Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chelsea-Cluj, Roma-Bordeaux live updates

No Frank Lampaard (suspension) and no Didier Drogba for Chelsea as they take the pitch against Cluj still not having clinched a spot in the Champions League. If Chelsea win, they are in. Draw or lose, and they will need Bordeaux not to win against Roma.

Cluj's Gabriel Muresan gets off a nice shot from Petr Cech's right that Cech handles awkwardly, but right to John Terry who clears with no other Cluj player in the box.

Roma already with a couple of free kicks from outside the Bordeaux box, but no results.

Cluj with a nice ball into the box, header past Cech's left hand, but John Mikel Obi there to clean up before another Cluj player could get to it. Meanwhile in Italy, Julio Baptiste goes over the bar for Roma.

Joe Cole shoots wide in one of Chelsea's best chances, while Bordeaux earns a corner against Roma. Cleared away, however, and the resulting break leads to a yellow card for Bordeaux.

Bordeaux having a little more of the possession, but still nothing close. Chelsea now with a corner, but nothing comes from Deco's effort.

Kalou looks to save Chelsea for the time being with a GOAL off a long free kick into the box in the 40th minute. Cluj responds in the 44th with a nice move into the Chelsea box, but not never get a shot off.

Joe Cole gets a shot on goal but an easy save for the Cluj keeper in the 53rd minute. That followed a nice ball into the box from Cluj that Alex headed away.

NOT THIS TIME! Alex leaves Kone, and the cross from corner of the box finds Yssouf Kone's head, past Cech, and we're tied at 1-1. Chelsea now one fluke goal by Bordeaux from being out of Europe if the Blues can't put in another one.

Chelsea looks safe again, as Roma takes a 1-0 lead in the Eternal City. Matteo Brighi with the goal there.

Chelsea all but in now. Drogba scores his second goal of the year after just coming on as a sub to give Chelsea a 2-1 lead. Meanwhile, Bordeaux had a player sent off and still trail Roma 1-0. Twenty minutes to play in both matches.

Totti scores for Roma as they take a 2-0 lead over 10-man Bordeaux. Looks like we'll have Roma in first, Chelsea in second, which could make for an interesting Round of 16.

It's all over. Chelsea 2, Cluj 1. Roma 2, Bordeaux 0. Roma wins the group, Chelsea second.

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