Thursday March 14, 2013 Last 16 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 3 - 1 Steaua Bucharest

  • Mata 34’
  • Terry 58’
  • Torres 71’
  • Chiriches 45’

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  1. Europa League - Torres scores winner to seal Chelsea progress

    Europa League - Torres scores winner to seal Chelsea progress

    Fernando Torres scored the winner as Chelsea reached the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Steaua Bucharest. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Steaua Bucharest
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 3-1 win for Chelsea. More than deserved on the night. A fine winner by Fernando Torres. They are through to the last eight.
    • 90+2' Torres with some more smart play. Lovely cross at the end of the run, but Benayoun can't convert with the attempted backheeled finish.
    • 90+1' Hazard departs the scene to be replaced by Yossi Benayoun.
    • 89' Cech collides with Luiz claiming a high ball. We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Mata departs to be replaced by Victor Moses for the home side, who are on the cusp of progress here.
    • 87' An offside flag goes up against Torres after he wins the ball. Looks like Chelsea are going to make a change here.
    • 86' Two balls on the pitch all of a sudden as Mikel sees a powerful drive hit off and red shirt and fly behind for a corner.
    • 85' Torres slams the penalty off the bar and off. Tatarusanu dived the wrong way, but the penalty was too high.
    • 84' PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Bourceanu fells Mata inside the box. Clear foul and that will be a penalty to the home side.
    • 83' Luiz takes no chance as he launcheds the long ball forward and Torres collects for Chelsea on the run.
    • 82' Time really against the visiting side now. Some lovely stuff being played by Mata and Hazard for Chelsea.
    • 81' Latovlevici uncorks a shot at goal from distance, but Cech is on hand to make the save.
    • 80' Cole guilty of a foul on Popa. And is rightly booked for that challenge as we head for the closing 10 minutes of normal time.
    • 79' Leandro Tatu has replaced Tănase for the visiting side.
    • 78' Torres on the run for Chelsea. Holds off a couple of Steaua players, but can only knock the ball wide of goal.
    • 77' Oscar wins the ball in midfield. Races into the heart of the home box, but can't turn the shot into the net. Some fine play by him as Torres returns to the action for a second time.
    • 76' He returns to the action with a fresh shirt after his nose was bloodied. But he will need to receive more treatment.
    • 75' Fernando Torres has scored his first Europa League goal of the season with his 16th shot of the competition.
    • 74' Torres needing some treatment for a bloodied nose here after Szukala kicked him in the face off the ball.
    • 73' Torres guilty of going to ground too easily as he turned the sliding Szukala before collapsing. Strong appeals for a penalty, but referee right to wave play on.
    • 72' Chelsea heading through here then on the night. They lead 3-1 for a 3-2 aggregate lead. And here come Chelsea again.
    • 71' GOAL! Torres turns to slams a low drive into the corner of the net. Mata to Hazard, who sets up Torres to finish. His second goal since Christmas.
    • 70' Mikel is penalised for a foul on Popa. And is booked for that one.
    • 69' Hazard racing down a flank with real menace. Tries to thread a pass through to Oscar, but there are enough red shirts back there to snuff out the danger.
    • 68' Torres on the run for Chelsea, but he can't find a team-mate. Cole then doing some timely covering work for Chelsea, which was very much needed.
    • 67' Bourceanu tries an audacious long ball from his own half, but ends up drilling it straight out of play.
    • 66' On we go with the visiting side clinging to this spot in the last eight. One Chelsea goal will change all that, but can last season's Champions League winners grab it?
    • 65' Poparadu is on the ground after running into the challenge of Luiz. Cole was racing back. Poparadu needing some treatment.
    • 64' Luiz decides to try his luck from distance. Ball is up and over the wall, but straight into the arms of Tatarusanu in the visiting goal.
    • 63' Hazard brought crashing to the deck by Pintilii. Chelsea have the free-kick 40 yards from goal.
    • 62' Torres continues to cut a forlorn figure for Chelsea, but perhaps he can have the last say this evening.
    • 61' Chipciu fires the ball at Cech from distance. Plenty of power on that effort, but Cech does just enough to keep it out. Steaua still a real danger.
    • 60' Hazard thumps a volley at the visiting goal straight down the middle, but Tatarusanu doing just enough to scramble it clear.
    • 59' Hazard with another free-kick, but the ball flies off the head of Rusescu and behind for a corner to the home team.
    • 58' GOAL! Terry rises to head into the corner of the net from Mata's free-kick. Such an easy goal and suddenly Chelsea lead 2-1 on the night. 2-2 on aggregate.
    • 57' Rapa picks up a booking for a late challenge on Hazard. Free-kick just wide of the visiting box.
    • 56' Oscar on the move for Chelsea, but Tatarusanu is quickly off his line to thump the loose ball out of play.
    • 55' Ramires is penalised for a foul on Bourceanu. Poor tackle really by the midfielder. Chelsea not exactly dominant in this match.
    • 54' Bourceanu can't connect properly from the edge of the area. Chance to give his side the lead after neat build-up play by Chipciu. Ball spins wide.
    • 53' Raul Rusescu walloped to the deck by David Luiz. A poor challenge by the Chelsea man, but he escapes punishment.
    • 52' César Azpilicueta on the run for Chelsea out wide, but ends up lifting the ball straight out of play. Poor cross from the home full-back.
    • 51' Steaua Bucharest have won their last five games in all competitions, keeping four clean sheets in the process. Not one tonight, but in the box seat at the moment.
    • 50' Bourceanu has been rightlly booked for a late tackle from behind on Mata.
    • 49' Alexandru Bourceanu with a fine, menacing run and cross that is cleared by Terry at the heart of the Chelsea box.
    • 48' Chelsea seeing plenty of the ball, but Steaua have plenty of men behind the ball. Looking to play the classic counter attacking game.
    • 47' Mikel smashes the ball into the body of Chiriches from long range before Tatarusanu is off his line to wallop clear the Torres cross.
    • 46' Chelsea get the action off and running in the second period needing two goals to progress. Are they up to the task?
    • 45+1' HALF-TIME. It's 1-1 on the night meaning Chelsea need another two to advance.
    • 45' GOAL BUCHAREST! A THIRD corner is not so well-defended and when the ball is left down in the six yard box, it's Cliriches to poke it into the roof of the net! 1-1 (1-2)!
    • 44' This one's cleared but the visitors soon win another flag kick.
    • 43' Another Bucharest corner. Last thing Chelsea will want is to concede a cheap set piece goal.
    • 41' The danger ends for Steaua when there's a handball in the box for a defensive free-kick
    • 40' HAZARD! Saved by Tatarusanu! He squeezes between two defenders from the left to reach the area before forcing the parry after a give-and-go with Oscar. Beautiful stuff.
    • 39' Now the Blues get forward with numbers, but after advancing to the byline, Hazard sees his cut-back wasted by Ramires.
    • 38' Oscar gets away with an inadvertent handball as Chelsea play their way out of danger on the wing.
    • 37' Torres! Side netting from just outside the box following good work from Mata.
    • 35' Not bad timing, either - the home fans were just starting to get noticably restless.
    • 33' GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL CHELSEA! It's all square in the tie and Juan Mata gets his 18th of the season with a stroked finish which just creeped inside the post. 1-0 (1-1)!
    • 30' It's Szukala again now, cutting out a Torres pass towards the box.
    • 28' Mata is a little too zealous in looking for an error from Szukala, and concedes a free-kick.
    • 26' Terry motions to the trainer, who was coming on but did a 180, that his comrade took an arm to the eye socket.
    • 25' Azpilicueta is down from a knock, but is on his feet and should be okay to continue.
    • 23' It's Mikel again from 20 yards following a short corner, but this time it's off-target.
    • 22' Now here come the hosts again and some great play in the final third from Hazard sets up Mikel! Pushed around the post for a corner by Tatarusanu!
    • 21' The flag kick is half cleared to Tanase on the edge of the area, who forces another stop from Cech.
    • 20' Now the away side win another corner. Good spell, this.
    • 18' Now Popa with a ball into the Chelsea danger zone, but it's too fierce for Rusescu to meet in time. Goal kick.
    • 17' Steaua move the ball forward quickly until skipper Bourceanu tries his luck from a distance and sends it well wide.
    • 16' Mata goes for the quick free kick but Tatarusanu in goal is wide to the attempt and moves to catch it.
    • 15' Now a Chelsea free-kick within range. About 30 from goal, just right of centre.
    • 14' It's been all Chelsea as far as attacking intent but that close call was a very stark reminder how close they remain to Bucharest getting the away goal which would make this a huge mountain to climb against a very good and disciplined side.
    • 13' Chelsea are able to deal with the subsequent corner comfortably.
    • 12' ERROR BY JOHN TERRY! Rusescu is through but his placed effort is kept out by Cech's one-hand dive!
    • 11' The visiting back line close down THREE straight speculative efforts. Looked like Hazard, Ramires and Mikel.
    • 10' It's played short and comes to nothing.
    • 9' 35-yard free-kick Steaua as Cole clips Popa as he bursts forward.
    • 8' Possession fairly equal in these fledgling stages, but Chelsea looking more meaningful with the ball with a chance and a shoulda-been.
    • 7' And now a good interception from the 28-year-old as Chelsea look to start an attack down the middle.
    • 6' Pintilli was the man for Steaua there, in the box from midfield as the Blues came forward.
    • 5' Torres is almost able to bring a cross down despite two defenders on his case, but a third comes across to rescue the situation.
    • 3' Mata has the game's first shot, but it's safely off-target.
    • 2' Pacy start here with plenty of travelling fans in the house to audibly whistle whenever the hosts are in possession.
    • 1' And here we go in the first half.
    • 20:00 Here come the teams. We are moments from kick-off. Minute-by-minute updates are coming next!
    • 19:55 Do you think Chelsea will do it? Or is a major upset on the cards? Let us know in the comments section below
    • 19:50 Laurenţiu Reghecampf: "We are well aware that the supporters, the crowd has a very big role, a very important role, especially if we were to go ahead early. That would not create a great atmosphere for the home team. We will try to score early and play well."
    • 19:45 Rafa Benitez: "We cannot change where we are - we are in the Europa League and we will try to do our best. If you progress it is a good competition but you have to carry on until the end. The Champions League is another competition, but the Europa League is important to us. We are here and we will try to compete in every single competition - the next game is always the priority."
    • 19:40 CHELSEA: Cech; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Hazard, Mata, Oscar; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand, Lampard, Benayoun, Moses. /// STEAUA: Tatarusanu; Latovlevici, Chiriches, Szukala, Rapa; Pintilii, Chipciu; Bourceanu, Tanase, Popa; Rusescu. Subs: Stanca, Gardos, Filip, Prepelita, Iancu, Leandro Tatu, Adi Sobrinho.
    • 19:30 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE Europa League matchcast as Chelsea strive to overturn a 1-0 defecit against Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge. Team news will follow very shortly!
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    Manager: Rafael Benítez

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    Manager: Laurentiu Reghecampf

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