Benfica 0 Chelsea 1: Kalou strikes as Di Matteo's men produce perfect away performance
20:48 GMT, 27 March 2012
The surprise inclusion of Salomon
Kalou was vindicated as the Ivorian gave Chelsea a precious lead in
their quarter-final clash with Benfica.
Kalou, making his first start in the
competition this season, prodded home a Fernando Torres cross 15 minutes
from time to cap an excellent away performance by the Blues.
While Chelsea had much to do in terms
of defensive work, Petr Cech was barely troubled throughout an evening
when Benfica fell well below the standards set in the group stage
meetings against Manchester United.
More to follow…
We've got a Kalou: two of the surprise inclusions combined to earn Chelsea a valuable win
Benfica: Artur Moraes, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Jardel, Emerson, Aimar (Matic 69), Javi Garcia (Nolito 82), Bruno Cesar (Rodrigo 69), Witsel, Gaitan, Cardozo. Subs: Eduardo, Nelson Oliveira Moreno, Miguel Vitor, Saviola.
Booked: Bruno Cesar, Luisao, Javi Garcia
Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira (Bosingwa 80), Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Meireles (Lampard 68), Mata, Mikel, Kalou (Sturridge 82), Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Drogba, Cahill.
Goals: Kalou 75
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
No way thorough: For the most part, Benfica and Chelsea defended excellently
Desperate times: Bruno Cesar had little impact on the game, but did find time to tumble under the attention of Kalou when he would have been better to run on
Captain Fantastic: John Terry was a rock at the back for Chelsea, who kept Pablo Aimar very quiet
Much improved: Fernando Torres showed flashes of former glories, but was let down by his finishing
Take one for the team: Raul Meireles was first into the referee's book for a trip on Gaitan
Eagle has landed: fans were treated to the wonderful spectacle of the Benfica mascot swooping through the stadium