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Mestalla (ATT 23,593) 28th September 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Rizzoli

Valencia Valencia vs Chelsea Chelsea

Valencia 1

R Soldado (pen 87)


Chelsea 1

F Lampard (56)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 9:39 pm, September 28th 2011

  1. Mata and Cole also go into the book, but after the full-time whistle for dissent after Chelsea are denied the opportunity to take a free-kick deep into injury-time. It's full-time in the Mestalla.

  2. 90+3

    A collision of bodies inside the Valencia box sees players from both sides claim a foul, but it goes Valencia's way and Malouda gets booked for his protests.

  3. 90+2

    Jonas loses Terry but he can't control the dinked pass form Canales and a chance for the winner goes begging for Valencia now. It's been a cracking second-half!

  4. 90+1

    Three minutes have been added on to the ninety.

  5. 90

    Anelka is put through on goal by Kalou but the former can't beat Diego Alves, who produces yet another fantastic point-blank save.

  6. 89

    Cole nods down in the path of Cech, very calm of the full-back.

  7. 88

    The hosts are eager to restart the game and Chelsea comply, but it's the hosts who have the momentum in the closing stages.

  8. 87

    GOAL SOLDADO!! Kalou is penalised for a handball inside the box and Soldado strokes it calmly into the bottom corner to even up the contest.

  9. 86


  10. 85

    Jonas produces a fantastic shot after collecting from Canales and Cech, at full-stretch, makes his best save of the night.

  11. 84

    Valencia have had 54% of the possession in this half, but have nothing to show for it at present. Time is running out.

  12. 83

    Kalou will see out the game for Chelsea, replacing the impressive Lampard.

  13. 82

    Mikel gets back to intercept a pass from Feghouli, who has been lively since coming off the bench.

  14. 81

    A vicious delivery from Canales is flicked out wide by Terry but Valencia still have possession.

  15. 80

    Alba wins a free-kick at Bosingwa's expense and the Spanish outfit can deliver into the box here.

  16. 79

    Feghouli is penalised for bundling Cole to the ground and Chelsea will slow things down with the free-kick.

  17. 78

    Anelka leads a Chelsea counter before Lampard takes over, setting up Malouda, who shoots tamely at Diego Alves.

  18. 77

    Valencia look like the likelier side to score the next goal as Cech is forced into another save, this time from an ambitious 40-yard effort by Rami.

  19. 76

    Piatti finds space yet again but, on the first-time half-volley, he pulls his shot wide of the far post.

  20. 75

    A massive deflection on a Feghouli shot forces Cech to make another good stop when wrong-footed.

  21. 74

    Chelsea are, sensibly, retaining possession now without penetrating.

  22. 73

    Jonas picks out Miguel with a fantastic pass in his first contribution.

  23. 72

    Three changes: Torres makes way for Anelka in Chelsea's second change while Valencia make a double substitution, with Pablo making way for Feghouli and Jonas replaces Ever Benega.

  24. 71

    Piatti takes a through ball down on his chest from an angle which forces him wide, he gets his shot on target though only to be denied by a fantastic save by Cech.

  25. 70

    Twenty minutes remain and Chelsea lead but the threat from Valencia remains.

  26. 69

    Mata goes down inside the box and wants a penalty but the referee correctly waves play on.

  27. 68

    There's some more action on the Blues bench...

  28. 67

    Meireles replaces Ramires for Chelsea in their first change.

  29. 66

    Cech comes off his line but is beaten to it by Soldado, who's cross into the box is cleared by Terry on the goal-line!

  30. 65

    Ever Banega darts into the box but eventually runs into Blue traffic.

  31. 64

    Ever whips in the corner but Rami misjudges his free-header and Cech has a goal-kick. Valencia have made a good response, though.

  32. 63

    Soldado settles for the corner after Miguel's pass to him takes a deflection.

  33. 62

    Valencia are not done yet, incidentally, they're still carrying a threat.

  34. 61

    Soldado stays on side from a lofted through ball but Cech bails out his centre-halves with a sharp sprit off his line.

  35. 60

    A wonderful run by Mata is followed by a slipped pass into Cole, who just runs out of grass.

  36. 59

    Valencia respond by throwing on Argentine Piatti for Mathieu.

  37. 58

    Malouda made the assist, by the way.

  38. 57

    An opening goal was coming and it's harsh on Diego Alves who has kept the Blues out so far this half. Can Valencia respond?

  39. Lampard answers his critics with a well-taken first-time strike when left unmarked on the edge of the penalty area, finding the bottom corner with a clean finish.

  40. 56


  41. 56

    Four saves in three minutes roughly from Alves but Chelsea have another corner with the game suddenly wide open.

  42. 55

    From the corner, Alves is forced into action again this time by his own man as he prevents an own goal in palming off the line.

  43. 54

    What a game we have on here now as Torres controls beautifully before volleying on goal and Alves denies him again with another close range save!

  44. 53

    Ramires streams through on goal and he keeps his balance well but the Brazilian takes one touch too many and Alves in Valencia's goal is able to stand firm and deny him.

  45. 52

    Mathieu drills a low effort on target but Cech gets down well to make the save.

  46. 51

    Fantastic save by Alves from a powerful header as Torres springs into life. Valencia break, though, but Soldado can't make a connection at the opposite end with the goal gaping.

  47. 50

    Bosingwa drifts inside and flicks a neat through-ball for the run of Torres, who is outmuscled by Mathieu.

  48. 49

    Canales leads a Valencia charge but is forced to settled for a deep throw-in.

  49. 48

    The delivery comes to little but Chelsea retain possession.

  50. 47

    Valencia win a corner from the off but Mata intercepts the short delivery and Malouda is fouled by Albelda, who picks up a yellow for the cynical challenge.

  51. 46

    The hosts get the game restarted in Valencia.

  52. Fancy a bet? After a tightly fought first half, Sky Bet can't separate these sides making them both 2/1 to secure the victory while a draw looks the most likely outcome at 5/4. Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is the 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock with Fernando Torres 7/1.

  53. Half-time in the Mestalla where it's 0-0 between Valencia and Chelsea.

  54. 45+2

    Ever's delivery is very poor and Cech claims with ease. Valencia win it back though, and Pablo forces the Chelsea keeper to make a more challenging save from his volley on the turn.

  55. 45+1

    Valencia win a free-kick as Luiz is penalised and the Spaniard's centre-back pair have made the run forward....

  56. 45

    Chelsea are finishing the half the stronger but their lack of instinct the final third has been their main problem so far.

  57. 44

    Cole headers across the face of goal and again the Valencia defence clear unchallenged.

  58. 43

    It is believed Torres is having a laser beam shone in his face from the home support, explaining his absence in the box for Bosingwa's aforementioned cross.

  59. 42

    Miguel goes down but the referee says no foul and Chelsea are encouraged to break but once again there is no target in the box for the final ball. Torres was busy complaining to the referee.

  60. 41

    Torres is looking a little sulky as another decision doesn't go his way.

  61. 40

    Mata takes it himself and looks for Lampard with a deep delivery, Lampard puts it back in the box but Ramires is flagged offside.

  62. 39

    Chelsea hit back with Mata striking from distance and the former Valencia star has earned a corner for his new side.

  63. 38

    Mathieu receives a delightful ball over the top but opts to blast his cross into the box, showing no control of his delivery.

  64. 37

    Mata and Torres link up well but the former can't quite keep the ball in play.

  65. 36

    Torres misplaces a pass when looking for the run of Ramires.

  66. 35

    Pablo digs out a cross towards the back post but Soldado, his target, had already drifted into a central position.

  67. 34

    Malouda is awarded a free-kick in the centre of the field for the Blues.

  68. 33

    Bosingwa plays his way into trouble and is relieved to win a throw-in.

  69. 32

    Soldado is flagged offside, it's tight but the correct decision.

  70. 31

    Cole and Torres are not on the same wavelength, with the Spaniard suggesting he was body-checked when trying to make a run.

  71. 30

    Half an hour has gone at the Mestalla and it's still goalless but you sense there could yet be a few in this game.

  72. 29

    Chelsea are starting to up the tempo and Ramires looks to have shrugged off that injury.

  73. 28

    Alba's cross come shot eludes Cech and it narrowly swerves away from goal for a Chelsea throw on the opposite flank.

  74. 27

    Malouda keeps the ball alive and delivers a low cross which on another day would have proved dangerous, but Chelsea had no runners into the box.

  75. 26

    Lampard is having a good game so far, and he ignites a Chelsea attack, which has since stagnated somewhat.

  76. 25

    Big chance for Valencia who look to exploit the man advantage with Pablo arriving late at the near post, only to flick his shot into the side netting. Mata had tracked his run but let him loose at the last.

  77. 24

    Ramires hobbles off and Chelsea are temporarily down to ten men while they decide on the Brazilian's participation.

  78. 23

    Ramires has picked up an injury in the midst of that incident, and he's still down receiving treatment.

  79. 22

    Mata's corner is just inches away from the head of Terry, and Ramires can't keep it in play at the far post.

  80. 21

    Chelsea deal with the corner and win one of their own with the counter.

  81. 20

    Miguel bursts forward down the right and forces a corner with a deflected shot off Lampard, who was well positioned for his defensive duties.

  82. 19

    Torres wins a free-kick for Chelsea inside his own half and the Blues were in need of that to catch their breath.

  83. 18

    Ever nutmegs Terry with a pass but Bosinga bails out his captain with a good covering challenge.

  84. 17

    Chelsea are well organised at the back, though, as Valencia embark on another spell of one-touch passes.

  85. 16

    Valencia are beginning to find their rhythm now, with Ever and Soldado carrying their main threat.

  86. 15

    It's been a lively affair here, mainly due to the number of individual errors on show.

  87. 14

    Lampard whacks the free-kick low, hard and through the wall but the Valencia keeper parries to safety.

  88. 13

    Chelsea break and Victor Ruiz tugs back the pacey Ramires, who was charging towards goal, and the Valencia defender picks up a yellow card. Chelsea have a free-kick in shooting range.

  89. 12

    Soldado leads a Valencia counter but he pulls the ball back behind the frontline and the move loses momentum.

  90. 11

    Terry sells his keeper short but makes amends by making up the ground to poke the ball to safety.

  91. 10

    First decent attack of the game for Valencia but Cech intervenes from Alba's cross following a move down Chelsea's right flank.

  92. 9

    Bosingwa looks for the run of Ramires but it's intercepted by Jordi Alba.

  93. 8

    Ever takes one touch too many and gifts possession back to Chelsea.

  94. 7

    Cole wins back possession for Chelsea, who have made a bright start in the Mestalla.

  95. 6

    Alves punches the corner delivery clear rather unconvincingly and Chelsea sense nerves among the home side. The visitors are pressing for an opening.

  96. 5

    Ruiz almost turns the ball into his own goal when lashing the ball wide for a Chelsea corner.

  97. 4

    Having just seen the replay, Torres had a case for being fouled by Rami. It may have been just outside the penalty area but he was the last man and already we have a talking point.

  98. 3

    There's a lot of calls from Chelsea fans saying Torres will bag tonight, and it's he who has the first chance of the game but his touch is heavy, allowing Rami to get across and put the striker off balance.

  99. 2

    Both sides have had brief spells of possession inside the opening two minutes.

  100. 1

    Chelsea get the ball rolling in the Mestalla.

  101. Chelsea are the slight favourites to pick up the three points at 6/4 with their hosts Valencia 7/4 and a draw 23/10. Fernando Torres leads the line for the Blues and is 11/2 favourite to open the scoring while Frank Lampard is 8/1 to net first after being recalled to the starting line-up.

  102. The referee for tonight's encounter is Mr Nicola Rizzoli of Italy.

  103. Valencia: Diego Alves, Miguel, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Ever, Albelda, Pablo, Canales, Mathieu, Soldado. Subs: Guaita, Bruno, Maduro, Jonas, Feghouli, Piatti, Parejo.

  104. Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Malouda, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Romeu, Drogba, Meireles, Kalou, Anelka.

  105. Full team news is in...

  106. Stay tuned for the full squad and Valencia's line-up.

  107. Chelsea XI: Cech, Boswinga, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Torres, Malouda.

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



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