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UEFA Champions League

  • 3 October 2012
  • • 00:15
  • • Parken, København
  • Referee: M. Strahonja
  • • Attendance: 25120

Live Commentary

  • So that's it from me on a good night for Chelsea. Roberto Di Matteo's side will now turn their attentions back to Premier League action and their meeting with Norwich City at Stamford Bridge at the weekend as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. This is Nicholas McGee, signing off!
  • Its all over in Copenhagen, a comfortable win for Chelsea but the score line does not tell the full story. Nordsjaelland caused the Blues a lot of problems and should be applauded for a valiant display, however the visitors' quality told in the end.
  • 90' + 2'
    We're two minutes into the three allotted minutes of added time and it looks as if there will be no consolation for the hosts.
  • 89'
    Assist Oscar
  • 89'
    Goal Ramires
    If you're a neutral, then you'd have to say Nordsjaelland deserve a goal for their endeavours. However all they are getting is further punishment, the visitors add a fourth as Hazard latches on to Torres' flick to cross for Ramires who completes the rout with an easy tap in.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionK. Lorentzen Andreas Laudrup
  • 85'
    It really is just a question of how many Chelsea will score now, the Blues are in total command and go close again as Lampard fires over from the edge of the area.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionJuan Mata John Obi Mikel
  • 82'
    Goal Juan Mata
    If the game wasn't over following the second goal, then it certainly is now. Juan Mata bursts into the box from the right hand side before attempting to to lay the ball into Lampard, Okore does well to block the intended pass but Mata is there to follow up and smartly side foots past Hansen to put the result beyond any doubt.
  • 79'
    Goal David Luiz
    Juan Mata delivered a poor free-kick just minutes ago, but David Luiz has just hit an absolute stunner, the Brazilian centre-half stepping up from 25 yards to curl an unstoppable strike over the wall and in off the post. The three points are going to West London.
  • 77'
    Yellow Card Ivan Runje
  • 77'
    The home side concede a free-kick on the edge of the area but Mata's effort is hit straight into the wall.
  • 76'
    Chelsea, after almost conceding an equaliser, go close to adding a second as Juan Mata's cross is deflected away just before Oscar is able to connect.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionMikkel Beckmann S. Christensen
  • 72'
    What a wonderful save from Petr Cech! Beckmann plays a superb through ball into the path of Joshua John and the Dutchman composes himself before unleashing a thunderous curling effort which the Chelsea keeper fingertips onto the post. Beckmann's follow up effort is blocked by Cahill and the Blues survive a huge scare.
  • 69'
    Neither substitute has had much opportunity to make an impact since coming on, the game has died down slightly but Nordsjaelland continue to look dangerous and Chelsea would be well served by finding that all important second goal.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionVictor Moses Eden Hazard
  • 65'
    SubstitutionMorten Nordstrand Mario Ticinovic
  • 64'
    The hosts really should be level, Michael Parkhurst bursts down the right hand side before squaring to Beckmann, however the midfielder can only skew a shot well wide despite being in a wonderful position on the edge of the area.
  • 61'
    Nordsjaelland smell blood, Kasper Hjulman's side have dominated the last few minutes and they go close again as Cech is forced to parry a dipping effort from Stokholm.
  • 59'
    A big chance for an equaliser goes begging as Mikkel Beckmann heads high and wide after Okore had floated a wonderful ball over the Chelsea defence. The Danish outfit are still in this.
  • 53'
    For the fourth time of the evening, Chelsea have the ball in the net, however it will again count for nothing as Victor Moses is penalised for pulling back a defender.
  • 52'
    A slight scare for the hosts as the impressive Joshua John fires an effort just wide of the post, Cech probably had it covered but the Chelsea keeper had to dive to his left just to make sure.
  • 49'
    Chelsea are very much in the ascendancy and a second goal appears inevitable, Nordsjaelland can't keep hold of the ball and Blues are piling on the pressure. Victor Moses forces Hansen into a save at the near post and the hosts have to defend consecutive corners before eventually clearing the danger.
  • 47'
    Juan Mata has the ball in the net again for Chelsea, but the whistle had gone well before that as the Spaniard was flagged for offside after Torres had blocked an attempted clearance from the home defence.
  • 46'
    Nordsjaelland get the second half underway.
  • The referee blows for Half-Time in Copenhagen, Nordsjaelland have played some wonderful football at times but a defensive error has left them with a difficult task in the second half. Chelsea will be relatively pleased with their first half display but will feel they have had the chances to lead by more.
  • 43'
    Chelsea have the ball in the net once more, but it won't count. Moses breaks down the right hand side before being stopped by Okore, the winger lays the ball into Torres whose shot is well saved by Hansen. Branislav Ivanovic steers the rebound back into the Spaniard, who pokes home from close range, however the strike is ruled out for offside.
  • 38'
    That goal has not dented Nordsjaelland's spirit and they are still attacking with great spirit and energy. Kasper Lorentzen plays a dangerous looking ball into the path of Morten Nordstrand but Gary Cahill is there to head the ball away.
  • 33'
    Assist Frank Lampard
  • 33'
    Goal Juan Mata
    The curse of the commentator strikes, and Chelsea have the lead. Torres dispossesses Adu 20 yards from goal before playing the ball into Lampard, the England man shows great vision by quickly sliding the ball through to Mata at the far post and the Spaniard makes no mistake, slotting past Hansen to give the Blues the advantage.
  • 31'
    Not much happening in terms of goalmouth action at the moment. Enoch Adu has had a shot from the edge of the area blocked for the hosts but clear cut opportunities have rare for both sides so far this half.
  • 27'
    You have to credit Nordsjaelland for their performance so far, their passing style is very attractive to watch and the Danes have more than held their own against the European champions in this first half hour.
  • 22'
    And just as I say that there is a big chance for Fernando Torres, the Spaniard finds himself clean through on goal but Jesper Hansen stays big and saves relatively comfortably.
  • 21'
    Nordsjaelland are beginning to get on top here and Roberto Di Matteo's men need to wake up. Michael Parkhurst and Nicolai Stokholm have been particularly impressive for the Danes.
  • 17'
    The home side win their first corner of the evening after Morten Nordstrand's effort takes a heavy deflection. The hosts play it short before the eventual final ball is easily gathered by Petr Cech.
  • 14'
    Norsjaelland may not be on the same level as Chelsea in terms of quality, but you can see why they are Danish champions. The home side are spraying the ball around with increasing confidence and have enjoyed a good spell of possession in the last few minutes.
  • 10'
    Okore, sporting a rather fetching bandage around his head, returns to the fray for the home side.
  • 10'
    Another chance for Chelsea, Juan Mata marauds down the right hand side before squaring the ball to Frank Lampard, who fires over from the edge of the area.
  • 7'
    Okore is still receiving treatment after clashing heads with Moses in the act of saving his side, still that is just a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things. The Danes have come into the game a little more in the last few minutes and look a little more settled.
  • 3'
    Superb defending from Nordsjaelland's Jores Okore! Oscar drifts a ball into the box into the path of Victor Moses, who appears to have the easy task of nodding in at the fat post, however Okore steals in to head the ball against the woodwork and save a certain goal.
  • 2'
    Early chance for the visitors, Nordsjaelland carelessly lose possession from a throw-in deep inside their own half, Fernando Torres and Oscar look to work a shooting chance but in the end the Brazilian cross drifts wide of the post.
  • 1'
    Chelsea get us underway!
  • The teams are out on the pitch in Cophenhagen, the Champions League is anthem is blaring out of the tannoy and we are just about ready for action.
  • Subs: Turnbull, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Romeu, Mikel, Hazard.
  • Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Torres, Mata, Moses
  • Subs: Villadsen, Gundelach, Christensen, Tičinović, Petry, Christiansen, Laudrup
  • FC Nordsjaelland: Hansen, Okore, Mtiliga, Parkhurst, Runje, Adu, Stokholm, Lorentzen, Beckmann, Nordstrand, John
  • We start, as always, with the two team line-ups...
  • Hello there and welcome to's live coverage of Chelsea's Champions League clash with Nordsjaelland. I'm Nicholas McGee and I'll be taking you through the next 90 minutes as the Blues look to earn their first win of the group stages.