UEFA Champions League

November 1, 2005


Real Betis

1 - 0


Group G

19:45 +00:00, November 1, 2005

Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, Spain

  • 90'

    Liverpool are three clear of Chelsea in this group now while Betis's hopes remain alive. All the action will be brought to you here.

  • 90'

    John Terry has a go at the ref but in their hearts Chelsea know they've not been anywhere near their best. Betis undid all the odds and well done to them.

  • 90'

    Time ticking on. This is an amazing result. Ball will be pumped in for a final chance for Chelsea. Punched away. Chelsea have lost! The first this season! Joyous scenes.

  • 90'

    Lampard's cross cleared. No decent ball for them. Fernando misses a chance to get a cross in.

  • 90'

    Chelsea have a throw. Injury-time now. Desperation. Dani booked for stopping a quick free-kick.

  • 89'

    Joaquin wins the ball and then Duff runs into him. Betis have another free-kick. Duff booked - Chelsea's fifth.

  • 88'

    Betis will take their time. Joaquin bends in. Cleared by Lampard. Wright-Phillips loses a throw in.

  • 87'

    Carvalho clears as Joaquin crosses. Lampard's pass is poor. Juanito clears. Ferreira forced to foul Edu. Crowd cheers as a free-kick is given.

  • 86'

    Dani nearly got in there. Chelsea looking desperate and a little lacking in any idea up front.

  • 85'

    Betis's play is getting ragged. Dani milks a clash with Gallas. Lampard looks angry. Joaquin and Makelele share a joke. And a cuddle. Shades of Alan Birchenall and Tony Currie from the 70s.

  • 79'

    Even Lampard is off his game. Wayward shot. John Terry is pushing forward. Shades of the Huth strategy employed in last year's semi?

  • 76'

    Essien has a shot. Contreras muffs it. It's in the net but there's a flag up for an Essien push.

  • 76'

    Still time left here. Ferreira is tackled. Ragged stuff from the Londoners.

  • 74'

    Juanito panicked into clearing the ball. Dani panics now. Betis looking nervous.

  • 73'

    Terry handballs. Edge of the box free-kick chance. Joaquin will hit it of course.

  • 72'

    Dani down injured. He's taking his time. As should be expected. It's looking like his night.

  • 71'

    Amazing sequence. Duff down the left. Great ball just evades Drogba. Wright-Phillips crosses. Essien strikes. Off the post. And the other. And into the hands of Contreras. Is this Chelsea's night?

  • 70'

    Yellow for the man for the Ivory Coast. Betis are doing their job in breaking up play.

  • 69'

    Drogba plays on when the whistle blows. He gets involved in a deer-style horn-locking with keeper Contreras. He had a kick at Melli too.

  • 67'

    Robben has stormed off. He's not looked happy in some time. Perhaps he should do a warts-and-all interview on Chelsea TV.

  • 67'

    SWP is penalised for foot-up. Though considering the protagonist, no-one's head has been endangered.

  • 65'

    Tempers fray as Carvalho and Melli clash. The Betis man is booked.

  • 65'

    Duff on for the ineffective Robben. He's needed. Joaquin at the other end gets round the back but doesn't get the cross in.

  • 64'

    Makelele and Dani clash. But the claim for an elbow is denied by the ref.

  • 64'

    Essien tries to shoot. It's a terribly poor attempt. Contreras waves it past ironically.

  • 64'

    Edu gives Chelsea the slip. Terry let it go too. But so did Betis. There's a definite edginess in the Chelsea performance tonight.

  • 62'

    Free-kick to Betis. Joaquin will shoot. No doubt. The wall gets in the way.

  • 61'

    Betis chasing hard. Joaquin harries. Dani buys time. Joaquin is fouled by Makelele. He doesn't agree with the decision.

  • 60'

    Betis boos ringing out. They want the final whistle. But there's a long, long way to go.

  • 59'

    Ferreira's ball is drifted across. Contreras claims behind himself as Drogba lurked. Good keeping from the Spanish international.

  • 58'

    Capi takes a tumble as he heads nowhere in the corner of the Chelsea box. Liverpool 2-0 up at Anfield.

  • 57'

    SWP round the back and drifts a steepling ball. No steeplejacks for the Blues. Betis break but Joaquin playacts as Gallas is too strong for him.

  • 56'

    Betis's play is getting ragged. Dani milks a clash with Gallas. Lampard looks angry. Joaquin and Makelele share a joke. And a cuddle. Shades of Alan Birchenall and Tony Currie from the 70s.

  • 56'

    Makelele tackled as Drogba called for the through ball. Contreras the keeper is taking his time over everything.

  • 55'

    Droga looks for the flick-on. SWP gets in on the goalkeeper. And is penalised.

  • 54'

    Betis hanging back to hold off Chelsea's attacks. Rivera fighting hard in midfield. He's had a fine game so far.

  • 53'

    Robben, who's been booked is off the pitch. He had blood on his shirt. Apologies for the break in commentary. Technical woes we're afraid. Woes for Chelsea too.

  • 48'

    Shaun Wright-Phillips is on for Joe Cole and Drogba's power is brought on in place of Gudjohnsen.

  • 47'

    Cole penalised for handball. Edu has a shot saved by Cech. Dani has a chance to score but screws wide. A miss which could be crucial as half-time dawns.

  • 45'

    Long ball is smashed through by John Terry. Gudjohnsen is miles clear. Last man is the keeper, Juanito chasing back. But the Iceman boils over and smashes his shot into the stands. A bad miss.

  • 45'

    Half-time is upon us.

  • 45'

    Cole penalised for handball. Edu has a shot saved by Cech. Dani has a chance to score but screws wide. A miss which could be crucial as half-time dawns.

  • 44'

    Long ball is smashed through by John Terry. Gudjohnsen is miles clear. Last man is the keeper, Juanito chasing back. But the Iceman boils over and smashes his shot into the stands. A bad miss.

  • 43'

    Robben takes. First man clears with ease. Then the ball breaks. Robben dances and links with Essien. Powerful shot is claimed down low by Contreras.

  • 41'

    Chelsea looking to enjoy possession for the first time in a while. Essien fouled. Free-kick.

  • 39'

    A man down again. Betis boy too. Essien knocks away. Arzu will be OK.

  • 39'

    Best Chelsea chance. Betis have been far more creative. A Lampard free-kick is knocked away by the wall.

  • 38'

    Gudjohnsen's flick finds Joe Cole clear on the right-hand side. He shoots low but Contreras gets down to stop it at the second attempt.

  • 37'

    Lampard creates for Cole. But Betis break before Joaquin is stopped by Robben of all people. End to end. Good period of play.

  • 35'

    Lampard pings a ball forward. Essien charges. But his nod down evades Gudjohnsen.

  • 35'

    Dani will be OK. He's happy to take his time. Terry more eager to get back on.

  • 34'

    Carvalho spoons a clearance. Cech bursts out to claim and is clattered by Dani. All go down. Another outing for the physio. Terry on the deck too.

  • 33'

    Dani puts himself about. Over at Anfield another Spaniard, Morientes, has scored for the holders.

  • 32'

    Robben, looking well off his game, lets the ball run out.

  • 31'

    Well, well, well. Chelsea looking lacklustre tonight. And the fans here are loving it so far.

  • 30'

    Joaquin on the run, he shoots but his effort is deflected away. Betis have their dander up here. Nice skill from Rivera on the flank before he loses possession.

  • 29'

    Essien in space but he loops his header over. He was in plenty of space.

  • 27'

    Hint of offside but no Chelsea complaints at all. The football was to be admired.

  • 27'

    Lovely flick from Edu to Joaquin. Sweet move as Capi passes across the area. A feint by Edu over the ball. Dani, first touch for him, controls and pushes home. 1-0 to Betis. Chelsea's defence breached!

  • 26'

    Robben wins a corner. But still looks out of sorts.

  • 25'

    Plenty of room on the Betis bench now. Chelsea yet to fire but they must surely have the strength to win this game.

  • 24'

    Dani on for Oliveira. That's six players injured now for the Seville side. Woe is them.

  • 23'

    Joe Cole had room to roam against the Spaniards. He's tackled. Fairly too. But he tells the ref he doesn't believe him. And is booked.

  • 22'

    Boss Ferrer looked haunted by that. His team have a corner though. But Lampard clears.

  • 21'

    The Betis top scorer's knee is indeed hurt. The cart's on again and the Brazilian is in tears.

  • 20'

    Oliveira tackled by Carvalho. Corner and the Brazilian is down. Bad news for Betis. His knee looked to have been tweaked there.

  • 19'

    Nano is injured and will go off on a cart. On will come the sub Castellini. Betis have to shuffle the pack.

  • 17'

    Rivera shows composure in flicking the ball past Essien's charge. Comfortable on the ball are Betis. Perhaps a little feeble in defence now.

  • 17'

    Robben released by a Frank Lampard pass. But the cross is not equal to the pass the Dutchman received.

  • 15'

    And Cech is the only man ever likely to get hold of that. So it proves.

  • 14'

    Oliveira wins a corner. Betis doing well so far.

  • 14'

    Varela tackles Lampard, who though he had a corner. None given. Goalkick.

  • 13'

    Robben intercepts and goes past Nano but the Betis man recovers well.

  • 12'

    Nice move between Lampard, Cole and Robben but the chipped pass from the chubby one has too much fade on it. Cole loses out.

  • 11'

    Driven in. Steered away by Essien on the edge of the 6-yard box.

  • 10'

    Oliveira tackled by Essien. Unfairly says the ref. Ball to be pumped in by Joaquin.

  • 9'

    Joe Cole rounds Melli. Juanito heads clear with Gudjohnsen looking for the nod in.

  • 8'

    Makelele tackles hard. As ever. It's a powerful engine room with he and Essien involved. Terry shows his mettle too. His hack clear finds Robben but he's tackled as Chelsea bore down on goal.

  • 7'

    Robben offside now. He could do with a good game tonight. In Joaquin, we have another of Europe's best wingers. Could be a good comparison tonight.

  • 6'

    Lampard sprays out a ball to Gudjohnsen but a flag on the play. Offside.

  • 5'

    Arzu with a long, diagonal ball. Cech bursts out to claim.

  • 5'

    Cole fouled by Melli. Free-kick is pumped long. To no avail as Joaquin mounts a run and cuts a chip across the defence. It finds its way back to Cech though.

  • 4'

    Lampard and Joaquin clash in a 50-50. Studs catch the Spaniard and the free-kick goes Betis' way.

  • 3'

    Essien looked to burst through. But is tackled. Joaquin goes on a run, Melli is released but is run out by Ferreira.

  • 2'

    Essien on the charge but is tackled. Carvalho heads out. Essien gets back to help out.

  • 1'

    They're weakened. But they have plenty of support behind them. Robben cuts across to stop a Betis attack.


    Betis get us underway. It's been a torrid few weeks for them but there's still hope for them of getting a UEFA Cup place.


    Chelsea: 1-Petr Cech; 20-Paulo Ferreira, 6-Ricardo Carvalho, 26-John Terry (c), 13-William Gallas; 5-Mickael Essien, 4-Claude Makelele, 8-Frank Lampard; 10-Joe Cole, 22-Eidur Gudjohnsen, 16-Arjen Robben


    Here's the teams, Betis: 1-Pedro Contreras; 7-Fernando Varela, 4-Juanito (c), 16-Nano, 27-Melli; 17-Joaquin, 18-Alberto Rivera, 8-Arzu, 24-Edu; 14-Capi, 12-Ricardo Oliveira


    A win in Spain would all but guarantee progress to Round 2 for Jose's boys. Real Betis are in poor form and that looks a certainty. Still, there's always hope that the Spaniards put up a fight.