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UEFA Champions League

  • March 18, 2014
  • • 3:45 PM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 38038

Chelsea win Aggregate 3 - 1

Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray (Agg 3-1): Eto'o & Cahill send Blues through

Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray (Agg 3-1): Eto'o & Cahill send Blues through

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It was not a happy homecoming for Didier Drogba as the hosts comfortably dispatched of their lackluster visitors to march into the Champions League quarterfinals.

Chelsea booked its place in the Champions League quarterfinals with a comfortable 2-0 win against Galatasaray on Tuesday evening.

First-half goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill - on his 100th Chelsea appearance - sealed a comfortable 3-1 aggregate success, with the long-awaited Stamford Bridge return of Didier Drogba proving to be an anti-climax.

By Liam Twomey

The pre-match talk was all about Didier Drogba, but this was a brutal reminder that football is a team game. Chelsea is through to the last eight with barely a bead of sweat, its progress assured from the moment Samuel Eto'o fired low past Fernando Muslera only four minutes in. Gary Cahill put the Turkish champions well and truly out of their misery just before halftime.

Watching Drogba, it was clear the effort was there but support and inspiration were lacking, and the Ivorian instead found himself upstaged by the other great African striker of the past 20 years.

Samuel Eto'o may not have been an emphatic success at Chelsea, but he still possesses the steel required to make a difference on big nights like this, and his input will be crucial if the Blues are to be a genuine threat against much better sides in this competition.
Eto'o opened the scoring with the first attack of the game, controlling Oscar's pass before firing low into the corner, and Chelsea made its dominance count shortly before the break when Cahill converted the rebound from a John Terry header.

Former Chelsea striker Drogba had very little impact on the game, his most notable contribution coming in the first half when he blasted a free kick over the crossbar and into a banner bearing his own name.

Mourinho's spiky relationship with opposite number Roberto Mancini was well documented in the build up, but it was the Portuguese who had the last laugh as Chelsea secured an untroubled passage into the quarterfinals.

Eto'o, back in the side in place of Fernando Torres from the first leg, had scored all of his previous nine Chelsea goals at home and that trend continued in the fourth minute.

Eden Hazard played a pivotal role, spinning away from Felipe Melo before feeding Oscar, who slipped the ball into the path of the striker, the Cameroonian taking a touch before firing low beyond Fernando Muslera.

Hazard and Oscar combined to great effect once again midway through the half to set up Frank Lampard, who stabbed his effort wide.

Chelsea went close again in the 33rd minute, Lampard whipping in a free kick from the left that Terry volleyed narrowly over the crossbar from 10 yards.

The hosts continued to press with Hazard at the center of everything, this time bursting down the left to allow Eto'o to set up Willian, but the Brazilian's tame effort was comfortable for Muslera.

All Chelsea's pressure paid off three minutes before the break, Cahill smashing home from close range after Muslera had parried Terry's powerful downward header from a Lampard corner.

Willian tested Muslera with a powerful drive five minutes after the interval, while the Uruguayan also denied Lampard and substitute Torres toward the end.

In stoppage time, Drogba fluffed a chance to trouble Petr Cech on the goalkeeper's 100th Champions League appearance as Chelsea reached the quarterfinals for the eighth time in the last 11 seasons.

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