Soccer-Terry and Anelka score as Chelsea beat Marseille

Reuters

Tue, 28 Sep 22:00:00 2010

*Chelsea maintain perfect start in group

*Anelka scores second goal from penalty

Chelsea shrugged off their domestic mini-slump of two straight defeats when they comfortably beat Olympique Marseille 2-0 to maintain their perfect start in Group F of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Chelsea won with something to spare at Stamford Bridge, following first-half goals from skipper John Terry and a penalty from Nicolas Anelka.

The victory could have been more emphatic as both Alex and Michael Essien hit the post with long-range efforts in the second half.

Despite missing Didier Drogba, suspended from the match against his former club, and the injured Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou, Chelsea dominated the game and there was little doubt about the outcome once they took the early lead.

Chelsea, after winning their opening six matches of the season, including their first Group F match 4-1 against Zilina, wanted to avoid a third successive defeat after losing to Newcastle United in the League Cup and Manchester City in the Premier League in the last week.

Marseille were desperate for the three points after losing their opening group match 1-0 at home to Spartak Moscow two weeks ago but they never looked like winning here.

In an attempt to give his team more bite in midfield, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti left Brazilian midfielder Ramires on the bench until the 62nd minute and played Essien in a more prominent attacking role.

Ancelotti's ploy paid almost immediate dividends and Chelsea went ahead after seven minutes.

Terry squeezed the ball home with the outside of his left boot into the narrowest of gaps between defender Benoit Cheyrou and the post from a Gael Kakuta corner.

Chelsea kept up the pressure and there was an air of inevitability about their second goal which came after 28 minutes when Stephane Mbia handled a cross from Essien.

Anelka, booed by the French fans still clearly miffed at his antics at the World Cup when he was sent home early from South Africa, languidly strolled up to stroke the penalty past stranded goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

 

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