Champions League - Group E
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Steaua Bucharest 0-4 Chelsea

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Ramires of Chelsea scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between FC Steaua Bucuresti and Chelsea

Ramires scored twice as Chelsea recorded their first points of this season's Champions League group stage with victory over Steaua Bucharest.

The Brazil midfielder opened the scoring when he poked in after initial good wing-play from Andre Schurrle.

Daniel Georgievski then found his own net after a Samuel Eto'o shot was parried into his path before Ramires fired in the third after the break.

Frank Lampard slotted in the fourth off the post in stoppage time.

Jose Mourinho praises Chelsea defence

Chelsea lie third in the table, level on three points with Basel, who defeated the Blues in their opening Group E match.

Schalke beat the Swiss side and have now won two out of two - the Bundesliga side face the Blues next in what promises to be a mouth-watering double header

In Romania Chelsea produced an adequate performance against poor opposition, although the sprightly displays of both winger Schurrle and playmaker Juan Mata would have buoyed manager Jose Mourinho.

Schurrle, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen this summer for £18m, had his best game so far in a Chelsea shirt although he was helped by the sub-standard defending of full-back Georgievski.

The 22-year-old German played a key role in the first goal, racing past the Macedonian right-back before playing a square pass to Eto'o. The Cameroon forward poked the ball through a couple of defenders before it was prodded in by Ramires, who had timed his run to perfection.

Eto'o had only been on the pitch for eight minutes after lone frontman Fernando Torres came off with what looked to be a knee injury.

The substitute was also involved in Chelsea's second. Spaniard Mata broke free in midfield and found Eto'o, whose firm low shot was parried by goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu and inadvertently slammed in by Georgievski.

With the cushion of a 2-0 lead, Chelsea were less conservative and more fluid in the final third after the break.

They made it 3-0 following a move that began with Schurrle showboating on the left-hand touchline to escape his marker. The Germany international crossed low to Oscar, who laid the ball to Ramires on his right, who smashed home his second.

Both Mata and Oscar hit the woodwork with fierce efforts before veteran midfielder Lampard rounded off a good night's work for the 2011 champions with a placed effort that went in off the left-hand upright in stoppage time.

Steaua's best efforts came after they were 3-0 down, with both Nicolae Stanciu and Cristian Tanase testing Petr Cech.

Line-ups

Steaua Bucharest

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 17GeorgievskiSubstituted forVarelaat 71'minutes
  • 14Latovlevici
  • 8Filip
  • 4Szukala
  • 6Gardos
  • 77PopaSubstituted forMartinsat 45'minutes
  • 55Bourceanu
  • 25PiovaccariSubstituted forKapetanosat 45'minutes
  • 23Stanciu
  • 10Tanase

Substitutes

  • 1Nita
  • 11Prepelita
  • 19Cristea
  • 20Martins
  • 26Neagu
  • 33Varela
  • 35Kapetanos

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 3ColeBooked at 50mins
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 4David Luiz
  • 26Terry
  • 11OscarSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 79'minutes
  • 8LampardBooked at 33mins
  • 9TorresSubstituted forEto'oat 11'minutes
  • 10MataSubstituted forWillianat 81'minutes
  • 14Schürrle

Substitutes

  • 12Mikel
  • 19Ba
  • 22Willian
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 24Cahill
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 29Eto'o
Referee:
Carlos Velasco Carballo

Match Stats

Home TeamSteaua BucharestAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Steaua Bucharest 0, Chelsea 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Steaua Bucharest 0, Chelsea 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Steaua Bucharest 0, Chelsea 4. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Willian.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Willian (Chelsea).

  5. Post update

    Petr Cech (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lucian Filip (Steaua Bucharest).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucian Filip (Steaua Bucharest) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Steaua Bucharest. Conceded by Petr Cech.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cristian Tanase (Steaua Bucharest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Juan Mata.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta replaces Oscar.

  12. Post update

    Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Tanase (Steaua Bucharest).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).

  15. Post update

    Fernando Varela (Steaua Bucharest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

  17. Post update

    Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lucian Filip (Steaua Bucharest).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Iasmin Latovlevici with a cross.

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