Full-time - 92'
1 - 0
18:45 +00:00, October 18, 2006
Stamford Bridge, England
Drogba won it with a special strike - and it was no less than the home side deserved. The bossed it as Barca's superstars failed to get into gear. First blood Chelsea - and it's off to the Nou Camp in 13 days time.
That's it! The final whistle goes
Chelsea eat up some time with a substitution. Didier Drogba gets a standing ovation as he is replaced by Saloman Kalou
Drogba gets it on the right and switches play with a superb ball to Robben on the left. He gets to the edge of the area before shooting wide
Two minutes to be added on
Ballack breaks down the left, he plays the square ball across the face of goal but Robben just can't get on the end of it and Valdes takes
Ronaldinho plays a shot ball into Deco, he creates space for himself and shoots - Hilario is down well to smother it
Iniesta shoots from the edge of the area - and it crawls into the gloves of Hilario
Robben again has space to make the run, but the diagonal takes him onto his weaker foot and he shies away from the shot, inviting the tackle from Marquez
Another booking for Barcelona - this time Deco enters the book or a foul on Essien
Xavi does well down the right, he gets the cross in despite the attention of Cole - and Messi's there with the header... the header over the crossbar
Robben shows great pace and purpose on the left, he gets towards the byline but the cut-back isn't the greatest and Barca clear
Ronaldinho races over to the left to take the corner, and promptly over-hits the cross and it bends out for a goal-kick on the opposite side
It's Ronaldinho who looks for options. He decides to cross and it flicks off a Chelsea head for a corner
Barca move forward and now Deco is felled by Ballack in a dangerous area - just shy on 25 yards out on the right of goal
Cole is penalised for a nudge on Deco, free-kick in midfield
Barca are resorting to the long ball, this time angled down the right for Giuly who fails to keep it in play
Drobga looks for Robben down the left flank - he's offside
Barcelona are enjoyed plenty of possession now, but they can't find any way through the Chelsea rearguard
Chelsea still look comfortable, but will they be made to pay for missing those gilt-edged opportunities? Will Ronaldinho come to life?
Giuly gets into the area but there's not much on for him. It's a painfully tight angle but he still shoots - but it's wayward
Now Chelsea make a change. And it's the pace of Arjen Robben who comes on for Andrey Shevchenko. Chelsea will go with one up top and look to use the pace of the Dutchman
It's a free-kick to Chelsea on the right. Again it's lumped long by Lampard and he finds Sheva at the back stick - he heads wide
Barcelona will make their final change. Skipper Carlos Puyol goes off for Oleguer. Ronaldinho takes over the armband
Deco finds Messi in space inside the area. He holds off Cole gets to the byline and tries to cut it back, but the pass lacks pace and that enables Terry to clear
Ronaldinho gives the ball away once more, Makelele intercepting. It's been a disappointing night for the Brazilian superstar
Ballack tugs back Deco, free-kick to the visitors which is taken short
...Valdea gets down low to make the save and grasps it again just as Essien is about to pounce. Drogba should have sealed the match there
Lampard finds Drogba inside the area. His first touch fools the defender and opens up the goal... it's a great chance...
Makelele plays Ballack in who's clear - but the flag is up for offside against the German
Chelsea are dominant now, Barca struggling to get any kind of foothold in the game
Lampard looks for a deep kick into the area again, but he fails to get enough on it and an orange shirt can head away
Xavi is the latest to enter the book, a late slide on Drogba
Zambrotta bursts into the area - but over-runs it and is unable to cut back into the box
Xavi tries a snap shot from the edge of the box - straight at Hilario who collects at the second attempt
Barcelona are struggling to make an impression, Ronaldinho and Messi not seeing enough of the ball to influence the play
Deco catches Terry as he looks to clear his lines, free-kick deep inside the Chelsea half
Barca make their second change - and it's Eidur Gudjohnsen coming off for Ludovic Giuly
The ball drops back to Makelele who's advanced to the edge of the box - his rare shot lacks venom and is easy for Valdes
Now Shevchenko is bundled over on the right flank. Makelele shows intelligence to play the quick pass down the link which Lampard runs on to, but his pass into the danger area only finds an orange shirt
Barcelona make their first change of the match as Giovanni van Bronckhorst is replaced by Andres Iniesta
Lampard plays a first time ball to find Sheva in acres of space inside the area. His first touch is poor which forces him to rush the shot - and it's fired over the bar. Great chance, but clearly a man out of sorts
Chelsea break and break with purpose. Essien brings it 50 yars up the pitch - he's got Carvalho on the left and Sheva on the right - but he shoots instead and it hits the defender. Terrible effort and extremely greedy as Chelsea had three on two
Ronaldinho crosses into the area, it's Drogba who'se back to head away
Now Messi is tripped, Lampard is the offender and he gets booked. Another free-kick, this time in a dangerous position on the right
...it's on target, but Ronaldinho fails to find the corner and it's comfortable for Hilario
Barcelona win a free-kick 30-yards out in a dead-central position. Marquez and Ronaldinho stand over it but of course it's the Brazilian...
Ronaldinho is left unmarked at the back post, but he fails to either head on target or for a team-mate and Chelsea clear
Deco finds Xavi on the right, he lofts a cross into the box but it's poor and over the top of everyone for a goal-kick
Valdes had no chance, the finish was of the highest quality and now we have the spark this game needed
What a superb finish from the Chelsea striker - a carbon copy of the goal he scored against Liverpool a few weeks ago. But this time it was with his right and not his left!
Cole finds Drogba inside the D, it's not the best control but it gives him the chance to shift the ball and hit it...
Chelsea gets us underway for the second period
The match has threatened to ignite at times, but not really taken off. We can only hope for more.
And that's half-time
Lampard lumps it deep into the area, it's headed back across only for Shevchenko to be penalised for a foul on Valdes. He didn't touch him in the slightest... but the keeper had hold anyway.
Essien's run down the flank is blocked off by Van Bronckhorst and the Dutchman enters the referee's notebook.
Lmapard takes from the right and finds Ballack unmarked on the penalty spot, luckily for Barca his header is straight into the arms of Valdes
Lampard switches the play to Boulahrouz - he's got space to run into and his cross is deflected behind for a corner
Messi wins a corner off Cole. Ronaldinho takes it, Marquez wins the second header but it lacks power and Hilario collecs
Drogba's back again, still looking dazed and confused
Messi bursts in between three blue shirts to drive into the box - great last-ditch tackle from Carvalho just as he's about to pull the trigger
Drogba comes back onto the pitch, but he looks far from recovered... and immediately goes back to take on more water
Messi shifts it to the left looking for space for the shot, he tries his luck but it's always wide of Hilario's right-hand post
Drogba's still off the pitch and is looking somewhat groggy at the moment
Lampard floats in the free-kick - headed away with ease
Drogba gingerly leaves the pitch after a couple of minutes of treatment - but he'll be okay
Drogba needs some treatment after being caught in a Barcelona sandwhich going up for a header
Gudjohnson is penalised for a foul on Terry, but Chelsea can feel themselves lucky as Hilario had come out for the ball with a comedy punch
Messi is bundled down by Essien, free-kick
A woful pass from Edmilson is intercepted by Drogba, but he can't take advantage as the Brazilian gets back to atone for his error
Deco strides forward with acres of space to run nito. He opts to shoot from 25 yards out - Carvalho makes the block
Lampard shoots from distance but sends his shot well over the bar
Fantastic play from Barca, Ronaldinho flicks it to Messi who finds Deco. Deco's first time ball comes to Xavi - he cuts back inside only to shoot wide. It would have been a beautiful goal
The ball finds Ronaldinho on the left, he moves forward into the box and look to lob Hilario and find the opposite corner - but it's too high, goal-kick
Essien takes the ball down the left, and has options. He tries the backheel into a team-mate - but the only man there is Xavi and Barca can break
A good period of possession for Barca, Chelsea happy to sit back and wait for the Spanish side to make a move
Lampard lofts a high ball to the back stick, Carvalho wins the header but goal for goal rather than the knock back across - and the ball drifts harmlessly wide of the net
Ballack wins a free-kick for a block by Van Bronckhorst just outside the box on the right. Another great chance for Lampard to deliver
Good break by Barca, Messi's played into the area on the right and he has just enough space to release the shot - Hilario makes a good one-handed stop. Carvalho hacks it away from in front of his goal
Ronaldinho tries to embarrass Boulahrouz by twisting and turning on the touchline - but he's spin outside simply takes the ball out of play
Cole takes a hack at Messi, though the Argentine made the most of it. Free-kick on the half-way line
Messi shows good footwork on the right flank and spots Deco for the ball inside. Deco's been left which gives him the option to shoot - but only into the onrushing defender
...Oooh, he's headed it over the bar. Valdes was nowhere, but maybe the ball was a little behind and a little on top of Sheva. Another decent chance and Chelsea are piling on the pressure
It results in a corner to Chelsea. Again Lampard takes and it's better this time, there's Shevchenko unmarked in the centre of goal...
...the loose ball falls behind the Ukraine international, and just as he tries to hook it round and into the empty net from five yards out Marquez gets back with a superb sliding tackle
...his first touch is poor and it forces the Ivory Coast player to stab at the ball, it's blocked on the line but Shevchanko is there...
Essien breaks well and looks for the pass left, it falls kindly for Drogba who's through on goal...
Free-kick given against Messi for a foul on Cole
Another corner to Chelsea. Lampard delivers only to see it headed clear.
Ronaldinho and Deco link up beautifully as the Portuguese chips over for Zambrotta who has a sight of goal - but mis-kicks his attempted first-time volley
Lampard takes the free-kick and looks to drive it in low - it's a disappointing cross which fails to get past the two-man wall
Another foul, this time Zambrotta with a poorly timed challenge on Drogba. The ref has a few words - free-kick to Chelsea in the corner on the left flank
Edmilson tries a speculative effort from 25 yards - it's well wide of Hilario's goal
We've seen little of Ronaldinho so far - you can't imagine him staying this quiet
Chelsea enjoy possession at the back, happy to the bide their time for an opening
Lampard swings a deep one into the box, Terry and Marquez both go to the ground and it's the Barca man who gets the decision
Marquez brings Shevchenko down from behind - free kick to the home side
You can't help but feel that this will be a game full of chances - and maybe even goals - such is the talent on show even though Chelsea are more known for their sterdy rearguard
Chelsea mount the first serious attack, Lampard swings in the corner and Drogba fails to get real contact on the header - that was a decent chance
Hilario gets his first touch of the ball - and the Chelsea fans give an appreciative cheer
It's a cagey opening, both sides taking a look at each other
Barce get the match started
Former Chelsea hero Eidur Gudjohnsen returns to the club for the first time since he left in the summer - taking his place in a Barcelona line-up which also contains Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.
Chelsea's third choice goalkeeper Hilario makes his debut for the club in tonight's Champions League match against Barcelona, because of head injuries sustained by Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini in Saturday's Premiership win
at Reading. Yves Ma-Kalambay is the substitute goalkeeper for the Blues, who recall fit
again England left-back Ashley Cole and French midfielder Claude Makelele for the group A clash at Stamford Bridge.
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst