Champions League - Group E
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Chelsea 1-0 Steaua Bucharest

Chelsea secured top spot in Champions League Group E as Demba Ba scored the only goal in a straightforward win over Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge.

The Senegal striker, 28, turned in Oscar's flick-on after the hosts dominated the opening 10 minutes.

Gabriel Iancu squandered a fine, and rare, chance to equalise for Steaua as he miscued when one-on-one soon after.

Chelsea should have increased their winning margin, with Ba and Eden Hazard guilty of particularly glaring misses.

The Blues will be paired with one of Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiakos, Zenit St Petersburg or AC Milan when the draw for the last 16 is made in the Swiss city of Nyon on 16 December.

However they will need sharper form than was required against Steaua if they are to get close to replicating their 2012 success.

In the build-up to their final group game, Jose Mourinho had called on his side to be more ruthless in front of goal.

While Chelsea again created plenty of chances, particularly in the first 10 minutes, they failed to capitalise.

David Luiz and Oscar had both shot wide before Ba bundled the ball into the net at the far post after Oscar rose unchallenged to flick Willian's corner through the six-yard box.

Mourinho had also insisted that Chelsea's concession of three goals in both of their previous two matches was down to bad luck rather than poor defending.

Steaua's outstanding chance of the match, however, was at least partly self-inflicted.

John Obi Mikel gave the ball away and, with Luiz caught upfield, neither John Terry nor Frank Lampard tracked Iancu's diagonal run and were relieved to see the teenage striker scuff his shot wide as goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer advanced.

Chelsea continued to create and waste chances, with Branislav Ivanovic's header pushed over the top by Ciprian Tatarusanu before Frank Lampard volleyed wide from the edge of the box.

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But they still looked vulnerable at the back when their Romanian opponents, albeit infrequently, attacked.

Patelis Kapetanos's pot-shot from 25 yards fizzed off target after he had shrugged off Terry's attention.

Willian's performance, full of penetrative passing, was one of the pluses for Chelsea in the first-half and the Brazilian's precise cross after the break deserved more than to be blazed over the top via Ba's shin.

Andre Schurrle, who had tormented Daniel Georgievski in Chelsea's 4-0 win in the reverse fixture, had an instant impact against the Steaua right-back again when he came off the bench.

After tricking his way to the byeline, the Germany international's low shot looped up invitingly for Hazard to convert, but the Belgian could not react quickly enough to keep his header on target.

With Schalke beating Basel in the group's other game, a first victory in eight attempts in England for the Romanians would have toppled Chelsea from top spot.

But in truth, that never looked likely as Mourinho's men got the job done.

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Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 23Schwarzer
  • 2IvanovicBooked at 47mins
  • 3Cole
  • 12MikelBooked at 20minsSubstituted forRamiresat 74'minutes
  • 4David Luiz
  • 26Terry
  • 22WillianSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 80'minutes
  • 8Lampard
  • 19Ba
  • 11OscarSubstituted forSchürrleat 67'minutes
  • 17Hazard

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 7Ramires
  • 9Torres
  • 10Mata
  • 14Schürrle
  • 15De Bruyne
  • 24Cahill

Steaua Buc

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 17GeorgievskiBooked at 51mins
  • 14LatovleviciBooked at 78mins
  • 5PintiliiSubstituted forLeandro Tatuat 64'minutes
  • 4Szukala
  • 6Gardos
  • 7Chipciu
  • 80Iancu
  • 35KapetanosSubstituted forPiovaccariat 71'minutes
  • 23StanciuSubstituted forPrepelitaat 61'minutes
  • 22Parvulescu

Substitutes

  • 1Nita
  • 11Prepelita
  • 19Cristea
  • 20Leandro Tatu
  • 25Piovaccari
  • 26Neagu
  • 33Varela
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamSteaua Buc
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 1, Steaua Bucharest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Steaua Bucharest 0.
John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leandro Tatu (Steaua Bucharest).
David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Leandro Tatu (Steaua Bucharest).
Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
Attempt saved. Alexandru Chipciu (Steaua Bucharest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Parvulescu.
Corner, Steaua Bucharest. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lukasz Szukala.
Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Schürrle.
Attempt blocked. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a headed pass.
Demba Ba (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Florin Gardos (Steaua Bucharest).
Offside, Chelsea. Frank Lampard tries a through ball, but Demba Ba is caught offside.
Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lukasz Szukala.
John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Federico Piovaccari (Steaua Bucharest).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Willian.
Foul by Willian (Chelsea).
Iasmin Latovlevici (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Iasmin Latovlevici (Steaua Bucharest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Iasmin Latovlevici (Steaua Bucharest).
Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).
Iasmin Latovlevici (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).
Federico Piovaccari (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ashley Cole.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ramires replaces John Obi Mikel.
Attempt saved. Federico Piovaccari (Steaua Bucharest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leandro Tatu.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Federico Piovaccari (Steaua Bucharest).

Substitution

Substitution, Steaua Bucharest. Federico Piovaccari replaces Pantelis Kapetanos.
Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Demba Ba.
Attempt saved. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andrei Prepelita (Steaua Bucharest).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Andre Schürrle replaces Oscar.

Substitution

Substitution, Steaua Bucharest. Leandro Tatu replaces Mihai Pintilii.
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