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UEFA Champions League

  • October 19, 2010
  • • 17:30
  • • Olimpiyskiy stadion Luzhniki, Moskva
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
  • • Attendance: 75000

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 2'
    FULL TIME! A comfortable two goal victory for Chelsea to make it three wins out of three after a wonder strike from Zhirkov, that will be talked about for a while and a goal for Anelka which should secure qualification into the next phase of the Champions League.
  • 90'
    McGeady goes down in the area under a challenge from Van Aanholt, but the referee refuses to award the former Celtic winger a penalty.
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Yuri Zhirkov
  • 88'
    Zhirkov is booked for a heavy challenge which seems to be the only joy the Spartak fans will get, seeing the former CSKA man yellow carded.
  • 87'
    SubstitutionAshley Cole Patrick van Aanholt
  • 87'
    The final change for the visitors sees Van Aanholt replace Cole as they look to run out the clock.
  • 86'
    Cole hots a short passback on the artifical surface. Welliton tries to get in on goal, but Cech bails out his left back.
  • 86'
    Cole hots a short passback on the artifical surface. Welliton tries to get in on goal, but Cech bails out his left back.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionAri Zhano Ananidze
  • 84'
    Spartak make their first change, as Ananidze replaces Ari for the home side as they look to get back into the game.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionFlorent Malouda Gäel Kakuta
  • 82'
    Chelsea make their second change of the evening, with Kakuta replacing Malouda.
  • 81'
    McGeady dances down the left hand side, shadowed by Ivanovic, who sees that the ball goes harmlessly out for a goal kick.
  • 79'
    McGeady hits a cross from the left which finds Ari, but his header is too weak to trouble Cech.
  • 77'
    The corner results in a scramble in the box before Chelsea eventually clear to safety.
  • 76'
    Parshivlyuk darts in from the right wing, but is met by Zhirkov before he can get a cross in.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionSalomon Kalou Josh McEachran
  • 74'
    Chelsea make a substitution by bringing on 17-year-old McEachran for Kalou.
  • 72'
    Kalou races in from left and passes to Essien who puts the ball wide from 10 yards out.
  • 70'
    Zhirkov takes a corner from the left which is headed over the bar by Ivanovic.
  • 66'
    McGeady crosses from the right, but Kombarov can't get to it before Ferreira, who puts it out for a corner.
  • 64'
    Ibson once again tests Cech from the edge of the area, but the keeper is equal to the strike, putting it out for another corner.
  • 63'
    McGeady, who has been the main playmaker for Spartak finds Ibson, who tests Cech with a strike he puts away for a corner.
  • 62'
    Anelka gives away a free kick on the edge of the Spartak area, after fouling Suchy as the defender brought the ball out of the box.
  • 60'
    Kombarov has a chance from the centre of the Chelsea area which Cech manages to get down to save well.
  • 58'
    The free kick is wasted by Chelsea as they try to play the ball into the Spartak area, but the home side clear easily.
  • 57'
    Essien gains a free kick 25 yards out after a challenge from Sheshukov.
  • 56'
    Yellow Card Marek Suchy
  • 56'
    Chelsea have managed to withstand the early Spartak onslaught and have now getting more into the second half.
  • 55'
    Suchy receives a yellow card after a challenge on Kalou.
  • 52'
    Kombarov rifles a cross from the left, but Welliton can get nowhere near the powerful drive.
  • 50'
    McGeady has another chance for Spartak, as he cuts in from the right, but his weak shot is saved easily by Cech.
  • 49'
    Makeev goes down the left hand side, before playing in Welliton, who blazes over the bar from the edge of the penalty box.
  • 48'
    McGeady races forward and fires towards goal, with Cech making the save by putting the ball out for a corner.
  • 47'
    Ari fires over from the edge of the area after being played in by a Welliton knock down.
  • 46'
    Spartak get the second half underway in front of nearly 80,000 at the Luzhniki, as they look to over turn a two goal deficit.
  • 45'
    HALF TIME! Chelsea go in at the half with a two goal cushion at the Luzhniki Stadion in Moscow.
  • 43'
    Assist Michael Essien
  • 43'
    Goal Nicolas Anelka
  • 43'
    Goal! Essien plays through Anelka who finishes comfortably into Dykan's left hand corner to put Chelsea two up.
  • 40'
    The game is starting to swing from end to end, but neither side is managing to to finish their chances.
  • 37'
    Anelka misses after a bad pass back. The Frenchman tried to round the keeper, who touched the ball away.
  • 36'
    Welliton takes what appears to take a dive after clashing with Ivanovic.
  • 35'
    Anelka gains a corner after running in from the right hand side.
  • 33'
    Terry puts in a goal saving block as Welliton bares down on goal.
  • 30'
    Anelka tries to cross for Malouda inside the area, but the Spartak defence clear.
  • 29'
    Pareja smashes a free kick over the bar from 30 yards out.
  • 28'
    Ferreira heads the box back to Cech after being under pressure from Welliton.
  • 26'
    Anelka has a strike from the edge of the box that goes just wide.
  • 23'
    Goal Yuri Zhirkov
  • 23'
    Goal! Zhirkov scores with a 20 yard thunderbolt that stuns the Luzhniki from the left side of the edge of the area.
  • 20'
    McGeady swings in a cross form the right wing which is dealt with comfortably by Cech.
  • 17'
    Malouda has a swing at the ball in the box, but the ball cannons off Suchy for a corner.
  • 15'
    Pass from Anelka, finds Malouda running in on goal, but the winger's shot sails wide.
  • 13'
    Welliton has a strike from the left side of the 6 yard box, which Cech beats away.
  • 10'
    Parshivlyuk races down the right hand side for Spartak, crossing for Kombarov, who hits the ball over Cech's bar.
  • 8'
    Chelsea starting to pressure the home side, with Ferreira crossing from the right, but cut out by the Spartak defence.
  • 5'
    Kalou volleys a strike in the area, high over the bar.
  • 2'
    Anelka gives away a free kick after hitting Sheshukov with a high boot.
  • 1'
    Chelsea get the game underway.
  • Spartak striker Welliton comes into the game having scored 16 goals in his last 18 Russian league appearances.
  • Chelsea arrived in Moscow without key men Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard who miss out as the result of illness and a hernia injury.
  • The Chelsea line-up is as follows. Cech, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kalou, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran, Clifford, Mellis.
  • Spartak Moscow line-up is as follows. Dykan, Parshivlyuk, Pareja, Suchy, Makeev, McGeady, Sheshukov, Ibson, D. Kombarov, Ari, Welliton. Subs: Pesyakov, Maidana, Stranzl, Sabitov, Ivanov, Ananidze, Kozlov.
  • Hello and welcome to's live commentary of the Champions League match between Spartak Moscow and Chelsea. My name is Matthew Harold and I'll be leading you though the 90 minutes. The fixture at the Luzhniki Stadion is Carlo Ancelotti's 100th game in Europe's premier competition.