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Drogba strike seals Chelsea's place in last 8

Drogba strike seals Chelsea's place in last 8

Goals from Michael Essien and Didier Drogba earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw at Juventus on Tuesday as the London side reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
Juventus, trailing 1-0 after the first leg, took a 19th minute lead through Vincenzo Iaquinta. Essien, making his first start for six months, responded with an equalizer in first half injury time.
Del Piero gave the home side some hope when he scored with a penalty on 73 minutes to make the score 2-1. But Claudio Ranieri's team, which needed to score again to counter the away goals rule, played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Giorgio Chiellini received his second yellow card of the night on 70 minutes.
Drogba put the outcome beyond doubt though with seven minutes remaining, sliding in to score from a low cross from Juliano Belletti.
Juventus lined up with three attackers in Iaquinta, Del Piero and David Trezeguet and began in determined fashion, using their fullbacks Cristian Molinaro and Zdenek Grygera to launch attacks from wide out.
However, it was from a move through the midfield that Juventus opened the scoring. Tiago played a pass into Trezeguet, who flicked the ball through the Chelsea defence for Iaquinta to run onto and fire past Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.
Minutes later Del Piero forced Cech into pushing the ball away for a corner following a powerful shot from the edge of the area.
Cech appeared hesitant and on a number of occasions his indecision almost put Juventus into scoring positions, requiring central defenders John Terry and Alex to intervene and clear the danger.
Juventus' midfield three of Tiago, Claudio Marchisio and Hasan Salihamidzic, who had come on for the injured Pavel Nedved after 13 minutes, were outplaying and outmuscling Chelsea's midfield of Essien, Michael Ballack, John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard.
Chelsea improved as the half went on and a minute before halftime Drogba thought he had drawn Chelsea level. He clipped a freekick over the wall, which Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon stopped at the base of the post, though the Ivory Coast striker protested that he had scored.
Guus Hiddink's side did equalize seconds later though. A shot by Lampard was deflected and looped up over Buffon. The keeper recovered enough to push the ball onto the bar, but Essien was first to the ball and tapped it into the open goal.
On 60 minutes Juventus brought on Sebastien Giovinco for Iaquinta and the young attacker immediately brought a new lease of life with his runs at the heart of the Chelsea defense.
Giovinco was involved with a move that resulted in Cech tipping a Trezeguet header over the bar, but the Italian side's efforts suffered a setback when central defender Chiellini was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for a foul on Drogba.
Juventus still managed to retake the lead on 73 minutes. Giovinco was fouled and from the resulting free kick by Del Piero, Cech dived low to stop Trezeguet's header.
However, Spanish referee Alberto Mallenco Undiano adjudged that Belletti had used his hands to deflect the ball and awarded a penalty. Despite the lengthy protests of the Chelsea players, Del Piero held his nerve and beat Cech from the penalty spot.
Juventus then piled on the pressure, but Chelsea hit on the break to equalize. Ballack slipped the ball into the path of Belletti and Drogba slid in a the near post to hook the ball past Buffon.


Updated : 2021-05-06 20:01 GMT+08:00