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Jose Mourinho watches Galatasaray before Real Madrid game

Mourinho spies on Galatasaray as Madrid's European opponents put on show

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

16:30 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

06:00 GMT, 18 March 2013

Jose Mourinho hopped on a plane just hours after his Real Madrid side thrashed Mallorca to check out his side's Champions League quarter-final opponents Galatasaray.

Mourinho, who is looking to win the competition for the third time with his third different club, made the dash to to see the Turkish giants take on Kayserispor.

And he will have been impressed with what he saw as the visitors ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a brace from Champions League top scorer Burak Yilmaz and a strike from Wesley Sneijder.

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho holds a bunch of flowers

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho holds a bunch of flowers

Welcome gift: Jose Mourinho arrives in Turkey before watching Galatasaray beat Kayserispor

Schalke 2 Galatasaray 2 (agg 3-3) match report: Didier Drogba"s Champions League dream still on

Schalke 2 Galatasaray 3 (agg 3-4): Drogba's Champions League adventure goes on

PUBLISHED:

21:42 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 12 March 2013

Galatasaray held off a gallant Schalke comeback to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after battling to a 3-2 victory in Gelsenkirchen.

With the tie evenly poised after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul, Schalke took 17 minutes to take the lead on the night. Roman Neustadter kept his head in the area after a corner prompted a goalmouth scramble, sidefooting home through a raft of bodies.

Hamit Altintop then cracked home an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 30 yards against his former club to level the scores.

And the Turkish champions doubled their lead through Burak Yilmaz, who lead a breakaway for the visitors before lifting a shot over Timo Hildebrand, scoring his eighth goal in the competition in the process.

But Schalke were not done, and after Marco Hoger smashed the crossbar with a 20-yard effort, Galatasaray failed to clear their lines and Atsuto Uchida squared across the box for Michel Bastos to slot home.

And with Schalke pressing for a winner, Umut Bulut added the winner on the counter-attack.

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Follow me: Galatasaray players run to congratulate Altintop

Follow me: Galatasaray players run to congratulate Altintop

Match facts

Schalke: Hildebrand, Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Hoger (Meyer 86), Neustadter (Fuchs 46), Farfan, Draxler, Michel Bastos, Pukki (Obasi Ogbuke 85). Subs not used: Fahrmann, Metzelder, Barnetta, Moritz.

Booked: Hoger, Kolasinac.

Goals: Neustadter 17, Michel Bastos 63.

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Kaya (Zan 78), Nounkeu, Riera, Felipe Melo, Altintop, Sneijder (Amrabat 70), Inan, Drogba, Burak Yilmaz (Bulut 86). Subs not used: Iscan, Balta, Kurtulus, Sarioglu.

Booked: Drogba.

Goals: Altintop 37, Yilmaz 42, Bulut 90+4.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).

Attendance: 52,000.

No mistake: Roman Neustaedter keeps his head in a crowded Galatasaray penalty box to give Schalke the lead

No mistake: Roman Neustaedter keeps his head in a crowded Galatasaray penalty box to give Schalke the lead

On target: Roman Neustaedter

On target: Roman Neustaedter

Unstoppable: Hamit Altintop

Remember me Hamit Altintop lets fly from 30 yards to level matters on the night against his former club

Remember me Hamit Altintop lets fly from 30 yards to level matters on the night against his former club

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Going down: Didier Drogba turns his ankle while celebrating with Yilmaz, prompting Felipe Melo to check up on his team-mate (below)

Going down: Didier Drogba turns his ankle while celebrating with Yilmaz, prompting Felipe Melo to check up on his team-mate (below)

Cause for concern: Felipe Melo checks up on Didier Drogba

Back in the hunt: Michel Bastos sidefoots home to give Schalke hope of progression

Back in the hunt: Michel Bastos sidefoots home to give Schalke hope of progression

Late hope: Michel Bastos (left) made it 2-2

Galatasaray 1 Schalke 1: Match report

Galatasaray 1 Schalke 1: Drogba Euro debut ends all square after Jones levels for Germans

PUBLISHED:

21:37 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

Jermaine Jones' strike in the last minute of the first half gave Schalke a slight advantage as they drew 1-1 at Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter.

Jones calmly slotted home after Jefferson Farfan had squared the ball to him to give the German side a vital draw at the Turk Telekom Arena, although Schalke's goalscorer will miss the second leg after picking up a booking.

Burak Yilmaz had earlier put Gala in front with a piece of individual brilliance but they could not extend their lead in a breathtaking first-half in which both teams failed to convert several glorious opportunities.

Going ahead: Burak Yilmaz puts Galatasaray head in the first half

Going ahead: Burak Yilmaz puts Galatasaray head in the first half

Match Facts

Galatasaray: Muslera, Sarioglu (Bulut 84), Kaya, Nounkeu, Riera, Altintop (Eboue 66), Felipe Melo, Inan, Sneijder (Amrabat 46),
Burak Yilmaz, Drogba.

Subs Not Used: Iscan, Balta, Kurtulus, Colak.

Booked: Muslera, Amrabat, Nounkeu, Inan.

Goals: Burak Yilmaz 12.

Schalke 04: Hildebrand, Hoger, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Draxler (Barnetta 84), Jones, Neustadter, Michel Bastos, Farfan,
Huntelaar (Pukki 75).

Subs Not Used: Fahrmann, Obasi Ogbuke, Metzelder, Fuchs, Meyer.

Booked: Jones,Kolasinac,Hoger.

Goals: Jones 45.

Att: 45,000

The second half was decidedly less open, although Yilmaz nearly gave the hosts a slender lead heading into the second leg but could only fire wide of the target.

Gala duo Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder both made their returns to the Champions League after completing recent moves from Shanghai Shenhua and Inter Milan respectively.

But it was Yilmaz who produced a moment of magic worthy of either of the pair when he broke the deadlock in sparkling fashion.

The forward collected the ball from Selcuk Inan on the edge of the area before flicking over Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes with his heel and wonderfully firing into the roof of the net in the 12th minute.

It was a sickening blow for the visitors, who had seen Gala keeper Fernando Muslera make fine saves from both Jones and Klaas Jan Huntelaar in the opening minute.

Nevertheless they nearly levelled almost immediately after Yilmaz's brilliance, but Huntelaar just failed to connect with Howedes' flick-on from Farfan's corner.

Pick that one out: Yilmaz scores past by Schalke's goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand to put Galatasaray ahead

Pick that one out: Yilmaz scores past by Schalke's goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand to put Galatasaray ahead

And in an increasingly open first half, they were nearly made to pay when Howedes fired against the bar with the goal gaping after Drogba had seen his left-footed strike fingertipped away by Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand.

It was the German side who nearly scored next though, with Semih Kaya deflecting Farfan's cutback wide of his own post, while the influential Schalke striker struck over on the turn despite being given plenty of space in the area.

Back in action: Didier Drogba returned to the Champions League with Galatasaray

Back in action: Didier Drogba returned to the Champions League with Galatasaray

Both sides seemed to view attack as the best form of defence and Drogba, who was making a nuisance of himself in Schalke's backline, played in Yilmaz but he could not lift his effort over Hildebrand.

Yet Schalke drew level on the stroke of half-time courtesy of United States international Jones, who will miss the second leg after picking up a booking for dissent.

Falling down: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goes down under the challenge of Albert Riera

Falling down: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goes down under the challenge of Albert Riera

Farfan burst through on goal after Gala had given the ball away in midfield and squared for the free Jones and he calmly struck past Muslera.

It was a far more subdued affair after the interval although Schalke did have a decent penalty appeal turned down when Farfan's fierce strike looked to have cannoned off Sabri Sarioglu's hands, which were raised to his chest.

Back in the game: Jermaine Jones (not pictured) scores past Fernando Muslera to make it 1-1

Back in the game: Jermaine Jones (not pictured) scores past Fernando Muslera to make it 1-1

Take that: Jones celebrates after scoring the equalizer

Take that: Jones celebrates after scoring the equalizer

It was not until late on that the game sprang back into life, with Yilmaz shooting across the face of goal from Drogba's inch-perfect flick-on while Sarioglu's half-volley from the edge of the area was tipped over by Hildebrand.

And Gala's efforts to push for a winner nearly backfired completely when, at the other end, Julian Draxler dribbled to the edge of their box unchecked before shooting inches wide of Muslera's right-hand post.

Shielding the ball: Galatasaray's Felipe Melo is challenged by Schalke's Julian Draxler

Shielding the ball: Galatasaray's Felipe Melo is challenged by Schalke's Julian Draxler

Didier Drogba to make Galatasaray home debut in front of loudest fans in world

Better bring your earplugs, Didier! Gala fans named loudest in world as Drogba prepares to make home debut against Schalke

PUBLISHED:

12:59 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:48 GMT, 18 February 2013

Didier Drogba can expect a thunderous reception when he makes his home debut for Galatasaray on Wednesday after the Turkish fans were named the loudest in the world.

Drogba, who scored five minutes into his first appearance for the club on Friday, is expected to feature in the Champions League last-16 clash against Schalke.

And the striker can expect the full backing of the home crowd at the Turk Telekon Arena who recorded a sound level of 131 decibels at a recent derby match – louder than standing 50m away from a military jet taking off.

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Main man: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring on his debut and will hope to do the same in front of his home fans

Main man: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring on his debut and will hope to do the same in front of his home fans

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Meanwhile, Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua will take their battle against Drogba's move to Galatasaray to football's governing body FIFA this week.

The Ivory Coast striker left the club in acrimonious circumstances last month, with Shanghai saying he had breached his contract.

'We now have evidence which we believe will give Shenhua a 99 per cent chance of winning a lawsuit at FIFA,' a lawyer acting for the club told the Sina web portal.

The anonymous source from 'Shenhua's legal team' said papers would be submitted to the sport's governing body on Wednesday.

The report said Shenhua will provide evidence that Drogba breached his contract and that Galatasaray had violated FIFA rules by luring a player away from his current club.

Star man: Drogba left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray

Star man: Drogba left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray

Chinese media previously reported Drogba had asked FIFA to nullify his contract after the club defaulted on payments following a shareholder dispute dating back to September. The striker signed an 18-month, 9million deal with the Istanbul side.

Drogba — a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season — had signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Shanghai in June last year on a reported salary of $200,000-a-week.

Drogba's exit from Shanghai followed that of former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka, who joined Italian giants Juventus on loan.

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Didier Drogba"s move to Galatasaray challenged by Shanghai Shenhua

He's still our player: Shanghai Shenhua set to challenge Drogba's move to Galatasaray

officially signed a formal contract for a period of two and a half years. The club has acted in accordance with this contract, and has effectively fulfilled the responsibilities and obligations of the club.

'Currently, Drogba is still a player of Shanghai Shenhua Football Club, the contract between the two parties is still within the period of validity.

'Shanghai Shenhua is prepared to collate all the evidence and information and submit it to FIFA in order to protect its interests.'

On Monday, Galatasaray announced that Drogba had agreed an 18-month deal to move to Turkey, where he would join up with Wesley Sneijder as part of an ambitious new-look side.

Drogba, speaking through his representatives Sports PR Company on Twitter, said at the time: 'The opportunity to play for this great club was an offer that I could not turn down.

Out of Africa: Drogba is currently playing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast

Out of Africa: Drogba is currently playing at the Africa Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast

'I am looking forward to playing in the Champions League again, against the best clubs in Europe.'

Despite his protests to the contrary, reports persisted that Drogba's move to China had not worked out, largely due to boardroom wrangling, prompting him to seek a return to Europe.

Wesley Sneijder joins Galatasary for 8.3m

Sneijder finally leaves Inter… but Gerrard won't like that he's gone to Turkey, not Liverpool

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

21:29 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 20 January 2013

Galatasaray have agreed a deal to sign Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan, the Turkish club have confirmed.

On Goals on Sunday Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said he would like to see Sneijder arrive at Anfield, but it appears his appeal was too late.

The 28-year-old has been locked in contract talks with Galatasaray since Inter accepted an 8.3 million bid for his services two weeks ago, and has put pen to paper on a deal believed to be worth 120,000-per-week.

Inter exit: Wesley Sneijder (pictured) who has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool has joined Turkish club Galatasaray

Inter exit: Wesley Sneijder (pictured) who has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool has joined Turkish club Galatasaray

A statement on galatasaray.org read: 'The transfer of Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan has been agreed.

'The conditions of the deal will be made public and the player will sign the contract after health checks.'

Gerrard said: 'He's a top player we've seen at every major tournament, he delivers.

'He's done it in the Champions League for years.

'But we have to see on his wages, the man I think gets paid very well. He'll have all kinds of options, I'm sure.

'But I'd like nothing more than to see him in a red shirt. I think he'd be a fantastic player for Liverpool Football Club.'

A short conversation between Inter president Massimo Moratti and Sneijder was released on the Serie A club's website earlier this evening, in which both parties revealed the Dutch international was close to calling time on a successful spell at the San Siro.

Reports in Italy and Holland suggested Sneijder and his agent Soren Lerby met with Galatasaray director Lutfi Arigogan in a Milan hotel this evening to finalise the details of a three-and-a-half year contract.

Talent: Sneijder won the Champions League, was a World Cup finalist and made it into both the UEFA and FIFA teams of the year in 2010

Talent: Sneijder won the Champions League, was a World Cup finalist and made it into both the UEFA and FIFA teams of the year in 2010

Sneijder has not featured for the Nerazzurri since a 2-0 victory at Chievo in September after publicly refusing to take a two million euro pay cut on a contract that ran until June 2015.

Head coach Andrea Stramaccioni maintained the playmaker's absence from the first team was solely a tactical decision, despite Inter's clear difficulty in keeping pace with league leaders Juventus through an injury crisis.

This week saw Moratti urge Sneijder to make a 'professional' decision over his future in Milan, where he won the treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010. The pair cleared the air before Sneijder headed for decisive talks with representatives of the Super Lig leaders.

Manchester United showing interest in Fernando Muslera

United showing interest in Muslera (to replace De Gea)

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:34 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:34 GMT, 7 January 2013

Manchester United are showing interest in Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Reports in Turkey claim a 14million offer has been made but it is understood no bid has gone in yet.

Sportsmail revealed last month that United want Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic while Liverpool’s Pepe Reina had also been discussed.

Target: Muslera could be Old Trafford bound

Target: Muslera could be Old Trafford bound

Muslera, 26, is a Uruguay international. He impressed during his side’s 1-0 win over United in the Champions League group stage.

United’s David de Gea could yet be sold to Real Madrid in the summer.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar signs new Schalke 04 deal leaving Arsenal frustrated

Blow for Arsenal as prime target Huntelaar pens new Schalke deal

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 23 December 2012

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has disappointed Arsene Wenger by putting pen to paper on a new Schalke 04 contract.

The target-man was high on the Arsenal manager's Christmas wish-list but signed a two year extension which ties him to the club until June 2015.

The 29-year-old said: 'I have thought long and hard about this decision and I am very grateful to my managers at Schalke 04, who have have given me this time.

I'm here for this long: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be moving to Arsenal

I'm here for this long: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be moving to Arsenal

'But now I have made ​​the decision, in which I have the best feeling. I've always felt comfortable at Schalke, the club and its fans.

'I now want to put a positive sign, because I believe in our team and the fact that we are in the second round in the Bundesliga is a great prize. And we are in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Galatasaray.'

The striker moved to Germany from AC Milan in August 2010 and after scoring an average eight goals in the Bundesliga in his first year there, he hit 29 last season and was the top scorer.

This season he has 11 goals in 25 games for club and country and Arsenal were hoping he would continue in that fashion at the Emirates.

With just Olivier Giroud as an out-and-out striker – as well as Theo Walcott asking to play in the role – Arsenal could do with some back up.

Lukas Podolski seems more comfortable playing from a wider position while the misfiring Marouane Chamakh is not a serious option and is heading for the exit.

Not good enough: Marouane Chamakh is heading for the Emirates exit

Not good enough: Marouane Chamakh is heading for the Emirates exit

Chelsea 6 Nordsjaelland 1: Match report

Chelsea 6 Nordsjaelland 1: Rafa's first win tarnished as Blues crash out of Europe

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UPDATED:

01:13 GMT, 6 December 2012

The new curse for Fernando Torres is to be the scorer of goals that don't matter.

He can add two from Wednesday night, as Chelsea slipped into the Europa League and out of the Champions League, to his one against Barcelona in the Nou Camp in last season's semi-final: also irrelevant, once the dust had settled.

Yet, if the worst defence of the title in tournament history – out at the group stage – can have a positive gloss, it is that Torres at last found his touch in the penalty area again.

Over you go: Fernando Torres scores his first goal of the night

Over you go: Fernando Torres scores his first goal of the night

No smile Torres is congratulated by Juan Mata (left) and Eden Hazard

No smile Torres is congratulated by Juan Mata (left) and Eden Hazard

MATCH FACTS

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole (Bertrand 60), Romeu, Ramires (Oscar 65), Hazard, Mata (Ferreira 74), Moses, Torres

Subs not used: Turnbull, Mikel, Marin, Azpilicueta

Booked: Luiz

Goals: Luiz 39 pen, Torres 45, 56, Cahill 51, Mata 63, Oscar 71

FC Nordsjaelland: Hansen, Ticinovic, Parkhurst, Runje, Mtiliga, Gundelach, Stokholm, Adu, Christiansen (Kildentoft 61), John, Lorentzen

Subs not used: Jensen, Beckmann, Laudrup, Issah, Lindberg, Maxso

Booked: Christiansen, Parkhurst, Mtiliga

Goal: John 46

Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Holland)

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Goals either side of half-time gave
the first inkling that Rafael Benitez may be the man to get the best
from the striker, as hoped.

Then again, the opposition was Nordsjaelland, group whipping boys and significantly inferior to the European champions.

If there was any match that Chelsea could win in style under Benitez, and any in which Torres could make hay, it was here.

So it proved. This was Chelsea's biggest Champions League victory, eclipsing 5-0 wins over Galatasaray and Genk.

A pity it was rendered meaningless by
events in Ukraine. Just a point would have suited Juventus against
Shakhtar Donetsk and they got all three.

Updates from the east suggested a
largely one-sided affair and the frisson of tension – as Nordsjaelland
were awarded a first-half penalty and later pulled a goal back at the
start of the second hal f – was short-lived.

Chelsea were in control here once
David Luiz had broken the deadlock and the second half was a mismatch of
the kind that does the competition little credit. Imagine the jeers if
Chelsea had messed up.

Absent: John Terry watched the match from the stands

Absent: John Terry watched the match from the stands

Off we go: David Luiz scored the first of Chelsea's goals from the spot

Off we go: David Luiz scored the first of Chelsea's goals from the spot

Off we go: David Luiz scored the first of Chelsea's goals from the spot
HOLDERS GO OUT ON AWAY GOALS

An own goal from Shakhtar Donetsk's Aleksandr Kucher gave Juventus a 1-0 win which saw them finish top of Group E and sent Chelsea out of the competition.

Shakhtar and Chelsea both finished on 10 points but the Ukrainian side qualified for the next round on head-to-head results.

Shakhtar took second spot on away goals after winning 2-1 in Donetsk and losing 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea needed a Shakhtar win to qualify.

Just breaking even with a big win and
two goals was enough for Benitez and Torres. Events in Donetsk were
beyond the manager's control, the damage already done with two defeats
and a draw in the matches against the qualified teams.

The last time Torres got on the
scoresheet this season was in Europe, courtesy of a handy deflection
against Shakhtar Donetsk, and he rode his luck a little for the first
here, too.

Victor Moses put the ball just where
he likes it and Torres strode on, getting a neat rebound from floored
goalkeeper Jesper Hansen before finishing with a flourish into an
unguarded goal.

The deployment of Moses is arguably
the second tactical triumph of the Benitez reign – a more disciplined
David Luiz at the back is the first – and brought in to take some of the
heat off the striker, he did just that.

It is unlikely we will see Eden
Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar operating together again. Oscar made way at
the start last night and Benitez could be preparing to rotate his
supporting forwards while keeping Moses as Torres's hard-working foil – a
blue-shirted Dirk Kuyt.

Chopped down: Torres goes to ground

Chopped down: Torres goes to ground

Another one: Torres, who has struggled for goals, but in his second for the night

Another one: Torres, who has struggled for goals, but in his second for the night

It certainly worked last night, but
will the Premier League clubs find the combination similarly
irresistible Torres's second – Chelsea's fourth – came after a superb
run by Hazard along the left, his cutback cross met by Torres at the
near post to end any wild fantasies of a Danish revival.

Yet it could easily have been first
blood to the Danes – a bizarre exchange of penalties in the firsthalf
the prelude to an otherwise uncomplicated evening.

It was left to Dutch referee Bas
Nijhuis, perhaps as bored with Champions League matchday six as the rest
of us – Glasgow aside – to enliven proceedings with three penalties,
split in Chelsea's favour, in the space of seven minutes.

That the score after this little exchange was only 1-0 to Chelsea is to the credit of goalkeepers Petr Cech and Hansen.

There were two saves before Luiz scored and why they didn't give it to the Brazilian from the off, who knows

Ref Victor Moses appeals to the officials

Ref Victor Moses appeals to the officials

Close: Patrick Mtiliga slides in on Moses

Close: Patrick Mtiliga slides in on Moses

A samba option was unavailable to
Nordsjaelland, who were first to feel the benefit of Nijhuis's largesse
after 31 minutes when a shot from Anders Christiansen struck the
outstretched arm of Gary Cahill.

It looked harsh on the defender,
whose feet were certainly planted outside the area and whose arm only
travelled to its borders from the force of the ball.

Captain Nicolai Stokholm stepped up
but his effort was too near Cech, who parried it confidently. Justice
was done. From the next attack, Torres forced a corner, taken by Hazard
and met by Cahill in the air.

Nordsjaelland substitute Mikkel Beckmann appeared to get the ball trapped between an arm and his body, to huge Chelsea appeals.

Nijhuis was unsighted but his
linesman was not and a second penalty was awarded. Hazard assumed the
position and while his shot was an upgrade on that of Stokholm, it was
not hit with sufficient venom and goalkeeper Hansen kept it out.

Chin up: Fans held out a banner for former striker Didier Drogba

Chin up: Fans held out a banner for former striker Didier Drogba

Enjoying it Rafa benitez watched his first win at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager

Enjoying it Rafa benitez watched his first win at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager

Battle: Paulo Ferreira (left) vies with defender Patrick Mtiliga

Battle: Paulo Ferreira (left) vies with defender Patrick Mtiliga

And so it was left to the much
maligned Luiz to do the job after a Juan Mata shot was handled by
Patrick Mtiliga and Nijhuis passed sentence again. This time there was
no mistake.

Luiz began his run just outside
Fulham Broadway station, hit Mach 1 by the time he arrived at the ball
and planted it in the top right corner with the confidence of a man
applying for the job permanently in the knowledge he had all the
qualifications, three top class references and was going out with the
boss's daughter.

He doesn't do things by halves, that
boy. From there, Chelsea should have been coasting. Yet this is still a
damaged club and strange, random things happen to it.

From the second- half kick off, an
angled ball into Joshua John caught Branislav Ivanovic napping. Cech
dashed from his area, suddenly vulnerable, John teased the ball past him
and Ivanovic lost his footing trying to recover on the goal-line, the
final indignity.

Not you again! Rafael Benitez was criticised by his own fans again

Not you again! Rafael Benitez was criticised by his own fans again

With scores still tied in Donetsk,
some feared the worst: the Ukrainians would do their job, but Chelsea
would not. Instead, it unfolded all too predictably.

Chelsea won, but so did Juventus and
Nordsjaelland collapsed in a sorry heap. The two-goal advantage taken
into half time was quickly restored by a looping Cahill header from a
Hazard free-kick, Nordsjaelland's spirit waning with each fresh wave of
attack.

Torres added the fourth, then Mata
played a one-two with Hazard before hitting a shot which Hansen saved,
only for the Spaniard to snaffle the rebound.

The sixth came after Oscar had been
introduced, running onto a perfect ball from Mata. It was impressive
stuff, even if it had a little of the flat-track bully about it.

Given a sterner test by Sam
Allardyce's West Ham United last Saturday, Chelsea's courage failed
them. It is Sunderland next; even in crisis, they will provide grittier
opposition than Chelsea faced here.

On Saturday, a Torres goal could be vital.

Big match essential

Big match essential

Champions League – your guide to the knockout stages

Sportsmail's complete guide to the 16 teams through to the Champions League knockout stages

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UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 6 December 2012

Chelsea became the first holders to fail to make the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

But 16 teams did make it through to the next round, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic.

Eight of the 16 teams in the draw – those that won their group – are seeded, with the eight runners-up unseeded.

The runners-up are drawn first and play the first-leg matches at home.

They cannot be paired with either the winners from their section or clubs from the same county.

The draw will take place on December 20 at 10.30am in Nyon. The two leg ties in the last 16 will take place between February 12 and March 13.

Group winners: Robin van Persie and Manchester United could face Celtic

Group winners: Robin van Persie and Manchester United could face Celtic

GROUP WINNERS

Paris St Germain
Schalke
Malaga
Borussia Dortmund
Juventus
Bayern Munich
Barcelona
Manchester United

GROUP RUNNERS-UP

Porto
Arsenal
AC Milan
Real Madrid
Valencia
Shakhtar Donetsk
Galatasaray
Celtic

Manchester United could face a battle of Britain tie with Scottish champions Celtic or one of five other sides:

PORTO

Coach: Vitor Pereira.
Star man: Jackson Martinez.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winner 1987, 2004.
Chances: Have shown they can go all the way before, but it seems unlikely they will trouble the major sides this time.
Did you know Pereira was previously assistant boss at Porto under Andre Villas-Boas, who led the team to a treble of the Portuguese league and cup and Europa League in 2011.

Real threat: Ronaldo is Real Madrid's talisman

Real threat: Ronaldo is Real Madrid's talisman

AC MILAN

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.
Star man: Stephan El Shaarawy.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007.
Chances: Struggling this term domestically and in Europe, they are not the force of old – although their pedigree in this competition means they should not be entirely written off.
Did you know The club was founded as a football and cricket outfit by English expatriates in 1899.

REAL MADRID

Coach: Jose Mourinho.
Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002.
Chances: Over a decade on from Real's last Champions League triumph, it would appear boss Mourinho is determined to clinch the crown for the club this season and they are widely regarded as joint favourites alongside Barcelona.
Did you know Real appeared in eight of the first 11 European Cup finals.

Milan's main man: Stephan El Shaarawy poses a threat for the Italians

Milan's main man: Stephan El Shaarawy poses a threat for the Italians

SHAKHTAR DONETSK

Coach: Mircea Lucescu.
Star man: Luiz Adriano.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Quarter-final 2011.
Chances: Another side to have really grabbed people's attention in the group stage, and one few teams will want to face in the knockout rounds.
Did you know Lucescu guided Shakhtar to the UEFA Cup title in 2009 – the final year before the tournament was rebranded as the Europa League.

VALENCIA

Coach: Ernesto Valverde.
Star man: Roberto Soldado.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Runner-up 2000, 2001.
Chances: Do not appear equipped for a really extended run in the competition this season.
Did you know Valencia recorded their biggest Champions League win last season by beating Genk 7-0.

CELTIC

Coach: Neil Lennon.
Star man: Victor Wanyama.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1967.
Chances: Given little hope after being grouped with Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow but reached knockout stage for first time since 2007/08 season. Anything else would be a bonus for the Scottish champions.
Did you know The club was founded in 1887 with the stated purpose of alleviating poverty in Glasgow's East End parishes.

Arsenal finished as runners-up in their group to Schalke 04, so will face one of these group winners:

PARIS ST GERMAIN

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.
Star man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Semi-final 1995.
Chances: Mega-rich PSG have ambitions to win the Champions League this term and if striker Ibrahimovic can continue his superb form, it might just happen.
Did you know Paris St Germain were only formed in 1970, as a merger between Paris FC and Stade St Germain.

I am Zlatan: Ibrahimovic made a big money move to PSG in the summer

I am Zlatan: Ibrahimovic made a big money move to PSG in the summer

MALAGA

Coach: Manuel Pellegrini.
Star man: Javier Saviola.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: First time in competition.
Chances: Impressive so far in their debut Champions League season, although inexperience may count against them in the knockout rounds.
Did you know Pellegrini took Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2006, but during his brief period as boss at Real Madrid, could only get Los Blancos to the last 16.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Coach: Jurgen Klopp.
Star man: Robert Lewandowski.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1997.
Chances: Have very much caught the eye in the group stage and are being tipped as dark horses for the title.
Did you know Dortmund, under Klopp, have won the Bundesliga for the past two seasons, securing a domestic double in 2011-12 by adding the DFB-Pokal.

Poles apart: Robert Lewandowski Dortmund's prolific striker

Poles apart: Robert Lewandowski Dortmund's prolific striker

BAYERN MUNICH

Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Star man: Franck Ribery.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001.
Chances: Last season's beaten finalists are looking to make amends and have been effective so far.
Did you know Bayern lost the 2011-12 Champions League final despite it being played at their home ground, being defeated on penalties by Chelsea at the Allianz Arena following a 1-1 draw.

BARCELONA

Coach: Tito Vilanova.
Star man: Lionel Messi.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011.
Chances: There has been little so far to suggest that Vilanova, appointed as Barca boss over the summer, cannot emulate his predecessor Pep Guardiola this term by winning the competition.
Did you know Prior to their 2006 Champions League triumph, Barcelona had not featured in a European Cup final since 1994.

JUVENTUS

Coach: Antonio Conte.
Star man: Arturo Vidal.
Previous best in CL/European Cup: Winners 1985, 1996.
Chances: Serie A champions snuck into last 16 by winning final group game and will be expected to step it up when European competition resumes in February.
Did you know Juve's original strip was pink, back in 1897. They adopted their new colours six years later when Turin-based Englishman John Savage acquired a set of black and white vertical striped shirts from a Notts County-supporting friend.