ONE WIN AWAY FROM QUALIFICATION
Chelsea drew 1-1 tonight in the south of France to a Bordeaux team who were worthy of at least a draw.
The first half saw so limited Chelsea chances we finished the half without any shots on target, the first three real chances of the half all fell to Laurent Blanc’s side in the first 20 minutes, all forcing saves from Petr Cech.
The next ten minute spell saw John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole all booked for us, whether Terry’s was a booking is debatable, the incident also earned Gourcuff a caution. During that ten minute spell Cech was forced into yet another save.
The first half really wasn’t very eventful in a positive way for Chelsea, yet no changes were made at half time, maybe being the worst one half display of the season. The only real note for Chelsea was being able to hear our own fans on TV, with Peter Osgood’s song particularly loud on about the 20 minute mark.
In the second half with an hour gone, and Drogba already stripping off and ready to come on, a Frank Lampard pass found Anelka, his marker had gone astray, and although he got a touch to pass it wasn’t enough to stop it falling into Anelka’s path, Nico ran with the ball from not far inside their half, and when it looked as if he may have been too casual and relaxed in his finish, he slotted it nicely from just inside of the box past the outrushing keeper and into the near post.
This was to be Anelka’s last contribution, with Drogba still sent on in his place, and surprisingly camera’s showed Anelka sitting and smiling on the bench.
The second half proved quite mundane, and with neither team attacking much the next chance fell to us, with Lampard swerving shot being parried by the keeper, and the follow up efforts also failing to find the net.
On the 83rd minute Alou Diarra converted a Bordeaux corner, he was seemingly unmarked from the corner, and the header was too close for the post for John Obi Mikel – our nearest man to the post, to get to.
Scolari almost straight away then chose to bring on Ferreira ahead of Kalou for Joey Cole, and a minute later Lampard was sent off for his second bookable offence.
In the last point of note of the match Fernando Cavenaghi shot wide with minutes left, which wouldn’t have changed anything from Chelsea’s point of view for qualification had he scored.
We still need a win at Cluj to guarantee qualification, Bordeaux have to better our result or we are through, should we lose and Bordeaux draw we go through on results against each other. The only trouble now being that Roma winning will see them win as group winners, giving us a match with either Sporting Lisborn, or depending on the last matchday potentially Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Panathinaikos, Anorthosis Famagusta, Villarreal, Lyon, Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Real Madrid or Juventus.
Bordeaux: Valverde, Chalme, Planus, Diawara, Jurietti, Menegazzo, Diarra, Gourcuff, Gouffran (Cavenaghi 67), Wendell (Obertan 75), Chamakh.
Subs Not Used: Olimpa, Bellion, Placente, Traore, Tremoulinas.
Booked: Gourcuff, Jurietti, Chamakh.
Goals: Diarra 83.
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Joe Cole (Ferreira 85), Ballack, Lampard, Malouda, Anelka (Drogba 63).
Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Bridge, Kalou, Alex, Stoch.
Sent Off: Lampard (86).
Booked: Terry, Lampard, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole.
Goals: Anelka 60.
Ref: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium).