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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Chelsea FC had a hard time to beat italian Roma


It was a tough game indeed, but the victory might have been written for Chelsea by the Almighty. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Chelsea defeated Roma 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League, held in the Stamford Bridge, London, on October 22.

The blues could have scored its first in the very second minute, had Nicolas Anelka not been flagged for offside. In the 3rd minute, De Rossi, the Roma striker missed the target. Luciano Spalletti, the Roma coach proved his dexterity in maintaining a hard line-up that really proved impregnable for the Blues to crack. In the 9th minute, Frank Lampard, the Chelsea striker made a fiery shot, but Doni, the Roma goalie made a brilliant save.

Philippe Mexès, the center back player of Roma committed a hard tackle, which earned him a yellow card in the 22nd minute. In the 24th minute, Lampard made a powerful but blind shot at the post. Florent Malouda, the left winger of the Blues was not spared by the Greek referee, Kyros Vassaras for showing excessive aggressiveness and was booked in the 30th minute. The first half ended with a blank scoreboard.

Both teams were keen for goals from the very beginning of the second half. Anelka and Salomon Kalou attempted at the target, but failed to score. In the 72nd minute, Jphn Terry, the Chelsea captain faced yellow card for tackling Francesco Totti, the Roma striker. Scolari put Di Santo as a substitute of Kalou in the 77th minute. Just after that, the Chelsea captain scored the victorious goal for the Blues after getting a brilliant pass from Lampard.

As the game was nearing its end, Menez and Tonetto were brought as the substitutes of Taddei and Riise by Spalletti in the 81st and 82nd minute, respectively. But they failed to score a single for Roma. In the 85th minute, Christian Panucci was booked with yellow card. Philippe Mexès, another center back of Roma made a shot, but missed the target. Petr Čech, the Chelsea goalie was at his best throughout the match. After three matches, Chelsea has scored seven points, while Roma has three points only.

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