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  • Date:22 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Parken Stadion
  • Attendance:28,000
  • Anelka (16) Anelka (53)
Goal!

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93:02 +3.02

The ball is crossed by Martin Vingaard, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.

91:40 +1.40

Salomon Kalou on for Fernando Torres.

90:27 +0.27

Dame Ndoye takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.

88:50

Shot from outside the box by Didier Drogba misses to the left of the target.

87:36

Effort on goal by Michael Essien from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

85:49

John Terry receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Jesper Gronkjaer goes off and Kenneth Zohore comes on. John Terry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Vingaard. Cristian Bolanos crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

85:18

Corner from left by-line taken by Ramires.

83:59

Yury Zhirkov comes on in place of Florent Malouda. Florent Malouda is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.

79:41

Domingues Claudemir takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

77:58

Pierre Bengtsson sends in a cross, save by Petr Cech.

77:33

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Mathias Zanka Jorgensen gets a block in.

77:16

Martin Vingaard takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

75:19

Shot from long distance by Dame Ndoye misses to the right of the goal.

74:32

Pierre Bengtsson comes on in place of Oscar Wendt.

74:00

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Clearance by Oscar Wendt.

73:25

William Kvist challenges Frank Lampard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

72:39

Didier Drogba is brought on as a substitute for Nicolas Anelka.

71:06

Zdenek Pospech takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.

69:36

Zdenek Pospech is given a yellow card. Fernando Torres fouled by Zdenek Pospech, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Lampard produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

69:11

Michael Essien fouled by Domingues Claudemir, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.

67:42

The referee blows for offside against Jesper Gronkjaer. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

66:35

Cristian Bolanos delivers the ball.

66:27

The ball is swung over by Cristian Bolanos, John Terry makes a clearance.

66:03

Ashley Cole sends in a cross.

65:34

Domingues Claudemir concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Bosingwa. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.

63:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by Jesper Gronkjaer. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

62:53

The referee blows for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Johan Wiland.

61:58

The ball is swung over by Cristian Bolanos, Jose Bosingwa manages to make a clearance.

60:17

Nicolas Anelka is caught offside. Free kick taken by Johan Wiland.

59:29

Dame Ndoye has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

58:02

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Johan Wiland.

57:26

Frank Lampard produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

56:12

The ball is delivered by Zdenek Pospech, John Terry makes a clearance.

55:32

Domingues Claudemir fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. William Kvist takes the free kick.

55:20

Ramires takes a shot. Zdenek Pospech gets a block in.

54:32

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Cristian Bolanos, save by Petr Cech.

53:04

Nicolas Anelka finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. FC Copenhagen 0-2 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.

52:18

Jesper Gronkjaer concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Bosingwa. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

50:56

Martin Vingaard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.

50:12

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Mathias Zanka Jorgensen.

48:09

The referee blows for offside against Martin Vingaard. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

47:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dame Ndoye by John Terry. Direct free kick taken by Domingues Claudemir.

45:24 +0.24

Dame Ndoye is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.

45:18

Martin Vingaard takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Petr Cech makes a save.

45:01

Cesar Santin goes off and Martin Vingaard comes on.

44:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cesar Santin on Michael Essien. John Terry takes the free kick.

43:26

Florent Malouda challenges Dame Ndoye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Zdenek Pospech.

42:45

William Kvist challenges Frank Lampard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien takes the free kick.

42:17

Cesar Santin concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.

41:36

The ball is delivered by Cristian Bolanos, save made by Petr Cech.

40:18

Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Nicolas Anelka misses to the right of the target.

38:26

Shot from deep inside the area by Nicolas Anelka goes over the bar.

37:14

The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda, Mathias Zanka Jorgensen manages to make a clearance.

35:52

The referee blows for offside. Oscar Wendt takes the indirect free kick.

34:21

The referee shows Fernando Torres a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Fernando Torres on Cristian Bolanos, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Oscar Wendt from right channel.

33:26

Ramires is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Mikael Antonsson.

31:24

Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Johan Wiland.

29:47

The ball is delivered by Nicolas Anelka.

26:35

Centre by Jesper Gronkjaer, comfortable save by Petr Cech.

25:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on Domingues Claudemir. Direct free kick taken by Mikael Antonsson.

24:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Cesar Santin. Free kick crossed left-footed by Oscar Wendt, Fernando Torres manages to make a clearance.

23:18

The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

22:17

Nicolas Anelka is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Oscar Wendt.

21:02

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Johan Wiland makes a brilliant save.

20:47

Zdenek Pospech delivers the ball, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

20:19

Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross, Mikael Antonsson makes a clearance.

18:49

Ashley Cole sends in a cross, Zdenek Pospech gets a block in.

17:27

Domingues Claudemir takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

16:14

Nicolas Anelka fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. FC Copenhagen 0-1 Chelsea.

15:32

Foul by Dame Ndoye on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

13:43

The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, save made by Johan Wiland.

12:41

Zdenek Pospech takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.

12:26

Foul by Michael Essien on Domingues Claudemir, free kick awarded. Domingues Claudemir restarts play with the free kick.

11:59

Jose Bosingwa is caught offside. Johan Wiland takes the free kick.

11:25

Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Dame Ndoye manages to make a clearance.

11:00

Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Mikael Antonsson.

10:41

Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Mikael Antonsson gets a block in.

9:57

The referee blows for offside against Ashley Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Johan Wiland.

8:21

Cesar Santin has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

7:34

Ashley Cole sends in a cross.

6:15

Mathias Zanka Jorgensen booked. Mathias Zanka Jorgensen challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Frank Lampard from left channel, Mikael Antonsson makes a clearance.

5:19

The referee blows for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Mathias Zanka Jorgensen restarts play with the free kick.

4:26

Domingues Claudemir challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.

3:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dame Ndoye on Frank Lampard. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

3:05

Effort from outside the penalty box by Frank Lampard goes wide right of the target.

3:00

The ball is sent over by Jose Bosingwa, Mikael Antonsson makes a clearance.

0:42

The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres, Florent Malouda produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

Match Preview

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he will never quit Chelsea, claiming Roman Abramovich must decide whether or not he should be sacked.

Ancelotti is under more pressure than ever at Stamford Bridge following Saturday's shock FA Cup defeat to Everton. It left Chelsea's season in real danger of unravelling completely, with the Barclays Premier League title all but surrendered and Champions League qualification hanging in the balance.

Their only remaining hope of silverware is also the latter competition, which they resume on Tuesday night when they visit FC Copenhagen in the last 16. Defeat in that tie would surely test billionaire owner Abramovich's patience to what could be breaking point. But even if the unthinkable were to happen, manager Ancelotti will not jump before he is pushed.

Asked if he would ever consider resigning, the Italian said: "No, not me. I don't have to consider my position. It is the owner that has to consider my position, not myself."

Ancelotti enjoyed the backing of Abramovich at the end of 2010 after overseeing the club's worst run in the league for almost 15 years. A mini-revival followed but the past fortnight has witnessed another calamitous run of results.

Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked two years ago when Abramovich began to fear Champions League qualification would not be achieved and Chelsea are in an even worse position now, lying fifth in the Premier League.

Winning the double in his maiden season has arguably bought Ancelotti the opportunity to try to end the club's long wait for Champions League glory. And he maintains that, despite recent results, fulfilling Abramovich's long-held dream is still possible.

"The Champions League is not easy, but it will bring a lot of motivation for every one of us," said the Italian, who acknowledged his job would ultimately depend on improving Chelsea's flagging fortunes.

"We have to have the right pressure. We have to play against Copenhagen. We have 180 minutes to win this game."

He added boldly: "Chelsea won't go out against Copenhagen. I think we have the possibility to win against Copenhagen."

Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka, Michael Essien and Jose Bosingwa will all start for the Blues. None of the quartet were in the XI for Saturday's shock FA Cup penalty shootout defeat to Everton, with Torres cup-tied, Bosingwa injured and Anelka and Essien on the bench.

David Luiz is cup-tied for the match at the Parken Stadium, while Alex (knee) and Yossi Benayoun (Achilles) are still sidelined.

FC Copenhagen's players are uber-confident of piling on the misery for Chelsea. Head coach Stale Solbakken revealed the more "daft" members of his squad reckoned they were a better team than the Barclays Premier League champions.

"It's been the longest preparation ever," declared a relaxed Solbakken.

"Since January 10, we have been preparing for this game and this game only. Maybe we haven't had the opposition we've needed to be at our best level, but the players are in good shape and confident.

"Some of my players are so daft that they think they're a better side than Chelsea. Maybe I should be talking them down a bit. Some have only lost one or two games playing in this side, so they think it's easy. Confidence is very high in the team."

He added: "Maybe Chelsea's 120 minutes in the FA Cup (against Everton) can even things out a bit. It'll be in their legs. If it's one-way traffic, I'd be very surprised."

Despite the mind games, Solbakken was wary of a Chelsea side whose biggest crime in their last few matches has been missing gilt-edged chances. He said of the Liverpool defeat that kick-started the bad run: "As a Liverpool fan, it's hard to beat them, with `King' Kenny (Dalglish) back."

Insisting Chelsea had completely outplayed Fulham and Everton in their subsequent games, he added: "It's better to meet them now than in September, but their results are weaker than their performances. They haven't been that bad."

But he added, tellingly: "It's not been scary, either."

The lack of fear extends to keeping quiet £50million man Torres, who returns after being cup-tied against Everton.

"He was a bit unlucky against Fulham because he could have scored two," Solbakken said of the misfiring striker. Everyone knows he's a match-winner, and we know he could be, but we're ready for him."

Formation:442Manager: Staale Solbakken

FC Copenhagen

Formation: 442Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

  • Johan Wiland
  • Zdenek Pospech
  • Mathias Zanka Jorgensen
  • Mikael Antonsson
  • Oscar Wendt
  • Cristian Bolanos
  • William Kvist
  • Domingues Claudemir
  • Jesper Gronkjaer
  • Cesar Santin
  • Dame Ndoye
  • SUBS
  • Kim Christensen
  • Pierre Bengtsson
  • Thomas Kristensen
  • Kenneth Zohore
  • Martin Vingaard
  • Jos Hooiveld
  • Thomas Delaney

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Match Report

Anelka puts Chelsea in command Chelsea proved they were very much alive and kicking as Nicolas Anelka scored both goals in a 2-0 win at FC Copenham to leave them within touching distance of the Champions League quarter-finals. Anelka ensured the faltering Blues stayed in the hunt for silverware this season and eased the pressure on manager Carlo Ancelotti with a deadly double, extending his remarkable scoring record in the competition to seven goals in six games. Ancelotti defiantly declared on Monday, "Chelsea has not died", and Copenhagen proved the perfect opponents for a side who arrived in freezing Denmark with their season in danger of unravelling completely, the hosts clearly showing the effects of having not played a competitive match for two and a half months. So while the victory was much-needed, the Blues will need to repeat it against Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League next week to demonstrate they are back on track. They will also be concerned at another night to forget in front of goal for the recalled Fernando Torres, whose overall performance improved but who fluffed his chances against a side who were tailor-made for him to break his duck. The home side's ring-rustiness was evident from the first minute, Torres too easily allowed to cross for Florent Malouda, who volleyed high and wide. The heavy touch that dogged Torres at Fulham last week cost him an early chance to break his duck after Mathias Zanka was booked for wrestling him to the ground, Johan Wiland saving well at the striker's feet. The #50million man began to settle, playing in Anelka for a shot that was blocked behind and showing more good touches. There was minor panic in the Chelsea defence when Zdenek Pospech burst forward and saw a shot blocked and ricochet around the area. But any nerves were calmed when their opponents gifted them a 17th-minute lead, former Stamford Bridge winger Jesper Gronkjaer of all people misplacing a pass straight to Anelka, who bore down on goal and calmly slotted past Wiland. Torres lacked conviction when he tried to beat the last man and was again closed down by Wiland and also made a mess of a Frank Lampard through ball, while Anelka headed Malouda's cross over as Chelsea maintained their stranglehold. The visitors were queuing up to score at times, Ashley Cole mis-controlling the ball on his chest when in acres of space six yards out and Anelka miscuing a left-foot strike straight into Wiland's arms. Having wasted a hatful of chances in their previous two games, Chelsea knew a second goal could be crucial. Torres was cautioned 10 minutes from half-time for tripping Cristian Bolanos before Anelka drilled over another decent opportunity. Copenhagen tried to wrest the momentum by bringing on Martin Vingaard for Santin during the interval. The new man made an immediate impact by forcing the first significant save from Petr Cech with a long-range strike. He then curled straight into Cech's arms as the hosts began to show a determination almost completely absent during the first half. But they were hit by a sucker-punch goal nine minutes in when a delightful first-time through ball from Lampard released Anelka, who drilled low across Wiland into the far corner. Torres' misery in front of goal continued when he magnificently turned two defenders but sent his left-foot finish too close to Wiland. Copenhagen's fans screamed for a penalty when Gronkjaer threw himself to the ground after turning Branislav Ivanovic but the flag was already up for offside. The hosts' frustration boiled over when Pospech was booked bringing down Torres, ruling the defender out of the second leg. Anelka left the field to a standing ovation from the visiting fans 16 minutes from time, as Drogba resumed his partnership with Torres. The latter was again denied after superb skill from Malouda, his scuffed finish cleared off the line by Oscar Wendt, who was immediately withdrawn for Pierre Bengtsson. N'Doye drilled wide from 25 yards and Vingaard and Claudemir fired straight at Cech from similar range as Copenhagen became increasingly desperate. Malouda picked up a needless booking for time-wasting while leaving the field five minutes from time, Yury Zhirkov the substitute. John Terry immediately followed for an unnecessary foul before Kenneth Zohore came on for Gronkjaer. Michael Essien almost added a third Chelsea goal in the closing moments before Torres was replaced in stoppage-time by Salomon Kalou.

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