UEFA Champions League

September 29, 2004

Full-time

Chelsea

3 - 1

FC Porto

Group H

18:45 +00:00, September 29, 2004

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: Herbert Fandel

  • 90'

    Typical Mourinho - and I mean that in agood way this time. His team did a job, against an admittedly average Porto side, in the first half but once they had the second they cut loose and in the end could have scored five or six. Even when Porto pulled one back - credit to them for a more attacking approach after the break themselves - Chelsea simply went up the other end and answered straight back. Two wins and six points mean Chelsea are now in the box seat of this group and who knwso how far t

  • 90'

    Final whistle goes and it is over for real now. 3-1 to Chelsea and, after a sterile opening 45-minutes, they deserved it.

  • 89'

    Chelsea fans are celebrating already after a fine second-half display has won it for them comfortably in the end.

  • 88'

    Germemi in team-three-one-up-standing-on-the-ball-in-the-corner-shock.

  • 87'

    Postiga is laid out in some pain after a clash with Geremi but his team-mates play on. Eventually Baia sends it to touch so he can receive treatment. Sympathy is at a premium for the victim in the stands.

  • 86'

    Chelsea's final substitution of the night. Off goes Drogba knowing he has done his job well and on comes Geremi to shore things up.

  • 85'

    Tiago tries his luck from 25 yards to no avail. Ah, he's Portuguese...

  • 84'

    Terry for once is beaten in the air but the ball bounces behind Drogba who attempts the overhead spectacular. Unfortunately there were plenty of bodies around him and he is pulled up for dangerous play.

  • 83'

    Droba tries to flash some tricks out by the corner flag and, though he fails to beat his man, does earn a corner.

  • 82'

    Plenty of big gaps at the back now as Porto, understandably commit men forward.

  • 81'

    Very nearly four for Chelsea. Drogba should have squared to Kezman as soon as he was released but instead dueled with Pepe, won, and then squred but by then Kezman had company and he rather scuffed his shot wide.

  • 79'

    Porto make their final change. Derlei goes off and Helder Postiga - once of Spurs and destroyer of England's dreams in the summer - comes on to pantomime style jeers.

  • 78'

    Substitution for Chelsea as Gudjohnsen leaves the field to an ovation, and rightly so. On comes Kezman for a ten minutes work out.

  • 77'

    Brave defending as first Carvalho and then Terry throw their entire bodies at shots on the edge of the box.

  • 76'

    The yellow cards are racking up for Porto: Pepe the most recent name to be added to the list.

  • 75'

    Alberto pulls off a replica of his movement and shot that created the Porto goal but this time Terry's intervention is a block rather than a deflection.

  • 74'

    Gudjohnsen looks to have been set clear with a simple ball over the top but he set off on his run a fraction too soon and once more the linesman - not popular in these parts - is right to raise his flag.

  • 73'

    Really spikey contest now.

  • 72'

    Ball's in the back of the net again from the head of Drogba but the celebrations are cut short by the linesman's raised flag. Free-kick from the opposite side as last time was sent to the front of the six-yard box where Drogba stooped to put in a great header. Replays show he was offside.

  • 71'

    Gallas sets off down the rigth but a promising run is crudely checked by Derlei is show a yellow card for his troubles.

  • 70'

    Free-kick from the right, level with the penalty spot, saw decoy runs clear the area in front of Terry and a little dinked ball in was met with some venom by the diving Chelsea captain. 3-1 Chelsea.

  • 69'

    As quickly as Porto were back in the game they are two goals down again. John Terry with a stooping header from 10 yards from a Lampard free-kick.

  • 68'

    The substitutions really changed the game with a more attacking and carefree approach from the visitors asking Chelsea more questions.

  • 67'

    Carlos Alberto shuffled the ball and took a quick crack from 30 yards. It took a savage deflection off Terry that meant Cech could only parry the ball to the feet of McCarthy. An emphatic finish followed and the score is 2-1. Game on?

  • 66'

    After bemoaning Porto's 'shoot on sight policy it brings them a goal back - not directly mind.

  • 64'

    Substitution for Chelsea as Duff again fails to complete 90 minutes: Tiago replacing him.

  • 63'

    McCarthy shows great skill to dig the ball out from under his feet as Terry sprawled at his feet in the box and then drill a low shot towards goal. Cech forced to work for the first time and does his job well.

  • 62'

    Quick throw to Maniche who, inexcusably cracks one from 35 yards out. I don't mean to labour the point but Porto seem hell bent on shooting every time they get in the Chelsea half and it just isn't working.

  • 61'

    Real force and endeavour from Pepe to power through the midfield and win athrow-in high up the field.

  • 60'

    McCarthy hits what looked like a shot but ended up curling away from the far post and almost into the path of Costinha hurling himself forward. But not quite.

  • 59'

    Rush of blood to the head sees Smertin scyth through Derlei on the right corner of the box. Yellow card is the least he deserves and gets.

  • 58'

    It is opening up now and it looks to be suiting Chelsea more than Porto.

  • 57'

    Gudjohnsen beats the offside trap from a beautifully flighted ball. Duff just needs it squaring but a desperate sliding block from Pepe saves the day.

  • 56'

    Double substitution from Porto: Off go the injured Fabiano and the ineffectual Quaresma to be replaced by two strikers in the form of McCarthy and Alberto.

  • 54'

    Smertin chases a Gudjohnsen chip into the box right to the touchline. Does well to get their and hook over a cross to the back post but Costa heads clear from the waiting Duff.

  • 54'

    Diego follows the fashion for shooting from nearer the half-way line than the goal. To be fair it was a powerful drive but Terry gets in the way of it.

  • 53'

    Up steps Quaresma to curl one and it ends up in the upper tier somewhere. Or possibly it's still rolling down the Kings Road. Shocking!

  • 52'

    Carvalho booked for a rash challenge on Fabiano about 10 yards back from the 18 yard line, very slightly to the left of goal.

  • 50'

    Question marks over where Baia was going in the Porto goal, left all at see as Drogba followed the flight better than anyone else to almost head backwards into the goal. Game has to open up now surely.

  • 49'

    Half way in the Porto half, wide right, another simple cross into a busy penalty area sees Droba win it to double Chelsea's advantage.

  • 48'

    Drogba tries a fancy back heeld flick forward to Gudjohnsen. He is offside so Drogba has to chase himself but his run is checked with the result of a free-kick,

  • 47'

    A few free-kicks awarded from the referee already in this half. Perhaps a little fussy and no helpful for the flow of the game.

  • 46'

    Straightforward cross from a free-kick wide right is made to look better by Drogba getting across the front of his marker and winning the header but his powerful effort flys just too high.

  • 45'

    Second half gets underway with the teams unchanged.

  • 45'

    Chelsea very much on top in this one until the final ten minutes when Porto decided to start playing. Even then they were met with a solid Chelsea rearguard. By no means over but this is turning into what we are getting used to with Mourinho's Chelsea. A bit frustrating to watch, with flashes of greatness at times but, ultimately, effective.

  • 45'

    Whistle goes and at the break it is 1-0 to Chelsea. Sound familiar?

  • 44'

    Decent ball over the top into space gives Drogba something to chase but the linesman's flag decides the outcome of that one.

  • 43'

    Porto retain possession and Quaresma is the latest to try a pot shot and the latest to miss.

  • 42'

    First shaky moments at the back from Chelsea - I think I tempted fate - comes after a couple of ricochets in the centre of the pitch creates space for Fabiano between midfield and defence. He strides into the box and crosses but Costinha arrives a fraction too late and it flashes across the goalmouth.

  • 41'

    After offering nothing for 35 minutes Porto are at least making a game of this now, thought the home side's defence looks resolute.

  • 40'

    Quaresma himself sends the free-kick to the back post but Terry is big and strong enough to deal with it.

  • 39'

    Gallas sees yellow and he can have few complaints. Not dirty but his sliding challenge on the wing on Quaresma was mistimed.

  • 38'

    Maniche, scorer of perhaps the goal of the tournament at Euro 2004, has justification to try his luck from 30 yards. Lets fly and it is goalbound but bounces three or four times before it reaches Cech.

  • 37'

    Porto stringing a few passes together and actually playing in the Chelsea half for the first time but getting nowhere.

  • 36'

    Costa unleashes a shot-come-cross at pace into the box. Fabiano does everything he can to get low and head it but the speed is too much and he can't direct it goalwards.

  • 35'

    Mourinho will be happy with this. 1-0 up and as solid as you can look with that scoreline.

  • 33'

    First booking of the gane and it seems a little harsh. Ferreira and Fabiano, both at full pelt, get tangled up together going for the ball. Probably was a foul but nothing more.

  • 32'

    Smertin thinks about a shot from the edge of the box but a host of Porto men crowd him out and eventually the ball is forced all the way back to Cech. Safety first does not make for good entertainment.

  • 31'

    Chelsea very much on top now without really stamping themselves on the tie.

  • 30'

    Drogba shows his strength to out muscle Costa in competition for a Ferreira ball forward. Breaks to Gudjohnsen who shows strength of his own to ride two tackles and shoot from a tightish angle. Misses the target and just to far forward for Drogba to turn it in to a cross.

  • 28'

    Fabiano gets a better connection than the last shot he had from distance but it still fails to trouble Cech. He was to watch it all the way though. If Porto are reduced to pot shots from distance all game then Chelsea will be very happy indeed. It's all they've had so far.

  • 27'

    Diego is the first player to feel the wrath of the referee. Just a talking to for, well, talking back too much.

  • 26'

    Makalele makes something happen by beating a man in the final third, his short pass to Duff allows the Irishman to play a perfectly weighted ball for Gudjohnsen to race on to in the box but Bosingwa just shepherds him away from the ball. Great, clean defending

  • 25'

    Some decent passing from both sides and no lack of committment but very little has actually happened in this game bar the goal.

  • 24'

    Free-kick from deep on the right by Lampard sees Terry and Drogba compete for the same ball and, in the end, get in each other's way.

  • 23'

    Ferreira takes the initiative at last and his run forward is followed by some intricate passing between Gudjohnsen and Lampard but the Iceland forward's final ball is disappointing.

  • 22'

    Chelsea happy to knock it around across their back line.

  • 20'

    Full-back Costa goes on a lung-bursting run down the left flank (chalk on his boots effort) to receive a long ball but his control once there lets him down.

  • 19'

    Very slow and deliberate from both sides in the build up with a conjested midfield. Doesn't make for a fluid game but there are enough quality players on this pitch to hope for more.

  • 17'

    Diego takes responsibility but does nothing to suggest he is a Brazilian international. Which he is.

  • 16'

    Clumsy foul from Makelele on Derlei sets Poto up for a shooting chance dead centre, 30 yards out.

  • 15'

    Gallas sets off on a driving, jinking run past a tring of Porto men before finally being halted in the box. Very positive from the full-back.

  • 14'

    Half chance for Chelsea. Gudjohnsen, who seems to be dropping deep, pickes up the ball on the right and sends over a cross aimed at Drogba. He acrobatically goes for a scissor kick but doesn't get hold of it and sends it wide. Decent try.

  • 13'

    Ambitious raking diagonal ball from Diego is well marshalled out by Gallas.

  • 12'

    Afterv the excitement of the goal the tempo has dropped again.

  • 10'

    Fabiano wins the ball in the centre, takes a few huge strides forward and, with the Chelsea defence backing off hits one from distance. Cech would be right to feel insulted if the Porto man thought he could beat him from there. He doesn't.

  • 9'

    Great out-swinging cross from deep by Quaresma into the Chelsea box is wasted as there is no one anywhere near it.

  • 8'

    This may change things. Looked cagey and stifling in the middle of the park in the opening exchanges but with Chelsea bouyed and Porto needing to score it bodes well.

  • 7'

    Duff was left alone out wide left and, with plyers draw to the middle by Gudjohnsen a ricochet to him gives him the ball. A cute little dinked chip takes out two defenders and puts Gudjohnsen in the box on the left. His cross looks too long until Smertin emphatically volleys it home after a bounce. 1-0 Chelsea.

  • 6'

    Until now. Duff finds some spce wide, puts in Gudjohnsen who's cross is met by Smertin for the first goal.

  • 5'

    Chelsea struggling to find a way through the midfield five of Porto.

  • 4'

    Proding and probing around the half way line from Chelsea but they are getting nowhere isn a busy midfield. Eventually Terry concedes possession with an ill conceived ball over the top to no one.

  • 3'

    Very edgy start from Chelsea in a scrappy opening passage of play.

  • 2'

    Wonderful cross field pass from Diego, cutting in off the wing, though it comes to nothing, gives an early demonstration of his quality.

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    Kick-off is followed by some uncharacteristic big hoofs up field and sloppy possession from both sides.

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    Friends reunited then as Mourinho leads his new Chelsea side against his old Porto one. 'No room for emotion'he said of this game but it certainly adds intrigue. The old or the new; the champions or the would-be-champions? Kick-off is but a moment away....

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