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Stadionul Steaua (ATT 50,000) 1st October 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Velasco Carballo

S Bucuresti FC Steaua Bucuresti vs Chelsea Chelsea

S Bucuresti 0


Chelsea 4

Ramires (19, 55)
D Georgievski (og 44)
F Lampard (90)

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  1. Thoroughly professional job by Chelsea who cruise to a routine victory at a team surely destined to prop up Group E. Schurrle and Ramires the star men for Chelsea, while record scorer Lampard adds another to his collection.

  2. 90+3

    Willian finds Azpilicueta on the right, but the final whistle blows before he can get his cross in.

  3. 90+2

    Keep-ball for Chelsea now as the clock runs down.

  4. 90+1

    Into three minutes of added time.

  5. 90

    GOAL - LAMPARD! Lovely team goal to round off Chelsea's night. Azpilicueta's perfectly weighted throughball sets Eto'o away down the left. His cross to the back post finds Willian. He takes a touch before teeing up Lampard to sweep the ball home off the inside of the post. Nicely done.

  6. 89

    Just a couple of minutes remaining now. Injury to Torres apart, a highly satisfactory European night for Chelsea.

  7. 87

    A heavy touch from Luiz sees Steaua pick up possession, but the defender tracks back to atone for his error.

  8. 86

    Close! The corner causes confusion in the Chelsea box and pinbals around with two shots blocked before finally the whistle blows for a Chelsea free-kick.

  9. 85

    Cole gives the ball away to Tanase, who's looked as lively as any in red-and-blue tonight, and his shot from 25 yards has to be turned behind for a corner by Cech.

  10. 83

    Willian and Schurrle look to combine on the left, but for once Steaua have sufficient bodies there to snuff out the threat.

  11. 82

    Stanciu gets to the byline on the left and digs out a cross, but it's easily cleared by Luiz.

  12. 81

    Ramires, on a hat-trick, unselfishly eschews a shooting chance in favour of an attempt to play in Azpilicueta. Doesn't quite get the pass right, and Steaua bring the ball away.

  13. 80

    Chelsea satisfied that Cech will be fine to see out the game, so Mata makes way for Willian. Tidy display from the playmaker.

  14. 79

    Nothing comes of the free-kick. Chelsea back in possession deep in their own half.

  15. 79

    Mourinho keen to make another change - which would be his third and final one - but just waiting to see if Cech is fine to finish the game after that collision with the post earlier.

  16. 78

    Eto'o wins a free-kick. Chelsea make a change before it's taken, with Oscar making way for Azpilicueta.

  17. 76

    Lovely passing move from Chelsea ends with Schurrle - still getting most of Bucharest in which to work - cutting back and finding Lampard. His deft cross to the back post is met by Eto'o from a tight angle, but Tatarusanu makes the save and Oscar can't profit from the rebound.

  18. 75

    Filip fouls Ramires in midfield.

  19. 73

    Two decent attempts on goal from Stanciu, the first parried by Cech and the second drilled just over the bar.

  20. 73

    Latovlevici goes for goal from 20 yards, but Ivanovic makes the block.

  21. 71

    Georgievski's Difficult Night comes to an end. He makes way for Varela. But we'll always have the memories.

  22. 70

    Georgievski once again fails to mark Schurrle, who is picked out by Ramires. Schurrle's curler just the wrong side of the post, though.

  23. 69

    Corner comes to nothing as Schurrle overhits a cross out for a goal-kick.

  24. 68

    GEORGIEVSKI MAKES A BLOCK. Schurrle for once denied. Chelsea do have a corner, though.

  25. 67

    Quiet spell in the game now. More goals here for Chelsea if they want them. But also nice to have the option of conserving energy for bigger tests to come.

  26. 64

    Not for the first time, our man Georgievski is left on the floor watching Schurrle run away from him with the ball. The Chelsea man cuts in from the left and shoots straight at the keeper.

  27. 63

    Shame. Ivanovic can't quite take Oscar's pass in his stride as a slick, brisk Chelsea counter-attack loses its momentum. Ivanovic does keep the ball in play, but can only hit his cross straight at the keeper.

  28. 61

    The corner - Steaua's first - breaks for Kapetanos, but his shot from the edge of the box is blocked.

  29. 60

    Looks like Cech may have jarred his back or neck on impact there, but he's back on his feet now. Looks in a bit of discomfort, but fine to continue. Has a corner to defend.

  30. 59

    Now It's Cech who hits the post. With his own head, as he backpedals to tip Tanase's clever, accurate chip over the crossbar. Looked like the impact was around the neck area, not protected by Cech's headgear.

  31. 58

    Chelsea turning on the style now, aided by their opponents' slipshod defending. Oscar produces a couple of delightful flicks to play in Ivanovic and then pounce on the ball when it breaks loose. He slips the ball through for the run of Mata who hits the post.

  32. 55

    GOAL - RAMIRES! Lovely goal. Schurrle evades Georgievski, who foolishly dives in on halfway, before sprinting away down the left. He cuts the ball back to Oscar, who plays in Ramires to fire home his second and Chelsea's third.

  33. 54

    Tatu clumsily bundles Luiz to the ground to give Chelsea a free-kick. Home crowd don't like the decision, but it was fairly blatant.

  34. 53

    Kapetanos gets in behind Terry but just didn't time his run correctly and is flagged offside. Substitutes have made a difference, though.

  35. 52

    Schurrle again away down the left to square the ball for Eto'o. He attempts to cushion the ball into the path of the onrushing Lampard but his touch is a bit firm and Lampard stabs his shot wide.

  36. 51

    Cole booked for a foul on Stanciu.

  37. 51

    Better movement up front from Steaua since those half-time changes, with Latovlevici's clever pass almost playing Tatu through on the inside-left channel. He gets away from Luiz, but Ramires is back and across to cover.

  38. 48

    Eto'o still looks short of match sharpness as he shoots tamely straight at Tatarusanu.

  39. 47

    Two minutes into the second half, and Georgievski is yet to do anything silly, bar a minor misunderstanding with his goalkeeper before the ball runs harmly out of play for a goal-kick.

  40. 46

    Chelsea get the second half under way.

  41. HT

    Two half-time changes for Steaua, but good news for fans of low comedy as Georgievski stays on. Tatu replaces Popa, and Kapetanos replaces Piovacarri. Two changes up front then.

  42. 45+1

    The half-time whistle blows. No doubt that Georgievski has been the standout performer in that first half. But not in a good way.

  43. 45

    There will be a minute of added time at the end of a first half that has largely been very comfortable for Chelsea, who now have the second goal they deserved to see that comfort reflected in the scoreline.

  44. 44

    OWN GOAL - GEORGIEVSKI. Not the best first half for Steaua's number 17. He's out of position once again as Chelsea counter-attack down the left, with Mata playing Eto'o through. He cuts onto his right foot and shoots on goal. Tatarusanu parries, but Georgievski is hurtling back towards his own goal and the ball ricochets off him and into the net. To add insult to injury, the right-back then gets himself tangled in the netting after trying to make up for his error.

  45. 43

    Georgievski stranded upfield as Schurrle breaks again, but he can't take the ball in his stride cleanly and has to cut back and lay it off to Oscar who clips his shot over the bar.

  46. 43

    The clearance almost sets Eto'o clear, but he doesn't quite have the pace to capitalise.

  47. 43

    Stanciu plays a neat pass to Piovacarri and looks for a return pass, but the striker makes a mess of things and Chelsea clear.

  48. 42

    Iffy couple of minutes for Chelsea just before half-time. Visitors now looking to slow things down and recover their earlier control.

  49. 41

    Oscar tries to play a pass back to Luiz from midfield but gets it all wrong, forcing Cech to come racing out of his box to hack clear.

  50. 40

    Latovlevici's cross from the left almost finds Gardos but is cleared away. Bourceanuhelps the ball back into the danger area, but Cech claws it away.

  51. 39

    Steaua play the ball out of defence nicely, but the move breaks down as Georgievski runs the ball out of play on the right-hand side.

  52. 38

    Piovacarri tries to bring down a long ball from the defence, but uses his arm to do so. Chelsea free-kick.

  53. 36

    Luiz drills the free-kick straight into the red-and-blue wall.

  54. 35

    Lampard wins a free-kick 30 yards from goal after being tripped by Stanciu.

  55. 34

    Schurrle gets away from Georgievski yet again and cuts the ball back for Oscar, who completely scuffs his first-time left-footed effort.

  56. 33

    Possible Steaua break is cut out by Lampard's bodycheck on Stanciu, which earns a booking.

  57. 33

    Eto'o goes for goal from 25 yards when he had options left and right.

  58. 32

    Tanase attempts to play the ball in for Piovacarri but it's easily cut out by Terry, who chests the ball down to his defensive partner Luiz.

  59. 31

    Schurrle's pass asks too much of Cole on the overlap. Chelsea in full control of this game right now.

  60. 30

    Neat one-two from Mata and Eto'o, but the Spanish schemer's shot from the edge of the box is easy for Tatarusanu.

  61. 29

    Chelsea looking for Schurrle almost every time they get the ball.

  62. 28

    Schurrle, getting so much joy against his full-back, cuts in from the left flank and fires a shot over the bar.

  63. 27

    Lovely attempt from Mata to dink the ball over the Steaua back four for the run of Oscar, but Gardos sticks out a leg and just has enough reach to cut the ball out.

  64. 27

    Ivanovic plays in Eto'o on the right side of the area. He can't work space for a shot so tries a cross, but it's blocked.

  65. 26

    Steaua right-back Georgievski looks a liability on the evidence of the first 25 minutes, but this time he does manage to make a tackle to dispossess Schurrle.

  66. 25

    Nice interplay from Ivanovic and Oscar on the right, but the Brazilian's cross is intercepted before it reaches Eto'o.

  67. 24

    Tanase tries his luck from distance. Doesn't make great contact after cutting on to his right, but Cech has to be alert to gather cleanly as the ball bounces just in front of him.

  68. 23

    Stanciu easily turns past Luiz far too easily but can't profit from the situation.

  69. 21

    Free-kick on halfway for Chelsea, aimed long for Eto'o but the ball is met by a Steaua defender and bounces through to Tatarusanu.

  70. 19

    GOAL - RAMIRES! Schurrle skips past Georgievski and squares the ball for Eto'o. His shot is scuffed but runs through for Ramires to prod past the keeper.

  71. 18

    Better spell for the home side at the moment as Popa plays in Georgievski on the right, but his cross is headed to safety by Luiz.

  72. 17

    Ivanovic and Ramires combine to clear the danger as the free-kick is swept into the Chelsea penalty area.

  73. 16

    Terry impedes Piovacarri while contesting a high ball and hands Steaua a free-kick in dangerous territory.

  74. 15

    Disappointing final ball from Schurrle ends a promising move from Chelsea as Tatarusanu gathers.

  75. 14

    Ivanovic's cross from the right is blocked. Ramires gives away a free-kick as the ball runs loose.

  76. 13

    Szukala gets his head to Lampard's corner and gets good distance on his clearance.

  77. 13

    Cole slips in Schurrle on the left, but his cross is diverted behind for a corner by Georgievski.

  78. 11

    Mixed day for Torres. No domestic ban for his spat with Jan Vertonghen at White Hart Lane, but now forced out of tonight's game early on with a knee injury. Eto'o replaces the Spaniard.

  79. 11

    Terry mops up and clears after Luiz fails to deal with a long ball over the top. Eto'o about to replace Torres.

  80. 11

    Chelsea try to pick a path through a packed Steaua defence but can't find a route.

  81. 10

    Oscar almost plays in the limping Torres, but his overhit pass skips through to Tatarusanu.

  82. 9

    Mata's corner is gathered by Tatarusanu. Torres is back on the field, but still struggling.

  83. 9

    Gardos heads the ball behind for a Chelsea corner.

  84. 7

    Looks to be a left knee problem that is troubling Torres as Luiz returns possession to Steaua from the throw.

  85. 7

    Gardos puts the ball out of play so that Torres can receive treatment.

  86. 6

    Ramires beats Bourceanu to a loose ball 30 yards from the Chelsea goal.

  87. 5

    Latovlevici drifts a cross in from the left, but there's no pressure on Cech as he makes a comfortable catch.

  88. 4

    A weak attempt to head the ball back to his keeper by Szukala almost plays in Torres. Nervy, uncertain start from the hosts.

  89. 3

    That spell of possession comes to nothing. Chelsea back in possession as Mata plays in Schurrle down the left. He cuts in on to his right foot for a shot. It's blocked but breaks to Mata who cuts the ball back for Schurrle again but once again his shot is blocked. Already big holes appearing in the home defence.

  90. 2

    First real possession for Steaua, who knock the ball around inside their own half. Chelsea content to let them.

  91. 1

    Chelsea soon back in possession through Schurrle on the left, but his low cross lacks venom and is cleared.

  92. 1

    Lampard concedes an early free-kick in midfield.

  93. 1

    Chelsea, in their all-white away kit, get us under way under the roof in Bucharest.

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  95. Steaua Bucuresti: Tatarusanu, Georgievski, Szukala, Gardos, Latovlevici, Bourceanu, Filip, Popa, Stanciu, Tanase, Piovaccari. Subs: Nita, Prepelita, Cristea, Tatu, Neagu, Varela, Kapetanos

  96. Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Torres, Schurrle. Subs: Schwarzer, Mikel, Ba, Willian, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Eto'o

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