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Stamford Bridge (ATT 37,784) 14th March 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: F Brych

Chelsea Chelsea vs Napoli Napoli

Chelsea (5) 4

D Drogba (29)
J Terry (48)
F Lampard (pen 75)
B Ivanovic (105)

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Napoli (4) 1

G Inler (55)

After Extra Time

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 12:09 pm, March 17th 2012

  1. Thanks for joining me this evening - sorry I couldn't publish all of your views and opinions, I will do my best to do so next time.

  2. A remarkable night at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea claw back a 3-1 first leg deficit to scramble their way through to the Champions League quarter-finals. Make no mistake this is a very, very good Napoli side, but they are out and Chelsea march on to the next round.

  3. 120+1

    Full time: Chelsea 4 Napoli 1 (Agg: 5-4)

  4. 120+1

    Two minutes will be added on.

  5. 120

    Drogba should finish things off but his volley from Ramires' cross flashes just wide!

  6. 119

    Luiz recovers enough to make yet another interception and clear the ball away.

  7. 118

    A nice shot of John Terry barking instructions to the players on the pitch, remind me who the manager is again?!

  8. 117

    Shortly after making that clearance David Luiz goes down holding his ankle, the referee tells him to either get up or go off the pitch. He gets up.

  9. 117

    Pandev puts in a teasing cross from the right but Luiz does well to take a touch and then thump it clear.

  10. 115

    Drogba thumps it into the wall and Napoli clear.

  11. 114

    Hugo Campagnaro is booked for a foul on Drogba near the edge of the box. Free-kick Chelsea in a dangerous position.

  12. 113

    More great hold up play, this time by Malouda, who wins a free kick for his side over on the left touchline.

  13. 112

    Torres does well to carry the ball forward and then win a free-kick for his side midway through the Napoli half. He has done well tonight the former Liverpool man.

  14. 111

    Napoli having plenty of possession, but Chelsea holding firm - so far!

  15. 110

    Eduardo Vargas is on for Salvatore Aronica , Napoli have to go for it now.

  16. 108

    Luiz is penalised for a foul on Lavezzi midway inside his own half, free-kick Napoli.

  17. 106

    Sub for Napoli: Goran Pandev is on for Marek Hamsik

  18. Chelsea have 15 minutes to hang on and seal their place in the quarter-finals. A Napoli goal though and they are out. A fascinating 15 minutes awaits....

  19. Half time in extra time: Chelsea 4 Napoli 1 (Agg: 5-4)

  20. Priceless, priceless goal from the big defender!! Ramires feeds it into Drogba on the right touchline, his low cross finds Branislav Ivanovic unmarked eight yards out and he slams the ball beyond De Sanctis and into the roof of the net!!

  21. 105

    Goal for Chelsea!!! Ivanovic!!!

  22. 104

    Drogba goes down - a little easily it has to be said - over by the right corner flag. Free-kick to Chelsea and a chance to put a decent cross into the box.

  23. 102

    Torres rises highest at the far post, but his looping header lands on the roof of the net.

  24. 100

    Chance for Torres!! Drogba punts it forward, De Sanctis misjudges the bounce and Torres races onto it looking at an open goal. However, the Spaniard is pushed wide and stretching he can only send the ball bouncing wide. A huge let off for the Napoli goalkeeper there.

  25. 98

    Strange sub that as Gary Cahill is on the bench. In the meantime Ivanovic has gone into the centre and Boswingwa right back.

  26. 98

    Another change for Chelsea: Jose Boswingwa is on to replace John Terry.

  27. 97

    Ashley Cole is booked for a foul on Hugo Campagnaro.

  28. 96

    Hamisk plays it into Dosena but Cole does well to block his cross and the ball rolls into the arms of Cech.

  29. 95

    Change for Chelsea: Florent Malouda comes on for Juan Mata.

  30. 92

    Thats was close!! Lavezzi puts in a great ball from the left and Hamsik meets it on the volley. It's a sweet strike and Cech is unmoved, but fortunately for him it fizzes just wide of the post.

  31. 91

    Torres shows great skill to get to the byline and win a corner. Lampard sends the ball in and Ivanovic flicks a header just wide of the far post.

  32. 91

    Here we go for the first half of extra time....

  33. After a breathless 90 minutes the teams still cannot be seperated so we are to have another 30 minutes to decide who goes through. If it is still level after extra time? Well, you know what's next....

  34. 90+2

    Full time: Chelsea 3 Napoli 1 (Agg: 4-4) The match goes to extra time!

  35. 90

    Drogba thinks he should have a penalty as he tries to go for a diving header in the area. He looks to have a case but the referee, nor his officials, give the foul.

  36. 89

    Walter Gargano has an effort from distance that loops onto the roof of Cech's net.

  37. 88

    The game is really open in the final few minutes, they both want to avoid extra time.

  38. 87

    Hamsik puts in a great cross from the right, Lavezzi looks to dive onto to it but the ball is just too high for him and it goes out for a goal kick.

  39. 85

    Chelsea have a free-kick 30 yards from goal, Drogba lines it up but the ball goes well over the bar.

  40. 84

    Chelsea are appealing for handball again as Mata looks to flick it past Dosena in the area, no penalty this time though.

  41. 83

    Luiz does well to just about clear Dosena's cross from the left before Cole bravely closes down Hamsik just as he was about to shoot. Hamsik stays down for a few moments but quickly recovers.

  42. 80

    Napoli look dangerous on the counter again but Essien shows great composure to calmly cut out Dosena's low cross and then dribble the ball out of the box.

  43. 78

    Napoli are furious with the referee, they are claiming David Luiz handled the ball as Lavezzi looked to knock it past him on the edge of the box. All they get though is a corner. Replays suggest it came off the shoulder of the Brazilian so it is probably the correct decision.

  44. 75

    Ivanovic's header from Lampard's corner is clearly handled by Andrea Dossena. The referee points to the spot and Frank Lampard steps up to slam the ball beyond De Sanctis. Game on once more!!

  45. 75

    Goal for Chelsea!! Lampard!!!

  46. Penalty to Chelsea!!!

  47. 72

    There's confusion in the Napoli box after Drogba flicks on Mata's corner into the six yard box. Dosena flaps at his clearance but there is no Chelsea player close enough take advantage and the ball is eventually cleared.

  48. 70

    Saved by Cech!! Ashley Cole slips to let in Zuniga, but his shot is parried by Cech and bounces just clear of the lurking Cavani.

  49. 68

    Andrea Dossena is booked for a clumsy foul on Essien in the middle of the park.

  50. 65

    Great save by De Sanctis!! Ivanovic hurls in a long throw towards Drogba who flicks the ball on, swivels, and fires in a curling half volley that De Sanctis pushes round the post. Great technique by the Ivorian.

  51. 64

    Torres and Ivanovic combine well down the right, Ivanovic then fires in a blistering shot from a tight angle that De Sanctis pushes away with both fists.

  52. 63

    19th October - the last time Fernando Torres scored. I was also doing the minute-by-minute commentary that night, is it an omen? we are about to find out, here he comes in place Daniel Sturridge.....

  53. 60

    Fernando Torres is getting ready to come on - now wouldn't this be a handy time for the Spaniard to end his goal drought?!

  54. 59

    The Napoli fans are going nuts in a small corner of Stamford Bridge, they are sensing a Champions League quarter-final, can Chelsea fightback?

  55. 58

    Chelsea look to respond straight away, Sturridge puts in a cross from the left, Ramires heads it back but Cannavaro clears at the near post.

  56. 55

    Wonderful goal for Napoli! John Terry heads away across from the left, it falls to Gokhan Inler, who chests down and then hits a first-time fizzing half-volley that flashes past a static Cech and into the corner. Chelsea now need a goal just to take it to extra time.

  57. 55

    Goal for Napoli!! Inler!!!

  58. 53

    Paolo Cannavaro is the first Napoli player to be shown the yellow card, I think for an accumulation of fouls.

  59. 51

    Ezequiel Lavezzi has a shot through a crowd of players that nearly finds its way through to Cech, but Terry manages to adjust his feet and scramble it clear.

  60. 49

    Napoli need a goal and it takes a smart interception from Luiz to prevent Cavani from getting a shot in on goal.

  61. 48

    Captian fantastic to the rescue again!! John Terry makes a wonderful near post run to glance home Lampard's corner beyond De Sanctis and into the net. Chelsea are through if it stays like this.

  62. 48

    Goal for Chelsea!! Terry!!

  63. 46

    Chelsea get us underway in the second half.

  64. What are your thoughts on the half? You can email me Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or on Twitter @Tom_Mallows.

  65. So far so good for Chelsea, who lead on the night thanks to Didier Drogba's 28th minute header. Just one more is needed to send them through, but that would also require them to keep a clean sheet at the other end. A fascinating second half is in prospect.

  66. Half time: Chelsea 1 Napoli 0 (Agg: 2-3)

  67. 45+1

    So close!! Napoli fail to clear a corner, the ball falls to Luiz on the right who fires the ball across the six yard box. Drogba is waiting for a tap-in at the far post but Cannavaro stretches to block the ball and it rolls into the arms of De Sanctis

  68. 45

    The Chelsea fans are calling for Gokhan Inler to be booked for a trip on Cole near the half-way line. A free-kick is all the referee gives though.

  69. 43

    Frank Lmpard is booked for a foul on Zuniga.

  70. 40

    Ezequiel Lavezzi takes a contender for worst corner of the night as he scuffs the ball straight to Frank Lampard who clears at the near post.

  71. 39

    Michael Essien has a drive from the edge of the box but his left-footed effort goes a yard wide.

  72. 37

    Early change for Napoli: The injured Christian Maggio is replaced Andrea Dossena

  73. 36

    Chelsea get plenty of players forward in another attack but in his attempts to get to the byline Sturridge over-plays it and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.

  74. 33

    Mata curls in another wonderful cross from the right but Sturridge glances his header wide.

  75. 32

    A warning for Chelsea. A Blues corner is cleared and straight away Napoli come forward on the counter, Cavani is then played in down the right but he drags his shot wide. A let off that.

  76. 30

    So close to two!!!! Daniel Sturridge bursts into the box and fires the ball across the six yard box, but no Chelsea player is there to tap the ball in.

  77. 28

    Vital goal for Chelsea!! Ramires curls in a teasing cross from the left and Didier Drogba gets in front of his marker to bury a diving header into the bottom right-hand corner.

  78. 28

    Goal for Chelsea!!!! Drogba!!

  79. 28

    Branislav Ivanovic tries to put in an early cross from the right but it is too close to De Sanctis who claims unchallenged.

  80. 26

    Mata dinks a nice ball in towards Drogba but Gargano does well to hold off the striker and then when a free-kick for his side.

  81. 25

    Cavani tries another shot from the edge of the box but he doesn't really get hold of it and the ball bobbles wide.

  82. 23

    Ramires beats two players and tries to slip the ball though to Drogba, but it deflects off a Napoli defender and it cleared - the offisde flag had also gone up anyway.

  83. 21

    Zuniga goes on another run down the left but in the process of doing so he drags Cole to the ground. Free-kick to Chelsea just insdie their own half.

  84. 20

    It is hard to see a clean sheet for either team tonight, Napoli especially look like scoring every time they go forward.

  85. 18

    Juan Camilo Zuniga isn't closed down as he runs with pace towards the edge of the area, he was an age to line up the shot but thankfully for Chelsea fnas, he fires it over.

  86. 16

    The ball is in the net at the other end but Mata's goal is rightly chalked off as Sturridge headed the ball back from an offside position.

  87. 15

    Chelsea well and truly on the back foot here, Hamsik has another effort that has Cech diving to his right to keep out.

  88. 15

    Napoli steam forward again, Ezequiel Lavezzi peels away from the last defender but his shot from a tight angle is saved by Cech for a corner.

  89. 13

    The Napoli fans thought that was in!! Another rapid Napoli counter attack results in Maggio firing a low cross to the far post towards Edinson Cavani, but his shot blasts into the side netting.

  90. 12

    Ashley Cole's headed clearance at the far post falls to Edinson Cavani, but he curls his shot well over the bar.

  91. 11

    Saved by Cech!! Marek Hamsik is allowed to turn in the area, his shot isn't the best but it looked to have taken a deflection and a wrongfooted Cech just manages to scuff the ball away with his right boot.

  92. 9

    Drogba is penalised for a foul on Christian Maggio, free-kick to Napoli just outside their own penalty area.

  93. 8

    Marek Hamsik gets his first decent touch of the ball but three Chelsea players quickly crowd him out and clear.

  94. 6

    This is a good start by Chelsea, they are seeing plenty of the ball. All we need is that early goal......

  95. 6

    Good save by De Sanctis!! Daniel Sturridge tries a snap shot in the penalty area but the Napoli 'keeper does well to get down low to his left and push the ball round for a corner.

  96. 2

    Juan Mata curls in a free-kick from the Chelsea right, John Terry gets his head on the ball but it loops well wide of the post.

  97. 1

    Edinson Cavani isn't happy following a robust challenge by Frank Lampard. The England midfielder is quick to shake hands with the Napoli man though and the game moves on.

  98. 1

    Here we go, Napoli get us underway......

  99. Here come the two teams onto the field to a rowdy reception from the crowd.

  100. The teams are in the tunnel, not long to go now.......

  101. Atmosphere buzzing at the Bridge with kick-off approaching, both sets of fans vocally getting behind their side. This could be a classic!

  102. I agree the chances should come Kanishk, but I'm worried they will come at the other end for Napoli too. Big night for Terry and Luiz at the back.

  103. Plenty of confidence from Chelsea fans, though it perhaps needs to be noted that they have not won any of their past five home Champions League knockout matches.

  104. The number of Italian fans travelling to London shows just how big this game is for the Serie A club. They will be up for this one, that's for sure.

  105. So unlike the first leg, Chelsea have their big guns in the starting XI. Will that be enough to overturn the 3-1 deficit? Let me know your thoughts via email Tom.Mallows@bskyb.com or Tweet me @Tom_Mallows. I will do my best to publish the best of your views.

  106. Napoli rested players of their own for Friday's 6-3 thrashing of Cagliari, with star striker Edinson Cavani and Christian Maggio brought into what is an unchanged XI from the first leg.

  107. Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has recalled four players for tonight's game. Michael Essien, Daniel Sturridge and David Luiz all return after the 1-0 win over Stoke, while Juan Mata - who scored the Blues' solitary goal in their 3-1 defeat in Italy - also comes back in.

  108. The referee this evening is Felix Brych from Germany.

  109. Napoli subs: Rosati, Vargas, Dossena, Fernandez, Britos, Dzemaili, Pandev.

  110. Chelsea subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Boswingwa, Mikel, Malouda, Kalou, Torres.

  111. Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsík, Cavani, Lavezzi.

  112. Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba.

  113. First things first, the teams. Both starting XIs coming right up.

  114. The game represents part two of England and Italy's mini European battle. Arsenal failed to overcome AC Milan last week, can the Blues do what the Gunners couldn't and keep their Champions League dream alive?

  115. Hello and welcome to our coverage of the huge Champions League clash between Chelsea and Napoli at Stamford Bridge.

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2 Arsenal 6 12
3 Napoli 6 12
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1 Atletico Madrid 6 16
2 Zenit St. Petersburg 6 6
3 FC Porto 6 5
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1 Barcelona 6 13
2 AC Milan 6 9
3 Ajax 6 8
4 Celtic 6 3