Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: Stephane Lannoy | Attendance: 28817

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  • Juan Mata 33'
  • John Terry 58'
  • Fernando Torres 71'

3 - 1


2nd leg: 3 - 2 (Agg)

Steaua Bucuresti

  • Vlad Chiriches 45'

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    It wasn't pretty at times, but Chelsea did what they needed to make sure they are in the hat for the quarter-finals on Friday.

  • 95'

    And that's it, the whistle goes at Stamford Bridge

  • 95'

    Still playing.

  • 94'

    Superb run from Torres, skipping along the byline and pulling a fine cross back for Benayoun who cannot find the back of the net with a flick.

  • 94'

    Into time added on after time added on.

  • 93'

    Rafa wastes some time by bringing Benayoun on for Hazard

  • 92'

    Chelsea sitting back now, seeing out time. And Rusescu is penalised for a foul in the Chelsea box.

  • 91'

    Three minutes to be added on. You cannot see Steaua getting a goal.

  • 90'

    Mata is replaced by Victor Moses and gets a standing ovation.

  • 90'

    Chelsea try and work the corner back into possession but they give it away.

  • 89'

    This is where Chelsea want the ball.

  • 89'

    Corner to Chelsea, played short to Torres who feeds in Mikel - his shot deflects behind for another corner.

  • 88'

    Torres takes, seemingly full of confidence and sends Tatarusanu the wrong way ... but the ball crashes back off the bar. That would have put this game to bed.

  • 87'


  • 87'

    Torres to take....

  • 87'

    Definitely penalty, Hazard cuts inside and Bourceanu hangs out a foot.

  • 86'


  • 85'

    Rapa is replaced by Adi Rocha Filho

  • 84'

    Long range effort from Latovlevici which Cech takes on the bounce.

  • 83'

    Opta Stat: Fernando Torres scored his first Europa League goal of the season with his 16th shot of the competition.

  • 82'

    Steaua desperately need a goal now, but are struggling to raise themselves. They look a very tired team.

  • 81'

    Ashley Cole for a late challenge on Poparadu

  • 80'

    Another half chance for Torres, this time he puts his effort a yard wide of the near post.

  • 79'

    Pires Leandro is on for Cristian Tanase

  • 78'

    Oscar breaks into the box but just drags his shot wide of the far post.

  • 78'

    The Chelsea corner fails to beat the first man ten yards away from the taker...

  • 78'

    Torres is bleeding again and will have to go off for more treatment.

  • 77'

    Corner to Chelsea.

  • 76'

    It appears Torres got a kick in the head by Szukala when he was on the ground. He's now back on the pitch wearing a shirt with no name.

  • 75'

    Chelsea to win, with bet365  
    Steaua Bucuresti to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Chelsea play with ten for now, but they lead 3-2 on aggregate.

  • 75'

    Torres somehow has blood pouring from his mouth and will have to go off for treatment. Unsure how that happened as part of that penalty claim.

  • 74'

    Just seen a replay - it's a classic case of the striker dragging his foot in the back of the sliding defender. Correct decision.

  • 73'

    Straight away Torres breaks into the box and seems to be tripped inside the area right in front of the additional official - no penalty

  • 72'

    Mata feeds in Hazard on the edge of the area, who dummies the ball for Torres inside the box. The first touch is perfect and the Spanish striker places a shot past Tatarusanu and into the opposite corner

  • 71'

    GOAL - Fernando Torres

  • 71'

    Mikel catches Poparadu on the ankle from behind

  • 70'

    Great run from Hazard who tries to slip in Oscar on the box, good defending from the chasing back Rapa who reads the pass and intercepts.

  • 69'

    Torres beats Chiriches all ends up down the right but his cross fails to find a blue shirt.

  • 68'

    Opta stat: John Terry's last nine goals in all competitions for Chelsea have been scored at Stamford Bridge.

  • 67'

    It would be no surprise to see more Steaua players down on the ground in the next 25 minutes or so.

  • 66'

    The play went on for a while before the referee decided to stop the play.

  • 65'

    There's a collision between Cole, Luiz and Poparadu and the Bucharesti man stays down for treatment.

  • 64'

    Luiz shoots from over 30 yards but it is claimed by Tatarusanu on the bounce.

  • 63'

    Pintilii pulls back Hazard, free-kick but no card.

  • 62'

    Chipciu comes forward, turns back on his left and shoots - Cech fists it away unconvincingly but Chelsea survive.

  • 61'

    It comes to Hazard on the edge on the box, his first time shot is scooped away by Tatarusanu but the flag is up for offside against Mikel in front of the keeper. Replays say that was a bad decision.

  • 60'

    Chelsea to win, with bet365  
    Steaua Bucuresti to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Corner to Chelsea.

  • 60'

    One chance, and a goal. So it is now 2-2 on aggregate, but Steaua hold the lead on away goals.

  • 59'

    The free-kick is delivered and the unmarked Terry meets it and finds the bottom corner.

  • 58'

    GOAL - John Terry

  • 57'

    Free-kick to Chelsea just outside the box on the left, Rapa booked for a foul on Hazard

  • 56'

    Bourceanu is tripped by Ramires in the centre of the park.

  • 55'

    Chipciu feeds in Bourceanu on the edge of the box but he gets his shot all wrong. Steaua the better team.

  • 54'

    Luiz sends Rusescu to the floor, looked a bit rough but no free-kick.

  • 53'

    Awaful ball from Hazard down the line to Cole, intercepted with ease.

  • 52'

    Chelsea have yet to get the ball into the Steaua box.

  • 51'

    There needs to be much more urgency from the home side in the second half.

  • 50'

    Bourceanu for a tackle from behind on Mata as the Spaniard looked to break.

  • 49'

    Mata looks for Torres on the edge of the box, he tries the first time header on goal but turns his neck muscles too soon and the ball hits the back of his head.

  • 48'

    A reminder that due to the away goals rule Chelsea have to score two more goals.

  • 47'

    Mikel slams a shot from distance into the body of a defender.

  • 46'

    And we're off in the second half.


    Join me for live commentary of the second half. You can also follow me on Twitter: @dalejohnsonESPN


    Chelsea were well on top after the goal, Steaua rocking. But now Rafa's men must score two in the second half due to the away goal for the Romanian side.


    Terrible defending from Chelsea, and Bucharest get the goal which will completely change their approach after the break.

  • 45'

    And that is the last action of the first half.

  • 45'

    Bourceanu takes, it drops to Tanase who sees his shot saved by the legs of Cech. The rebound falls to Chiriches who fires into the roof of the net from a couple of yards out.

  • 45'

    GOAL - Vlad Chiriches

  • 45'

    Bourceanu takes, headed behind by Cole.

  • 45'

    Steaua win another corner.

  • 45'

    The corner comes in from the right, headed away with ease by Terry.

  • 44'

    Luiz gives the ball away needlessly which enables Poparadu to break and get into the box - he looks to cut it back but Cole does well to recover and give away the corner.

  • 43'

    Spurs are through on away goals after losing 4-1 after extra-time at Inter Milan.

  • 42'

    Steaua have offered nothing in an attacking sense since that Chelsea goal. They will hope to regroup at the break.

  • 41'

    Hazard does brilliant to skip into the box, and play a one-two with Mata, before his shot is fired straight at Tatarusanu who gloves it away. That would have been a fine goal.

  • 40'

    Hazard looking dangerous now, he outruns his man and cuts back a pass for Ramires on the penalty spot but the Brazilian cannot get proper contact on the shot.

  • 39'

    Steaua playing on the back foot now. If Chelsea can get a second before the break their belief will be tested.

  • 38'

    Mata rolls in Torres who drives in a shot from the edge of the area but it's well wide.

  • 38'

    Mata with the corner this time, headed away unchallenged by a defender.

  • 37'

    Ramires on the run forward again, and a tackle results in another corner.

  • 36'

    Oscar forces a corner. He takes himself and finds Luiz on the penalty spot - he can only produce a looping header which is caught by Tatarusanu

  • 35'

    So now we are level at 1-1 on aggregate. How will that affect the way these two sides approach the game?

  • 34'

    Out of nowhere a scrappy goal. Mata bursts forward and feeds Ramires, his pass to Torres runs through to Mata again - his shot is scuffed, hits the goalkeeper and trickles over the line.

  • 33'


  • 32'

    Rafa is scribbling away on a bit of paper, looking unhappy with what he is watching.

  • 31'

    Chelsea allowed to just pass the ball around near the half-way line, seeming to lack ideas of how to break down this Steaua side.

  • 30'

    Chelsea to win, with bet365  
    Steaua Bucuresti to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Oscar tries to feed Torres through, the pass only hits a defender. Poor.

  • 29'

    Chelsea's passing has been very poor at times, especially in the opposition's half.

  • 27'

    Mata is penalised for a push on Rapa on the edge of the box.

  • 26'

    When Hazard had ball before he had five defenders around him in seconds. And with Steaua attacking in numbers too they must surely tire after the break

  • 25'

    Azpilicueta goes down holding his head after an accidental clash with Latovlevici. Now there's two names for Ctr+C, Ctr+V

  • 24'

    The corner is taken on the right and again it comes to Mikel, this time he can only lift his effort over the bar.

  • 23'

    Good play from Hazard to create space, he lays a ball off to Mikel on the edge of the box and Tatarusanu beats it behind.

  • 22'

    This has been very poor from Chelsea so far.

  • 21'

    It drops back out to Tanase, who can only straight into the gloves of Cech.

  • 20'

    Corner comes in from the left, headed away by Luiz.

  • 19'

    Corner to Steaua with a deflection off Azpilicueta

  • 18'

    Chelsea allow Bourceanu far too much time to stride forward and hit a shot from 25 yards out - it drifts just a couple of yards wide.

  • 17'

    Mata gets permission to take it immediately before the wall is set, but goalkeeper Tatarusanu is alive to the danger and makes a simple catch.

  • 16'

    Latovlevici pushes Mata to the floor and this is a chance for Chelsea to have a pop.

  • 15'

    Chelsea to win, with bet365  
    Steaua Bucuresti to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Szukala trips Torres in centre field, free-kick.

  • 14'

    Opta Stat: Steaua Bucharest have won their last five games in all competitions, keeping four clean sheets in the process.

  • 13'

    An away goal for Steaua would have made it very difficult for a Chelsea side who now find playing at the Bridge difficult.

  • 12'

    Superb save from Cech after Rusescu lost Terry to run through on goal. THat could have been a disaster for Chelsea.

  • 11'

    Chelsea get space on the edge of the box and try to work a shop but red shirts are back in numbers instantly and the chance is gone.

  • 10'

    Steaua are a very neat and tidy side, they'll need to stay that way to hold on to their lead.

  • 9'

    It's been a fairly quiet opening to the game, no shots yet.

  • 8'

    Ramires is penalised for a late challenge on Poparadu

  • 7'

    Opta Stat: Oscar has bagged six goals in nine European games this season despite netting just once in 25 league games.

  • 6'

    Cross from Mata into the box, two Chelsea players jump for it and the loose ball falls for Torres who fails to control.

  • 5'

    Good harrying from Poparadu and Rusescu, giving Mikel no time in the corner.

  • 4'

    Cross from Mata on the right looking for Torres, too much on it and that will be a goal-kick.

  • 3'

    Steaua start well, tracking each Chelsea player when he has the ball.

  • 2'

    So Chelsea trail by a goal from the first leg. If Steaua score then Chelsea will have to score three.

  • 1'

    Steaua kick-off


    Out come the teams, Chelsea will hope their fans are actually on their side tonight.


    A fan holds up a banner which reads "We love you Rafa". A Steaua fan that is.


    And the Steaua team is: Tatarusanu; Rapa, Szukala, Chiriches, Latovlevici; Bourceanu (c), Pintilii; Popa, Chipciu, Tanase; Rusescu. They will play 4-2-3-1


    Here's the Chelsea team: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres.


    Join Dale Johnson for live commentary of the match as Chelsea look to turn around a one-goal deficit from the first leg. You can follow Dale on Twitter: @dalejohnsonESPN

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Chelsea

  • 11(6)

  • -

  • 8

  • 53%


  • Steaua Bucuresti

  • 5(4)

  • -

  • 15


POS No Name


1 Petr Cech


3 Ashley Cole


4 David Luiz


26 John Terry


28 César Azpilicueta


7 Ramires


10 Juan Mata
13 Victor Moses


11 Oscar


12 John Obi Mikel


17 Eden Hazard
30 Yossi Benayoun


9 Fernando Torres
POS No Name
G 22 Ross Turnbull
D 19 Paulo Ferreira
D 24 Gary Cahill
D 34 Ryan Bertrand
M 8 Frank Lampard
M 13 Victor Moses
M 30 Yossi Benayoun

Match Stats

  • Chelsea
  • Steaua Bucuresti
11(6) Shots (on goal) 5(4)
8 Fouls 15
7 Corner kicks 5
2 Offsides 0
53% Time of Possession 47%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 7

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