Champions League: Galatasaray v Chelsea - As it happened - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League: Galatasaray v Chelsea - As it happened



BY JACK DE MENEZES

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Champions League last-16 first leg between Galatasaray and Chelsea at the Türk Telekom Arena.

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  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's Champions League last-16 first leg between Galatasaray and Chelsea at the Türk Telekom Arena.
    2/26/2014 6:07:39 PM
  • 2/26/2014 6:09:34 PM



  • 2/26/2014 6:10:02 PM
  • A fierce reception will welcome Chelsea in the Turk Telecom Arena tonight:
    'Welcome to Hell', read the infamous banner that greeted Manchester United on their arrival at Galatasaray's Ali Sami Yen stadium in 1993. 21 years have passed, and the Turkish giants have since moved stadiums, but on the week that Chelsea make the trip to Istanbul, Galatasaray fans showed that their British opposition could well face a hell of their own.
    To read more of Ben Nagle's match preview, CLICK HERE.
    2/26/2014 6:19:14 PM
  • Anyone remember this...

    2/26/2014 6:22:38 PM

  • Mourinho was caught out earlier in the week when he question exactly how old Samuel Eto'o is (32, or 35?) but he responded with a stinging attacking on the media:
    "It's a real disgrace. From my perspective, obviously not a good one and obviously not something I would do in a serious way." Mourinho added: "First of all, because I don't make fun. Secondly, because if there are managers in the world who really defend their players, I'm obviously one of them."
    To read more of Sam Wallace's article on Mourinho's defence, CLICK HERE.
    2/26/2014 6:45:44 PM
  • Here come the line-ups...
    2/26/2014 6:53:27 PM
  • Galatasaray: Muslera; Eboue, Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Alex Telles; Selcuk, Melo, Burak, Sneijder, Hajrovic; Drogba
    Subs: Ceylan, Kaya, Sarıoğlu, Gülselam, Kurtuluş, Çolak, Bulut.
    Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Schurrle, Hazard, Torres
    Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Kalas, Oscar, Mikel, Ba, Eto'o.
    2/26/2014 6:53:39 PM
  • Team news:
    So Mourinho elects to go with Fernando Torres in attack rather than Samuel Eto'o - the subject of all the controversy surrounding Mourinho this week. Interestingly, in his attacking midfield trio playing just behind Torres, Andrea Schurrle starts in place of Oscar, who is on the bench,but the rest of the side has a very familiar feel to it.
    Galatasaray start with their usual suspects in the side, as familiar names Emmanuel Eboue, Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and Chelsea icon Didier Drogba are all named in Mancini's starting XI.
    2/26/2014 7:03:54 PM
  • Our chief football writer Sam Wallace is in Turkey tonight to cover the match:

    2/26/2014 7:05:39 PM
  • The Galatasaray fans are already out in force with one leading the way...


    2/26/2014 7:16:42 PM
  • Chelsea aren't the only team with a home record to defend. Galatasaray are unbeaten in their last 17 matches (ok, so it's not 74 like Chelsea's under Mourinho) in front of their fans.
    2/26/2014 7:21:05 PM
  • A few of your views before the game (use #CFC to express your views on Twitter):

    2/26/2014 7:23:43 PM
  • Mikel is named on the bench tonight, and is Chelsea's only player who is on a yellow card and could face a suspension if he picks up another tonight. For Galatasaray, both goalkeeper Muslera and midfielder Melo are a booking away from a one-match ban.
    2/26/2014 7:26:03 PM
  • Here's the man who is plotting the downfall of the club he once scored the winning goal for in the Champions League final:
    To read why Jose Mourinho still sees Didier Drogba as a threat, CLICK HERE.

    2/26/2014 7:28:44 PM
  • The age-old question of 'Does anyone actually buy those half-n-half scarf's' is answered- yes they do


    2/26/2014 7:32:57 PM
  • Less than 15 minutes to go until kick-off. Will Chelsea succeed tonight, or will they follow the lead of Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City and succumb to a 2-0 defeat? Get your thoughts in via our comments section and our poll
    2/26/2014 7:34:27 PM
  • Over in Germany, we also have a star-studded affair taking place with names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Julian Draxler in action as Schalke take on the mighty Real Madrid. We'll keep you updated on proceedings there too.
    2/26/2014 7:36:51 PM
  • Lads holiday to Galatasaray anyone?

    2/26/2014 7:40:13 PM
  • In all honesty, the wall of waving scarves is rather impressive. Here come the players, and we're not far from kick-off!
    2/26/2014 7:41:50 PM
  • 1 mins: The match is underway!
    2/26/2014 7:45:27 PM
  • 2 mins: A low key start, with an immediate Galatasaray start fizzling out. Chelsea are enjoying early possession, much to the dismay of the home fans who are booing every second their side don't have the ball.
    2/26/2014 7:47:51 PM
  • 3 mins: Schurlle looks to break the offside trap early, but he makes his run a fraction too soon and the flag goes up.
    2/26/2014 7:48:44 PM
  • 4 mins: Muslera miskicks an attempted clearance and it falls straight to Willian. He controls it before trying to log the keeper into an empty net, but his attempt is just wide. Shaky start for Muslera.
    2/26/2014 7:50:14 PM
  • 7 mins: Free kick to Chelsea after brings Melo down Willian on the right. The Brazilian is holding his back, but he's soon up on his feet after the tackle from his compatriot. The delivery comes in, and it falls to Torres at the back of the area. His low delivery is flicked on by Terry, but is deflected clear.
    2/26/2014 7:53:28 PM
  • 9 mins: GOAL FOR CHELSEA!!!
    2/26/2014 7:54:00 PM
  • 9 mins: Chelsea win the ball on the left in their own area, and quickly look to break away. Schurrle plays in Azpilicueta in the left of the area, and his cut-back gives Fernando Torres a simple chance to tap into the net from seven yards out. 1-0 to Chelsea and a potentially crucial away goal.
    2/26/2014 7:55:32 PM
  • 14 mins: So far, so good for the Blues as they have settled quickly, and that opening goal has also silenced the crowd somewhat. Willian has an effort from long range saved by Muslera, before Torres has another shot deflected away to safety.
    2/26/2014 8:00:04 PM
  • Chelsea fans with their tails up:

    2/26/2014 8:01:00 PM
  • 15 mins: Chance for Hajrovic as he gets onto a cross from Yilmaz on the edge of the box, but his first-time effort is blazed high over the bar. In Germany, Real Madrid lead as Karim Benzema has scored against Schalke.
    2/26/2014 8:03:19 PM
  • Torres' opener:

    2/26/2014 8:04:22 PM
  • 20 mins: Free kick to Chelsea about 30-yards, out, and Lampard is eyeing this one up. His effort is always rising though, and doesn't trouble Muslera. A David Luis special would've been suitable there, but the Brazilian isn't available due to injury, of course.
    2/26/2014 8:06:32 PM
  • 22 mins: Ramires is knocked to the ground, and he's not looking too smart after catching a stray elbow to the face. He receives treatment for a bloodied nose, but walks off and doesn't need the stretcher that is brought on regardless.
    2/26/2014 8:07:47 PM
  • 23 mins: Chelsea playing with 10-men as Ramires is currently being seen to on the touchline, meaning Willian has dropped back to assist Lampard in the middle.
    2/26/2014 8:08:58 PM
  • Just what you want with a broken nose...

    2/26/2014 8:09:35 PM
  • 25 mins: Thankfully for Chelsea fans, Ramires returns with his nose plugged, lets hope it's not broken. The £86m-man Gareth Bale has doubled Real Madrid's lead, and the La Liga leaders look to be on their way into the last-8 already.
    2/26/2014 8:11:00 PM
  • 26 mins: Penalty claim for Melo, but it's a good tackle from Lampard as he tracks the Brazilian into the box. Another clash of heads leaves Torres and Telles looking dazed, but they both get back up and shake hands. Cute. Schurrle breaks on the right and his cross is left by Hazard for Ramires, but he hits it over the bar.
    2/26/2014 8:13:07 PM
  • Fernando Torres gives Chelsea the lead...


    2/26/2014 8:14:20 PM
  • 29 mins: Hajrovic has Galatasaray's first real effort on goal, but Cech gets down well to save the long-range attempt. 
    2/26/2014 8:15:14 PM
  • 30 mins: Now this is odd. Substitution for Galatasaray as Hajrovic, having just had a shot on goal, is replaced by Yekta after just 30 minutes. He looks to be fine as he jogs off and makes his way, disappointingly, to the bench. Mancini magic, or Mancini madness? We're used to both...
    2/26/2014 8:16:49 PM
  • Gareth Bale's goal for real to put them 2-0 up over Schalke:

    2/26/2014 8:17:44 PM
  • 33 mins: Sneijder looks to take a quick throw-in, only to see it awarded to Chelsea, much to his anger. He goes to hit the ball away, but thinks better of it and lets Mancini do the complaining.
    2/26/2014 8:19:39 PM
  • A few more first-half views:

    2/26/2014 8:20:38 PM
  • 36 mins: Ivanovic gives Telles the shoulder as he tries to break down the left flank, and the Brazilian left-back is sent crashing into the advertising hoardings. No free kick though, and Chelsea win the goal kick. I don't need to tell you the Galatasaray fans' response, but it's not a happy one... their side haven't got into the match yet.
    2/26/2014 8:22:29 PM
  • The Independent's stat king James Mariner...

    2/26/2014 8:24:05 PM
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