UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:Can Chelsea Stop Atletico Madrid?



Chelsea's David Luiz attempts to close down Diego Costa


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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will
have it all to play for when they meet in the second leg of their
Champions League semi-final in London next Wednesday after a 0-0 draw in
the first leg at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday.
Chances were far and few between as
Chelsea set up to stifle the hosts with two late headers from Raul
Garcia the closest Atletico came to breaking the deadlock.
The English title contenders did
suffer two significant injuries, however, as both goalkeeper Petr Cech
and captain John Terry had to be replaced either side of half-time
putting their participation for the second leg in doubt.
Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and John Obi
Mikel and Atletico captain Gabi will definitely miss the game at
Stamford Bridge as they all got yellow cards that will lead to a
suspension.


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Fernando Torres started on his first
game back at the Calderon as a visiting player since leaving to join
Liverpool in 2007, but he cut an isolated figure as Chelsea were happy
to stick 10 men behind the ball.
The visitors suffered a big blow
after just 17 minutes, though, when Garcia upended Cech in his attempt
to reach an Atletico corner from the left and the Czech goalkeeper was
unable to continue.


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Veteran Australian ‘keeper Mark
Schwarzer was forced into action to replace Cech, becoming the oldest
player to appear in the knockout stages of the Champions League in doing
so at the age of 41.
“It happened very quickly, but I’m
getting used to it. I just tried to do my job but like all the others I
was up for it,” he told ITV.
“We knew if we could match their determination our quality would shine through.”
Mario Suarez shot just wide and
Diego Costa had an effort brilliantly blocked by Cesar Azpilicueta as
Atletico began to build up some semblance of pressure towards the end of
the half.


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However, Diego Ribas’ tame low effort that was easily gathered by Schwarzer was their only effort on target before the break.
Chelsea finally registered a shot on target three minutes after the restart when Lampard’s volley was well held by Courtois.
Schwarzer then nearly gifted
Atletico the opener as his poor punch landed at the feet of the Diego,
but the Brazilian delayed his shot and the Chelsea stopper got back to
make a comfortable save.
Diego went close again moments later with a dipping volley that flew just wide before he was replaced by Arda Turan.
Chelsea suffered another injury blow
when Terry was forced off 18 minutes from time and his absence allowed
Atletico to have more joy with balls into the box in the closing stages.
A low free-kick from Gabi nearly caught out Schwarzer as he scrambled across goal to make a low save to his right.
Atletico’s aerial onslaught then
arrived as Garcia sent two headers sailing just over the bar, whilst
Turan also saw a headed effort sneak past the post.
Chelsea had a late chance to snatch a
vital away goal when Torres was felled on the edge of the area by
Miranda, but David Luiz sent the resulting free-kick over the bar.
Can Chelsea Stop Atletico Madrid ?


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Victor Ndah
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no big deal chelsea can still come out victorious, the blues for life…

chiboy okere
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Hahahahah funny Chelsea is going. Let's bet it.@VictorBro

Victor Ndah
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you must be dreaming

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