UEFA Champions League

March 14, 2012

Final score - after extra time

Chelsea

4 - 1

Napoli

UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, March 14, 2012

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: Dr. Felix Brych

2nd Leg: 5 - 4 (Agg)

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    So the Champions League quarter-finalsts are: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Benfica, Marseille, APOEL, Chelsea, AC Milan, Bayern Munich

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    Stat: There has been at least one English club in the Champions League quarter-finals for each of the past 16 seasons.

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    ET FT So that's three out of three for caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, who has now won in the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League.

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    ET FT Few people gave Chelsea a chance, but they have scored four goals at home to see off a very strong Napoli side and you can't argue with that.

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    ET FT That's it! Chelsea have done it! They are through to the Champions League quarter-finals.

  • 120'

    Napoli just can't get the ball back as time ticks away.....

  • 119'

    Malouda on the counter-attack. He crosses for Drogba, who volleys well wide from 18-yards out.

  • 118'

    Luiz fouls Inler. Napoli have the chance to stick the ball in the box. They do, but Ivanovic heads clear.

  • 117'

    Luiz makes an important defensive header as Lavezzi and Co stream forward.

  • 116'

    Meanwhile, manager John Terry gives some coaching advice from the touchline.

  • 116'

    Luiz goes down with cramp as Cech takes an age over a goalkick.

  • 115'

    Napoli are pushing forward but just can't find that killer ball. Pandev has messed up a couple of times.

  • 114'

    Campagnaro gets booked simply for because Drogba falls over clutching his face.

  • 113'

    Pandev attempts to get on the end of a reverse pass but it's overhit.

  • 112'

    Malouda gets the ball on the wing. He is happy to hold it up and draw a foul to run the clock down.

  • 111'

    Torres is on his own in attack. But Inler takes him down anyway and gets booked.

  • 110'

    Last throw of the dice for Napoli, who take off defender Aronica and bring on a forward in Vargas.

  • 110'

    Drogba does a Busquets and pretends to have been hit in the face. What a disgrace!

  • 109'

    Ramires breaks for the Blues. He passes to Torres, who shoots from 25-yards and forces De Sanctis into a good save, low to his right.

  • 108'

    Lavezzi is taken down by Luiz. Napoli are keen to get on with it but the ref won't allow a quick freekick.

  • 107'

    Napoli make a change. Pandev comes on for Hamsik.

  • 106'

    Chelsea get the final period underway, kicking from left to right.

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    ET HT Napoli still only need one goal. If they score, they will go through on away goals.

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    ET HT Well that was timely. Just 15 minutes to hold on for Chelsea.

  • 105'

    GOAL Ivanovic scores! The defender smashes the ball into the roof of the net from Drogba's cut back.

  • 105'

    Lampard takes the freekick and Hamsik heads clear as far as Drogba, who crosses.....

  • 104'

    Drogba falls over. Cheap freekick to Chelsea near the corner flag....

  • 103'

    Torres heads clear in his own box and then breaks. He attempts a pass with the outside of his boot but Aronica has recvored to cut it out.

  • 102'

    Dossena chases a lost cause and Napoli have a corner.

  • 101'

    Ivanovic swings the ball into the box for Torres, who does well to win a header at the back post but his effort loops up over the bar.

  • 100'

    De Sanctis misjudges the bounce of the ball on the edge of the box. Torres is in on goal but hits his shot into the sidenetting under pressure from Aronica.

  • 99'

    Ivanovic will drop in as centre-back and Bosingwa will take over the attacking rightback role.

  • 98'

    Bosingwa comes on for John Terry, who has just come back from injury.

  • 97'

    Ashley Cole is booked for taking down Campagnaro.

  • 96'

    There is a noticeably tense atmosphere amongst the fans at Stamford Bridge.

  • 96'

    Luiz heads behind for a corner. Lavezzi will take it for Napoli. It was a rubbish one, yet again.

  • 95'

    Chelsea make a change. Malouda comes on to replace Mata.

  • 94'

    Lavezzi plays a great throughball for Cavani, who races at goal... but the flag goes up for offside.

  • 93'

    Hamsik volleys from the edge of the box. His effort is dipping and Cech is relieved to see the ball flash wide.

  • 92'

    The first chance falls to Ivanovic, who heads wide from a corner.

  • 91'

    Napoli get extra-time underway, kicking from left to right. No changes for either side.

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    FT - Stat: After 86 minutes of tonight's game, Fernando Torres reached 24 hours without a goal for Chelsea.

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    FT If we are still level after 30 minutes of extra-time it will be penalties. And John Terry doesn't have good memories of UCL shootouts.

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    FT That's it! 90 minutes are up and extra-time will follow. Squeaky bum time as Fergie might say.

  • 90'

    Luiz steps out of defence to make a tough tackle on Inler but it was very well timed.

  • 89'

    .....Aronica had Drogba around the neck with both hands but somehow the ref deems that to be okay. No penalty.

  • 88'

    Drogba is challenged by Aronica as he goes to head at goal. Both players fall to the ground and Drogba wants a penalty....

  • 87'


    Dossena handles the ball for the penalty

  • 86'

    Luiz is told to go back in defence as he looks to push forward.

  • 85'

    Hamsik crosses from the right for Lavezzi, who leaps unmarked but is about three inches too short to head the ball in.

  • 84'

    It looks like both managers are saving their final subs for extra-time.

  • 83'

    ...Drogba takes it. His effort dips but not enough.

  • 82'

    Drogba falls over AGAIN. Freekick for Chelsea 25-yards out....

  • 81'

    Torres beats his man. Mata takes over and he could have gone down in the box but stayed on his feet.

  • 80'

    Hamsik attempts to shoot from the edge of the box. Cole makes a block at the same time. his studs were high but the ref didn't see it.

  • 79'

    Ivanovic is not happy with Lavezzi, but he is back on his feet and ready to continue.

  • 78'

    It's all about keeping your nerve now as Napoli win a freekick.

  • 77'

    Torres with some silky skills on the edge of the box. He beats his man but then takes a heavy touch and loses possession.

  • 76'

    Luiz races across to clear but gets there late. Dossena goes down dramatically. No foul.

  • 75'

    It's going into extra-time as it stands. My poor fingers are hoping for another goal to spare them another 30 minutes of typing.

  • 74'

    GOAL Lampard scores from the spot. De Sanctis went the right way but the power beat the goalkeeper.

  • 73'

    Lampard delivers a corner. Ivanovic heads at goal and Dossena handles the ball. Penalty!

  • 72'

    Zuniga makes a hash of his clearance from the corner. The ball slices off his foot into a crowd of players in the box but Napoli finally hoof it clear.

  • 71'

    Torres gets his head to a cross and Aronica puts the ball behind for a corner.

  • 70'

    Zuniga bombs down the line and cuts inside. Cole falls over but Zuniga's shot is off target and hits another Napoli player.

  • 69'

    Terry makes a great tackle with Luiz out of position and Cavani racing towards goal.

  • 68'

    Essien takes one in the family jewels and Dossena gets booked.

  • 67'

    With Cannavaro, the Napoli centre-back, off the pitch Lampard puts the corner straight into the hands of De Sanctis. Unforgivable.

  • 66'

    Cannavaro is down injured. Chelsea think he is time wasting.

  • 65'

    Drogba shoots on the turn as the ball drops in the box and De Sanctis makes a great save. Corner to Chelsea.

  • 64'

    Torres is off and running again but Aronica makes the covering tackle.

  • 63'

    Torres has a chance to shoot which he snubs, but he sets up Ivanovic, who stings the palms of De Sanctis with a shot.

  • 62'

    Sturridge goes off and is replaced by Torres. Moment of madness or stroke of genius?

  • 60'

    Terry blocks a hopeful shot from Inler.

  • 59'

    25 games without a goal for club or country but it looks like Torres is coming on for Chelsea.

  • 58'

    Ramires crosses as he looks to repeat the move that led to Drogba's first goal, but Di Sanctus is off his line to clear the danger.

  • 57'

    Lampard clips the ball into the box. Sturridge and Drogba fall over in the box looking for a penalty, but they fell over each other.

  • 56'

    Torres warms up on the touchline... it's not that desperate yet.

  • 55'

    So the pendulum swings. Napoli are now going through. Chelsea need to score one more to send the game into extra-time.

  • 54'

    GOAL Inler scores! Dossena crosses, Terry heads clear but Inler controls the ball on his chest and lashes it into the back of the net from the edge of the box.

  • 53'

    Cannavaro is booked for a foul on Lampard as Napoli emotions run high.

  • 52'

    Lavezzi takes a freekick for Napoli but it's his umpteenth terrible delivery of the game. Why is he even on set piece duty?

  • 51'

    Inler sets up Lavezzi to shoot from the edge of the box but Terry blocks his effort on goal.

  • 50'

    Napoli respond well. Cavani forces Cole to concede a corner as they push forward.

  • 49'

    Well, well. It's Napoli who are up against it now and are going out as it stands.

  • 47'

    .... GOAL Terry scores! Lampard whips in a corner and Terry heads in with nobody on the post to clear for Napoli.

  • 46'

    Campagnaro needlessly concedes a corner....

  • 46'

    Chelsea get the second-half underway, kicking from left to right. One more goal needed for the Blues, provided Napoli don't score.

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    HT Pointless but true stat: Didier Drogba is one of six players to have scored with both feet and their head this season in the Champions League.

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    HT It looked at one point like Napoli would run riot, but Chelsea got to grips with the game and are halfway to going through - in terms of the scoreline.

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    HT That's the last action of the half as the ref blows for the break. Chelsea finished it strongly and will want to start the second-half in just the same way.

  • 45'

    Luiz picks up the loose ball and smashes in a shot from the right. Cannavaro blocks his effort and the ball rebounds straight into De Sanctis' grasp.

  • 45'

    Lampard whips in a corner but De Sanctis leaps to punch the ball off Drogba's head.

  • 44'

    Inler clips the heals of Cole as Chelsea threaten to counter-attack. The fans want a yellow card but the ref only awards a foul.

  • 43'

    Mata and Cannavaro collide as the game becomes scrappy one again.

  • 42'

    Chelsea are happy to keep possession.

  • 41'

    Lampard gets booked for persistent fouling. This time it was on Gargano.

  • 40'

    Drogba does his dying-swan act again and wins a freekick. Chelsea take it short, rather than crossing into the box.

  • 39'

    ...Lavezzi takes it. Easy for Lampard to clear at the near post.

  • 38'

    Lavezzi's shot is deflected behind for a corner by Essien.....

  • 37'

    Lampard breaks. Essien shoots from 20-yards out but his effort is tame and wide.

  • 36'

    Napoli have to make a change. Maggio goes off injured and ex-Liverpool 'star' Andrea Dossena comes on.

  • 35'

    Sturridge does a Theo Walcott and runs off the edge of the pitch with the penalty area beckoning.

  • 34'

    Stat Didier Drogba has scored 11 career goals in the UCL knockout stages. Only one non-European player has more. Lionel Messi with 24.

  • 33'

    Mata pops up on the right an dinks the ball into the box. Sturridge gets his head to the ball but his glancing touch is too weak to trouble De Sanctis.

  • 32'

    Napoli counter-attack from the corner. Cavani is bearing down on goal but he shoots poorly from distance and Cech collects the ball.

  • 31'

    Sturridge flashes a low cross through the box and Campagnaro diverts the ball wide as Drogba waits to score.

  • 30'

    Luiz has raced forward and lost the ball. No need to be gung ho!

  • 29'

    Well it's game on now. All those crosses finally paying off for the Blues. They still need another goal though.

  • 28'

    GOAL Drogba scores. Ramires crosses from the right and The Drog stoops to head in at the near post.

  • 26'

    Guess what Ivanovic has just done? Yep. A cross from deep that De Sanctis claims for Napoli.

  • 25'

    Each spell of Chelsea possession is met by a wave of whistles from the Napoli fans.

  • 24'

    Mata chips the ball to Drogba in the box, but Maggio has the strength to win the header and a freekick.

  • 23'

    Napoli patiently build an attack until Campargnaro scuffs his cross.

  • 21'

    It's all got a bit scrappy at Stamford Bridge. At least Napoli haven't had a shot for a while.

  • 20'

    Mata is forced out to the left. The Spaniard attempts a cross but it goes way over the goal and out of play. Chelsea need a bit more guile.

  • 19'

    Ivanovic is fouled by Gargano.

  • 18'

    Ivanovic is always available for Chelsea and needs to get forward more... and not lump the ball into the box.

  • 17'

    Zuniga is allowed to waltz through the Chelsea midfield, he cuts inside and shoots over the bar from the edge of the box.

  • 16'

    Sturridge is correctly flagged offside as he puts the ball in the net. No goal.

  • 15'

    Hamsik picks up the ball 20-yards out. He shoots and Cech makes yet another save. Oh dear Chelsea. Oh dear.

  • 14'

    Lavezzi beats the offside trap and races at goal. He shoots from the left and Cech saves at his near post.

  • 13'

    Sturridge wins a corner and Terry is up from the back. Napoli clear.

  • 12'

    Napoli carve through Chelsea on the break. Maggio slides a pass across goal for Cavani, who shoots into the sidenetting from a tight angle.

  • 11'

    Lavezzi wins a corner. He takes it himself. Cavani slips as he shoots and his effort goes way over the bar.

  • 10'

    First real signs of life from Napoli and a reminder for Chelsea to keep it tight at the back.

  • 9'

    Hamsik darts into the box and pokes a shot at goal. Cech saves with his feet.

  • 8'

    Ivanovic lumps another cross from deep into the box. Chelsea must fancy Drogba's chances against Canavaro... but not this time.

  • 7'

    Lavezzi has dropped very deep to get the ball for Napoli, whose passing has been way off target so far.

  • 6'

    Good early signs from Chelsea. Plenty of the ball and plenty of fight.

  • 5'

    Drogba chests the ball down to Sturridge, who shoots low and forces De Sanctis to save well.

  • 4'

    Ivanovic pings a cross into the box from deep, but it's too heavy for either Drogba or Ramires.

  • 3'

    Lavezzi chases down Luiz, who does well not to panic and clears the ball.

  • 2'

    Looks like Drogba is in "fall over at every touch" mode, especially as the referee gives the free kick.

  • 1'

    Napoli get the game underway, kicking from left to right, wearing a grey kit. Chelsea are in their famous blue strip.

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    So it looks like Napoli will go with a 3-4-3 tonight. Attack is definitely their strength and they know that if they score once, Chelsea need to score three just to get to extra-time.

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    "Fight and desire come before playing pretty football" Chelsea manager... erm... captain John Terry has said ahead of this game.

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    The streets around Stamford Bridge have been invaded by hundreds of ticketless Napoli fans, so there should be a few pubs hastily stocking up on Peroni.

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    Napoli rested players of their own after Friday's 6-3 thrashing of Cagliari, with the aforementioned Cavani and Christian Maggio brought into the side.

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    Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has recalled David Luiz after the 1-0 win over Stoke, while Juan Mata - who scored the Blues' solitary goal in their 3-1 defeat in Italy - also came back in.

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    Well one thing is clear. With Chelsea needing two goals they have turned to Drogba and young sidekick Sturridge, rather than Torres.

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    But the bad news for Chelsea is that Napoli start with their own batch of stalwarts, with tricky trio Cavani, Hamsik and Lavezzi all eager to get on the scoresheet.

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    The Chelsea old guard return for the Blues' first Champions League match since AVB was given the boot. With Terry, Cole, Lampard, Drogba and Essien all set to start against Napoli.

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    Gianfranco Zola tells Mark Lomas that age is no barrier to success.

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    John Terry thinks it could be this squad's last chance at glory.

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    Join us for commentary from Chelsea's game with Napoli, as the Blues seek to overturn a 3-1 deficit.