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  • Date:19 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Luzhniki Stadium
  • Zhirkov (23) Anelka (42)
Goal!

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90:55 +0.55

Unfair challenge on Yevgeni Makeev by Gael Kakuta results in a free kick. Yevgeni Makeev takes the free kick.

89:31

Foul by Nicolas Anelka on Sergei Parshivlyuk, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nicolas Pareja.

87:00

Foul by Yuri Zhirkov on Marek Suchy, free kick awarded. Yuri Zhirkov is given a yellow card. Nicolas Pareja takes the free kick.

86:09

Patrick Van Aanholt replaces Ashley Cole.

83:50

Paulo Ferreira fouled by Alexander Shyeshukov, the ref awards a free kick. Zhano Ananidze joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ferreira Ari. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Ferreira. Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Andrei Dikan makes a comfortable save.

82:14

Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Shyeshukov. Alexander Shyeshukov takes the free kick.

81:19

Foul by Dmitri Kombarov on Yuri Zhirkov, free kick awarded. Gael Kakuta on for Florent Malouda. Yuri Zhirkov takes the direct free kick.

79:40

Ferreira Ari takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Petr Cech.

78:57

Aiden McGeady crosses the ball, Ferreira Ari takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

78:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ferreira Ari by Mikel. Aiden McGeady restarts play with the free kick.

77:11

Inswinging corner taken by Dmitri Kombarov from the right by-line played to the near post, Mikel makes a clearance.

77:04

The ball is sent over by Dmitri Kombarov, John Terry makes a clearance.

76:58

Dmitri Kombarov sends in a cross, clearance by Ashley Cole.

76:30

Dmitri Kombarov takes a inswinging corner.

75:35

Barreto Ibson fouled by Yuri Zhirkov, the ref awards a free kick. Barreto Ibson restarts play with the free kick.

75:07

The assistant referee flags for offside against Aiden McGeady. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

74:35

The referee blows for offside. Marek Suchy restarts play with the free kick.

73:07

Salomon Kalou goes off and Joshua McEachran comes on.

72:42

Centre by Salomon Kalou, Effort from inside the area by Michael Essien misses to the left of the target.

71:27

Foul by Morais Welliton on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

69:53

Corner taken by Yuri Zhirkov from the left by-line, Header on goal by Branislav Ivanovic from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

68:24

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Dmitri Kombarov, clearance made by Nicolas Anelka.

68:17

A cross is delivered by Aiden McGeady, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

66:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yuri Zhirkov on Barreto Ibson. Direct free kick taken by Barreto Ibson.

65:24

Alexander Shyeshukov concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.

64:34

The ball is crossed by Sergei Parshivlyuk, Mikel makes a clearance.

64:10

Aiden McGeady takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

63:58

Barreto Ibson takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

63:39

Aiden McGeady takes a short corner.

63:22

Barreto Ibson has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save made by Petr Cech.

61:50

Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marek Suchy. Andrei Dikan takes the direct free kick.

60:57

Paulo Ferreira concedes a free kick for a foul on Dmitri Kombarov. Free kick crossed by Yevgeni Makeev.

60:47

Salomon Kalou is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Marek Suchy.

59:38

Dmitri Kombarov takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

59:32

The ball is crossed by Morais Welliton, Mikel manages to make a clearance.

57:41

Alexander Shyeshukov concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Direct free kick taken by Salomon Kalou.

56:58

Shot from long distance by John Terry goes wide of the left-hand post.

55:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marek Suchy on Salomon Kalou. The referee shows Marek Suchy a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Yuri Zhirkov takes the direct free kick.

53:58

The ball is crossed by Sergei Parshivlyuk, save by Petr Cech.

53:04

The ball is delivered by Dmitri Kombarov.

51:11

Centre by Aiden McGeady, Ferreira Ari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

51:00

Aiden McGeady takes a short corner.

49:52

Aiden McGeady takes a shot from 18 yards. Petr Cech makes a save.

48:55

Effort on goal by Morais Welliton from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

47:12

Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Corner taken by Dmitri Kombarov from the right by-line, clearance made by Nicolas Anelka. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dmitri Kombarov from the right by-line, Petr Cech makes a save.

46:25

A cross is delivered by Dmitri Kombarov, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

45:45

Shot from just outside the box by Ferreira Ari goes over the bar.

45:17

Ferreira Ari delivers the ball, clearance by John Terry.

45:03 +0.03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Nicolas Pareja.

43:44

Corner from the left by-line taken by Aiden McGeady, Nicolas Pareja takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

43:26

The ball is delivered by Yevgeni Makeev, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

42:17

A goal is scored by Nicolas Anelka from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Spartak Moscow 0-2 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Michael Essien.

39:26

The ball is swung over by Dmitri Kombarov, blocked by Michael Essien.

37:13

Foul by Morais Welliton on Yuri Zhirkov, free kick awarded. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.

36:24

Unfair challenge on John Terry by Ferreira Ari results in a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

35:09

Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line played to the near post.

34:42

Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, save by Andrei Dikan.

34:37

Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross, Nicolas Pareja gets a block in.

34:21

Dmitri Kombarov delivers the ball, clearance by Ashley Cole.

34:09

Yevgeni Makeev takes a shot. Mikel gets a block in.

33:40

Morais Welliton fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Aiden McGeady takes the direct free kick.

32:54

Morais Welliton takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.

32:07

Shot on goal by Nicolas Anelka from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

31:09

The ball is delivered by Michael Essien, Yevgeni Makeev makes a clearance.

30:11

The ball is sent over by Nicolas Anelka, Nicolas Pareja makes a clearance.

29:53

Yevgeni Makeev delivers the ball, clearance by Ashley Cole.

28:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Aiden McGeady. Nicolas Pareja produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

25:56

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

23:00

Yuri Zhirkov scores a goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Spartak Moscow 0-1 Chelsea.

21:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Barreto Ibson. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

19:16

Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Pareja. Nicolas Pareja restarts play with the free kick.

17:43

Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Michael Essien has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.

16:25

The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, clearance by Barreto Ibson.

16:13

Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner.

15:51

Ashley Cole delivers the ball, blocked by Nicolas Pareja.

14:44

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Florent Malouda goes wide of the right-hand upright.

13:26

Dmitri Kombarov produces a cross, Morais Welliton takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech. The ball is swung over by Dmitri Kombarov.

10:22

Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Shyeshukov. Andrei Dikan restarts play with the free kick.

9:39

Effort on goal by Dmitri Kombarov from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

7:07

Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball, Nicolas Pareja manages to make a clearance.

4:49

Shot on goal by Salomon Kalou from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

3:50

Morais Welliton delivers the ball, Mikel makes a clearance.

2:56

A cross is delivered by Barreto Ibson.

0:57

Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergei Parshivlyuk. Free kick taken by Andrei Dikan.

The match begins.

The first half comes to an end.

The game restarts for the second half.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Carlo Ancelotti is confident John Terry will be unaffected by painful memories of his last visit to the Luzhniki Stadium when Chelsea take on Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.

Captain Terry slipped as he took a crucial shoot-out penalty against Manchester United in the Champions League final in 2008. Had he scored, Chelsea would have won the trophy they crave, but following his miss the Blues went on to lose.

However Chelsea boss Ancelotti does not believe the former England skipper will be affected by his return to the stadium.

"John has great experience so I think what happened two years ago has no effect on him, he has experience," said Ancelotti.

"Everyone knows in football you can sometimes lose games. I lost a final in 2005 but you have to look forward. If you look forward with enthusiasm and character you can have revenge.

"Chelsea lost the final in 2008 but I don't think they will have a psychological problem with that tomorrow, it is a different story now."

An artificial pitch has replaced the grass on which Terry's error led to Manchester United's third triumph in Europe's most prestigious club competition, but Ancelotti is unconcerned by the surface. However, the Italian refused to name his team until the players had trained on it.

"I can say nothing about this because we haven't tried this kind of pitch," he added.

"We want to try it in the training session and after that we can have an opinion about this.

"We don't have a problem to play here, I hope, but it is different, it is one of the best artificial pitches. We don't complain about this."

Defender Alex, striker Didier Drogba, right-back Jose Bosingwa and England midfielder Frank Lampard have all been left behind at the club's Cobham training headquarters.

Spartak Moscow are reeling from the loss of influential midfielder Alex. The Brazilian midfielder, a key figure in Valery Karpin's side, has been ruled out of the game after sustaining a thigh injury in Friday's 3-0 win over Alania Vladikavkaz.

It is a bitter blow to Spartak, who - like Chelsea - boast an unbeaten record in this season's Champions League campaign.

The Moscow side defeated Marseille 1-0 away and MSK Zilina 3-0 at home in their opening two games to lie second in the pool on goal difference to the English champions.

"Medical tests, which were done on Saturday, revealed a minor tear," confirmed Spartak coach Karpin.

"He'll need about seven to 10 days to recover.

"We have had a great start, probably better than some of our fans had expected.

"But we all know that beating Chelsea would be a totally different proposition from what we had before. So we're not getting carried away by any means.

"I don't want to predict the result. We have made a good start and are well positioned in the group now. We will need to put the handcuffs on (Didier) Drogba and (Nicolas) Anelka."

Formation:4411Manager: Valeri Karpin

Spartak Moscow

Formation: 433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

  • Andrei Dikan
  • Sergei Parshivlyuk
  • Nicolas Pareja
  • Marek Suchy
  • Yevgeni Makeev
  • Aiden McGeady
  • Barreto Ibson
  • Alexander Shyeshukov
  • Dmitri Kombarov
  • Ferreira Ari
  • Morais Welliton
  • SUBS
  • Sergei Pesyakov
  • Cristian Maidana
  • Martin Stranzl
  • Renat Sabitov
  • Andrei Ivanov
  • Zhano Ananidze
  • Alexandr Kozlov

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Match Report

Blues march on after Spartak success Chelsea banished the memories of their 2008 Champions League final defeat in the Luzhniki Stadium with an impressive 2-0 victory at Spartak Moscow. First-half goals from Yury Zhirkov and Nicolas Anelka gave the visitors the momentum to secure a win that now puts them three points clear at the top of Group F. Victory over the Moscow giants at Stamford Bridge in a fortnight's time will guarantee the English champions a first-place finish in the group. The Blues, who lost on penalties to Manchester United in a heartbreaking final two years ago, returned in style to kill off the challenge from the group's only other unbeaten side. The English champions had plenty of possession in the opening exchanges but it was Spartak who engineered the first opportunity of the game in the 11th minute. A superb run through the heart of the Chelsea defence by Sergei Parshivlyuk saw him supply a perfect pass to the unmarked Dmitri Kombarov. The Spartak winger had time and space to pick his spot but sent his left-foot shot high over the bar from the edge of the penalty area. In the 14th minute Petr Cech was Chelsea's saviour when an outstretched right leg prevented Welliton's volley from sneaking in at the near post. But Chelsea's response was immediate with Salomon Kalou finding Florent Malouda on the edge of the Spartak penalty area but the France international's shot was just wide of Andriy Dykan's left-hand upright. Chelsea went in front in the 23rd minute when John Obi Mikel's long ball was knocked into the path of Zhirkov, who fired a 25-yard volley into the roof of the net. It was Zhirkov's first goal for the Blues and arrived just hours after the former CSKA Moscow man had pledged to live up to his #18million price tag. Michael Essien had the chance to make it two for the Blues in the 31st minute but he elected to cross the ball instead of shooting from an acute angle. Anelka then whipped the ball off the toes of Marek Suchy but his attempted cross was deflected for a corner which Chelsea failed to capitalise on. Chelsea were dominating the game in midfield and the home side had little to show for their efforts. Anelka squandered another chance in the 37th minute when he latched onto a poor pass and ran clear of the Spartak defence. But the France international, usually so clinical in one-on-one situations, lost control of the ball and Dykan was able to prevent Chelsea adding to their lead. However, Anelka made up for his mistakes with a second goal for the Blues in the 43rd minute. He collected the ball after a driving run by Essien and then turned the Spartak defence inside out before placing a low shot under Dykan to score his 50th goal for the club. Spartak began the second half in much brighter fashion but Ari sent the ball high over the bar from the edge of the penalty area in the 47th minute. A minute later former Celtic man Aiden McGeady, who had been relatively quiet in the opening half, forced a corner for the home side with a dangerous 20-yard drive. Cech dealt with another McGeady effort easily as the Blues coped with the Spartak onslaught. The Russian side had little guile in attack and Chelsea were more than comfortable to let the home side have possession in the midfield. Kombarov brought a save from Cech in the 59th minute as the home side continued to search for a way back into the game. Ibson thought he had reduced the deficit for Spartak after 63 minutes but his shot was tipped over by Cech who then kept out another effort from the same player moments later. Chelsea were under the hammer but they had so far managed to repel the home side, with captain John Terry, who missed the crucial penalty two years ago, in outstanding form. Essien shot wide from 10 yards when a goal seemed certain as time began to run out for the hosts. They continued to drive forward and Cech dived low to claim a long-range effort from Ari in the 81st minute. But Chelsea held on to maintain their perfect record in Europe this season and fire an ominous warning out to their rivals.

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