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Chelsea 0 FC København 0 (2-0 on aggregate)

Chelsea went through but were unable to score at home against a spirited FC København. The goalless draw may worry the Chelsea fans, but they can be happy to be in the draw for the quarter finals, but hope that the next European game at home bares more goals for the home side.

First Half

Chelsea started the game showing intent, but Jose Bosingwa along with Drogba and Anelka were offside when the ball came in. Chelsea’s first real chance when Cole down the left put in a low cross to the near post for Frank Lampard but Lampard’s shot was weak and wide, and didn’t trouble the keeper. Cole again was a threat breaking down the left more like a winger than a left back, and made his way into the box, but though his short was a little fiercer than Lampard’s the end result was the same with a shot that didn’t trouble the goalkeeper. Zhirkov

came close to scoring when he linked up with Cole and Drogba in a nice move, one which if he had finished would have been a very neat goal. Cole passed to Zhirkov and then made the overlapping run so Zhirkov moved in field and played it forward to Drogba. He stepped over the ball and moved it forward in on nice movement before back heeling it to Cole who then took a touch, though about shooting himself but instead laid it off for Zhirkov who first time shot with his left curled away from the post. Rather than side footing it, he really should have laced it. Chelsea had the majority of the possession, but FC Kobenhaven did venture forward when they could, but Chelsea always looked to exploit any gaps. On one attack where FC Kobenhaven crossed Cech easily collected the ball in the air before delivering it to Ramires. Ramires then played in Zhirkov with a delightful cross field ball hard and low to run onto. Zhirkov collected the ball and moved in field and played in Anelka. Anelka seemed to try and dink it over the keeper with the outside of his right, rather than shoot more strongly with his left, and the keeper made the save. FC Kobenhaven had a good chance to score when John Terry fouled Dame N’Doye. N’Doye took the free kick and it was a beautiful curling shot, but it curled just that little too much and hit the post. Cech was stranded and that would have been a great goal for FC Kobenhaven. They got a corner from it and the first was cleared out for another, but the second saw a foul given to Chelsea for a foul on him by N’Doye. Chelsea wasted yet another great chance when Drogba fed in Anelka with an over the top pass. Anelka held up the ball in the box before passing to Zhirkov but again his shot was wide and this time from an even closer position. The half ended 0-0 but really it could have been 3-1.

Second Half

The second half started in much the same way as the first had played out with Chelsea having a great chance to score and wasting and with FC Konbenhaven having possession but unable to do anything with it. The first chance to score came to Didier Drogba who from there you really would have put your money on him to score, and it’s fair to say that the Drogba of two seasons ago, even a season ago would have with ease. Jose Bosingwa crossed it for him to the back post but his first time shot went wide for 9 yards out. Drogba was visually upset with himself. Ramires did manage to keep his shot on target when he got the chance to shoot but he didn’t connect with it as sweetly as he would have liked and in the end it was an easy enough save for Johan Wiland. Drogba and Anelka linked up well again when Drogba played in Anelka with another over the top pass but Anelka but his shot was blocked and then his rebound shot went out for a corner. He did well to make the space for the shot, but didn’t do well when he got the chance. Chelsea had a chance from the corner when Lampard’s corner was headed goal wards first by Terry then Anelka and finally onto the bar and over by Mikel. FC Kobenhaven had one for two chances, but nothing really troubled Cech. Anelka made way for Fernando Torres. Torres didn’t have any more luck then Anelka did as when he managed to get his shot away it was also blocked and didn’t trouble the keeper. He did soon trouble the keeper when he tried to poke it past the keeper but Wiland held the ball well. Drogba showcased his strength and hold up play before he crossed it over to Lampard. He chested it down and tried to play in Torres but it was cleared. From that Essien had a shot but it fizzed wide. The game ended 0-0 with Chelsea going through, and even though they didn’t need to score they really should had with the chances they had. 25 shot, only 7 on target sums up the game for Chelsea.

Real Madrid 3 – Olympique Lyonnais 0 (4-1 on aggregate)

Lyon looked to knock out Real Madrid again but Madrid were looking to qualify for the quarter finals for the first time in 6 years.

First Half

Real Madrid started well with Marcello the bright spark to create the first chance when he cut in from the left before playing down the line to Ozil but Lloris came out and saved. Marcello headed it towards goal but it was cleared. Madrid retained possession and when Marcello received the ball he again cut in and ran forward already in the box and shot hard and low to the near post forcing Lloris into action again. Marcello fired up the crowd brewing them up with his arms. The corner saw a foul given on Lloris by Khedira. Madrid received a free kick of their own for a shove on Ozil. Cristiano Ronaldo jumped and put in a glancing header but Lloris was there Cissokho again to save. Lyon had a good chance for themselves when Aly Cissokho received the ball and cut it and crossed it low across the box for Delgado who curling shot was saved by Casillas. Madrid always looked the more dangerous side and Cristiano Ronaldo was once again denied by Lloris when he saved brilliantly with one hand. Madrid got a corner but couldn’t make anything with it. Madrid’s first goal came thanks to Marcello and Ronaldo linking up well. Marcello took the loose ball and drove towards the box passing to Ronaldo on the way. Ronaldo with two touches played in Marcello who then with his quick feet went past two men before shooting with his left and scoring. Lloris got a hand to it, but not enough to stop it from going in. A well earned goal for Marcello and a beautiful one to boot. Marcello was again in the thick of the action when he pulled it back for the inform Benzema. He may not have connected with it as well as he would have liked but the shot would have gone in if it was not for Lloris who saved well again to keep Lyon in the game. The corner that came form the save didn’t directly cause the French side any problems but when it was cleared and Madrid regained possession outfield that was a different matter. Ozil crossed the ball in for Benzema to head in but the goal was given for offside. Benzema argued that he wasn’t, but was clearly well offside.

Second Half.

Lyon tried to get themselves in the game, but when Benzema went down in the box some of the fans may have had their hearts in their mouths, but the referee saw that the challenge was fair and gave nothing.  But the home fans didn’t have to wait long for Madrid to score their second and put the tie past Lyon when Benzema scored, placing his shot through Lloris’s legs. Marcello put in the long ball, which Ozil was going for but when he and the defender missed it was Benzema who was quickest to react. He took one touch to put it to his right foot, and then his second touch was to roll it under the keeper through his legs. Cris for Lyon really has to look at himself there as he seemed to be mentally asleep to let Benzema have so much space. Madrid where always on the look out for another goal and it almost came when Ozil passed delicately with his outside left to Benzema, who volleyed but was unable to keep his shot down and it went over, but it was close.  Madrid’s third came thanks to Ozil and Di Maria. Ozil flicked the ball over to Di Maria with a nice header, and the unmarked Di Maria brought the ball under control before he dinked it over the diving Lloris and into the open goal. Madrid did again get the ball into the back of the net when Ozil crossed and the Lyon defender sliding in put it into his own net but again Real Madrid where offside and the goal didn’t count. It would have been a nice goal, as Madrid worked the ball around well, but it was Ozil and Adebayor who were both off when the ball was played in before Ozil crossed it. The match ended 3-0 and got the revenge on Lyon and go into the quarter final for the first time in 6 years. Under Jose Mourinho’s management it looks like Madrid could be contenders this time round.

 

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