Tuesday October 19, 2010 Group Phase: Group F Finished Luzhniki

Spartak Moskva 0 - 2 Chelsea

  • Zhirkov 24’
  • Anelka 43’

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  1. Zhirkov magic helps Chelsea past Spartak

    Zhirkov magic helps Chelsea past Spartak

    A wonder strike from Yuri Zhirkov and Nicolas Anelka finish handed Chelsea a 2-0 win against Spartak Moscow in Champions League Group F. More

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    Time:90'
    • Spartak Moscow
    • Chelsea
    • - Remember there are seven more games in the Champions League tonight starting in about twenty minutes - you can follow them all here on Eurosport!
    • 90+2' FULL-TIME: Great result for Chelsea! They were well-oiled and looked a cut above their opponents. Qualifictation looks like a formality, and they deserved it after a good display. Spartak weren't bad, but they weren't incisive.
    • 90+2' Another block from Terry. Goal kick.
    • 90+1' Spartak struggling to get the ball in the box as they probe for a consolation.
    • 90' McEachran makes a good interception to stop Ibson picking up the ball.
    • 90' Two minutes of stoppages to play.
    • 89' Chelsea work the ball down the left through throw ins in the last minute of normal time.
    • 88' McGeady is muscled off the ball by van Aanholt and it's good defending - especially given that the young full-back had to make his challenge in the penalty area.
    • 87' Clumsy from Zhirkov as he challenges for the ball, and he picks up a booking - but he's had a good game for the Blues.
    • 87' Anelka's quick, but he's not that quick - he knocks the ball a long way down the left byut he's never going to get around the outside of Parshivlyuk there.
    • 86' It's surely unrelated, but Cole is taken off and Patrick van Aanholt replaces him.
    • 85' DANGER FOR CHELSEA! Terrible backpass from Ashley Cole very nearly let Welliton in, and it's just as well for the visitors that Cech wasn't napping too!
    • 84' Ananidze replaces Ari. The 18-year-old replacement is tipped for big things in Russia - and it's his first appearance in the Champions League.
    • 83' A bit of head tennis in the middle of the park - nobody quite in control of the ball but more time ticks away. Spartak lining up a sub.
    • 82' Kakuta on, Malouda is given ten minutes off.
    • 81' Zhirkov stands over a free kick in the Spartak half as Chelsea line up a sub.
    • 81' McGeady tricks his way down the left but this time Ferreira does well to hold him up and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 80' Ari tries a shot from range - that was a poor decision as he had men with him on the break.
    • 79' Good ball from McGeady and for once there are Spartak shirts in the box - Welliton gets the header but not enough pace behind it to worry Cech.
    • 78' Malouda looks to get Chelsea out of their own half but he's dispossessed. Mikel muscles Ari off the ball - too physically, says the referee.
    • 77' Chaos in the box from Kombarov's corner! The ball gets stuck in the six yard box and nobody seems able to clear it until Terry thwacks it away from the foot of Welliton.
    • 76' Parshivlyuk wins Spartak a corner.
    • 76' Suchy, Makeev and Ari combine before McGeady pops up on the left hand side, looking to get Spartak on the move. Good build-up play.
    • 75' Spartak caught offside as we move into the last quarter of an hour. Time running out for the hosts to get something out of this game.
    • 73' McEachran on after some final instructions from Ray Wilkins - he replaces Kalou.
    • 73' ESSIEN MISSES A GLORIOUS CHANCE! It was great play from Kalou to create the space and his cutback was dummied by Anelka - Essien had time to place his shot and fired wide!
    • 72' Welliton and Ivanovic tussle for a 50/50 ball and the referee rules in favour of the Chelsea defender - Welliton looks distinctly unimpressed when he rises to his feet, as the Russians could have had a great opportunity there.
    • 71' Kombarov's cross lets him down again - goal kick for the Blues.
    • 70' Ivanovic gets a head on a Chelsea corner, but that's not going to trouble Dykan. Goal kick, and the Russians are back on th emove.
    • 69' Ari clambers all over the back of Ferreira looking to keep the ball in play at the byline, but it's a foul.
    • 68' McGeady plays a tasty cross in from the right which Kombarov and Welliton don't truly attack. The Irishman has been a different player in the second half. Spartak have a corner.
    • 67' Chelsea back in possession, and the whistles have started up once more.
    • 66' More lively moments from Spartak, though their shots have been confined to long-rangers. Almost halfway through the second half already, no changes made by either side.
    • 64' ANOTHER GREAT STRIKE FROM IBSON! Played to him outside the box from the corner and it's an equally good stop from Cech!
    • 64' GOOD HIT FROM IBSON FROM A HALF-VOLLEY! Forces a good save and a corner from Cech!
    • 63' Beautiful dummy from Makeev to leave his man trailing in his wake but then overhits his pass to Kombarov.
    • 62' Corner prevented and Cech heaves long - route one stuff but somehow it does end up with Kalou on the edge of the box! He tries to play in Anelka and isn't far away!
    • 61' Foul by Ferreira on Kombarov, who left the Portuguese for dead there. Cech organises his defenders in preparation for the free kick.
    • 60' Five shots and 57% possession for Spartak since the restart - but no goals. Chelsea looking better as the half continues.
    • 59' In the absence of the typical Chelsea free kick takers the Blues work a set play into the box but it's a poor move which is easily dealt with.
    • 58' Essien wins a free kick in a very useful position. Not sure if it was Makeev or Sheshukov who brought him down - both simultaneously slid in on him.
    • 57' Terry bursts forward and has a brain freeze - a shot from forty yards. He'll have better ideas.
    • 56' Cole sweeps the ball back to Cech. Have the Blues weathered the Russian storm?
    • 55' Yellow for Suchy after a challenge on Kalou. The Ivorian looks in some discomfort here.
    • 54' Parshivlyuk is released by the touch of McGeady but drills a cross into Cech's arms - McGeady has looked a different player in the second half.
    • 53' Cross from Kombarov misses everyone and goes out for a goal kick. He's certainly got pace and tricks, but his delivery has yet to match up to that.
    • 52' Cole, Mikel and Essien try to slow things down for the visitors and play some passes but the ball is back with the Russians.
    • 51' Free kick for Chelsea as they enjoy a moment's respite from this bubbly Spartak restart.
    • 50' Makeev gets McGeady into play again - he swaps passes with his full-back before trying to place a shot into the far corner but Cech's wise to that one again.
    • 49' Welliton next in line to shoot for Spartak after Makeev barges his way down the left and tees him up - some of these need to hit the target for the Blues to really start worrying.
    • 48' TOP SAVE CECH! McGeady bursts into life and tries a shot - it takes a wicked deflection from Mikel and despite the distance Cech has to be very alert and agile to tip it over.
    • 47' Good run from Anelka and a cutback for Kalou is misjudged and the chance passes the visitors by.
    • 47' Spartak playing with pace and energy to get the crowd onside in the second half.
    • 46' Decent move from Spartak - played forward to Welliton by McGeady, held up for Ari, whose strike on the edge of the box is over the bar.
    • 45' No substitutions to report on either side.
    • 45' Spartak Moscow kick off the second half!
    • - "LOVING ZHIRKOVS GOAL...SAW IT AND LOVED IT­ IMMEDIATELY...not bad for a 1st goal" writes Fahed - it was a stunner - and how fitting that the Russian scored his first for the club on a trip to Moscow.
    • - "Chelsea are pure class we will win 5-0 where is­ Bosingwa?" say Daniel and Matthew. 5-0 would be some scoreline, but the Blues have been scoring plenty this season. As for Bosingwa, he managed to make his comeback for Chelsea at the weekend, but Ancelotti decided against him for the trip to Russia.
    • 45' HALF-TIME: An impressive away display from the Blues, who've taken their opportunities and silenced a vocal Russian crowd. It's a long way back for Spartak. Join us to see if the Blues can keep their performance going in the second half.
    • 45' Chelsea in possession and cruising as we enter stoppage time.
    • 44' Spartak win a corner - McGeady hits it very, very high and Pareja does well to get any power behind it at all - but Cech catches with ease.
    • 43' That's Anelka's 50th goal for Chelsea. He's given Chelsea a huge advantage here.
    • 43' ANELKA SCORES! IT'S TWO! What a move! Essien makes it, driving forward and playing the Frenchman through on the left, he looks like he's left it too late but cuts back inside past Parshivlyuk and buries low into the far corner. Great play!
    • 42' Ferreira played a lovely little ball into Essien but for once the Ghanaian's touch just let him down as he tried to keep going.
    • 41' Mikel wins the ball back for Chelsea, flattening Ibson in the process. The Blues are back on the move.
    • 40' Pareja and McGeady combine to get past Cole, only for McGeady's delivery to let him down. Shame for Spartak - they had engineered some good space there.
    • 39' Spartak have handed Chelsea a couple of chances through careless passes by the defence here - they'll need to be much, much tighter if they want to get back into the game.
    • 38' ANELKA CLOSE! He gets around Dykan after a terrible backpass and tries to cut the ball back to Malouda - but just behind him!
    • 37' Terry gives away a foul chasing down Ari for the ball.
    • 36' Welliton wants a free kick on the left here, convinced that Ivanovichas brought him down unfairly. No chance, says the referee - but that's stirred the crowd into voice - they're not happy.
    • 35' Not all that confidently dealt with by Dykan and Chelsea have another corner - but the second one cleared from the near post.
    • 35' Suchy loses the ball for Anelka who wins a corner by bursting down the right flank - good pressure from the Blues.
    • 34' Ivanovic, who used to play for Lokomotiv Moscow, makes a poor challenge so Pareja can take another set piece for the hosts.
    • 33' Terry does well to block a fierce Welliton effort there.
    • 32' Malouda pickpockets the ball from the back four and lays the ball forward to Anelka - he was rash to try a shot from distance there - a pass to Kalou was a better option.
    • 31' Good move from Chelsea - Essien released down the right by Anelka and his short range centre gets a deflection for a Blues throw.
    • 30' Makeev does well to create a little space and get a cross in but the Chelsea defence is holding firm at the moment. Terry's looked much more convincing than he did on the weekend against Villa.
    • 29' 32m out, Pareja tries a set piece - but he makes a real mess of it and floats it over the bar - neither a cross nor a shot.
    • 28' Pareja picks out Ari and as he tries to skip around Mikel the referee awards a foul. Nobody can quite see why.
    • 27' Kombarov on the ball, looks for an option and goes right. McGeady is struggling for space and eventually the ball bobbles towards Cech in the box who claims with authority.
    • 26' Anelka flashes a shot wide of the post - it's a good effort from the Frenchman but he was a long way out - it was good hold-up play from Kalou as well to lay on the chance.
    • 25' Spartak had been looking pretty good until that bolt from the Blues - can they regroup?
    • 24' That's Zhirkov's first goal for Chelsea. Not a bad way to start.
    • 23' ZHIRKOV! WELCOME HOME! It's a half-volley from 25 yards after Pareja only half-clears with a header. A goal from nothing, and what a goal!
    • 22' Welliton shows good pace to break forward for Spartak - Terry brings him down fairly but he's picked up a dead leg for his troubles.
    • 21' Ibson is baffled that the referee has given a foul against him, but he did bring down Kalou there.
    • 20' McGeady does well on the right hand side to create some space and get a cross in - but the cross doesn't worry Cech, who plucks it out of the air with ease.
    • 19' Malouda sends a misjudged pass forward and Spartak win a free kick when Anelka tries to win the ball back.
    • 18' Essien's header from the corner is both high and wide. Dykan has a goal kick.
    • 18' Suchy has to make a critical block as Zhirkov bundles the ball through in Malouda's direction.
    • 17' The chanting from the Russians is fantastic - it's adding to the occasion on a chilly night in Moscow.
    • 16' Malouda's cross from the left is blocked by Ibson on this occasion.
    • 16' Zhirkov picks out a superb pass down the left flank to release Ashley Cole - McGeady tracks back and forces a corner.
    • 15' CHANCE FOR MALOUDA! He drills one from the D of the penalty area but perhaps he might have preferred to hit it on his left - it goes narrowly wide from the Frenchman.
    • 14' Interesting start - Chelsea had the possession, Spartak the chances.
    • 13' GREAT SAVE FROM CECH! Kombarov gets a cross in from the left - Welliton gets hold of it and manages to fire a shot from a narrow angle at the near post - and Cech does really well to snuff that one out!
    • 12' Ferreira with a throw on the right hand side in an advanced position. He finds Kalou, but the Ivorian doesn't have too many options and is taken off the ball.
    • 11' Terry clatters past Welliton on the edge of the box as the Brazilian looks to get on the end of a long ball - good defending from the Chelsea skipper.
    • 10' CHANCE FOR SPARTAK! Great run from Parshivlyuk who seems to keep on going when he has no right to evade Cole and Ivanovic - he slips the ball across for Kombarov who lashes high first-time! Should have done better! Much better!
    • 9' Welliton is supposed to be the target man in a 4-2-3-1 formation but he's looked isolated so far.
    • 9' Ivanovic blocks a long ball forward from the Russians.
    • 8' Finally the ball falls to a red shirt - McGeady plays it straight back to his goalkeeper and the hosts clear.
    • 7' The pressure from the Blues continues - Spartak are chasing shadows at the moment.
    • 6' Good, patient play from Chelsea as the visitors string some passes together and work their way across the field.
    • 5' Kalou tries a chest down and shot from just inside the box - no luck this time, it sails high.
    • 5' Karpin, the Spartak boss, looks calm enough in these early stages.
    • 4' Welliton makes a great run down the byline and gets a low cross in, but he cannot find a team-mate with that delivery.
    • 3' Ibson gets Spratak on the move - Kombarov down the right cannot get a cross away.
    • 2' Artificial pitch here, of course. It caused Spurs all kinds of trouble when they went to Young Boys, and England lost at this very ground in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. Will Chelsea struggle today?
    • 1' Anelka catches Parshivlyuk in the face with his boot going for a high ball. Free kick for Spartak on their own penalty area.
    • 1' The game kicks off in Moscow!
    • 17:28 Captains exchange club flags, hands shaken. We're ready to go.
    • 17:27 The Champions League football flag covering the centre circle is being waved vociferously as the theme music plays.
    • 17:26 The players are taking to the field. And it's some atmosphere - close to an 80,000 capacity tonight.
    • 17:25 Your referee for this evening is Spanish - Carlos Velasco Carballo. This is just his second CL game - he also oversaw the Shaktar v Partizan game last month.
    • 17:24 "Hat-trick for McGeady" says Vinny - well, is that likelier than a late John Terry penalty to equalise? I'll leave it to you to decide.
    • 17:22 An interesting scenario suggested by JT CaptainLegendHero: "Chelsea to be 1-0 down at 85 minutes Zhirkov brought­ down in the box, up steps..... John Terry, he takes it­ and puts it in the bottom left hand corner" - well, we'll see. Not sure the captain will step up for a spot kick this particular evening. Remember you can get involved by leaving a comment below.
    • 17:20 Carlo Ancelotti, one of six men to win the European Cup as a player and a manager, reaches another Champions League landmark tonight - this will be his 100th game as a manager in Europe's elite competition.
    • 17:15 One Chelsea man who'll not feel like a stranger in Moscow is Yuri Zhirkov. The Russian midfielder spent five years playing for Spartak's local rivals CSKA Moscow before his move to England in 2009.
    • 17:10 Spartak Moscow are well into the final stages of a Russian league season which began back in March. They're sitting in fourth, well off the pace of runaway leaders Zenit St Petersburg.
    • 17:05 Look out for Nicolas Anelka in tonight's game - the Frenchman has scored six goals in his last eight Champions League starts. Who needs Drogba?
    • 17:00 HEAD-TO-HEAD: These two sides are meeting for the first time tonight - Spartak are a force at home, but in their last six matches against English opponents they've lost four and won just one. Chelsea have only ever played Russian opponents once - they met in the 2004-5 Champions League and won home and away.
    • 16:55 LINE-UPS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED! Welliton and McGeady are fit to start for Spartak, Zhirkov selected in Ramires' place for Chelsea.
    • 16:55 SPARTAK: Dykan - Makeev, Suchy, Pareja, Parshivlyuk - Sheshukov, Ibson - Kombarov, Ari, McGeady - Welliton. Bench - Pesyakov, Maidana, Stranzl, Sabitov, Ivanov, Ananidze, Kozlov /// CHELSEA: Cech - Cole, Terry, Ivanovic, Ferreira - Zhirkov, Mikel, Essien - Malouda, Anelka, Kalou. Bench - Turnbull, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran, Clifford, Mellis
    • 16:50 We've gone a whole twenty minutes without mentioning it, but let's talk about the elephant in the room - last time Chelsea were here at the Luzhniki Stadium, they were a John Terry slip away from taking the 2008 Champions League title.
    • 16:45 SPARTAK TEAM NEWS: Spartak must do without Brazilian playmaker Alex (it's probably less confusing for typing purposes that both Chelsea's Alex and Spartak's Alex miss out). Welliton, the Russian's leading striker, is also a doubt, as is Aiden McGeady.
    • 16:45 CHELSEA TEAM NEWS: No Ramires for the Blues tonight - that's after he picked up an ankle injury during the game with Aston Villa at the weekend. He joins an absentee list which includes Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Alex.
    • 16:40 Mind you, Spartak Moscow are level on points with the English side - they beat Zilina in Moscow last time around, and notched an impressive single goal victory in Marseille. Check the full Group F table here.
    • 16:35 Chelsea come into tonight's game top of the tree in England having started the Premier League at a ferocious pace, and sit top of the group after wins over Marseille and MSK Zilina.
    • 16:35 In case you were wondering, a full evening of Champions League football has not been cancelled in the wake of the stunning revelation that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford.
    • 16:30 Good afternoon everyone and welcome to LIVE updates from Group F of the Champions League where Chelsea are in Russia to face Spartak Moscow.
  • Summary

    • 73' ESSIEN MISSES A GLORIOUS CHANCE! It was great play from Kalou to create the space and his cutback was dummied by Anelka - Essien had time to place his shot and fired wide!
    • 64' ANOTHER GREAT STRIKE FROM IBSON! Played to him outside the box from the corner and it's an equally good stop from Cech!
    • 64' GOOD HIT FROM IBSON FROM A HALF-VOLLEY! Forces a good save and a corner from Cech!
    • 43' ANELKA SCORES! IT'S TWO! What a move! Essien makes it, driving forward and playing the Frenchman through on the left, he looks like he's left it too late but cuts back inside past Parshivlyuk and buries low into the far corner. Great play!
    • 38' ANELKA CLOSE! He gets around Dykan after a terrible backpass and tries to cut the ball back to Malouda - but just behind him!
    • 23' ZHIRKOV! WELCOME HOME! It's a half-volley from 25 yards after Pareja only half-clears with a header. A goal from nothing, and what a goal!
    • 15' CHANCE FOR MALOUDA! He drills one from the D of the penalty area but perhaps he might have preferred to hit it on his left - it goes narrowly wide from the Frenchman.
    • 13' GREAT SAVE FROM CECH! Kombarov gets a cross in from the left - Welliton gets hold of it and manages to fire a shot from a narrow angle at the near post - and Cech does really well to snuff that one out!
    • 10' CHANCE FOR SPARTAK! Great run from Parshivlyuk who seems to keep on going when he has no right to evade Cole and Ivanovic - he slips the ball across for Kombarov who lashes high first-time! Should have done better! Much better!
    • 16:55 SPARTAK: Dykan - Makeev, Suchy, Pareja, Parshivlyuk - Sheshukov, Ibson - Kombarov, Ari, McGeady - Welliton. Bench - Pesyakov, Maidana, Stranzl, Sabitov, Ivanov, Ananidze, Kozlov /// CHELSEA: Cech - Cole, Terry, Ivanovic, Ferreira - Zhirkov, Mikel, Essien - Malouda, Anelka, Kalou. Bench - Turnbull, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran, Clifford, Mellis
    • 16:30 Good afternoon everyone and welcome to LIVE updates from Group F of the Champions League where Chelsea are in Russia to face Spartak Moscow.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Spartak Moscow

    Manager: Valery Karpin

  • Chelsea

    Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • A. Dikan
      • S. Parshivlyuk
      • N. Pareja
      • M. Suchý Yellow Card
      • E. Makeev
      • Ibson
      • A. Sheshukov
      • A. McGeady
      • D. Kombarov
      • Ari Substitution Out (85′)
      • Welliton

      Subs

      • M. Stranzl
      • R. Sabitov
      • A. Ivanov
      • C. Omar Maidana
      • J. Ananidze Substitution In85′
      • S. Pesyakov
      • A. Kozlov
    • Starting line-up

      • P. Cech
      • Paulo Ferreira
      • J. Terry
      • B. Ivanovic
      • A. Cole Substitution Out (87′)
      • J. Mikel
      • M. Essien
      • Y. Zhirkov Goal Yellow Card
      • S. Kalou Substitution Out (74′)
      • F. Malouda Substitution Out (82′)
      • N. Anelka Goal

      Subs

      • R. Turnbull
      • J. Mellis
      • G. Kakuta Substitution In82′
      • P. van Aanholt Substitution In87′
      • J. Bruma
      • J. McEachran Substitution In74′
      • B. Clifford
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