Champions League LIVE! Chelsea v Galatasaray - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League LIVE! Chelsea v Galatasaray


by j.orr

Welcome to the Independent's live coverage of the Champions League last-16 contest between Chelsea and Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge.
    • FT: Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray (agg 3-1)
    • Eto'o opened the scoring for Chelsea. Cahill made it two
    • Drogba started for Galatasaray
    • FT: Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke (Agg 9-2) 
    3/18/2014 6:49:42 PM
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  • And the Chelsea team has been announced. Frank Lampard comes back in the team to start for Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Lampard, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Eto'o
    3/18/2014 6:45:57 PM
  • One hour to go until kick-off at Stamford Bridge, so in the meantime CLICK HERE to check out our guide to the 10 talking points ahead of the game...
    3/18/2014 6:48:12 PM
  • No surprises here...Didier Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge to start for Galatasaray! Former Arsenal cult hero, Emmanuel Eboue, is also in the line-up

    Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Semih, Chedjou, Telles, Yekta, Melo, Selçuk, Sneijder, Burak, Drogba.

    3/18/2014 6:53:51 PM
  • Drogba said he "might not celebrate" if he scores tonight. Soon we may know if he was telling the truth or not. CLICK HERE to read the full article
    3/18/2014 7:00:27 PM
  • But Moutinho has been quick to start the mind-games again. He said that it is "inevitable" Drogba will re-join Chelsea - possibly as a player. CLICK HERE to read the full article
    3/18/2014 7:03:25 PM
  • Elsewhere tonight, Real Madrid take on Schalke at the Bernabeu with a commanding 6-1 lead from the first leg. But that has not deterred Carlo Ancelotti from picking his top Galatico, despite the El Clasico taking place at the weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo starts...

    Real Madrid: Casillas, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Nacho, Alonso, Isco, Illarramendi, Ronaldo, Jese, Morata

    Schalke: Fahrmann, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Hoogland, Meyer, Draxler, Ayhan, Neustadter, Obasi Ogbuke, Huntelaar
    3/18/2014 7:12:42 PM
  • From the Independent's Sam Wallace at Stamford Bridge

    3/18/2014 7:26:13 PM
  • The Drogba fans are out in force...

    3/18/2014 7:28:20 PM
  • Just five minutes remaining until kick-off. The stirring Champions League anthem awaits...
    3/18/2014 7:41:09 PM
  • 1 min: And it's the visitors who get us underway at Stamford Bridge.
    3/18/2014 7:46:05 PM
  • 2 min: Felipe Melo lets Oscar know he is in the match and clatters into his compatriot early doors. The Brazilian bruiser was lucky to escape a yellow card there.
    3/18/2014 7:48:10 PM
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  • 3 min: What a start for Chelsea! On the break, Hazard passes to Oscar, then Oscar sends in a through ball in for Eto'o. The Cameroonian takes a touch and smashes the ball past Muslera for his 30th Champions League goal.
    3/18/2014 7:51:22 PM
  • 6 min: An open start at the Bridge. Drogba takes a shot down the other end but he was offside. 
    3/18/2014 7:53:44 PM
  • 8 min: There is now a break in play after Ramires takes a whack after clashing with Selcuk. He's already wearing a mask after getting one in the nose in the first leg. But after a slight delay he is back on the field.
    3/18/2014 7:56:03 PM
  • 10 min: Sneijder getting his first taste of the action, but he runs straight into traffic. Willian starts a Chelsea counter-attack but it comes to nothing. That crafty Dutch playmaker must do better..
    3/18/2014 7:58:11 PM
  • 12 min: Drogba wins a header in the box but Terry clears. Only one victor there with the powerful Ivorian challenging for the ball with the full-back Azpilicueta
    3/18/2014 8:00:03 PM
  • 14 min: Galatasaray stay on the attack. This time Lampard makes a clearance. The Turks beginning to settle into a rhythm
    3/18/2014 8:00:59 PM
  • 15 min: Sneijder crosses and Drogba tries an acrobatic bicycle kick but miscues his effort and it goes miles over. He made a right Drog's dinner out of that one..
    3/18/2014 8:02:20 PM
  • 19 min: It was always going to happen sooner or later. Felipe Melo finally gets his yellow for chopping down fellow Brazilian Willian with Chelsea on the break. Melo by name, but not mellow by nature it seems...
    3/18/2014 8:05:11 PM
  • 20 min: Sneijder does his best Platoon impression to go down in dramatic fashion after losing the ball in Chelsea's half.  Has he been taking tips from the Drog?
    3/18/2014 8:07:32 PM
  • 23 min: A sweeping move from Chelsea but Lampard misses the target. Then Hazard's long-range effort is well saved by Muslera. The Blues beginning to have plenty of luck down that left hand side.
    3/18/2014 8:10:49 PM
  • Another night, and another milestone for the great Ronaldo in Madrid. Bale with the assist.

    3/18/2014 8:12:31 PM
  • 28 min: Sneijder is down again, just inside his own half. This time he wins a free-kick. A stop/start last few minutes. The constantly aggrieved Felipe Melo gets into space on the edge of the area but drags his shot wide.
    3/18/2014 8:14:45 PM
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  • 33 min: John Terry nearly scored an absolute blinder! Oscar fires a low free-kick in, and Terry meets it with a ferocious volley but hits the ball over. The defender channelling his inner Van Basten...
    3/18/2014 8:19:40 PM
  • Over in Spain, Tim Hoogland makes it 1-1 between Schalke and Real Madrid. The comeback is on...just the six goals required
    3/18/2014 8:20:51 PM
  • 35 min: And Drogba goes down theatrically for the first time tonight. He challenges Ivanovic with for the ball in the air and falls to win the free-kick. But he skies the free-kick miles over. In fact he hits it so far over it nearly hits a large banner in honour of the striker in the top tier. He must have just seen his face up there and aimed for it..

    3/18/2014 8:25:08 PM

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  • 40 min: A committed challenge from Oscar on Selcuk and he is given a yellow card. Looked to be on the harsh side there from the referee Dr. Felix Brych. Not what the doctor ordered...
    3/18/2014 8:27:45 PM
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  • 43 min: The centre backs were central to giving Chelsea one foot in the quarter-finals. From a corner, Terry's header is saved by Muslera, but Cahill is there to score from the rebound.  This cannot go to extra-time now either.
    3/18/2014 8:29:46 PM
  • HT: Chelsea are almost home and dry. A convincing display in the opening period sees them dominate against Galatasaray and lead 3-1 on aggregate. The Turks have been far from their best tonight, and Drogba is not looking anywhere near the unstoppable target man he was in his days as a Blue. Every Drog has its day...
    3/18/2014 8:33:34 PM
  • Now it's time for tonight's half-time stat by the Independent's James Mariner

    3/18/2014 8:43:54 PM
  • A cracker here. Didn't know Keane was making his comeback?

    3/18/2014 8:46:17 PM
  • 46 min: And it's Chelsea who start the second half. Will it be as stress-free for them as the first was I wonder?
    3/18/2014 8:51:49 PM
  • 49 min: Chelsea on the attack for a third. Hazard dances his way into the box. Squares to Eto'o, who taps it back Oscar...but instead of putting his foot through it he takes a touch and the moves breaks down. Chelsea trying to walk it in...
    3/18/2014 8:55:52 PM
  • 50 min: And another effort for Chelsea. It's Willian this time. But his long-range drive to comfortably stopped. Galatasaray even worse in this half than they were in the first.
    3/18/2014 8:56:58 PM
  • 54 min: Galatarasary decide to bite the Bulut. And bring on Umut Bulut for Yilmaz. The Turks desperately need to get back into this one. But will Bulut have the desired impact?
    3/18/2014 9:02:42 PM
  • Spot the ball: Cahill smashes it in for Chelsea's second

    3/18/2014 9:04:00 PM
  • 60 min: Roberto Manciniis caught on camera reacting in frustration in the Galatasaray dug-out. It's been one of those nights for the former Manchester City manager.
    3/18/2014 9:07:08 PM
  • 65 min: Complete control now from Chelsea. A far easier night's work from Jose Mourinho's team that the Portuguese could have imagined.
    3/18/2014 9:11:49 PM
  • 67 min: Azpilcueta disposes Drogba, who has looked like a shell of the rampaging powerhouse of a forward that the fans at the Bridge remember. In fact, he now just looks Drog tired.
    3/18/2014 9:14:35 PM
  • 71 min: Sneijder sloppily hits a wayward pass acres away from any of his team-mates in an unsuccessful counter-attack. Sums up both his, and Galatasaray's night.
    3/18/2014 9:19:12 PM
  • 76 min: Eboue heads off for Hajrovic and that concludes his night. Arsene Wenger will not be regretting selling him on that performance.
    3/18/2014 9:23:58 PM

  • Every Drog has its day... 

    3/18/2014 9:26:56 PM
  • 84 min: Hazard, who has looked magical again tonight, powers into the area and looks to curl one in, but Muslera makes a fine save.
    3/18/2014 9:29:51 PM
  • 86 min: This time it's Willian, floating into the box like a young Sugar Ray Leonard, but he can't get his cross away.
    3/18/2014 9:32:11 PM
  • 90 min: An evening to forget for Drogba. This time he completely misses the free-kick and the ball bounces into the hands of Cech. Was that ironic cheers from the crowd?
    3/18/2014 9:36:57 PM
  • FT: And it's all over! An incredibly comfortable night's work and now Chelsea are through to the quarter-final. Was that Drogba's most tame performance ever at Stamford Bridge? A passenger.
    3/18/2014 9:42:06 PM
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