UEFA Champions League

February 21, 2007


FC Porto

1 - 1


UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, February 21, 2007

Estadio do Dragao, Portugal

  • 90'

    The end. Chelsea have a vital away goal. Shevchenko looked good. But that John Terry injury may rule him out of the Carling Cup Final.

  • 90'

    Cech hoofs it long. And the other Cech claims.....

  • 90'

    Adriano wanted a foul. No dice. Lisandro Lopez then seizes on a long ball. Cuts inside. Cech make himself big and the striker can only fire wide.

  • 90'

    Ballack fouled again. Assuncao is the criminal.

  • 90'

    Into the 90th minute....

  • 89'

    Pepe fouls Ballack. And is booked. It was two-footed. But Ballack will be OK.

  • 89'

    Lampard tries an effort which was just stupid. Awfully wide. More like the start of an American Football game than a shot at a soccer goal.

  • 88'

    Essien hacked down. Chelsea will take their time.

  • 87'

    Kalou is on. Shevchenko is off. One of his best nights for Chelsea.

  • 87'

    Lampard gets a chance after some nice interplay. Shot is too close to the keeper.

  • 85'

    Bosingwa wins a corner with some real effort. Quaresma takes. Lampard clears.

  • 84'

    Adriano thought he had time. But was offside. And missed anyway.

  • 83'

    Ballack commits a foul. He's huffed and puffed all night.

  • 82'

    Shevchenko enjoying himself. Good ball in for Drogba but a header when he could have taken it down. He had time.

  • 81'

    Ballack booked. He makes a silly tackle. But it was a harsh booking.

  • 80'

    Mikel drifts a long pass to Drogba. But he can't reach his telescopic leg far enough.

  • 79'

    Ballack's shot comes off the head of Shevchenko. All Chelsea pressure now.

  • 78'

    Shevchenko shoots from a ridiculous distance. He's in confident mood tonight.

  • 77'

    Great move from Chelsea. Lampard passes wide. Drogba's angle is too narrow and he hits the post. Unlucky but better.

  • 76'

    Handball by Porto's Cech? The Chelsea fans think so.

  • 76'

    Postiga goes off for Adriano.

  • 76'

    Shevchenko on a run and has a shot. Just wide. He's looked good tonight.

  • 75'

    Drogba drifts the ball into Lampard. And a foul is given. Against Lampard. For handball maybe. It looked more like a foul.

  • 75'

    Quaresma on a charge. But cannot hold on to the ball.

  • 73'

    And Liverpool have the lead in Barcelona! Riise!

  • 72'

    Ballack wakes up. Goes in from the left. Finds room for a shot and then smashes over.

  • 71'

    Sloppy stuff from Chelsea. They've created even less than Porto. The subbing of Robben has reduced their attacking potential.

  • 69'

    A booking for Cech as he complains about play-acting from a Porto player. Drogba kicks the ball out when he should have carried on.

  • 68'

    Carvalho bursts out of defence. But his pass is intercepted. But he then recovers his cool to sweep up with real class.

  • 66'

    Very tame stuff. Have both settled for the draw?

  • 65'

    Jose Bosingwa shoots over the net again. Porto running out of ideas?

  • 64'

    Drogba has an effort on goal which could have done with being a pass to Shevchenko.

  • 63'

    Another Porto sub. Bruno Moraes comes on for Fucile.

  • 63'

    Jose Bosingwa goes down the wing but his cross is poor. And goes behind. Still little in the way of craft from Porto.

  • 62'

    Lampard penalised for a handball. Not much else happening. Very scrappy indeed.....

  • 61'

    Cech on the overlap. Porto need better than that from their sub.

  • 59'

    A lull in proceedings. Mourinho obviously fancies taking this result home. Little impetus from the English champs.

  • 57'

    Mikel and Makelele link well. But then Shevchenko commits a foul.

  • 56'

    The game is noticeably less active than in the first half. Not much doing in truth...

  • 55'

    Raul Meireles is subbed for Marek Cech.

  • 54'

    Porto fans think they should have a corner. And they should have done. But goal kick to Chelsea.

  • 52'

    Poor corner from Lampard is headed away with ease.

  • 52'

    Chelsea force a corner after Diarra continues his good work.

  • 51'

    Ballack gives away a foul. It's the first thing he's done all night.

  • 50'

    Chelsea have looked solid in defence. Quaresma has been shackled by Mikel and Diarra with ease.

  • 49'

    Quaresma beats Mikel but not Diarra, who has had a fine game at right-back.

  • 48'

    Mikel heads away. Chelsea clear eventually.

  • 48'

    Corner to Porto.

  • 47'

    Carvalho lets the ball go. The crowd are excited but Cech has called for it and collects with calm.

  • 46'

    Chelsea to play a more defensive way this half one thinks. John Terry is on crutches on the sidelines. It's a sprain by accounts.

  • 45'

    Porto get us back underway.

  • 45'

    New sub for Chelsea. John Obi Mikel is on. Robben is off now. The sub has been subbed. Very odd indeed.

  • 45'

    Half-time. Porto had the iniative seized from them by Shevchenko's superb strike. But the loss of Terry could be the key memory from this match.

  • 45'

    Gonzales cuts back to Postiga and he fails to beat Cech.

  • 44'

    Ball back with Cech after a hopeful pass is hit long.

  • 43'

    Diarra is stopping Quaresma having any joy. Porto looking for the chances....but Postiga is offside. Just.

  • 41'

    Liverpool level in Barcelona.

  • 41'

    Essien slides in for a strong tackle. It's Quaresma with the antics. And Essien is booked.

  • 40'

    Helton flaps under a Robben cross again. No-one near though.

  • 40'

    Robben's cross deflected out. Shevchenko can't create a scoring chance. Half-time is beckoning and a goal now would take control of the tie.

  • 38'

    Quaresma gets a chance to shoot and hits a superb shot from distance. It rattles the crossbar. Great technique. Deserved a goal. Didn't get one.

  • 37'

    Cech rushed out to claim the ball as a pass is boomed in. He runs out to settle his defenders by claiming with ease.

  • 36'

    A silly booking in truth. The ref has done well.

  • 35'

    Quaresma spins past Diarra. But fails to beat him and then dives. He does it twice in succession. The ref ain't having it. Makelele complains and is then booked.

  • 32'

    Quaresma has a free-kick chance. He smashes it at Cech. Beats the wall but Cech gets down low.

  • 31'

    Chelsea break. Robben slips when Carvalho, Shevchenko and Drogba were all waiting.

  • 30'

    Quaresma steals in. Essien slipped but managed to claim the ball back after the cut back from the winger. A slight let-off.

  • 29'

    Helton flaps again. But this time Chelsea cannot take advantage.

  • 28'

    Essien shows his defensive ability by stopping off Lopez. The ball comes Robben who forces a corner off Pepe.

  • 27'

    Chelsea have not been threatened for a while. It's looking good for them. Robben's arrival has helped them.

  • 26'

    Assuncao is cut off by Diarra. Porto can get the ball into the box from here.

  • 25'

    Long free-kick. Lampard fancies it. Good ball drifted in. Drogba is at the back post. And heads over. He could have done far better.

  • 23'

    Cross drifted into Lopez. But Cech is quick to claim it with the striker lurking.

  • 22'

    Quaresma overhits his long pass.

  • 22'

    Shevchenko's flick narrowly evades the charge of Drogba.

  • 21'

    Lampard's corner is punched clear by Helton. The rebound is smashed wide by Lampard's snap-shot. A decent idea as the keeper was miles from his goal.

  • 20'

    A superb opening 20 minutes. Shevchenko forces a corner.

  • 19'

    Quaresma shows skill in forcing a chance. Postiga slips through a ball. Lisandro Lopez one-on-one with Cech. And the Czech makes a great start.

  • 18'

    Chelsea have ridden the storm of the early moments. Robben for Terry was an adventurous sub. And it's paid off.

  • 16'

    That's the type of finishing Chelsea paid all the money for. Shevchenko showing his class.

  • 16'

    And then suddenly Robben, the sub, comes in from the cold and passes to Shevchenko. He slots in with consumate ease. Great finish from him. 1-1!

  • 15'

    Postiga threatens from a Quaresma cross. But there's an offside flag.

  • 14'

    Over in Barcelona Deco has scored for the champions against Liverpool.

  • 13'

    Drogba and keeper Helton collide. The keeper made the most of it to say the least.

  • 12'

    Meanwhile Terry is carried off looking most annoyed. The Chelsea injury curse continues.

  • 11'

    And then Terry's loss is doubled by a freak goal. A header away by Makelele is hit by Helder Postiga. Deflected past Cech and into the net. 1-0 to Porto!

  • 10'

    Essien back into central defence. Then Makelele is penalised for fouling Quaresma.

  • 9'

    Terry looks in severe pain. He went over on his ankle. Oh dear. He could miss Sunday too.

  • 8'

    He's crawled off. A bad blow for Chelsea. Porto can't capitalise.

  • 7'

    Terry falls down under an injury. He looks hurt.

  • 7'

    Terry nods away when a ball is pumped at him. Not much craft up front from either side as yet.

  • 6'

    Pepe fouled by Essien. And makes an absolute meal of it. Porto back to the playacting they showed under the now-Chelsea boss.

  • 5'

    Quaresma to take. He fancies this one. But his confidence was misplaced as he smashes the ball behind.

  • 4'

    Porto mount some pressure. Cech fails to come for a ball and a foul on Pepe wins a free-kick.

  • 3'

    Then a cross finds Ballack in space but he can only drift his header wide. A poor effort for what was a half-chance at least.

  • 2'

    Essien charges forward and the ball is humped clear by Porto. Ballack goes down under a foul. Lampard delivers a free-kick cross. Jose Bosingwa heads away.

  • 2'

    Porto holding firm at the moment. There's a lot of drums to be heard in the crowd.

  • 1'

    An early worrry. And he's still limping. Jose cannot be happy about the prospect of losing his talisman so early.

  • 1'

    Chelsea mount an attack straight from the kick-off. But Porto get the ball clear. Drogba looks to have an injury. He's limping.


    Porto: 1-Helton; 12-Jose Bosingwa, 3-Pepe, 14-Bruno Alves, 18-Paulo Assuncao, 16-Raul Meireles, 8-Lucho Gonzalez, 13-Fucile 7-Ricardo Quaresma, 23-Helder Postiga, 9-Lisandro Lopez


    Chelsea: 1-Petr Cech; 19-Lassana Diarra, 6-Ricardo Carvalho, 26-John Terry, 18-Wayne Bridge; 4-Claude Makelele, 5-Michael Essien, 8-Frank Lampard, 13-Michael Ballack; 7-Andriy Shevchenko, 11-Didier Drogba.


    Chelsea go for the team we all expected though the full-back pairing of Diarra and Bridge is by no means first choice.


    It's an emotional return for Jose for the club he took to the pinnacle of European football. Chelsea are favourites but the Portugese club have a pedigree in this competition.