Chelsea 4-1 Napoli
Chelsea produced a stunning comeback last night to beat Napoli and reach the Champions League quarter-finals in style. Roberto Di Matteo made it three wins out of three and all Chelsea's big names showed their quality as the Blues got Stamford Bridge rocking!
Di Matteo had his big guns in the starting line up with Terry, Lampard, Essien and Drogba there to add experience – and it paid off brilliantly!
After a few early chances for Napoli, Chelsea took the lead on 27 minutes when Ramires whipped a great ball in from the left where Drogba scored with a diving header – game on! Chelsea now pushed on for the second goal that would put them through to the quarter-finals.
The Blues fans didn't have to wait long for the goal. Just a minute into the second half a near-post corner from Lamps was headed into the net by captain fantastic, JT!
Chelsea were now on their way through to the quarter-finals, but it wasn't going to be that easy… A headed clearance from Terry found Inler who controlled the ball on his chest and smashed a volley into the bottom corner of the net. Suddenly, Chelsea needed two goals again to go through!
The team didn't let the setback put them off and piled the pressure on Napoli. Eventually, with just 15 minutes left, the attacks paid off and Dossena clearly handled the ball in the box. With the pressure on, Lamps stepped up to take the penalty kick and hammered the ball into the net!
The tie was now level on aggregate, so it went to extra time with both teams looking for the crucial winning goal. Thankfully, it was the home crowd that were celebrating when, just before half-time of extra time, Drogba found space in the box and squared the ball to Ivanovic who kept his cool to fire the ball home!
The last 15 minutes were nervy, but the Blues defence, led by JT, stayed strong and held on for a famous victory.
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