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G S Pancypria Stadium (ATT 20,000) 30th September 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Benech

Apoel Nicosia Apoel Nicosia vs Chelsea Chelsea

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Chelsea 1

N Anelka (18)

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Last Updated at 11:10 pm, September 30th 2009

  1. Chelsea hold on for the three points in the end but they made it harder than it needed to be for themselves. Nonetheless they come away with another win and now have 6 points on the board in Group D.

  2. Full-time at the G S Pancypria Stadium.

  3. 90+3

    The corner comes to nothing, just seconds left her as a long ball is headed on target by Kosowski but Cech was never troubled

  4. 90+3

    Kosowski forces Terry to head wide for a corner at the other end now

  5. 90+2

    Malouda tries his luck from range this time but again it's way off. Chelsea should really be keeping possession at this stage

  6. 90+1

    Essien collects the short corner and fires a volley at goal but his curling effort misses the target

  7. 90

    Three minutes will be added for injury time and Chelsea have a corner

  8. 90

    Cech easily claims a cross from Breska as we near stoppage time

  9. 89

    Mirosavljevic plays in Breska but Cech beats the striker to the ball

  10. 88

    Lampard puts the ball out of play as Chelsea get a chance to regroup

  11. 87

    Paulista shows he is eager to impress with an immediate long range effort on goal, failed to trouble Cech though

  12. 86

    Malouda is penalised for a foul on Breska

  13. 85

    Jean Paulista comes on for Charalambides who really should have scored with that chance

  14. 84

    Charalambides sneaks in at the back post from Kosowski's cross but, unmarked, he fails to hit the target with his header - a let off for Chelsea

  15. 83

    Ashley Cole, who has had a magnificent game by the way, gains possession back for Chelsea by winning a throw-in off Breska

  16. 82

    Deco finds Anelka with a fine ball but the Frenchman fails to find Lampard when teeing him up

  17. 81

    Final ten minutes of normal time for Chelsea to see this one out, they've come under plenty of pressure this half so credit to them that they still lead

  18. 80

    Sub for either side as Mario Breska replaces Michael for APOEL. Meanwhile, Joe Cole come into play for Kalou

  19. 79

    Anelka loses possession and Invanoic brings down Charalambides trying to win the ball back. Yellow card

  20. 78

    Deco looks for Malouda but his threaded ball is intercepted easily

  21. 76

    Ivanovic gets into a great position in the area and pulls back to Lampard who miss-kicks before Malouda connects only to drill straight at Chiotis in the APOEL goal

  22. 75

    Cole is judged to have brought down Nuno Morais on the wing and APOEL have a free-kick midway up the pitch

  23. 74

    Good pressure from Anelka wins a Chelsea throw-in off Grncarov

  24. 73

    Lampard gets a sight of goal on the edge of the area but he uncharacteristically slices his effort well wide

  25. 72

    Poursaitidis puts the ball out of play under pressure from Malouda at the other end

  26. 70

    Kosowski gets into a great position from Cech's error but he fails to dig out a good cross as Carvalho blocks

  27. 69

    Chelsea look to have survived the storm with the substitution cleverly slowing play down

  28. 68

    A Chelsea change sees Balletti make way for Deco

  29. 67

    Chelsea under pressure now as Cole heads wide from Charalambides' cross

  30. 66

    Cech punches clear from the second APOEL corner as Charalambides shoots from all of 40 yards where the punched ball dropped

  31. 65

    Poursaitidis makes Cech work for the first time as he finds room for a shot which the keeper is equal to, corner to the home side

  32. 64

    Ivanovic slips in the area but still manages to nod a delivery out for a throw-in

  33. 63

    Carvalho is penalised for a foul on Mirosavljevic

  34. 62

    Grncarov does well to beat Anelka in an aerial dual

  35. 61

    Charalambides tries to control the ball on the edge of the area when he really should have hit the pull-back first time - he was closed down before he even knew it

  36. 60

    An hour gone and still only Anelka's goal separates the sides

  37. 59

    Charalambides brings down Balletti for a free-kick in a dangerous position and Malouda proceeds to evade everyone with a poor cross from the set-play

  38. 58

    Alexandrou makes way for Kosowski for the home side

  39. 58

    Ivanovic is penalised for a climb on Alexandrou

  40. 57

    Cole's drag-back is cleared by Poursaitidis

  41. 56

    Alexandrou does ever so well to get in a low cross only for Cole to put the ball behind for a corner which Cech proceeds to claim with ease

  42. 55

    Lampard wins a free-kick this time as he is brought down by Kontis in the centre of the field

  43. 54

    Anelka is dispossessed by Poursaitidis on the wing

  44. 52

    Malouda brings down Charalambides for a free-kick to the home side

  45. 51

    The home fans are in buoyant mood again despite being a goal down as they will their team forward in search of an equaliser

  46. 50

    Jay Massaad, is a neutral fan in Cyprus and he thinks APOEL can nick a 1-1 draw here

  47. 49

    Anelka looks for Kalou again but his pass is intercepted

  48. 48

    Kalou's drag-back is intercepted and Chiotis in the home side's goal collects with ease

  49. 47

    Lampard plays in Anelka who takes on Haxhi before drilling an effort wide from a tight angle

  50. 46

    No changes made as APOEL get the game underway once more

  51. Ojigho Ferdinand from Maryland in USA thinks Chelsea really miss Drogba up front but reckons they'll take this one 2-1

  52. Not entirely straight forward for Chelsea so far, but they have proved their difference in class with a fine goal courtesy of Anelka. The Cypriots do look a slight threat however and Chelsea will be eager to get a second early on in the restart to try and kill this game off. Let me know your thoughts. jamie.casey@bskyb.com

  53. 45

    No injury time added as the referee calls time on the first-half.

  54. 45

    Alexandrou whips in a good cross but Kontis fails to direct his header anywhere near the target

  55. 44

    Kalou goes into the book as he takes his frustration out on Alexandrou with a tackle from behind

  56. 43

    Anelka finds Kalou on the edge of the area but with his back to goal the Ivorian loses possession

  57. 42

    A delightful through ball from Lampard finds Cole onrushing into the area but his pull-back is cleared

  58. 41

    Alexandrou is penalised for being offside when seemingly in a great position

  59. 40

    Ivanovic's cross is headed clear by Kontis

  60. 39

    Malouda tries a lovely lofted through ball for Cole who runs into traffic. Nice idea though

  61. 38

    Pinto plays the ball behind Charalambides as a promising APOEL attack breaks down

  62. 35

    The home side are starting to come back into the game a little, but Chelsea still look a major threat on the break

  63. 34

    Lampard is hobbling slightly for Chelsea, cause for concern for Ancelotti

  64. 33

    Alexandrou runs into traffic on the wing as Chelsea look to break

  65. 32

    The corner is headed clear and Chelsea are in possession again

  66. 32

    Ivanovic puts the delivery out for an APOEL corner

  67. 31

    Essien concedes a foul against Pinto around 35 yards out. It's fairly central so slight danger for Chelsea here

  68. 30

    Half an hour gone and despite some early possession for the home side, Chelsea have recovered to take complete control of this game. Just the one goal to their name so far though

  69. 28

    Balletti tees up Malouda on a Chelsea break but the winger's long range effort sails well wide

  70. 27

    Lampard heads the corner clear and the danger passes

  71. 26

    Alexandrou wins a corner off Baletti, chance for the home side

  72. 25

    Malouda streams forward for Chelsea but misplaces his pass with Anelka over-lapping him

  73. 24

    Poursaitidis gives the ball away on the edge of his area as Kalou plays in Anelka who sees his curling effort blocked

  74. 23

    Charalambides is brought down by Malouda in the centre of the pitch

  75. 21

    Cole pops up at the far post but directs his header off target

  76. 20

    Alexandrou's cross falls for Charalambides who volleys wide under pressure from Ashley Cole

  77. Brilliant goal. Balletti does superb on the wing and pulls the ball back to Anelka on the edge of the area who curls a delightful shot into the far left top corner.

  78. 18

    Goal Anelka!!

  79. 17

    More great wing play by Anelka almost carves out another chance for Chelsea but his cross is headed clear

  80. 16

    Ashley Cole's delivery is blocked and the home side look to break but Ivanovic halts the charge

  81. 15

    Anelka does brilliantly to find Kalou on the edge of the box but he fails to direct his shot on target and APOEL survive

  82. 14

    Lampard wins the ball in the middle of the park and plays in Anelka who makes the wrong decision when streaming forward and the attack comes to nothing

  83. 13

    Chrysis Michael is flagged offside as a promising APOEL counter breaks down

  84. 12

    Lampard's driven free-kick is aimed at Ivanovic but he is unable to direct his header on target

  85. 11

    Charalambides brings down Anelka in a dangerous position

  86. 10

    Ivanovic looks for a free-kick as he breaks forward, he may have had a case there but the referee says play on

  87. 9

    Essien creates room for a left-foot shot from around 25-yards, decent effort but it sails wide

  88. 8

    Malouda runs into trouble as he over-runs the ball and is dispossessed by Kontis

  89. 7

    Lampard misplaces a cross-field pass and gifts the home side possession once more

  90. 6

    Alexandrou is causing a few problems for Chelsea as he looks to feed the ball through their defence

  91. 5

    Cech looks uncertain as he comes to punch the free-kick, despite Essien having it covered

  92. 4

    Ivanovic brings down Mirosavljevic for a APOEL free-kick out wide

  93. 3

    The home fans are jeering every pass made by the away side and a misplaced pass by Terry brings ironic cheers

  94. 2

    Terry is forced to play the ball back to Cech under pressure from Mirosavljevic

  95. 1

    Ashley Cole wins an early corner for Chelsea, which Lampard takes only for Anelka to be penalised in the centre

  96. 1

    Chelsea get the game underway

  97. I say "boys in blue," but Chelsea are actually kitted out in all white tonight in the G S Pancypria Stadium. Kick-off very near here.

  98. Abdullah Ahmed is worried by his side's shaky defence of late, but nonetheless is expecting the boys in blue to come away with a hard fought 2-1 win.

  99. Thomas Banbury, another Blues fan, has made a similar prediction to Claire although he thinks Anelka will get a brace on top of a Lampard strike to hand Chelsea a 3-0 win.

  100. Blues fan Claire Harper is backing her side to win 2-0 tonight, with Anelka and Lampard getting on the score-sheet.

  101. Incidentally, live coverage of this game can be seen on Sky Sports 2 and HD2.

  102. The players are warming up on the pitch with kick-off fast approaching, stay with us to see how this one unfolds.

  103. While Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season to Wigan on Saturday, it was the opposite for APOEL, who got their first league win of the season at the weekend, will that have any bearing on the outcome here?

  104. 1st Goalscorer: Mirosavljevic 14/1; Alexandrou 18/1; Anelka 9/2; Kalou 11/2; Lampard 11/2.

  105. Fancy a bet? here are Skybet's odds before kick-off: APOEL 11/1 Draw 4/1 Chelsea 2/7.

  106. So Belletti and Kalou make the starting line-up for the Blues. Got any thoughts on that fans? Let me know what you think of the team and their chances in Cyprus tonight. jamie.casey@bskyb.com

  107. Apoel Nicosia: Chiotis, Poursaitides, Kontis, Grncarov, Haxhi, Charalambidis, Morais, Michael, Alexandrou, Pinto, Mirosavljevic. Subs: Kissas, Papathanasiou, Kosowski, Satsias, Elia, Jean Paulista, Breska.

  108. Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Belletti, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Zhirkov, Deco, Sturridge, Hutchinson, Bruma.

  109. Referee: Bertrand Layec (France)

  110. Team news has arrived and will be with you shortly.

  111. Live updates will appear here from 1945 BST....

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