UEFA Champions League

March 5, 2008



3 - 0


UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, March 5, 2008

Stamford Bridge, England

2nd Leg: 3 - 0 (Agg)

  • 91'

    The Blues are through to the quarter-finals and they can expect a much tougher match in that round... come to think of it they will have a much tougher match against Barnsley in the FA Cup this weekend.

  • 91'

    Well what can you say? The only way it could have been easier for Chelsea is if they didn't play the match at all.

  • 91'

    The final whistle goes and we can only thank God for small mercies.

  • 90'

    Roma have scored again against Real Madrid to make it 2-1 on the night, 4-3 on aggregate.

  • 89'

    Drogba shrugs off the attentions of Pantos, who literally clings onto his shirt and gives away a freekick on the left of the box.

  • 88'

    Olympiakos have another freekick. Belluschi and Sisic stand over the ball, the latter takes it but his effort dips too late and goes over Cudicini's crossbar.

  • 87'

    News from elsewhere. Porto have scored to make it 1-1 on aggregate with Schalke... extra-time looms.

  • 86'

    Olympiakos have decided to play some football in the last 15 minutes - if only they had decide to attack from the start it might have been a different game.

  • 85'

    Ballack to Drogba, who cuts in from the left and fires a very speculative shot high, wide and not so handsom.

  • 83'

    Belluschi will take the freekick himself. He beats the wall and Cudicini palms the ball out into a penalty box melee... Antzas has his header saved by Cudicini.

  • 82'

    Belluschi collects the rebound himself and is taken out with a fore-arm smash by John Terry. The defender is booked.

  • 81'

    Belluschi smashes a shot on the turn that beats Cudicini ans smacks against the crossbar.

  • 80'

    SWP races down the flank as he chases a 50/50 ball. Olympiakos keeper Nikopolidis gets there first to snuff out the danger.

  • 79'

    SWP gets straight into the action and fouls Leonardo on the wing.

  • 78'

    Joe Cole is taken off after a good game and is replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips, or SWP as he will hence be known.

  • 77'

    Carvalho gallops forward, lunges for the ball and studs Anzas in the back. It was an accident but that must have really hurt.

  • 76'

    Chelsea make another change. Lampard goes off and on comes Essien.

  • 75'

    In the last few minutes both Roma and Real Madrid have scored. It is 1-1 on the night, 3-2 to Roma on aggregate.

  • 74'

    Drogba blasts a freekick straight at Nikopolidis who does well to collect the ball just before it bounces in front of him.

  • 71'

    Chelsea make a change. Kalou goes off and on comes Malouda.

  • 70'

    Lampard takes a tumble in the box. The ref blows his whistle, but not for a penalty; to book Lampard for diving.

  • 69'

    J Cole controls the ball well and fires off a shot that Nikopolidis punches clear. Makelee gets on the loose ball, dribbles past two players and forces another save from the goalkeeper.

  • 68'

    ...Cudicini comes off his line to pluck the ball out of the air. He sets J Cole off on the counter-attack.

  • 67'

    Zewlakow forces Ferreria to concede another corner...

  • 66'

    Patsatzoglou has covered 8950 metres... at least Olympiakos have won something.

  • 65'

    Belluschi whips in cross and Ballack heads behind for a corner, which Terry heads clear.

  • 64'

    Lampard chips the ball out to the right and puts Drogba clean through on goal. Drogba slots the ball past Nikopolidis but the flag is up for offside.

  • 63'

    Apparently Ballack has ran 8800 metres so far and Lampard 8500m. Exciting stuff.

  • 61'

    And now a corner. Belluschi takes it but Terry heads clear. Belluschi may not be Superman but he is much better than the rest of his team-mates.

  • 60'

    ...Belluschi takes it. He shoots past the wall and straight into Cudicini's grasp. That is their first shot of the match.

  • 59'

    Pantos makes a good interception and Kovacevic wins a freekick in a dangerous position....

  • 58'

    Olympiakos make another change. Djordjevic is finally given the heave-ho and on comes Leonardo (unfortunately not that one).

  • 56'

    Belluschi gets his first touch and drives at the Blues' defence. He attempts a through ball for Djordjevic but it is just a liitle ahead of him.

  • 55'

    Terry comes forward into midfiedl and lofts the ball up to Drogba. The big striker out muscles his defender but Pantos his covering for his defensive pal.

  • 54'

    Olympiakos make a change. Ledesma goes off and on comes Superman, er, I mean Belluschi.

  • 53'

    Lampard is clean through now but scuffs his shot wide of the post. Chelsea are toying with the visitors.

  • 52'

    An incisive pass from Ballack puts Drogba clean through but the Chelsea striker takes a heavy touch and Zewlakow recovers to make the tackle.

  • 51'

    Belluschi is making himself ready on the sidelines as Olympiakos look to make a change... he best be related to Superman or something to rescue this team.

  • 50'

    This is the knockout stage of the Champions League and the visitors have not looked interested all night. They are going out with less than a whimper and it is a disgrace!

  • 49'

    Well that is that. Let's all go home. Olympiakos haven't even arrived yet.

  • 48'

    Lampard's ball into the area scuffs off the studs of Carvalho and Kalou smahses the ball into the back of the net from 5-yards out in a crowded box. GOAL!!!

  • 47'

    Antzas' first contribution to the half is to back-heel the ball to Drogba... he can't even pass the ball normally nevermind back-heel.

  • 46'

    Olympiakos get the second-half underway, Can they actually go out fighting in the last 45 minutes?

  • 45'

    Well nothing more than a training match for Chelsea. Olympiakos need to change something for the second-half... two strikers might be good start given that they need to score at least two goals.

  • 45'

    The whistle goes for half-time.

  • 45'

    Olympiakos the team might be rubbish but their fans have been very vocal... they could be telling the team how rubbish they are of course, my Greek isn't up to much.

  • 44'

    Olympiakos hack the ball clear and Kovacevic attempts to bulldoze his way through two Chelsea defenders but can't.

  • 43'

    ...he takes it short and Chelsea build again. Corner to the Blues.

  • 42'

    Ledesma fouls Drogba. Lampard will deliver the freekick...

  • 41'

    Torosidis breaks but Drogba has tracked him all the way back into his own half and makes a great challenge to win the ball back for Chelsea.

  • 40'

    Djordjevic thinks he is fouled by Ferreira and goes ape when the decision goes the other way. That is the most animated Djordjevic has been all night.

  • 39'

    Torosidis whips in a cross to the back post but none of his team-mates have pushed forward and Cudicini just watches the pass go out for a goalkick.

  • 38'

    Djordjevic is having a terrible game so far. Cesar is Olympiakos' best player tonight.

  • 37'

    Cesar brings the ball out of defence and passes to Djordjevic on the wing. The Olympiakos skipper's ball is another poor one and goes straight to a blue shirt.

  • 36'

    The malaise is catching now. J Cole has the ball on the break but plays his pass behind Drogba and Olympiakos have a throw.

  • 35'

    Seven complete passes (a record) from Olympiakos but Pantos is caught offside.

  • 33'

    To give you a clear idea of how Olympiakos are playing; Torosidis has the ball on the wing with only Lampard in front of him, so he kicks the ball straight into Lampard... who is only two yards away. Think lads! Think!

  • 32'

    Tigerish tackle form Cesar on Ballack. Djordjevic breaks for the visitors but Ferriera intercepts for Chelsea.

  • 31'

    Olympiakos can't even win a header at the moment. Good work from Patsatzoglou wins the ball back but Torosidis' cross into the box is nothing more than hopeful.

  • 30'

    But Chelsea have the ball back and now it is business as usual.

  • 29'

    Four passes...

  • 28'

    Three passes then for Olympiakos... they are getting better.

  • 27'

    Kovacevic wins the ball deep in his own half, spreads the play left to Djordevic but his pass is too heavy once again.

  • 26'

    Cesar makes a desperate challenge on Ballack as Chelsea look for a third goal.

  • 25'

    Well that could be it done and dusted for Chelsea. Olympiakos haven't even had a shot yet.

  • 24'

    Ballack drives into the box and shoots from wide left. Nikopolidis saves but the ball spills to Lampard who taps the ball into the net from 3-yards out. GOAL!!!!

  • 22'

    Kalou beats Antzas on the wing but the defender is having none of it and rugby tackles the Chelsea forward. Freekick.

  • 21'

    Kovacevic chests the ball down for Ledesma, but once against Olympiakos can't keep the ball.

  • 19'

    Zewlakow wins a throw deep in Chelsea's half.... that is about the best I can do for you Olympiakos fans.

  • 18'

    Lampard spreads the play left to J Cole. Makelele picks the ball up in space and shoots from 30-yards. Olympiakos keeper Nikopolidis always had it covered.

  • 17'

    Kalou feeds J Cole, who flashes the ball across the face of goal and Ballack fires over under pressure from Cesar.

  • 16'

    It seems to be tactic of Chelsea's for Terry to play a long ball over the top. It has worked on a few occasions but this time it is too long.

  • 15'

    Ferreira makes a good tackle on Djordevic as Olympiakos begin to get into this game.

  • 14'

    Terry lofts the ball down the line for Ballack, who heads the ball into A Cole's path. Antzas stretches out a leg and makes a good tackle in the box.

  • 13'

    Torosidis curls in a cross from the left but it is just too far ahead of Djordevic, who was arriving at the far post.

  • 11'

    Chelsea build form the back. Terry pushes into midfield. Ferraira crosses from the left but he hits the first Greek defender - Cesar.

  • 10'

    The Olympiakos fans are making the most noise despite their team losing 1-0.

  • 9'

    Joe Cole attempts to lift the ball over the defence for Drogba to run on to but his pass hits Antzas.

  • 7'

    Antzas collects the ball form a Chelsea corner, he looks up to find a team-mate and the hoofs the ball out of play. Rubbish!

  • 7'

    Djordevic drives forward in olympiakos' first attack but his cross is mishit and goes out for a goalkick.

  • 6'

    Chelsea started well and deserved that early goal. But nothing really changes for Olympiakos who still only need a single goal.

  • 5'

    Lampard gets the ball from a quick corner and crosses to the near post. Ballack arrives unmarked and buries the header. GOAL!!!!!

  • 4'

    A Cole pushes forward from left-back and his cross is put behind for a corner.

  • 3'

    Drogba drives through the defence and scuffs a shot. Joe Cole gets onto the ball and shoots against the post. But Cole was offside from Drogba's initial shot anyway - the flag is up.

  • 1'

    Lampard whips in a freekick from the right. Terry heads wide at the back post. It would have been a great header to score from there.

  • 1'

    Chelsea kick-off and hoof the ball straight to Olympiakos. Remember Chelsea need to win this, any score draw and the Greek side go through.


    The teams are out on the pitch and take their places for the Champions League anthem.


    For Olympiakos, striker LuaLua is injured so the former Premier League players misses out. Olympiacos: Nikopolidis, Zewlakow, Julio Cesar, Antzas, Pantos, Ledesma, Patsatzoglou, Torosidis, Djordjevic, Stoltidis, Kovacevic. Subs: Sifakis, Leonardo, Nunez, Mendrinos, Konstantinou, Belluschi, Sisic.


    Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has picked up an ankle injury so Cudicini starts. Chelsea: Cudicini, Ferreira, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Makelele, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba, Joe Cole. Subs: Hilario, Essien, Malouda, Wright-Phillips, Alex, Belletti, Anelka.