Wednesday September 28, 2011 Group Stage: Group E Finished Mestalla

Valencia CF 1 - 1 Chelsea

  • Soldado 87’ (pen.)
  • Lampard 56’

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  1. Chelsea draw in Valencia

    Chelsea draw in Valencia

    Substitute Salomon Kalou gifted Valencia a late penalty which Roberto Soldado converted as Chelsea drew 1-1 at the Mestalla Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Valencia CF
    • Chelsea
    • FT The final whistle blows and Chelsea's players are furious, with both Mata and Cole booked for arguing with the ref! Crazy finish to a frantic second half! It's finished Valencia 1-1 Chelsea
    • 90+2' Malouda is booked for a late challenge on Alba in the Valencia box.
    • 90+1' Soldado sneaks behind the Chelsea defence but a rare poor first touch sees the ball ricochet behind for a goal-kick.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 89' Anelka finds space in the box but Alves produces another excellent save with his feet to keep his side level!
    • 88' Can either side find a winner with two minutes remaining?!
    • 87' GOAL! Soldado steps up and sends Cech the wrong way! Valencia draw level with three minutes remaining.
    • 86' PENALTY! Kalou rises to head a corner clear but leads with his arm and handles in the box! Penalty and yellow card!
    • 85' Jonas curls a shot goalwards from the edge of the box which Cech pushes wide at full stretch!
    • 84' Piatti's shot from the edge of the box is charged down and blocked by Chelsea captain Terry.
    • 83' CHELSEA SUB: Goalscorer Lampard is replaced by Kalou.
    • 82' Luiz is adjudged to have barged Feghouli off the ball to give Valencia a free-kick midway inside the Chelsea half.
    • 81' Canales whips the ball into the box but a white shirt can't get onto the end of it. Chelsea can barely get out of their own half!
    • 80' Piatti does well to reach the ball near the byline but Cech's on guard at the near post to collect the Argentinean's cross.
    • 79' Malouda tries to place a side-footed shot past Alves but the Valencia keeper is wise to it.
    • 78' Valencia free-kick in the middle of the park after Anelka challenged with a high foot.
    • 77' Valencia launch another attack, with Piatti firing a low shot across the face of goal!
    • 76' Feghouli goes for goal from distance and sees his shot deflected but Cech does well to adjust his position and save.
    • 75' Here's more on Carlos Tevez being slapped with a two week suspension by Manchester City. Tevez suspended by City
    • 74' DOUBLE VALENCIA SUB: Jonas and Feghouli come on for Benaga and Hernandez.
    • 73' CHELSEA SUB: Torres is replaced by Anelka.
    • 72' Ruiz rises to meet a floated cross at the back post but heads wide!
    • 71' Piatti makes a diagonal run behind the Chelsea defence before unleashing a fine shot which Cech turns over the bar!
    • 70' Malouda plays the ball to Mata in the penalty area, with the Chelsea forward hitting the deck after bumping into Ruiz. No penalty.
    • 69' Chelsea look content to sit back and keep the ball.
    • 67' CHELSEA SUB: Ramires makes way for Meireles.
    • 66' Soldado rounds Cech wide in the box before sliding in a low cross which Terry hoofs clear. No Valencia player made any effort to make a run there.
    • 65' Benaga tries to do to much and Luiz steals the ball off him.
    • 64' Rami meets the outswinging corner but can only direct his header well wide.
    • 63' Valencia build pressure on the edge of the Chelsea box, with Ruiz eventually playing in a cross which is half-cleared before the hosts go on to win a corner.
    • 62' Breaking news away from tonight's action, Carlos Tevez has been suspended by Man City pending an investigation following the Argentinean's refusal to come on as a sub against Bayer Leverkusen.
    • 61' Mata finds Cole, whose low cross is cleared for a throw-in.
    • 60' VALENCIA SUB: Mathieu is replaced by Piatti.
    • 59' How fitting that Frank Lampard scores after being on the bench for Chelsea's previous two games?
    • 58' What an opening to this second half!
    • 57' GOAL! Chelsea take the lead! Boswinga drives into the box before cutting back a fine low cross which Lampard drills home!
    • 56' Alves again! Chelsea deliver a corner and Ruiz knocks it towards his own but the Valencia keeper produces another reflex stop!
    • 55' Another great save by Alves! Lampard delivers a low cross which Torres control with a sublime touch before shooting from six yards, only for Alves to turn it away!
    • 54' Lampard slides a fine ball through to Ramires but the Brazilian pokes his shot into the body of Alves.
    • 53' Mathieu drills in a low shot but it's straight at Alves.
    • 52' Valencia break and Terry rises well to take the ball off Hernandez's head when the Spaniard looked certain to head home!
    • 52' What a save! Bosingwa delivers a superb cross which is met by a thundering Torres header - but Alves is on hand to produce a stunning reflex save!
    • 51' Anelka is among the Chelsea substitutes warming up.
    • 50' Torres looks to run on to a neat through-ball but Rami is quicker to it.
    • 49' Torres attempts to slide through-ball to Malouda but the Frenchman's never going to get that.
    • 48' Albelda is booked for a foul as Chelsea broke clear.
    • 48' The hosts move upfield, winning a corner which is played in to Canales but Chelsea clear.
    • 47' Valencia are happy to knock the ball around in their open half to get the second 45 going.
    • 46' Valencia get the second half underway...
    • HT There goes the half-time whistle. Valencia 0-0 Chelsea
    • 45+2' Hernandez chips the ball up for himself and unleashes a volley which Cech saves! A yard either side of the Chelsea keeper and that could have gone in!
    • 45+2' Banega floats in a terrible free-kick which is easily caught by Cech, who was completely unchallenged.
    • 45+1' Luiz barges into Mathieu to hand Valencia a dangerous free-kick just outside the box on the left.
    • 45' There will two minutes of added time.
    • 44' Terry steps in with a well-timed block to stop a low cross reaching Soldado.
    • 43' Hernandez is caught by Lampard and goes down clutching his face. The Spaniard is soon back to his feet, however.
    • 42' Lampard has contributed very little to this first half, typified by that air shot.
    • 41' Mata floats in the corner but Lampard fails to connect with an ambitious volley from the edge of the area.
    • 40' Mata's shot is poorly struck but takes a deflection to give Chelsea a corner.
    • 40' Mathieu pings in a half-volleyed cross-cum-shot which Cech is happy to watch sail over the crossbar.
    • 39' Torres attempts a step-over to get past Miguel but the Valencia defender stands tall to dispossess his man.
    • 38' Canales drives into the left side of the penalty area and fires in a low cross which deflects off Luiz and is caught by Cech.
    • 37' Mata looks to exchange passes with Torres but the return pass is heavy.
    • 36' Torres chips the ball into the penalty area in search of Mata but Ruiz gets to the ball first to hoof clear.
    • 35' Malouda is caught by Miguel to hand Chelsea a free-kick inside the centre circle.
    • 34' Chelsea are unbeaten in six games against Spanish teams.
    • 33' Albelda looks to find Mathieu on the left flank but Boswinga stands up well to clear.
    • 32' Banega plays the ball over the top to Soldado but the flag goes up for offside.
    • 31' Cole chips a pass forward in search of Torres, who turns to the referee complaining that he's had his shirt tugged.
    • 30' Malouda's back on the ball but the Frenchman's squeezed out by two Valencia defenders, with Miguel eventually clearing.
    • 29' Malouda floats in the cross but it's headed away by Rami with Torres lurking.
    • 28' Valencia started tonight with the same outfield 10 that drew with Barcelona in La Liga a week ago.
    • 27' Miguel gives away the ball at right-back but Malouda's low cross is cleared before it reaches the near post.
    • 26' Rather predictably, Barcelona are already leading BATE 2-0. BATE Borisov v Barcelona: LIVE
    • 25' Canales drifts wide before delivering a low cross which Hernandez sends into the side-netting!
    • 24' Ramires hobbles off to receive additional treatment. Looks like the Brazilian will be ok, though.
    • 23' Terry rises to meet the corner but can't reach it. Nor can Ramires, whose taken a knock while stretching for the ball.
    • 22' Chelsea earn their first corner. Former Valancia man Mata trots over to take it and get a warm reception from the home fans.
    • 21' Chelsea clear but only for another corner. This time it's played short before going back to Canales but he's flagged offside. That's a real waste!
    • 20' Pablo gets away from Cole before finding Alba, whose shot from the edge of the box is deflected wide for a corner.
    • 19' You can follow all the action from tonight's Champions League here.
    • 18' Both sides look to have settled down, happy to knock the ball around in midfield while looking for the breakthrough.
    • 17' Valencia playmaker Canales, who is full of running, is on a two year loan from Real Madrid.
    • 16' Valencia build pressure on the edge of the box but Banega is dispossessed and Chelsea clear.
    • 15' It's been a frantic opening 15 minutes, with both sides making mistakes but neither able to make the breakthrough.
    • 14' Valencia have every player back to defend the free-kick... Lampard drives low - Alves saves!
    • 13' Ramires bursts through the middle with pace but is pulled back by Ruiz! What's the ref going to do here? Yellow card. Looks like there was a covering defender.
    • 12' Hernandez works into space in the right channel but his cross goes behind his target and the move slows down.
    • 11' Torres set up both Chelsea's goals in their 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen - can the Spaniard go one better and get on the scoresheet tonight?
    • 10' Albelda drives forward from left-back before finding Canales, who in turns lays off for Mathieu but his fierce cross is caught by Cech at the near post.
    • 9' Arsenal are 1-0 to the good against Olympiacos already. Follow that game here.
    • 8' Valencia have started extremely slowly, giving the ball away twice in midfield in critical positions. Hold on, make that three times - Banega's caught again but fortunately for him a Valencia team-mate is there to gather the loose ball.
    • 7' Cole shoots from 25 yards but it's straight at Alves, who takes the sting off the effort before gathering.
    • 6' Valencia keeper Alves opts to punch the corner clear when catching surely would have been the better option.
    • 5' Banega gives the ball away in midfield AGAIN and that allows Malouda to push forward, before Rami manages to stick out a leg to divert the ball out for a corner.
    • 4' That really should be 1-0. Torres' touch was a little heavy and that allowed Rami to sprint back.
    • 3' Banega gives the ball away to allow Torres through but Rami gets back quickly to lean into the Chelsea striker and ensure he can't get a shot off!
    • 2' Chelsea made three changes to the side that beat Swansea 4-1 in the Premier League, with Lampard, Malouda and Luiz in for Meireles, Anelka and Ivanovic.
    • 1' And we're off! Chelsea get the first half underway...
    • 19:40 Right, the teams are in the tunnel! Here we go...
    • 19:35 The big talking point from last night's Champions League action was, of course, Carlos Tevez's refusal to come on as a sub for Manchester City - but the Argentinean has since denied that. Here's the latest.
    • 19:30 Ahead of tonight's clash, we investigate the threat that young playmaker Sergio Canales will pose to Chelsea. Euroscout: Sergio Canales
    • 19:25 Here's an interesting little side stat for you: Valencia boss Unai Emery (39 years old) and Chelsea chief Andre Villas-Boas (33) are two of three managers who are under 40 in this season's Champions League, alongside BATE Borisov's Viktor Gontcharenko (34).
    • 19:20 Valencia have won only two of their last nine Champions League games at the Mestalla and have lost all of their last three home games against English opposition (twice against Chelsea, once against Man Utd). What about tonight? Time to put your neck on the line - make a prediction in the comments box below.
    • 19:15 Chelsea are unbeaten in their four encounters with Valencia (two wins, two draws) having met in the Champions League quarter-finals in April 2007 and in the group stages in 2007/08.
    • 19:10 Andre Villas-Boas expects Juan Mata to play a big part against his old club: "He is a player of magnificent talent. He has been magnificent in the Champions League for Valencia and is showing his potential in the Premier League now as well."
    • 19:05 Tonight could prove Chelsea's toughest test in the group stages, with Valencia registering two wins and a draw - against Barcelona, no less - at the Mestalla so far this season.
    • 19:00 The big news there is that Frank Lampard has been restored to the Chelsea line-up after starting on the bench for the past two games. Juan Mata starts against his former side just over a month after completing his £23.5m switch to Chelsea.
    • 18:55 VALENCIA: Diego Alves, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda, Ever Banega, Canales, Jordi Alba, Pablo Hernandez, Soldado... Subs: Guaita, Bruno Saltor, Maduro, Feghouli, Parejo, Jonas, Piatti /// CHELSEA: Cech; Bosingwa, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard; Mata, Torres, Malouda... Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Romeu, Meireles, Kalou, Anelka, Drogba
    • 18:50 Chelsea are expected to start Fernando Torres despite the return of Didier Drogba in the 4-1 win over Swansea at the weekend. Andre Villas-Boas's biggest decision is whether to continue using Frank Lampard as a substitute or not. We'll bring you the line-ups as soon as we have them.
    • 18:45 So here we are, matchday two of the Champions League group stages. Chelsea sit top of Group E having won their opening fixture against Bayer Leverkusen 2-0, while Valencia drew 0-0 on their visit to Genk in Belgium.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Chelsea's match against Valencia. Kick-off is at 19:45 UK time, but we'll be here from an hour beforehand with all the team news and pre-match build up.
  • Summary

    • 89' Anelka finds space in the box but Alves produces another excellent save with his feet to keep his side level!
    • 87' GOAL! Soldado steps up and sends Cech the wrong way! Valencia draw level with three minutes remaining.
    • 85' Jonas curls a shot goalwards from the edge of the box which Cech pushes wide at full stretch!
    • 79' Malouda tries to place a side-footed shot past Alves but the Valencia keeper is wise to it.
    • 77' Valencia launch another attack, with Piatti firing a low shot across the face of goal!
    • 76' Feghouli goes for goal from distance and sees his shot deflected but Cech does well to adjust his position and save.
    • 72' Ruiz rises to meet a floated cross at the back post but heads wide!
    • 71' Piatti makes a diagonal run behind the Chelsea defence before unleashing a fine shot which Cech turns over the bar!
    • 66' Soldado rounds Cech wide in the box before sliding in a low cross which Terry hoofs clear. No Valencia player made any effort to make a run there.
    • 57' GOAL! Chelsea take the lead! Boswinga drives into the box before cutting back a fine low cross which Lampard drills home!
    • 56' Alves again! Chelsea deliver a corner and Ruiz knocks it towards his own but the Valencia keeper produces another reflex stop!
    • 55' Another great save by Alves! Lampard delivers a low cross which Torres control with a sublime touch before shooting from six yards, only for Alves to turn it away!
    • 54' Lampard slides a fine ball through to Ramires but the Brazilian pokes his shot into the body of Alves.
    • 53' Mathieu drills in a low shot but it's straight at Alves.
    • 52' Valencia break and Terry rises well to take the ball off Hernandez's head when the Spaniard looked certain to head home!
    • 52' What a save! Bosingwa delivers a superb cross which is met by a thundering Torres header - but Alves is on hand to produce a stunning reflex save!
    • 45+2' Hernandez chips the ball up for himself and unleashes a volley which Cech saves! A yard either side of the Chelsea keeper and that could have gone in!
    • 44' Terry steps in with a well-timed block to stop a low cross reaching Soldado.
    • 25' Canales drifts wide before delivering a low cross which Hernandez sends into the side-netting!
    • 14' Valencia have every player back to defend the free-kick... Lampard drives low - Alves saves!
    • 3' Banega gives the ball away to allow Torres through but Rami gets back quickly to lean into the Chelsea striker and ensure he can't get a shot off!
    • 18:55 VALENCIA: Diego Alves, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda, Ever Banega, Canales, Jordi Alba, Pablo Hernandez, Soldado... Subs: Guaita, Bruno Saltor, Maduro, Feghouli, Parejo, Jonas, Piatti /// CHELSEA: Cech; Bosingwa, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard; Mata, Torres, Malouda... Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Romeu, Meireles, Kalou, Anelka, Drogba

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.9 9
      Defenders
      5.7 6
      6.3 8
      Yellow Card 5.4 6
      5.5 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out73′ 6 4
      Yellow Card 5.8 5
      Substitution Out73′ 5.7 5
      6.1 7
      Substitution Out59′ 5.6 7
      Strikers
      Goal 6 8
      Subs
      Substitution In59′ 5.6 7
      Substitution In73′ 6.2 6
      Substitution In73′ 5.5 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.5 7
      Defenders
      6.3 8
      6.5 7
      6.8 6
      Yellow Card 5.9 5
      Midfielders
      6.2 6
      Substitution Out66′ 6.8 6
      Goal Substitution Out83′ 6.9 8
      Strikers
      Yellow Card 6.6 5
      Yellow Card 7.3 7
      Substitution Out72′ 6.3 6
      Subs
      Substitution In72′ 7.3 6
      Substitution In66′ 5.9 6
      Substitution In83′ Yellow Card 3.2 3

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