Steaua Bucureşti vs Chelsea

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  • Steaua Bucureşti 0
  • Chelsea 4
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  • Time 4:45 AM AEST 2 October 2013
  • League UEFA Champions League
  • Round Group stage
  • Venue Arena Na?ional?
  • Attendance 36,713

Steaua Bucureşti

Steaua STE

Chelsea

Chelsea CHE
Goal Scorers
Goal Scorers
  • Ramires
    • 20minutes
    • 55minutes
  • D. Georgievski (OG)
    • 44minutes
  • F. Lampard
    • 90minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 2
2 Oct 2013 - 8:50am

Chelsea win soured by Torres injury

Fernando Torres will undergo a scan to determine the full extent of the knee injury he suffered as Chelsea claimed a 4-0 win over Steaua Bucharest to get its UEFA Champions League Group E campaign back on track.
Source:
PA Sport
2 Oct 2013 - 8:24 AM  UPDATED 2 Oct 2013 - 8:50 AM

Torres, who earlier in the day received a Football Association disciplinary reprieve after his altercation with Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen, started for a third successive game but lasted just 11 minutes before being substituted after failing to shake off a blow to his left knee.

Chelsea recovered to make amends for the round one loss to Basel and last season's UEFA Europa League defeat at the home of the Romanian champion with a comprehensive triumph.

Blues boss
Jose Mourinho confirmed Torres will not be available to link up with Spain after this weekend's match at Norwich City, for which he is suspended after his dismissal at White Hart Lane.

"The doctor is very confident it's not a big injury, like we had with
Marco van Ginkel (who is out for six months)," Mourinho said.

"It's something in his knee, his ligament, and we have to wait for the scan tomorrow.

"He knows that he doesn't play against Norwich. He knows that he cannot go to the national team.

"He knows he has 15 days until the next match he can play, which is against Cardiff. Let's see the scan. If the injury is an injury for 15 days, I think he'll be fine. That's okay.

"The problem is if it's more time and it's a pity for the guy, because he's in a very good moment. He played fantastic against Tottenham.

"Today he started the game because he deserved to start the game. It's a pity, but that's football."

Mourinho defended the Football Association's decision not to retrospectively punish Torres and hand the Spain striker an additional suspension.

"It was quite a real pressure to make him have a two or three-match ban, but at the same time I was more than confident," added Mourinho, who again issued a thinly-veiled criticism of Vertonghen.

"The FA defends the interest and the culture of English football. It's not to protect cheats and people that simulate.

"To protect English football is to protect people who play the game with emotion, intensity. It didn't surprise me, what happened."

Should the scan reveal significant damage, Torres could miss the first game of a double header with Schalke, which after Chelsea's win in Romania, could determine the group winner.

In a far cry from its display in the same stadium in March, Ramires scored either side of a
Daniel Georgievski own goal before
Frank Lampard added a late fourth for the 2012 European Cup winner and 2013 Europa League champion.

Mourinho said: "We played a very good game from minute one."

Chelsea met Steaua in the Europa League earlier this year by virtue
of becoming the first holder to exit the group stage of the Champions
League, a humiliation Mourinho is eager to avoid repeating.

"I put a lot of pressure on the players for this game," he added.

"I keep saying I don't want to play UEFA Cup (Europa League) and I'm
putting that pressure on them because we have to do everything we can to
keep Chelsea playing in the Champions League, because the Champions
League is our competition.

"It's a way you can grow up faster. When you play for a big club, you
need to have big challenges, sometimes bigger than your real conditions
to succeed.

"It's the way to accelerate the process. I'm happy because they coped very, very well and we played very good football.

"In attacking areas we were beautiful in certain moments, but I think everything started in the back.

"Petr (Cech), Iva (Branislav Ivanovic), David (Luiz) - zero mistakes all game - John (Terry), Ash (Ashley Cole).

"They gave us big stability there and from there the team could cope with the situation."

Chelsea is in a much more positive position than after the loss to Basel.

Mourinho added: "At this moment I don't want to think about being
first, I want to think about qualifying. After that we'll see, but I
think everything is open."

Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle were praised for their contributions.

The Spain playmaker has been a peripheral figure so far this term due to Mourinho's desire for him to track back more.

The Portuguese even fielded him in his favoured role behind the main
striker, despite suggesting Oscar was his number one playmaker. The pair
interchanged.

"He played very good with the ball, as he always does," Mourinho added.

"And he played very good without the ball, as he never did."

Mourinho believes Schurrle's performance was a result of his position.

"His best position is on the left," Mourinho said.

"Today he started from that position and people understand the
quality he has. He was in the game a lot, getting ball in space to
attack the defender. The kid was very strong."

Steaua boss Laurentiu Reghecampf was miserable after a second heavy loss.

"We didn't have a very good game," he said.

"We didn't manage to cope with the level of the opposition.

"The first two goals were gifts for Chelsea. There's not one guilty
person, they're all guilty and the first guilty person is myself."

Match Commentary

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90 AS Assist by Willian (Chelsea)
90 G GOAL (Chelsea): Scored by F. Lampard
90 COMMENT Chelsea are in possession in the second of three minutes' added time. It's been a great night for the Blues' in Romania.
90 COMMENT Assist by Willian.
90 COMMENT F. Lampard has found the target for Chelsea!
90 COMMENT LAMPARD SCORES!! 4-0!! Chelsea round off the night nicely as Eto'o swings it across to Willian, and the Brazilian lays it off to Lampard, who drills a low shot in off the post from 20 yards.
87 COMMENT Luiz gives it to Stanciu after a heavy touch in midfield, but he does well to recover and support Azpilicueta out wide to force the ball out for a throw.
85 COMMENT Great chance! Cole gives it away and Tanase collects the ball before firing a long-range effort at goal, which dips towards the post, forcing a fine save from Cech. From the corner Steaua should score as Lampard gets in to block Filip from point-blank range.
82 COMMENT Steaua have the ball with Stanciu, and he exchanges passes with Tanase before swinging the ball in from the left, but Luiz is there again to clear.
81 SI Substitute in Willian of Chelsea
81 SO Substitute out Mata of Chelsea
81 COMMENT Mata is replaced with Willian.
81 COMMENT Willian is the latest to be introduced to the game. Mata comes off to an ovation from the select group of travelling Chelsea fans.
79 COMMENT And there's confirmation the Blues are settling in as Azpilicueta replaces Oscar. Just over 10 minutes to go. Will we see any more goals this evening?
78 SI Substitute in Azpilicueta of Chelsea
78 SO Substitute out Oscar of Chelsea
78 COMMENT Azpilicueta comes on for Oscar.
77 COMMENT Tatu flicks the ball into the middle looking for Filip, but Luiz is there to play it off the midfielder and back towards Cech. Chelsea look content to see out the rest of the game, now.
75 COMMENT The two best chances of the night for Steaua in quick succession, there. Chelsea back in possession again though.
73 COMMENT Great chance! Latovlevici swings it in from the left and it comes to Stanciu at the far post. The midfielder's first-time volley is blocked before he collects the rebound and lashes a second effort just over the bar.
72 COMMENT Kapetanos gets behind the defence on the left-hand side and tries to pull it back for Tatu, but Luiz then Lampard manage to hack the ball clear.
71 SI Substitute in Fernando Varela of Steaua Bucureşti
71 SO Substitute out D. Georgievski of Steaua Bucureşti
71 COMMENT D. Georgievski is done for the day. Fernando Varela is his replacement.
70 COMMENT Just wide! Chelsea push forward yet again and Oscar does very well to hold off the defender on the right before finding Ramires, who squares to Schurrle, and the German tries to bend it into the far corner but it goes just wide.
68 COMMENT It's looking very easy now for Chelsea, who are completely dominating possession. Torres will be very disappointed not to be on against such a vulnerable-looking side.
66 COMMENT Close! Oscar has the ball and pushes to the right-hand edge of the area and, with little options, decides to try a shot from the angle which whistles wide of the near post.
64 COMMENT Chance! Gardos miscontrols and Eto'o picks it up before spreading the ball to Schurrle, who cuts inside and fires a shot straight at Tatarusanu from 20 yards.
62 COMMENT Steaua eventually get to take their corner but it comes out to far and Chelsea manage to clear. The hosts have possession back in their own half but look bereft of ideas.
60 COMMENT Cech is in pain after making that save. Looks like he landed awkwardly, but the big Chelsea shot-stopper should be OK to continue.
59 COMMENT Close! Tanase - possibly Steaua's best threat tonight - tests Cech with a fine long-range chip which dips late and forces the goalkeeper to tip over the bar.
58 COMMENT Off the post! Mata is so unlucky not to put Chelsea further in front after a superb flick from Oscar puts the Spaniard free, and he slams the ball into the near upright.
57 COMMENT That's surely game over now? Steaua have been poor while Chelsea have been thoroughly professional. They'll fancy getting more tonight.
55 AS Assist by Oscar (Chelsea)
55 G GOAL (Chelsea): Scored by Ramires
55 COMMENT Ramires hits the net for Chelsea!
55 COMMENT The assist came from Oscar.
55 COMMENT RAMIRES SCORES AGAIN!! IT'S 3-0!! The Blues are well clear and it's Schurrle who breaks down the left again, squaring it to Oscar, who helps it on to the run of Ramires, and the Brazilian hammers a shot into the near top corner.
53 COMMENT Tatu finds the run of Kapetanos with an excellent pass through the defence but the substitute is caught offside, much to the relief of Terry, who was caught flat-footed there.
52 COMMENT Cole gets into an advanced position and drills the ball across the six-yard box, but no-one is there to get on the end of is and the ball rolls out the other side.
50 YC Yellow card awarded to A. Cole of Chelsea
50 COMMENT A. Cole gets yellow.
50 COMMENT Ivanovic finds Mata with a superb inside pass and the midfielder lays it back to Lampard, who completely misses the ball and Steaua break, forcing Cole to make a silly challenge on Kapetanos to earn a booking.
48 COMMENT Filip tries to get a shot away on the edge of the box but sees it blocked by a wall of white and Chelsea break, giving Eto'o the chance to shoot from 25 yards but it's straight at the goalkeeper.
47 COMMENT Eto'o draws a foul off Szukala in midfield and Chelsea keep possession before Terry gives it away on halfway, and Filip picks it up.
46 SI Substitute in P. Kapetanos of Steaua Bucureşti
46 SO Substitute out F. Piovaccari of Steaua Bucureşti
46 SI Substitute in Leandro Tatu of Steaua Bucureşti
46 SO Substitute out Adrian Popa I of Steaua Bucureşti
46 COMMENT P. Kapetanos enters play, replacing F. Piovaccari.
46 COMMENT Adrian Popa I is done for the day. Leandro Tatu is his replacement.
46 COMMENT The second half resumes as the hosts - who make two changes - start the ball rolling once more.
44 OG OWN GOAL (Steaua Bucureşti): Scored by D. Georgievski
44 COMMENT OWN GOAL!! CHELSEA ARE TWO UP!! Eto'o springs through the defence and bursts into the area before cutting on to his right and firing a shot which is saved, but palmed straight into the legs of Georgievski, and the ball bounces back into the net to double the Blues' lead.
43 COMMENT Chance! Ramires steals it in midfield and sets a break going. It's played forward to Schurrle, who gets behind the defence can't quite control it and has to work it back to Oscar, who fires a 20-yard effort wide of the target.
42 COMMENT Luiz brings down Piovaccari in midfield and is lucky to escape a booking when he kicks the ball away. The Steaua striker hasn't seen much of the ball but he's starting to make his presence felt in the Chelsea defence.
40 COMMENT Oscar gets away with a terrible pass back for Luiz and Piovaccari is chasing it, but Cech sprints 35 yards out of his goal to make a vital clearance.
39 COMMENT Steaua finally cause some havoc in the Chelsea defence as Popa whips in a cross from the right, and Cech palms it away far from convincingly, but they manage to scramble the ball out of defence.
38 COMMENT It's a fairly muted atmosphere inside the stadium at the moment. The Blues have done a good job of stifling the hosts both on and off the pitch.
36 COMMENT Lampard is blocked off in midfield and Chelsea have a free kick in a dangerous area, 35 yards out on the left., but Luiz slams his effort straight into the wall.
34 COMMENT Oh dear, Oscar. The Brazilian completely fluffs a shot from the edge of the box after Schurrle again skips past the full-back to square it to his team-mate, and the ball loops high and into the hands of the goalkeeper.
33 YC Yellow card awarded to F. Lampard of Chelsea
33 COMMENT F. Lampard receives a yellow card.
33 COMMENT Steaua have a chance to break through Stanciu, but Lampard comes across and blocks off the midfielder, earning himself the first booking of the night.
32 COMMENT Tanase treis to find Piovaccari with a high diagonal ball but Piovaccari is given offside. The lone striker is a bit lonely up front so far tonight.
31 COMMENT Schurrle drops deep to collect the ball from Terry and looks for the run of Cole, but he overhits it and Tatarusanu has plenty of time to collect the ball.
28 COMMENT The Londoners are doing their best to keep hold of possession when they can but it's a bit scrappy at the moment. Piovaccari launches it forward from deep but it goes straight through to Luiz.
27 COMMENT Chelsea are almost in again as Mata chips a delightful lob over the defence but it's scraped clear and the hosts survive the danger.
24 COMMENT Luiz drives another long ball forward but again it doesn't find a Chelsea man and Steaua come forward. Tanase tries his luck from range with a bouncing effort which Cech saves comfortably.
22 COMMENT The hosts were just starting to get a foothold in the game, so that goal has come at a good time for Chelsea. Moments after scoring, Ramires is penalised for a late challenge on Piovaccari.
20 AS Assist by S. Eto'o (Chelsea)
20 G GOAL (Chelsea): Scored by Ramires
20 COMMENT S. Eto'o provided the assist.
20 COMMENT RAMIRES SCORES! CHELSEA LEAD! Schurrle produces another superb run down the left and he skips straight past Georgievski before finding Eto'o in the box, and the striker mishits his shot but Ramires is there to poke it past the goalkeeper and put the visitors in front.
18 COMMENT Mata gives the ball away deep inside his own half and Steaua works it out to Georgievski, who swings in a dangerous cross but Luiz is there to head away from the six-yard line.
16 COMMENT Piovaccari gives Terry his first test of the night, challenging well for a high ball and winning a free kick off the defender. It's whipped into the box but the combination of Ivanovic and Ramires is enough to see the ball cleared.
15 COMMENT Lampard picks the ball up in the middle and pushes forward. Chelsea have plenty of men up and it's worked wide to Schurrle, who exchanges passes with Eto'o before overhitting a return pass straight through to the goalkeeper.
14 COMMENT Chelsea look fairly comfortable at the moment, and they are enjoying plenty of possession. Ivanovic tries to take on Latovlevici but his cross deflects off the defender and goes out for a throw, before moments later Ramires gives away a free kick in midfield.
12 COMMENT Tanase tries to break down the left-hand side for Steaua, but Ivanovic races across to slide in and win a throw off the midfielder. The Serbia international showed good pace there.
11 SI Substitute in S. Eto'o of Chelsea
11 SO Substitute out Fernando Torres of Chelsea
11 COMMENT Fernando Torres is replaced with S. Eto'o.
11 COMMENT That's the end of the evening for Torres. He's clearly picked up a knock tonight, and Samuel Eto'o is on in his place.
10 COMMENT Oscar lifts a superb ball over the defence for Schurrle and it looks like the German is through but Tatarusanu is out like a shot to smother the ball well.
9 COMMENT Luiz launches it high for Torres - who is back on for now - but Gardos gets across well to divert it behind for a corner, which Tatarusanu claims comfortably from Mata's ball in.
8 COMMENT Steaua have the ball deep in Chelsea's half and Ramires manages to get across to clear from the edge of his box, but with Torres still off the pitch there's no-one there to collect it.
7 COMMENT Torres is down in trouble and has to walk off for treatment. It looks like his strong challenge in midfield early on is still causing him problems.
6 COMMENT Steaua are unbeaten in the league so far this season, but it's been a shaky start for them tonight. Chelsea halt an attack from the hosts before Luiz tries to find a pass through the middle, only to see it cut out.
4 COMMENT There's another lucky escape for Steaua as Borceanu's header back goes straight to a white shirt, but Szukala recovers the ball for the hosts.
3 COMMENT Great chance for the visitors! Schurrle strides past several players, cutting inside before unleashing a shot from 20 yards which deflects into the path of Mata, who is forced wide by the goalkeeper and can't find a man with his cross from the goal line.
2 COMMENT Chelsea have an early push forward as Torres does well to win the ball in midfield and spread it to Schurrle on the left, but the winger's cross is easily cleared.
1 COMMENT We're underway in Bucharest as Chelsea get the game started.
0 COMMENT And that's all for our LIVE coverage of Steaua v Chelsea tonight. Thanks for joining us, and we hope to see you again very soon!
0 COMMENT Chelsea are third in Group E, level with Basel on three points after the Swiss side lost to Schalke. Steaua, meanwhile, are rooted to the bottom with two defeats from two.
0 COMMENT That's FULL TIME in Bucharest and Chelsea have registered a superb 4-0 win against Steaua tonight. It was a thoroughly professional performance against a relatively poor side, and the Blues get their Champions League campaign back on track.
0 COMMENT It would be quite a surprise if Daniel Georgievski lasts much - if any - longer in this match. Chelsea have been strong and professional; is there any way back for Steaua?
0 COMMENT It's HALF TIME! That's the last real action of the half and Chelsea go in at the break with a two-goal advantage, which you have to say is thoroughly deserved.
0 COMMENT The Champions League theme blasts around the stadium, where the roof is closed tonight after days of rain in Romania. Should be quite an atmosphere in there.
0 COMMENT This game is a repeat of the Europa League last 16 tie earlier this year, when the Romanians ran out 1-0 winners before Chelsea overturned the deficit at Stamford Bridge to progress. Will that give the hosts an advantage tonight?
0 COMMENT For Chelsea, both Juan Mata and Fernando Torres are given the nod by Jose Mourinho. Torres was sent off against Tottenham at the weekend so will be keen to make a mark tonight before serving his domestic ban, while Mata's game-changing performance on Saturday has clearly won his manager over.
0 COMMENT So, the hosts bring back striker Federico Piovaccari into the side at the expense of Pantelis Kapetanos, who drops to the bench, while Lucian Filip replaces the injured Mihai Pintili.
0 COMMENT CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole; Lampard, Ramires; Schurrle, Mata, Oscar; Torres. // Subs: Schwarzer, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Willian, Ba, Eto'o.
0 COMMENT STEAUA: Tatarusanu; Georgievski, Szukala, Gardos, Latovlevici; Filip, Bourceanu; Tanase, Stanciu, Popa; Piovaccari. // Subs: Nita, Varela, Prepelita, Cristea, Neagu, Leandro Tatu, Kapetanos.
0 COMMENT The line-ups have been announced, so let's take a look, starting with the Romanian side...
0 COMMENT Good evening and welcome to LIVE play-by-play coverage of tonight's Champions League clash between Steaua Bucharest and Chelsea. Both sides opened Group E with defeat a fortnight ago so will be desperate to get their European campaigns back on track this evening.

Match Statistics

Steaua BucureştiSTE

44
67
2
32
14
14
0
9
2
3
8
2
0
22
0
Possession (%) 44
Attacks 67
Corners 2
Dangerous Attacks 32
Fouls 14
Free Kicks 14
Goals 0
Goal Kicks 9
Offsides 2
Shots Blocked 3
Shots on Target 8
Shots Wide 2
Shots Woodwork 0
Throw Ins 22
Yellow Cards 0

ChelseaCHE

56
68
3
51
13
16
4
4
0
2
14
6
2
17
2