• Date: Tue 16 March 2010
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Ref: Stark, W
  • Attendance: 38,107

Chelsea vs Inter Milan

Team Lineups

Chelsea

Ross Turnbull
Branislav Ivanovic
John Terry
Rodrigo da Costa Alex
Frank Lampard
John Obi Mikel
Michael Ballack (Joe Cole, 62)
Florent Malouda
Yuri Zhirkov (Salomon Kalou, 74)
Didier Drogba
Nicolas Anelka

Inter Milan

Soares de Espindola Julio Cesar
Ferreira Lucio
Douglas Sisenando Maicon
Walter Samuel
Javier Zanetti
Thiago Motta (Marco Materazzi, 90)
Wesley Sneijder (McDonald Mariga, 85)
Esteban Matias Cambiasso
Samuel Eto'o
Diego Alberto Milito
Goran Pandev (Dejan Stankovic, 75)

Match Report
Jose Mourinho made a successful return to Stamford Bridge as his Internazionale side deservedly sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by beating Chelsea 1-0 to complete a 3-1 aggregate success. Making his first appearance at the club since he left in September 2007, Mourinho out-thought current Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti as his team won on the night courtesy of Samuel Eto'o's late goal. To add to Chelsea's dismal evening, Didier Drogba was sent off in the closing stages for apparently stamping on Thiago Motta. Inter had not been in good form recently and lost 3-1 to Catania on Friday while Italian football had been heavily criticised in the wake of AC Milan's dismal display at Manchester United six days ago. But they attacked their hosts at every opportunity and, but for brief spells either side of the interval, dominated proceedings. Inter were certainly not over-awed by the volatile Stamford Bridge atmosphere and in the sixth minute Maicon's drilled cross found the outstanding Wesley Sneijder whose powerful shot was blocked by Alex. Maicon then fired a wayward effort high and wide but, when Chelsea hit back in the 12th minute, Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack combined well before the German sent a low drive narrowly wide. Inter were dictating the pace of the game but in the 26th minute Florent Malouda caused panic in the penalty area and, when the ball broke to Didier Drogba, the Ivorian's shot was superbly blocked by Maicon. Six minutes later Nicolas Anelka wasted a great opportunity with a poor pass inside the penalty area when a precise ball would surely have led to a goal. Maicon, in acres of space yet again, curled in a cross that John Terry completely missed but a surprised Eto'o headed off target. Chelsea ended the first half well with Anelka and Ballack combining to set up Malouda who made some space for himself with a subtle twist. He was just about to try a shot on goal when Walter Samuel made a brilliant last-gasp block. Anelka was also denied before the break but, after Chelsea forced Inter on to the back foot at the start of the second half, Inter broke their shackles on the hour and Goran Pandev was denied by a last-ditch Yuri Zhirkov tackle. In the 66th minute an unmarked Diego Milito dragged a shot wide when he should really have hit the target and five minutes later another perfect Sneijder cross found the unmarked Motta who headed a great chance over the bar. The crucial goal came with 12 minutes left when Eto'o, who had been poor all evening, suddenly beat the offside trap, ran clear and slotted the ball past Ross Turnbull With three minutes left, and to cap a dreadful match for Chelsea, Drogba was dismissed, but it was another superb evening for Mourinho.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full Time: CHELSEA 0-1 INTER MILAN. (Inter win 3-1 on aggregate).

90

Eto'o almost adds a second goal but is denied by a fine Turnbull stop.

90
Substitution
 

As the seconds tick by, Motta is replaced by Marco Materazzi.

90

Inter deserve to go through, they've played really well tonight.

89
Yellow Card
 

Terry is booked for a clumsy challenge on Mariga.

89

Drogba appeared to stamp on Motta although the Ivorian did appear to be unfortunate to be dismissed.

87
Red Card
 

To cap a dreadful evening for Chelsea, Drogba is dismissed after clashing with Motta.

86

Maybe Italian football isn't quite as bad as everyone was painting after AC Milan's display at Old Trafford last week.

85
Substitution
 

The superb Sneijder is replaced by McDonald Mariga for the last five minutes.

85

Seven yellow cards seems excessive as it's not been a dirty game at all.

83
Yellow Card
 

Yet another booking as Alex goes into the referee's notebook.

82
Yellow Card
 

Julio Cesar is booked for time-wasting.

82

Mourinho has, not for the first time, got his tactics spot on tonight.

80

Motta needs treatment as he's suffering from cramp. There doesn't appear to be any way back for Chelsea now.

78
Goal
 

CHELSEA 0-1 INTER MILAN. He's not done much all night by suddenly ETO'O beats the offside trap, runs clear and slots the ball past Turnbull.

77

Chelsea dominated the closing stages of the first half and the opening minutes of the second period but, apart from that, Inter have been cruising.

76

Less than 15 minutes left and, at this stage, Inter are quite comfortable.

75
Substitution
 

Change by Mourinho - Pandev makes way for Dejan Stankovic.

74
Substitution
 

Another change by Chelsea as Zhirkov is replaced by Salomon Kalou.

72

Inter have had the chances to win this game quite comfortably but Chelsea are still only one goal away from the quarter-finals.

71

Another perfect Sneijder free finds the unmarked Motta who heads a great chance over the bar.

70

The Chelsea players are starting to get agitated as Terry concedes a soft free-kick.

68

Malouda is a little fortunate to escape a red card after catching Lucio. It could very easily have been a second booking for him.

66

Eventually the ball finds an unmarked Milito who drags a shot wide when he should really have hit the target.

65

Inter are enjoying a spell of dominance now, the game really is on a knife-edge.

64

Sneijder, who has had a fine game, whips in another dangerous free-kick that is eventually cleared.

62
Substitution
 

Ancelotti makes his first change as Ballack makes way for Joe Cole.

60

Pandev darts through the centre of the Chelsea defence but, just as he is about to pull the trigger, Zhirkov gets across to make a crucial tackle.

60

The referee's had a good game so far though.

59

Eto'o wins a corner for Inter who continue to look dangerous on the break.

57
Yellow Card
 

The referee has gone card-happy as Drogba becomes the fifth player to be booked and the fourth in the last nine minutes.

56

Inter appear to have weathered the Chelsea pressure for a few minutes at least.

55
Yellow Card
 

It's a yellow-card frenzy as Malouda also finds his way into the referee's notebook.

54
Yellow Card
 

Lucio is the third Inter player to be booked, presumably for dissent.

53

Lampard leaves it for Drogba but the ball in is too heavy and floats away from Ballack.

53

The pressure is building as Lampard lines up a free-kick.

52

Poor play by Eto'o who finds some space on the right but then spends too long thinking what to do and the chance is lost.

51

Inter are being pegged back in their own half now with Malouda having a particularly good game.

49

Drogba's long-range free-kick is on target but fails top trouble Julio Cesar in the Inter goal.

48
Yellow Card
 

Malouda is hauled back by Thiago Motta whoi is booked for his troubles.

48

Pandev has been quiet so far but he's working hard in the Inter cause.

47

Chelsea will need to take the game to Inter more in the second half than they managed in the first period.

Second half
 

Chelsea get the second half underway. No changes by either coach at half time.

Half time
 

Half Time: CHELSEA 0-0 INTER MILAN.

45

Another great challenge by Samuel on the stroke of half time halts Lampard.

45

Chelsea are ending the first half well but Inter will have been more pleased with the opening 45 minutes.

43

Another chance for Chelsea as Anelka takes a long ball on his chest but the Frenchman is unable to get enough power into his shot which is eventually cleared.

42

Anelka and Ballack combine to set up Malouda who makes some space for himself with a subtle twist. He is just about to try a shot on goal when Walter Samuel makes a brilliant last-gasp block. Great stuff.

40

Eto'o is in a petulant mood. He argues with the referee again and will have to be careful having already been booked.

38

Better by Eto'o who gets to the byline and pulls the ball back for Milito who is dispossessed before he can get a shot in on goal.

36

Chelsea are enjoying their best spell of the match though as they finally put Inter on to the back foot.

34

Maicon, in acres of space yet again, curls in a cross that Terry completely misses. That seems to surprise Eto'o whose header is poor when the Cameroonian was unmarked at the back post.

32

Nicolas Anelka wastes a great opportunity with a poor pass inside the penalty area when a precise ball would surely have led to a goal.

30

Alex tries his luck with a 35-metre free-kick which is embarrassingly dire.

28

The crowd is a little more subdued now, perhaps surprised by Inter's enterprising approach to the game.

26

Chelsea have been unable to apply any concerted pressure but, in a rare attack, Malouda causes panic in the penalty area and the ball breaks to Drogba whose shot is superbly blocked by Maicon.

24

Nobody seems to be picking Maicon up on the right wing but again his final ball is poor and Chelsea clear their lines easily.

23

Esteban Cambiasso is caught by Malouda but again the referee is unimpressed and waves play on.

21

Inter's display is far, far better than AC Milan's miserable display at Old Trafford six days ago.

19

There's not really been one clear opening for either side so far but Inter have impressed in the opening stages.

17
Yellow Card
 

Ballack's error gifts possession to Inter again. The linesman deems that Milito is offside, a decision which Eto'o disagrees with. The former Barcelona man is booked for his protests.

16

Lucio's boot is high and catches Malouda in the face prompting Didier Drogba to start a fracas with the Brazilian.

16

Sneijder's free-kick is excellent but Milito is just unable to get his head to the ball.

15

Eto'o is down again although this time he has at least earned his side a free-kick.

14

Ballack's error allows Inter to surge forward again until a poor touch by Milito gifts possession back to the Premier League side.

12

Better by Chelsea. Diego Milito gives the ball away in midfield, allowing Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack to combine before the German sends a low drive narrowly wide.

11

Inter are dictating the pace of the game as Chelsea struggle to get to grips with the Italian side's rapid breaks forward.

10

Maicon is in acres of space on the right flank but, when he decides to go for goal, his wayward effort is high and wide.

9

Samuel Eto'o falls to the ground holding his face. The referee refuses to let the Cameroon international receive any treatment though.

8

Chelsea want a penalty as Malouda runs into Lucio and falls over. Nothing doing says the referee, rightly.

7

Inter aren't scared of getting forward as Goran Pandev makes progress down the left. Inter have edged the opening minutes.

6

Maicon's drilled cross finds Wesley Sneijder whose powerful shot is blocked by Alex.

5

So far so good for Inter who are certainly not over-awed by the volatile Stamford Bridge atmosphere.

4

The in-form Florent Malouda surges forward but once again the Inter defence stands firm.

2

Lucio nicks the ball off Yuri Zhirkov as Inter start well.

1

The Serie A leaders funnel the ball back to keeper Julio Cesar at the first opportunity.

1
Kickoff
 

All the pre-match hype is over as Inter, in white shirts and shorts, get the match underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Chelsea recovered from the shock of losing in the San Siro and to being beaten at Stamford Bridge by Manchester City to ease past Stoke City in the sixth round of the FA Cup before thrashing West Ham 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Mourinho has named an attacking line-up though, perhaps as Chelsea start with Ross Turnbull in goal while John Terry is still struggling to find his best form.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

However, his Inter side are not in good form after losing 3-1 to Catania last Friday and their lead at the top of Serie A is now just one point.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he left Chelsea in September 2007. He could be set for an enjoyable evening as well after his Internazionale side beat the Blues 2-1 in Milan in last month's first leg.