Chelsea 1 - 0 FC Steaua Bucuresti

Match info: Champions League - Group E at Stamford Bridge

Date: 11/12/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: G Rocchi Att: 40,000

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Demba Ba 11


S Bucuresti

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  • It's all over and Chelsea go through to the last 16 of the Champions League as Group E winners following this low-key 1-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge.

  • There will be four minutes of stoppage time added at the end of this clash.

  • Steaua have a corner as they sense a late equaliser and after the initial ball into the box is headed away, Alexsandru Chipciu's low shot goes straight at Schwarzer.

  • Some home fans boo when a Chelsea corner ends up being played backwards into their own half.

  • Chelsea have a free kick on the right wing but the delivery is a poor one and Steaua can clear.

  • The resulting corner is sent out of the box but when it comes back in, Ba is there to fire into the top corner! But no, wait, the offside flag is raised.

  • A dangerous low cross from Schurrle looks set to find Ba just two yards out but it's put behind for a corner.

  • I suppose you could argue Chelsea have just done what they needed to tonight - there was no real need to do anything out of the ordinary and it is of course hard to push yourself against inferior opposition when there's very little to play for.

  • Chelsea don't seem too bothered about pressing for a second goal as this game ticks down towards full time.

  • Credit for Steaua for digging in tonight despite having nothing to play for but for that same reason, I feel they should have tried to make more of a game of it from an attacking point of view.

  • If this performance is anything to go by, as well as their two defeats against Basle, then I'm not sure too many group runners-up will be fearing Chelsea in Monday's last-16 draw.

  • Willian is replaced by Kevin De Bruyne as Chelsea make their final substitution.

  • The Chelsea crowd want a bit more excitement than is currently being served up but the players seem content with the current state of play.

  • Latovlevici is booked after he seemed to pull Willian's hair while battling for the ball.

  • Iancu's subsequent delivery into the box is pretty aimless and ends up going out for a Chelsea throw on the right.

  • Steaua have a chance to slow the game down when Latovlevici is fouled by Schurrle on the left side of midfield.

  • Hazard turns Georgievski thanks to some superb close control but it's shame his shot on goal from the edge of the box isn't quite so precise.

  • Mikel is taken off to a warm applause and is replaced by Ramires.

  • Schurrle has injected a bit more urgency into Chelsea's play since coming on and the crowd are urging their side to get the ball to him.

  • Steaua make their final change with Pantelis Kapetanos making way for the club's top scorer this season Federico Piovaccari.


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