Chelsea 3 - 1 FC Steaua Bucuresti

Match info: Europa League - Round of 16 at Stamford Bridge

Date: 14/03/2013 KO: 20:05 Ref: S Lannoy Att: 28,817

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Juan Mata 33
John Terry 58
Fernando Torres 71


S Bucuresti

Vlad Chiriches 45

FT (ht: 1-1)

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  • A sterling performance from the Blues sees them progress to the Europa League quarter-finals after a drama-packed second half at Stamford Bridge. Thanks for your company tonight and I'll see you all soon!

  • FULL TIME. Chelsea 3 Steaua Bucuresti 1. (Agg: 3-2).

  • A massive miss for Chelsea as Torres bursts down the byline, cuting the ball back for Benayoun who ends up sweeping the ball away from goal!

  • A late swap for Chelsea, as Benayoun relaces Hazard.

  • Three minutes of injury time is added on.

  • A Steaua free-kick comes in and as Cech collides with Luiz, the defender takes a bruising as he slowly recovers and eventually gets to his feet.

  • Moses arrives late on for Chelsea, with the magnificent Mata given a standing ovation upon his exit from the game.

  • Torres is played in short from a corner, and after steering away from Szukala, he sets up Mikel whose rifled shot is deflected for a corner.

  • Torres hits the bar! The game remains in the balance, and as Chelsea looked to continue their attack, a second ball is thrown on to the pitch. Great drama with five minutes to go!

  • Hazard's quick feet are too much for Borceanu, who makes the tackle, which sends him down, and Torres steps up....

  • Penalty to Chelsea!

  • Hazard is pushed over by Szukala, but again the referee chooses not to punish Steaua, as neat link-up play between Hazard and Mata is brought to an end.

  • Rapa heads off, with Rocha taking his place for Steaua.

  • Chelsea sit deep, and as Rusescu advances, he runs out of space as the home defenders swarm around him, before Latovlevici draws a fine save from Cech.

  • Luiz pickpockets Tatu, as Chelsea look to retain the ball for the time being and lessen the drama of the last 10 minutes.

  • Cole brings another Steaua player to the ground, but this time it's a free-kick as he hauls down Rapa.

  • Steaua make a change, with Tatu replacing Tanase.

  • A terrific turn of speed from Oscar leaves Rapa in his wake, but he was always at a tight angle and his shot flashes wide across the far post.

  • Torres returns to the fray without a name or number on his shirt, and as Rusescu concedes possession, the Chelsea striker ends up earning his side a corner.

  • Replays show that contact was mininal between Torres and Szukala, but the Spaniard remains unhappy as he is shown to have picked up that injury in a kick from Chiriches.


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