening goal – the Blues' 300th in European competition – on the stroke of half-time, it left the hosts needing to score twice more to earn a place in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals. John Terry and Fernando Torres struck to see them through and maintain their dream of back-to-back European trophies.

Steaua's attacking stealth was underlined in the 13th minute when Raul Rusescu was sent clear of a creaking back line. The No24, whose penalty had divided the teams in last week's Bucharest first leg, shot too close to Petr Čech who pulled off a fine finger-tip save.

Chelsea dominated possession with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar keen to get on the ball and display their talents. It was Mata who produced the breakthrough as he drove forward and was then on hand to receive a return pass from Ramires before prodding home via goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu's large frame.

In the face of increasing Chelsea pressure the visitors somehow kept it together. Then, following three successive corners, Cristian Tănase saw a shot blocked on the line and Vlad Chiricheş followed up to score.

Had Alexandru Bourceanu accepted a decent opportunity at the start of the second half, Chelsea would have been staring at the exit door and the Steaua captain had reason to rue his inaccuracy when Terry headed in Mata's free-kick.

The home crowd, outsung by the visiting fans early on, knew the force was with their side. Torres's goal recalled his prowess in Liverpool FC colours, taking Hazard's nudge and shifting his balance to his left before firing across the goalkeeper and into the far corner. His missed penalty with three minutes remaining blotted his copybook, however.

Last updated: 16/03/13 0.10CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

steaua

Steaua

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Yellow Card80
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
5
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
7
RamiresRamires
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal71
Penalty87
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
Substitution78
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Goal34
Substitution90
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
11
OscarOscar
16
RâpăCornel Râpă
Yellow Card58
Substitution84
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Yellow Card70
21
ChiricheşVlad Chiricheş
Goal45+1
17
E. HazardEden Hazard
Substitution90+3
24
RusescuRaul Rusescu
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Goal58
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
Yellow Card49
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
77
PopaAdrian Popa

Substitutes

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
1
StancaRăzvan Stanca (GK)
8
LampardFrank Lampard
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
13
MosesVictor Moses
Substitution90
8
FilipLucian Filip
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
24
CahillGary Cahill
20
Leandro TatuLeandro Tatu
Substitution78
30
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution90+3
80
IancuGabriel Iancu
34
BertrandRyan Bertrand
99
Adi SobrinhoAdi Sobrinho
Substitution84

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Michael Annonier (FRA)

Fourth official

Eric Dansault (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Antony Gautier (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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