Full-time - 90'
0 - 1
18:45 +00:00, March 27, 2012
Estadio da Luz
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento
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BENFICA 0-1 CHELSEA: A first away win of this Champions League campaign for Chelsea and a really disciplined display. Some surprise inclusions in the starting line-up but it was one of those, Salomon Kalou, who popped up with the winner. Benfica were frustrated and now need a really big result at Stamford Bridge next week.
It's all over...
Matic called up for pushing Lampard in the box. Silly free-kick to concede.
Benfica looking to just smash it upfield with a minute to go.
Nolito and Gaitan with a delightful one-two, and the latter fires in a cross that is very close to being turned in by Ashley Cole. Just wide though.
Mata with a neat sidestep as Chelsea counter, but Benfica have it back.
Gaitan crosses and it finally finds a Benfica head. Nolito's header hits Luiz and it's a corner.
We're looking at five minutes of stoppage time by the way.
Cardozo's shot deflected - it loops in the air and is well claimed by Cech.
It's been a very disciplined performance from Chelsea. They deserve credit and Di Matteo's selection in particular does.
David Luiz clears away the left-back's cross.
Emerson tries to launch a Benfica attack as the Portuguese giants look to claim a late equaliser at the Estadio da Luz.
@krizon4real on Twitter: what a night Chelsea and Madrid scoring almost at the same time (74,75)perhaps Jose will be happy.
In tonight's other Champions League quarter-final, Real Madrid are beating APOEL Nicosia 2-0 thanks to goals from Benzema and Kaka.
Juan Mata has twice come close for Chelsea
That's right, no problems for Chelsea as Sturridge brings them forward at pace. He finds Mata who executes a delicious chip that falls just over the bar.
I'll give you one guess what happened?
Nolito to take a free kick on the left side around 25 yards out.
Luiz with a marauding run out of defence, he looks like he is brought down deep inside the Benfica half but the referee isn't convinced.
Nolito makes some space in the area but fires over.
Nolito on for Garcia
Sturridge on for Kalou
Another Benfica corner comes in, another Benfica corner gets cleared away.
It's got to be a long time since Ferreira played 80 mintues, he must be knackered!
Bosingwa on for Ferreira.
Gaitan still looking to inject a little bit of extra pace into the Benfica attack but he's looking frustrated with his team-mate's lack of movement.
Ramires wins a free-kick for Chelsea - I didn't mention before that he did really well in the build-up to the goal by keeping it in play and then feeding in Torres right by the touchline.
Matic sees his name in lights with a speculative effort from 25 yards. Not for the first time this evening, Benfica watch the ball go up and into the stands.
So Kalou's inclusion? Masterstroke. I always knew it...
BENFICA 0-1 CHELSEA: Torres was in the clear again, he skipped past Jardel accelerated away and then crossed towards Kalou who, six yards out, poked it home.
But he's offside.
Torres sprints away in the clear...
Ramires the latest player on the pitch to show his utter inability to put in a good cross this evening as his right-wing effort is woefully over-hit.
Mata gets to the byline and pulls back a cross but it's too long for Ramires and Lampard, who were both arriving late.
Rodrigo with a finely-threaded through-ball towards Cardozo, but not fine enough to get past a last-ditch John Terry - fantastic defending to deflect it into Cech's grateful grasp.
Matic of course a former Chelsea player - though he only ever made three appearances for the Blues.
Rodrigo on for Cesar
Matic on for Aimar
I think that was a pretty predictable substitution. Some choice gestures made towards Meireles as he walks off - I'll leave them to your imagination...
Lampard on for Meireles.
Luisao in the book for a third foul of the evening.
Jardel's header from Gaitan's cross was palmed away by Cech - it was powerful but was actually staright at him again. Good reactions nonetheless.
Great save by Cech!
With Cesar loitering behind at the back post, Cole heads the ball out for a corner. Benfica have had enough practice. Can thus be a good one?
Another set-piece comes to nothing for the Eagles.
Landing just over the bar.
Witsel shoots from 25 yards and it takes a massive defletcion off Terry...
Aimar delivers but once again Chelsea resolute in defence.
Gaitan wins a free-kick after nicking the ball past Ferreira.
Stats: By beating Napoli 4-1 in the second round second leg, Chelsea became only the third English club to lose a European Cup first leg tie by two or more goals but still reach the next round of the competition.
It was a tricky angle but he's clearly annoyed with hiself and swings his boot at the advertising hoarding in disgust.
He's hit the post!
Poor defending from Jardel allows Mata in and he takes it around Artur on the left...
Cesar then fires over.
Maxi Pereira with an acrobatic effort blocked by Cole. He gets up and tries another one and it hits Terry's arm. Could well have been a penalty.
Cross-cum-shot from Ferreira - if that'd gone in I defintiely would have had to eat my pre-match words!
Mata has been pretty anonymous tonight. He's had very little joy out there.
Chelsea just can't seem to hold onto the ball, it's all Benfica.
@brainsicktweets on Twitter: maybe a 0-0 draw till 75' min and then drogs lamps n essien in just to get that crucial away goal.
Cardozo lines one up from 20 yards out, but again Cech is not properly tested.
There were a series of three crosses into the box there, and it ended with Javi Garcia heading wide.
Cole v Pereira is looking an intriguing battle and the England full-back has held off his Uruguayan counterpart on this occasion.
Apparently Meireles made a gesture towards the Benfica fans in the first half, I'm sure we'll hear more about that later.
Benfica came racing out of the blocks in the first five minutes of the second half but now it's Chelsea putting on the pressure. The tempo certainly feels like it's gone up a notch.
Torres finding space in the left channel and sends in a teasing cross. Kalou. Unmarked. Over.
Straight into the wall.
Luiz lining this one up from about 30 yards out...
Kalou with no support around him does really admirably to win a free-kick from Luisao. He had nowhere else to go.
Cesar strikes one from around 25 yards but once more it is straight down Cech's throat.
Cesar floats it towards Gaitan, who volleys it back across to Cardozo, who in turn heads it on to Aimar - but the little Argentine's back-flicked header didn't have any power.
Gaitan delivers from the left and Garcia heads it tamely into Cech's hands.
That little piece of skill from Gaitan has certainly cranked up the crowd volume.
Drop of the shoulder from Gaitan takes him past Ramires but his cross is deflected out for a corner.
Benfica claiming for a penalty for handball. Not in a million years was that going to be given.
Cardozo fires a shot in from Peirera's throw - Luiz blocks it just in front of the line, great reaction.
Aimar clips it in but Chelsea hold their line.
Aimar skips away and Luiz is VERY lucky to esacape a booking after bringing him down in full flow.
No substitutions at half-time for either side.
Benfica back on the pitch, where Chelsea have been waiting for a few minutes. And we nearly ready for the second half.
I think Meireles needs to chill out a bit or it would be wise to take him off first. The crowd seem to be getting to him.
@Chris_Daniels23 on Twitter: Maybe Di Matteo's got something stewing for the 2nd Half? #Drogs, #Lamps, #Essien in that order for Kalou, Raul, Mikel
Chelsea may boast an impressive Champions League record in recent years, but Spain have now deposed England as the top-ranked league in Europe. Good article here from Dale Johnson on why the Premier League is not going to lose a Champions League spot and Italy's demise.
An away goal is always preferable but I agree that Chelsea will take a 0-0 as they will be confident of getting a win at Stamford Bridge.
@ashboy007 on Twitter: #CFC will be more than happy with a 0-0 result. works for them.
Fernando Torres has moved well but misfired so far.
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HT - Benfica 0-0 Chelsea: Not a classic by any means, Chelsea have generally stifled the attacking threat of Benfica's talented trio Witsel, aimar and Gaitan, while Torres has been sharp with his movement, if not with his shooting. Looking for a bit more from both sides in the second half, i.e. a goal!
There goes the half-time whistle...
Poor delivery though and Chelsea survive the assault.
Bruno Cesar chopped down just outside the right edge of the box by Kalou - free-kick in a dangerous position for Benfica.
Garcia with a rare foray forward to begin a lovely little flurry of passes between Aimar and Pereira.
Artur, Ashley Cole and David Luiz will miss the second leg if booked tonight.
@BigSaldaddy on Twitter: any players looking at missing the next game if they pick up a yellow card?
Terry penalised for shirt pulling.
Mata searches for Torres witha diagonal pass and Jardel tackles the Spaniard. Chelsea corner.
Torres releases Kalou, who tees up Meireles. Fierce low drive from the Portugal midfielder, superbly tipped away by Artur.
Lovely bit of footwork from Torres to create room for a shot. Unfortunately the end product wasn't there. Sums up his season, really.
Kalou loses the ball in his own half to allow Cesar, Gaitan and Aimar space for a neat exchange. The ball comes back out to Cesar on the edge of the box but he can't keep his half-volley down and it's certainly not troubling Cech.
Gaitan takes a swipe at Mikel and the Chelsea man wins a free-kick.
John Terry las lost his captain's armband (not for the first time) and the referee has demanded he be given a new one.
Meireles next to try his luck from distance, but it's high over the bar.
Bruno Cesar advances throught the middle and hits one from around 25 yards. It curls straight into Cech's arms though.
Benfica stepping things up now. Aimar and Gaitan seeing more of the ball and Perieria braver with his forward runs.
Chelsea manage to clear their lines after the initial corner was put out for a throw-in.
Pereira tiptoes his way through with a mazy run and plays a tempting ball towards Cardozo. Luiz controls and clears very calmly. Benfica corner.
Gaitan had plenty of time to feed in Emerson on the left but he gave it away cheaply.
Gaitan whips it in from the left this time but Cardozo can't get over the ball so his header is over the bar.
Meireles and Ferreira getting absolutely barracked by the Benfica fans every time they touch the ball because of their Porto connections.
Meireles searches for Terry, who can't climb high enough to meet the corner.
Mata delivers from the right and it's headed out for a Chelsea corner.
Ferreira wins a free-kick from Cesar, who is booked for his troubles.
It's been reasonably open so far, Chelsea look full of beans though I think Benfica have got significantly more flair in their ranks.
Stats: Benfica have failed to score in only one of their last 17 matches in European competition.
Just to clarify, that last shot went high over the bar.
Luiz with a looping ball towards Torres, who takes it on his chest and then takes on a volley that he would have been lucky to score when he played for Liverpool, let alone Chelsea.
@DanIsAngry on Twitter: I think you are looking at a squad that is built for a draw, looking to the league matches for Drogba and Lamps
Pereira sprints to get to the byline but can't keep the ball in play. He was in a dangerous amount of space.
Witsel fires in a right-wing cross but a bushy-haired missile flies through the air to head it clear.
Wide on this occasion, bit of a let off there.
Cardozo gets beyond Terry, controls the ball well on his chest and takes on a mid-air left-foot volley...
Meireles trips Gaitan cynically.
He's crowded out on this occasion but the Blues looking for him at every opportunity down the right wing.
Ramires again leading the Chelsea charge, he's looking like their best attacking threat thus far.
Unconvincing punch from Artur but it does the trick.
Speedy counter through John Terry - yes I did just say speedy and Terry in the same breath. Ramires races clear and passes to Torres, whose effort is attempted pull back is deflected behind for a corner.
Gaitan looks to pick out Cardozo with a cross from the right, but Ferreira gets it away.
Ramires heads the ball to safety - forgot to mention before that he, too, is playing against his former club for the first time tonight. He's been solid so far.
Terry penalised for pushing Cardozo in the back. Free-kick around 35 yards out, right of centre.
Luisao does superbly to get the ball away under pressure from Kalou, and the Chelsea man is then flagged offside a few seconds later.
Luiz advances and tries a pretty ambitious effort from about 25 yards out. It's dragged wide of the post.
Chelsea now patiently knocking it around.
Benfica now just looking to keep the ball but as it goes wide to Pereira, he loses it.
Aimar now the one clutching his face after a slightly high boot from Meireles.
Luiz gets an important foot in to intercept a long ball aimed towards Aimar.
Reasonably bright couple of minutes from Chelsea there, Torres looking lively.
Once again Torres does well to open up some space, this time on the right wing - again he is the one looking to whip it in from the flank and his delivery is headed clear.
Torres peels to the left as Kalou goes to the ground clutching his face. Chelsea play on - I can understand why - but Torres is the one crossing towards Ramires. Surely the striker should be the one in the box?!
Two good challenges in 30 seconds from Ramires, the first to dispossess Aimar as he was striding forward.
Ferreira misses his kick inside the box and is lucky there is no-one to capitalise on his fresh-air attempt.
Free-kick now for Benfica and it will be Aimar to deliver from the right.
Gaitan does really well in a physical tussle with Cole and wins a throw-in.
Cardozo and Aimar but the latter overhits his attempted through-ball allowing Paulo Ferreira a confident first hoof upfield.
Kalou with a bit of space down the left but he dwells on it a little too long. I fear that could be a sign of things to come.
An early touch for David Luiz at his former home.
And we're off...
Let's see if we will all be proved wrong by Di Matteo - we're about to begin.
@perlick29 on Twitter: this season has been as turbulent as it gets for Chelsea, this latest starting lineup is the weirdest thing yet. #ChelseaFC
The players out on the pitch and that euphoric Champions League anthem rings out amid a see of red and white around the stadium.
Stats: This is Chelsea's seventh Champions League quarter-final in nine years, while Benfica have made the last-eight just two previous times in the Champions League era.
Have to agree with that last comment. The pre-match tradition of releasing an Eagles at the Estadio da Luz has just taken place and the players are now ready to come out.
@JamesKello on Twitter: I think RDM has a bad case of #AVB syndrome with this starting 11.
I've enjoyed watching Witsel and Gaitan when I've seen Benfica this season, while Pablo Aimar still has that ability to produce a match-changing moment of flair.
That last stat doesn't bode well for the Blues, Benfica are a tidy side and still right in the hunt for the Portuguese title - though they did lose ground at the weekend when drawing 0-0 with Olhanense.
Stats: Chelsea are without a win in their last five away games in the Champions League, having lost three and drawn two.
Plus, no Drogba, Lampard or Essien in the starting line-up - would have thought that sort of experience would be invaluable for a Champions League away day. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts so feel free to contact me on Twitter - @marklomasESPN is the place to go.
First things first, Ferreira and Kalou. Who saw that one coming? Ferreira hasn't even started a match yet this year, seems like a bit of a risk to be from Roberto Di Matteo.
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