Champions League: Kaká the magician, Kalou the party-pooper

Benfica (Portugal) 0 Chelsea FC (England) 1

                                    Kalou, 75

Chelsea FC played an intelligent game of football, doing just enough to score, not to concede and come away from Lisbon with an important away goal, meaning Benfica has to go to London to win. Benfica dominated for most of the match but at this level those who have a half-chance have to score. Coming away from a home game losing and then complaining does not make sense. Maybe someone should give the message to Benfica coach Jorge Jesus.

Nevertheless, Chelsea FC knows that Benfica is as dangerous away from home as in Lisbon. All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge on April 4, for this tie is not yet over.


Benfica: Artur, Emerson, Luisão, Pereira, Jardel, García, César, Aimar, Gaitán, Witsel, Cardozo SUBS: Eduardo, Vítor, Nolito, Matić, Oliveira, Rodrigo, Saviola.

Chelsea: Čech, Cole, Luiz, Ferreira, Terry, Ramires, Mikel, Meireles, Torres, Mata, Kalou SUBS: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Cahill, Essien, Lampard, Drogba, Sturridge.

APOEL (Cyprus) 0   Real Madrid (Spain) 3

Benzema 74, 90

Kaká, 82

Real Madrid came, saw and conquered, leaving APOEL a seemingly impossible task in the second leg in Madrid. It took José Mourinho's side three-quarters of an hour to unlock the defence of the Cypriot team and the key was a Brazilian named Kaká, who ten minutes after coming on (64') set up Benzema for the first goal and then scored another before Benzema got his brace. Chiotis made three excellent saves, denying Karim Benzema his hat-trick, and Ozil and Ronaldo their goals.

One does not want to be a spoilsport, but isn't a Real Madrid v. Barcelona final more and more inevitable?

APOEL: Chiotis, Paulo Jorge, Oliveira, Poursaitides, Boaventura, Charalambides, Hélio Pinto, Nuno Morais, Alexandrou, Aílton, Tričkovski SUBS: Pardo, Hélder Sousa, Kaká, Adorno, Solomou, Marcinho, Solari.

Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fábio Coentrão, Arbeloa, Nuri Şahin, Khedira, Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín SUBS: Adán, Marcelo, Raúl Albiol, Varane, Kaká, Granero, Hamit Altıntop.

Second Legs: April 4

Playing tomorrow:

Marseille (France) v. Bayern Munich (Germany)

AC Milan (Italy) v. Barcelona (Spain)

Second Legs: April 3

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey


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