Full-time - 92'
0 - 0
19:45 +00:00, November 6, 2007
Chelsea somehow escape with a point leaving them in command in the group. They were lucky not to have conceded at least one goal and were disjointed, and well below their best. You have to feel for Schalke who gave it everythingand were denied in the closing stages by the post. Thanks for joining us!
FULL-TIME: Schalke 0-0 Chelsea
Stormy finish to the game and Schalke looked to have blown their chance. Chelsea are playing keep-ball and will be happy to escape with a draw.
Two minutes will be added.
It's all become a bit ugly now as tempers fray between Bridge and Asamoah. The referee handles it superbly and no cards are brandished.
Schalke come within a lick of paint from taking the lead. Larsen burst down the left and cracked a rasping drive beyond Cudicini only to see his effort thunder back off the post.
It's a scrappy end to the game and Drogba feels Krstajic flung an elbow at him. Handbags really and the clock inches towards the 90.
Essien buys Chelsea some valuable seconds with a lungbusting run down the right flank before he's unceremoniously hauled down by Rakitic who collects a card for his troubles.
First card of the night and it's gone to Essien for a challenge from behind on Vestermann.
Some nervy defending at both ends brings two half chances but neither side are enjoying the luck in front of goal.
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Alex makes another telling headed clearance with Larsen lurking on his shoulder.
And that is to be Malouda's last contribution of the night as Wright-Phillips comes on for the last 10-12 minutes.
Cole breaks down the right and clips a low cross through the box, just out of reach of the onrushing Malouda.
A mistake from Souza gifts Drogba a run and shot on goal. But he gets it caught in his feet and didn't catch it cleanly, allowing Neuer to make a comfortable save to his right.
There doesn't seem to be too much left in the tank for the Schalke players. Chelsea aren't playing well at all but they're doing enough to hold off the German side.
Chelsea have certainly had their scares but maybe that's all they'll be. Slowly but surely the yellow shirts of Chelsea are pushing forward.
What do I know? They just hit the bar with an audacious lob from Souza that bounces off the crossbar with Cudicini sprawling.
Schalke's endeavour early on is starting to take its toll now and you feel their best chance for a goal may have passed.
Encouraging signs for Chelsea as Schalke just begin to lose their momentum. It's a little scrappy at the moment and that will suit the visitors.
Schalke have worked so hard so far and you wonder whether they're just starting to show signs of tiredness. It will be interesting to see if they can maintain that pace and intensity in the last 25 minutes.
But there's still a long way to go for either side to make the difference.
Chelsea manage to get an important foothold in the Schalke half and enjoy a brief spell of possession. Chelsea look like a side just happy to get through the game unscathed.
Essien looks to have dropped back into the right-back slot vacated by Belletti, freeing up the midfield role for Mikel.
Belletti is being put out of his misery and makes way for John Obi Mikel as Chelsea look to freshen things up.
Avram Grant struts along the touchline not looking best pleased and he's got every right to be angry - his side have been woeful thus far.
Particularly considering Valencia are losing at home to Rosenborg in the other group game tonight. That puts Chelsea in an even stronger position.
No fluency about Chelsea at all tonight. They're still in this game, mind, and unless Schalke can break the deadlock, they'll be happy with this result.
Ozil, who is causing Alex and Belletti all sorts of problems, is coming off. He's picked up a knock and signals for a switch. Former Rangers player Peter Lovenkrankds comes on to replace him.
Good reactions from Cudicini denies Rakitic's cheeky effort at his near post. It popped up just in front of the Italian and he did well to block the effort.
Lovely passing from Schalke. Chelsea are not only giving the ball away too often, they're standing off their opponents, giving the Germans the run of the park.
It's as you were so far this half and Chelsea are struggling to impose their game on Schalke who are breaking at every opportunity.
Schalke are piling on the pressure once more and Essien is forced to make an important headed clearance from another dangerous Rakitic cross. The Germans are making great progress down their right flank, Chelsea's left.
Grant is starting to become more and more angry in the dugout. He won't have been too happy seeing his defence stretched to breaking point in that previous attack.
Ozil spearheads a sweeping Schalke counter-attack but after blitzing past Makelele, he can only plant his shot straight at Cudicini.
Grant will be hoping for his players to stand up and take responsibility this half. They went awol in the first half and should have been punished.
Cech was one of Chelsea's better players in the first half and was given too much to do in a very busy half. Chelsea need to raise it, and fast.
And we're back under way.
The players are back out, all bar Petr Cech that is. He can't continue with that calf strain and Carlo Cudicini takes his position between the sticks.
Chelsea will be very relieved not to be at least one goal down at the break with Schalke dominating the first period. Drogba has spurned two fine chances for the visitors but the hosts have come close on numerous occassions and Grant will be happy to be in the dressing room with the scores still level.
HALF-TIME: Schalke 0-0 Chelsea
Lampard pulls a shot wide with his weaker left foot and that's the last act of the first half.
Chelsea have been worked into the ground by the home side and are fortunate not to be behind. They can't keep hold of the ball and Schalke are playing with plenty of hungry and pride.
Drogba wastes another good chance from close range after being set up superbly by Joe Cole. Drogba beat his marker but couldn't beat Neuer when clean through and the keeper makes a fine, strong block.
Carvalho is having to mop up through ball after through ball. He's the one Chelsea defender who is keeping his cool and thwarting the danger.
Avram Grant will be happy to get his players in the dressing room after a torrid first half.
Drogba fires a free-kick straight into the wall but Chelsea won't mind too much at the moment. They're killing time and running down the clock to half-time.
Cech is still hobbling around and Cudicini is warming up for a potential runout in the second half.
Drogba cracks an extremely ambitious half-volley from a tight angle that predictably ends up in a Schalke fans' lap. He's so isolated up there, though, and is lacking the support of his two wingers Cole and Malouda.
The do finally piece together a spell of possession but they're soon on the back foot with Vestermann causing more grief to Belletti.
And boy do they need to steady the ship. They've been under the cosh for the past 10 minutes and have rarely seen the ball.
Alex scuffs a clearance and Vestermann has another go from range. He gets it all wrong and it fizzes well wide giving Chelsea some valuable time to regroup.
Another corner and another scare for Chelsea. The corner whistles through the box and evades everyone before dropping to safety. It's all Schalke at the moment and the crowd are roaring their side on.
Cech is in alot of trouble in the Chelsea goal. He's finally receiving treatment on his calf after a few minutes of agony. Meanwhile, Rakitic crashes another free-kick over the bar.
Anxious moments these for Chelsea. They're all at sea at the back and Schalke sense an opening.
Belletti restores some credibility from his performance by clearing off the line from Vestermann. It all stemmed from a corner again as Cech dropped the cross and Vestermann's close-range stab is cleared off the line. Another let-off.
There's a nice rhythmn to Schalke's build-up at the moment. They're certainly growing in confidence.
Drogba is becoming more and more isolated up top as Schalke squeeze Chelsea back towards their own goal.
Schalke are dominant at the moment and Chelsea look slower and off the pace in every position. Belletti in particular is having a shocker.
From the resulting corner Bordon somehow misses a sitter from 5 yards out to give his side the lead. He escaped his marker Drogba but incredibly nodded over.
Vestermann is having a blinder for Schalke and he ghosts beyond Belletti and cracks one forcing Cech to pull off another fine save from Cech.
But as it is, it's still all square. Schalke, though, are starting to impose themselves on Chelsea.
A couple of warnings there for Chelsea and they both came from a lack of focus among the Chelsea back four. First Belletti and then Alex could have cost the Blues dear.
Poor marking from Chelsea and the visitors survive a chance from Larsen at the back post. He escaped Alex but couldn't quite divert his effort inside the post and it finds the side netting.
Vestermann has a go from similar range (25 yards) and Cech this time is forced to parry behind. Corner.
Urzil strikes one from range but scuffs it somewhat and Cech gets everything behind it.
With the roof closed on this magnificent stadium, we're being treated to a superb atmosphere. Schalke are one of the best supported sides in Germany and their following are raising the roof tonight, so to speak.
Half chance for Schalke falls to Larsen who tries to meet Rakitic's cross from the right. Belletti does well to get ahead of the striker and the ball bounces to safety.
Avram Grant looks pretty relaxed on the bench. It's all looking smooth and comfortable for his side at the moment who are fending off the hosts with ease at present.
Chelsea looking compact and composed in defence. Schalke have asked a few questions down the flanks but the doubling up at full-back has stunted any attacks.
It's a lush surface out there for spraying the ball around and that's exactly what Essien, Cole and Lampard are trying to do.
Chelsea starting to get to grips with the game now and begin to dominate possession.
That's two occassions where Chelsea have conceded needless fouls in dangerous positions. The Germans fancy themselves from the dead-ball situations but haven't shown too much class yet.
Alex clumsily hacks at Larsson's ankle giving Schalke a chance from a set-piece from 25 yards out. Ivan Rakitic takes it this time but he drills low and wide.
A real let off for the home side who won't want to give the ball away to Cole and company on the edge of their own box.
Incisive break from Chelsea after a poor clearance found Joe Cole. He fed Drogba, but Neuer, who had a shocker at Stamford Bridge, did remarkably to get down low and plam the effort round the post.
Lively start from both sides with forwards on either side looking to push on.
Mladen Krstajic has a go from 35 yards from a free-kick but it's high and wide and his ambitious effort sails into the stands.
You fear for the home side should Chelsea take the lead. Goals have been plentiful for the Blues and they've been pretty tight at the back too, despite John Terry's absence.
Chelsea won't want any slips-ups tonight. They can sniff the second round and will want to avoid any kind of upset tonight.
And we're under way in Germany.
We're minutes away from kick-off in Gelsenkirchen. It's a wonderful atmosphere inside the stadium and the players have taken their places for the off.
Schalke's injury crisis means they only have five players on the substitute's bench. Soren Larsen leads the attack after Kevin Kuranyi was ruled out with injury.
Chelsea recall Claude Makelele at the expense Mikel John Obi while Joe Cole replaces Shaun Wright-Phillips as Chelsea make two changes from the side which beat Wigan in the Premier League on Saturday.
Chelsea are right in the box seat for qualification to the next round after a fine set of results in Europe. A win at Schalke tonight will see them edge closer to the knockout stages and they're in the kind of form that would suggest there could be plenty of goals for them tonight.
Marcelo Jose Bordon
John Mikel Obi
Tal Ben Haim
John Mikel Obi