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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 45 mins: Azpilicueta cuts out a pass and immediately looks to counter attack, bursting up the left. He plays a neat one-two with Hazard that frees him up, but Galatasaray's scramble defence gets back in time to defuse the move.
    2/26/2014 8:31:09 PM
  • 45+1 mins: Two minutes of added time, and Torres looks to have a shot from the right. He wins a corner for his efforts before having a quick breather. Schurrle takes it, but Melo clears at the near-post.
    2/26/2014 8:32:07 PM
  • Half-Time: That's it for the first half and Chelsea are in complete control, although they should perhaps have added a second to give themselves a comfortable advantage. Torres put the Blues ahead, and ended the enormous goal drought that English side's were experience in Europe. Before his striker, Roberto Soldado's effort against Anzhi Makhachkala in Decemeber was the last time a Premier League side scored in continental football, seven hours and 58 minutes of game-time previous.
    2/26/2014 8:34:35 PM
  • Half-Time: Chelsea could regret not capitalising on their possession, but Galatasaray have offered extremely little, and even though they have Drogba up front, they've got to try and get the ball to him first - which they look totally incapable of. The Blues can state their intent in the next 45 minutes and really push on to kill this tie off.
    2/26/2014 8:41:47 PM
  • The Lonely One...


    2/26/2014 8:42:14 PM
  • Passing the torch?

    2/26/2014 8:46:32 PM
  • Half-Time: The players are heading back out and we're ready to get back underway.
    2/26/2014 8:47:56 PM
  • 46 mins: Another change for Galatasaray, as Semih Kaya replaces Hakan Balta. We're back underway!
    2/26/2014 8:49:48 PM
  •  47 mins: Galatasaray come out looking a lot sharper, as Sneijder's cross causes a bit of panic in the Chelsea are. Cech calmly gathers the ball when it's re-delivered by Eboue though.
    2/26/2014 8:52:11 PM
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