Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Chelsea 2 - 1 Cluj

Its a cold and nervy night at the bridge as the Blues go for qualification for the last 16 in a group that should have been won at a canter. Difficult to say this, but most of us would probably swap being here for an away game where victories have been more likely (though strangely not in the CL). The surprise is that Drogs is on the bench but happily Joe Cole is back but its a midfield five that looks weak without Lamps.

The nerves are justified as within 7mins Cech has to save a 25-yard drive from Pereira but 5mins later Alex heads a Deco cross down and over the bar. Its end to end stuff as an Alcantara attempt is cleared by the Jedi on the edge of the 6yard box. Its the 25th minute before we really threaten when Joe Cole drives just wide however 5mins later a Deco free kick is floated into the area and as JT is shoved to the ground foir what would ahve been a blatant penanlty Kalou is on hand to net he loose ball. The half ends 1-0 and we're a little lucky.

No changes at half time and our lack luster start is punished in the 55th as Cristian Panin is left with acres of space on the right to cross to the far post where Kone rose above Alex to head past Cech. Straight from the kick off we're up the other end but a Joe Cole drive from the edge of the area is well saved by Nuno Claro in the Cluj goal. Finally Kalou who's had a mare apart from the goal is replaced by the Drog and 6mins later we're back in front. Mikel strides out of defence to play in Joe Cole who lifts the ball over the Cluj defenders and right into Drogbas path. Without breaking stride, the balls in the net and its 2-1.

So, 2nd place in a group we really should have won and the possibility of a tricky opening game in the knock-out stages but at least we're through

Come on U Blues

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