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  • Anelka (69)
  • Date:2009-11-25
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Estadio do Dragao
  • Attendance:35000
  • Referee:Eriksson, J

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-time: PORTO 0 - 1 CHELSEA. The Blues will advance to the knockout stage as group winners.

90mins

Play is disjointed in stoppage time.

90mins

Meireles fouls Malouda and this time Chelsea do run up the clock.

90mins

A delightful break by Porto that started from deep ends when Hulk's pass is too long for both of his intended targets. There will be three added minutes.

89mins

A Chelsea corner from Cole finds Ricardo Carvalho, who heads over the top.

87mins

Chelsea clear two waves of attacks.

87mins

Ivanovic blocks a cross for a corner.

86mins

Cole whips it in instead. Zhirkov's 18-yard header brings nothing of note and it's a goal-kick.

86mins

Chelsea win a corner. Perhaps a chance to eat up some time.

84mins

Raul Meireles receives a knockdown from Hulk and strikes it. Terry blocks well, before a second attempt is blocked by a Porto player.

82mins

Hulk dances his way through a number of would-be challengers and puts his left foot through the ball. Unfortunately for the home fans, Cech is right behind the low shot.

80mins

Ernesto Antonio Farias becomes the third and final replacement for Porto, slotting in for Sapunaru.

79mins

Raul Meireles fouls Malouda and it looks like frustration is creeping into Porto's play. Yellow card.

78mins

Hulk crosses for Rodriguez who acrobatically heads it just over. He screams for a penalty once more, claiming his shirt had been pulled.

77mins

The goal seems to have taken the steam out of the hosts. They are still pressing, but are lacking composure at present.

76mins

Local hero Deco is replaced to a rapture of applause. The former Barcelona man has endeavoured without effecting play too much. Joe Cole is on.

74mins

A stinging left wing cross is almost met by Hulk but it is Zhirkov who gets contact on the ball. Both men appear to have hold of each other and a foul may have been awarded either way.

71mins

Strange substitution, perhaps. The dangerous Belluschi makes way for Freddy Guarin.

69mins

PORTO 0 - 1 CHELSEA. Zhirkov breaks forward and knocks the ball on to Malouda, who has looked dangerous since the break. His cross is met by the head of ANELKA, who needs no second invitations from point blank range.

68mins

Michael Essien replaces the earlier booked Ballack.

67mins

Chelsea shout for a penalty as Zhirkov is bundled to the floor as he chases Deco's through pass. The referee ignores the claims.

65mins

A cross from Alvaro Pereira is met by Hulk but the ball is behind him. He volleys into row Z.

63mins

It's turning into a very even game now. Both sides are searching for a goal.

62mins

Malouda receives a pass at the byline and skips past his marker. He tries to pick out a team-mate in the middle, but the cross is cut out.

60mins

Givanildo Vieira Hulk appears off the bench in place of Varela.

58mins

Ballack is cautioned for bodychecking Rodriguez.

56mins

Porto break in numbers and with plenty of pace. The ball is sent left to Raul Meireles, who is caught in two minds and a cross-cum-shot flies into the arms of Cech.

55mins

Malouda is allowed to stretch his legs on the left and he sends the ball with pace across the six-yard area. Drogba is unable to get beyond his marker to poke the ball in. Nevertheless, this is better from Chelsea.

53mins

Drogba knocks the ball backwards to Deco who is just over 20 yards out. He has a go despite the opportunity being difficult, and it goes narrowly wide of Beto's right post.

52mins

Another Fernando-Drogba coming together in a similar position but the challenge is deemed fair.

50mins

Fernando is booked for a rash challenge on Drogba. The Ivory Coast man practices his theatrical rolling around like a baby act before picking himself up to take the set-piece. His shot crashes against the wall.

49mins

Malouda collapses in a heap and seemingly in plenty of pain. Chelsea continue and the Swedish official allows an advantage. But the ball is lost and instead of breaking, the hosts sportingly boot it out of play.

48mins

Chelsea look to assert some authority early by playing keep-ball.

46mins

The second half is underway.

45mins

Half-time: PORTO 0 - 0 CHELSEA. A bright start from Ancelotti's side has fizzled out and they will count themselves lucky not to be at least one goal down at the interval.

45mins

One added minute.

45mins

Sapunaru tries his luck from the best part of 30 yards but fails to get the desired connection on the ball. It flies across the face of goal.

43mins

Chelsea charge forward in numbers but Branislav Ivanovic's cross into the area is very disappointing and easily defended.

41mins

Cristian Sapunaru attempts to dribble his way right through a wall of white shirts and gets dispossessed.

39mins

A short break in play and perhaps a chance for Chelsea to regroup as they have let Porto take control of this game.

36mins

Neat interplay from the Chelsea front two presents Deco with a chance from 25 yards. He slices it high and wide.

34mins

Though perhaps still second best in midfield, the home side are breaking at will. Maybe its a matter of time before they get the lead. A free-kick in a dangerous position hits the Chelsea wall.

33mins

Deco's ball is poor once again and Beto gathers.

33mins

Chelsea corner

30mins

Porto break once more and Falcao has a go from range now. Cech saves low down.

30mins

Porto go close to an opener and it nearly came in spectacular fashion. Belluschi, who went close from range earlier, rattles the crossbar with a thunderous 25-yard attempt which dipped at the last.

28mins

Chelsea appear content to control this game in midfield, though they are resisting pushing for a goal.

26mins

Florent Malouda produces a high, rash challenge on Fernando but the referee refrains from producing the first card of the night.

25mins

Porto have a free-kick mid-way through the Chelsea half. It is tossed into the area, but Terry heads away well.

24mins

Zhirkov bursts forward and looks to get on the end of a ball to put him in behind the Porto back four. He struggles to control though and the ball runs harmlessly for a goal-kick.

21mins

Fernando Belluschi hits it from distance and it troubles Petr Cech, who has to resort to beating it away. The ball falls for a rebound, but the Chelsea stopper gets up to superbly deny Radamel Falcao of giving his side the lead.

20mins

Drogba gets his head on the delivery but it goes wide.

19mins

Drogba rides a couple of challenges to get to the edge of the area before pulling it back. The ball is worked wide to Michael Ballack, who cuts in on his left but produces a tame effort which is deflected away for a corner

16mins

The Blues, in their European change strip of all white this evening, win a corner. Deco takes, but the Portuguese playmaker fails to find the head of anybody and the ball trickles out of play at the opposite flag.

15mins

Anelka produces a stinging shot from an acute angle just outside the penalty area. It is moving in the air and Porto keeper Antonio Pimparel Beto is pleased just to beat it away

14mins

John Terry fails to clear a ball and it runs into the stride of the onrushing Silvestre Varela, but he is adjudged to have handled the ball.

8mins

It's been a positive opening from the hosts, who are attempting to catch the Premier League leaders out down the flanks.

1mins

Porto, in a change strip of orange, begin with the early possession. Jose Raul Meireles attempts to skip in behind the Chelsea back four, but is flagged offside.

1mins

Match official Jonas Eriksson signals for the proceedings to begin.

0mins

Deco is the front prong of Carlo Ancelotti's midfield diamond, with Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka leading the line.

0mins

A win for the visitors would ensure that they top Group D with a game to spare.

0mins

Yuri Zhirkov makes just his second start for the Blues since his summer arrival from CSKA Moscow.

0mins

FC Porto and Chelsea meet in the Estadio do Dragao, with both clubs having already booked a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.


Match Report

Chelsea defeated FC Porto by a single goal to confirm themselves as Champions League Group D winners.

An improved second-half display from the Premier League leaders was capped by Nicolas Anelka's 69th minute winner, though it was the home side who had the better of the openings throughout the 90 minutes.

The goal came immediately after Michael Essien was introduced to the fray in place of Michael Ballack, who was cautioned ten minutes earlier.

The Ghana international picked up the ball midway through the Porto half and waited for reinforcements to arrive.

He quickly spotted £18million Russian Yuri Zhirkov, making a rare start at left-back, darting forward who in turn poked the ball on to in-form winger Florent Malouda.

Malouda's cross for French compatriot Anelka was pinpoint and the ball was emphatically headed home from point-blank range.

The goal was Chelsea's only attack of note in the match, as they were often pegged back by the pacy counter-attacking style from their Portuguese opponents, which could have put them out of sight in the first half.

Fernando Belluschi's drive from distance provided Chelsea keeper Petr Cech with plenty to think about in the couple of seconds the headguard-clad number one had before he sprang up to make it an impressive double stop as the onrushing Radamel Falcao thought that he had put his side a goal to the good in the 21st minute.

The long-range bombardment did not stop there. Ten minutes later, Belluschi almost produced one of the goals of the Champions League this season with a fearsome effort from 25 yards which dipped at the last moment to rattle the crossbar with Cech beaten.

Falcao and Cristian Sapunaru hit further shots from outside the area before the half-time whistle sounded, with Carlo Ancelotti's side clearly rattled.

The match was more of a contest after the break, with Deco going close from 20 yards, while a number of penalty claims from either side were ignored by Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson.

The introduction of the not-so aptly named Hulk galvanised the home side as they chased an equaliser, but the rearguard pairing of John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho never looked too uncomfortable as the Blues defended their lead.

FC Porto

Chelsea

Corners

25

Fouls

1512

Goal attempts

2113

Shots off target

910

Offsides

52

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