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October 1, 2013
• Arena Naţională, Bucureşti
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
• Attendance: 36713
Ramires 20', 55'
D. Georgievski 44' (own goal)
F. Lampard 90'
And that's all for our LIVE coverage of Steaua v Chelsea tonight. Thanks for joining us, and we hope to see you again very soon!
Chelsea are third in Group E, level with Basel on three points after the Swiss side lost to Schalke. Steaua, meanwhile, are rooted to the bottom with two defeats from two.
That's FULL TIME in Bucharest and Chelsea have registered a superb 4-0 win against Steaua tonight. It was a thoroughly professional performance against a relatively poor side, and the Blues get their Champions League campaign back on track.
90' + 2'
Chelsea are in possession in the second of three minutes' added time. It's been a great night for the Blues' in Romania.
Goal Frank Lampard
LAMPARD SCORES!! 4-0!! Chelsea round off the night nicely as Eto'o swings it across to Willian, and the Brazilian lays it off to Lampard, who drills a low shot in off the post from 20 yards.
Luiz gives it to Stanciu after a heavy touch in midfield, but he does well to recover and support Azpilicueta out wide to force the ball out for a throw.
Great chance! Cole gives it away and Tanase collects the ball before firing a long-range effort at goal, which dips towards the post, forcing a fine save from Cech. From the corner Steaua should score as Lampard gets in to block Filip from point-blank range.
Steaua have the ball with Stanciu, and he exchanges passes with Tanase before swinging the ball in from the left, but Luiz is there again to clear.
Willian is the latest to be introduced to the game. Mata comes off to an ovation from the select group of travelling Chelsea fans.
And there's confirmation the Blues are settling in as Azpilicueta replaces Oscar. Just over 10 minutes to go. Will we see any more goals this evening?
Tatu flicks the ball into the middle looking for Filip, but Luiz is there to play it off the midfielder and back towards Cech. Chelsea look content to see out the rest of the game, now.
The two best chances of the night for Steaua in quick succession, there. Chelsea back in possession again though.
Great chance! Latovlevici swings it in from the left and it comes to Stanciu at the far post. The midfielder's first-time volley is blocked before he collects the rebound and lashes a second effort just over the bar.
Kapetanos gets behind the defence on the left-hand side and tries to pull it back for Tatu, but Luiz then Lampard manage to hack the ball clear.
Just wide! Chelsea push forward yet again and Oscar does very well to hold off the defender on the right before finding Ramires, who squares to Schurrle, and the German tries to bend it into the far corner but it goes just wide.
It's looking very easy now for Chelsea, who are completely dominating possession. Torres will be very disappointed not to be on against such a vulnerable-looking side.
Close! Oscar has the ball and pushes to the right-hand edge of the area and, with little options, decides to try a shot from the angle which whistles wide of the near post.
Chance! Gardos miscontrols and Eto'o picks it up before spreading the ball to Schurrle, who cuts inside and fires a shot straight at Tatarusanu from 20 yards.
Steaua eventually get to take their corner but it comes out to far and Chelsea manage to clear. The hosts have possession back in their own half but look bereft of ideas.
Cech is in pain after making that save. Looks like he landed awkwardly, but the big Chelsea shot-stopper should be OK to continue.
Close! Tanase - possibly Steaua's best threat tonight - tests Cech with a fine long-range chip which dips late and forces the goalkeeper to tip over the bar.
Off the post! Mata is so unlucky not to put Chelsea further in front after a superb flick from Oscar puts the Spaniard free, and he slams the ball into the near upright.
That's surely game over now? Steaua have been poor while Chelsea have been thoroughly professional. They'll fancy getting more tonight.
RAMIRES SCORES AGAIN!! IT'S 3-0!! The Blues are well clear and it's Schurrle who breaks down the left again, squaring it to Oscar, who helps it on to the run of Ramires, and the Brazilian hammers a shot into the near top corner.
Tatu finds the run of Kapetanos with an excellent pass through the defence but the substitute is caught offside, much to the relief of Terry, who was caught flat-footed there.
Cole gets into an advanced position and drills the ball across the six-yard box, but no-one is there to get on the end of is and the ball rolls out the other side.
Yellow Card Ashley Cole
Ivanovic finds Mata with a superb inside pass and the midfielder lays it back to Lampard, who completely misses the ball and Steaua break, forcing Cole to make a silly challenge on Kapetanos to earn a booking.
Filip tries to get a shot away on the edge of the box but sees it blocked by a wall of white and Chelsea break, giving Eto'o the chance to shoot from 25 yards but it's straight at the goalkeeper.
Eto'o draws a foul off Szukala in midfield and Chelsea keep possession before Terry gives it away on halfway, and Filip picks it up.
Adrian Popa I
Leandro Ângelo Martins
The second half resumes as the hosts - who make two changes - start the ball rolling once more.
It would be quite a surprise if Daniel Georgievski lasts much - if any - longer in this match. Chelsea have been strong and professional; is there any way back for Steaua?
It's HALF TIME! That's the last real action of the half and Chelsea go in at the break with a two-goal advantage, which you have to say is thoroughly deserved.
Own Goal Daniel Georgievski
OWN GOAL!! CHELSEA ARE TWO UP!! Eto'o springs through the defence and bursts into the area before cutting on to his right and firing a shot which is saved, but palmed straight into the legs of Georgievski, and the ball bounces back into the net to double the Blues' lead.
Chance! Ramires steals it in midfield and sets a break going. It's played forward to Schurrle, who gets behind the defence can't quite control it and has to work it back to Oscar, who fires a 20-yard effort wide of the target.
Luiz brings down Piovaccari in midfield and is lucky to escape a booking when he kicks the ball away. The Steaua striker hasn't seen much of the ball but he's starting to make his presence felt in the Chelsea defence.
Oscar gets away with a terrible pass back for Luiz and Piovaccari is chasing it, but Cech sprints 35 yards out of his goal to make a vital clearance.
Steaua finally cause some havoc in the Chelsea defence as Popa whips in a cross from the right, and Cech palms it away far from convincingly, but they manage to scramble the ball out of defence.
It's a fairly muted atmosphere inside the stadium at the moment. The Blues have done a good job of stifling the hosts both on and off the pitch.
Lampard is blocked off in midfield and Chelsea have a free kick in a dangerous area, 35 yards out on the left., but Luiz slams his effort straight into the wall.
Oh dear, Oscar. The Brazilian completely fluffs a shot from the edge of the box after Schurrle again skips past the full-back to square it to his team-mate, and the ball loops high and into the hands of the goalkeeper.
Yellow Card Frank Lampard
Steaua have a chance to break through Stanciu, but Lampard comes across and blocks off the midfielder, earning himself the first booking of the night.
Tanase treis to find Piovaccari with a high diagonal ball but Piovaccari is given offside. The lone striker is a bit lonely up front so far tonight.
Schurrle drops deep to collect the ball from Terry and looks for the run of Cole, but he overhits it and Tatarusanu has plenty of time to collect the ball.
The Londoners are doing their best to keep hold of possession when they can but it's a bit scrappy at the moment. Piovaccari launches it forward from deep but it goes straight through to Luiz.
Chelsea are almost in again as Mata chips a delightful lob over the defence but it's scraped clear and the hosts survive the danger.
Luiz drives another long ball forward but again it doesn't find a Chelsea man and Steaua come forward. Tanase tries his luck from range with a bouncing effort which Cech saves comfortably.
The hosts were just starting to get a foothold in the game, so that goal has come at a good time for Chelsea. Moments after scoring, Ramires is penalised for a late challenge on Piovaccari.
Assist Samuel Eto'o
RAMIRES SCORES! CHELSEA LEAD! Schurrle produces another superb run down the left and he skips straight past Georgievski before finding Eto'o in the box, and the striker mishits his shot but Ramires is there to poke it past the goalkeeper and put the visitors in front.
Mata gives the ball away deep inside his own half and Steaua works it out to Georgievski, who swings in a dangerous cross but Luiz is there to head away from the six-yard line.
Piovaccari gives Terry his first test of the night, challenging well for a high ball and winning a free kick off the defender. It's whipped into the box but the combination of Ivanovic and Ramires is enough to see the ball cleared.
Lampard picks the ball up in the middle and pushes forward. Chelsea have plenty of men up and it's worked wide to Schurrle, who exchanges passes with Eto'o before overhitting a return pass straight through to the goalkeeper.
Chelsea look fairly comfortable at the moment, and they are enjoying plenty of possession. Ivanovic tries to take on Latovlevici but his cross deflects off the defender and goes out for a throw, before moments later Ramires gives away a free kick in midfield.
Tanase tries to break down the left-hand side for Steaua, but Ivanovic races across to slide in and win a throw off the midfielder. The Serbia international showed good pace there.
That's the end of the evening for Torres. He's clearly picked up a knock tonight, and Samuel Eto'o is on in his place.
Oscar lifts a superb ball over the defence for Schurrle and it looks like the German is through but Tatarusanu is out like a shot to smother the ball well.
Luiz launches it high for Torres - who is back on for now - but Gardos gets across well to divert it behind for a corner, which Tatarusanu claims comfortably from Mata's ball in.
Steaua have the ball deep in Chelsea's half and Ramires manages to get across to clear from the edge of his box, but with Torres still off the pitch there's no-one there to collect it.
Torres is down in trouble and has to walk off for treatment. It looks like his strong challenge in midfield early on is still causing him problems.
Steaua are unbeaten in the league so far this season, but it's been a shaky start for them tonight. Chelsea halt an attack from the hosts before Luiz tries to find a pass through the middle, only to see it cut out.
There's another lucky escape for Steaua as Borceanu's header back goes straight to a white shirt, but Szukala recovers the ball for the hosts.
Great chance for the visitors! Schurrle strides past several players, cutting inside before unleashing a shot from 20 yards which deflects into the path of Mata, who is forced wide by the goalkeeper and can't find a man with his cross from the goal line.
Chelsea have an early push forward as Torres does well to win the ball in midfield and spread it to Schurrle on the left, but the winger's cross is easily cleared.
We're underway in Bucharest as Chelsea get the game started.
The Champions League theme blasts around the stadium, where the roof is closed tonight after days of rain in Romania. Should be quite an atmosphere in there.
This game is a repeat of the Europa League last 16 tie earlier this year, when the Romanians ran out 1-0 winners before Chelsea overturned the deficit at Stamford Bridge to progress. Will that give the hosts an advantage tonight?
For Chelsea, both Juan Mata and Fernando Torres are given the nod by Jose Mourinho. Torres was sent off against Tottenham at the weekend so will be keen to make a mark tonight before serving his domestic ban, while Mata's game-changing performance on Saturday has clearly won his manager over.
So, the hosts bring back striker Federico Piovaccari into the side at the expense of Pantelis Kapetanos, who drops to the bench, while Lucian Filip replaces the injured Mihai Pintili.
CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole; Lampard, Ramires; Schurrle, Mata, Oscar; Torres. // Subs: Schwarzer, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Willian, Ba, Eto'o.
STEAUA: Tatarusanu; Georgievski, Szukala, Gardos, Latovlevici; Filip, Bourceanu; Tanase, Stanciu, Popa; Piovaccari. // Subs: Nita, Varela, Prepelita, Cristea, Neagu, Leandro Tatu, Kapetanos.
The line-ups have been announced, so let's take a look, starting with the Romanian side...
Good evening and welcome to LIVE play-by-play coverage of tonight's Champions League clash between Steaua Bucharest and Chelsea. Both sides opened Group E with defeat a fortnight ago so will be desperate to get their European campaigns back on track this evening.
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