Fernando Torres scores twice as Chelsea eased to victory in Gelsenkirchen
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A very solid performance from Chelsea that. Definitely more than just a hint of Mourinho Mk I from the Blues this evening. They were ruthless when the needed to be, and pretty darn resillient at the back.
Peep! Peep!! PEEEEEEEP!!! Folks.
90+3 min: All.
90+2 min: That's.
90+1 min: And.
90 min: Three minutes of added time to play.
88 min: And that was Hazard's last action. On comes Eto'o.
Schalke press. Ramires plays a superb ball out of defence to Hazard, who gets Matip backpeddling, then uses Torres's run as a decoy and slots neatly passed Hildebrand. Brilliantly and ruthlessly dispatched by the Belgian.
84 min: Oscar for David Luiz, Mikel for Schurrle – Jose really wants to make sure of this one, doesn't he?
83 min: Uchida exchanges passes with Goretzka, with the latter dragging a poor effort across goal. Mourinho replaces Oscar with Luiz.
82 min: Nothing is happening here, but there's drama at the Emirates. Jacob Steinberg has the latest.
80 min: Ten minutes to go then. If both results stay the same, Chelsea, Basel and Schalke will all be level on six points at the halfway stage.
78 min: Draxler sends a shot into the side netting from a preposterous angle and distance.
77 min: Another substitution. This time featuring Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka.
75 min: Chelsea looking to run down the clock a little now. Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, passpasspasspasspasspasspasspass … then Lampard thrashes a shot well wide.
74 min: 431 passes at an 84% accuracy rate stats fans!
72 min: Meyer shimmies and shakes his way into the box and feeds Clemens, but his shot from the angle is a poor one.
71 min: Jones has been replaced by Kolasinac and Mikel is on for Schurrle.
70 min: Szalai replaces Boateng. But you can't see Schalke getting back in this now.
And that's that. Schalke give the ball away in midfield – an unforgiveable error – and Chelsea break three on one. Oscar looks momentarily like he's lost the ball to Jones but shows great strength and awareness to square the ball for Torres, who takes one calm touch to send Hildebrand the wrong way and one to tap home his second of the night.
66 min: Jones slips a nice pass into Meyer, who drags his shot well wide from distance via a deflection. The deep corner is nodded back in by Jones and then turned narrowly wide by Howedes. That was a chance.
64 min: "As an American and proud supporter of USA! USA!! USA!!! it does not surprise me at all to see Jermaine Jones recieve a card," writes Daniel Strauss. "The man should consider a career at Hallmark when his playing days are done. I spent the entirety of the Hexagonal in constant unrelenting fear that Jones would do something stupid in a critical stage and get himself sent off."
63 min: It's all gone flatter than three-day-old fizzy pop. Which suits Chelsea just fine. To be honest there's been a hint of Mourinho Mk I about this performance.
61 min: Chelsea seem to have weathered the Schalke storm. Or should that be sturm.
60 min: … swung in deep, nodded into the side-netting by Torres, who I think was penalised for a push anyhoo.
59 min: Torres sends a cross whistling along the six-yard line. Uchida just about does enough against Hazard. Corner …
57 min: Schalke give ball away sloppily. Chelsea give ball away sloppily. Rinse and repeat.
55 min: Basel have taken the lead in Romania, meaning it's imperative that Chelsea hang on to theirs.
54 min: Cahill wallops Boateng. I say "wallops" it was more of a nudge really. Still Boateng goes down as if walloped and Cahill goes into the referee's book as if a walloper.
53 min: More neat passing play from Schalke hands Uchida a yard of space. He can do more than win a coner, however, and it comes to nothing.
51 min: OFF THE BAR! Lampard dinks it in, Torres gets across his marker and flicks a brilliant header onto the underside of the bat from a good 15 yards out. Fantastic effort, but Schalke survive.
50 min: Draxler trips Hazard. Dangerous free-kick to Chelsea …
49 min: Meyer skitters into the box and looks to pull the ball back, It hits Cahill, who is sliding in, and the Schalke players go up in unison screaming for a penalty. The referee shakes his head.
47 min: Jermaine Jones goes into the book for a cynical body-check on Ramires.
46 min: Basel, by the way, are currently drawing 0-0 in Bucharest.
PEEP! AGAIN! Off we go once more. This is a deceptively big 45 minutes for Jose Mourinho's side.
PEEP! And there it is. Chelsea lead 1-0, but it's been all Schalke for the past 35 minutes.
44 min: Chelsea could do with half-time. And when I say "could do with" I really mean "desperately need".
42 min: A Schalke goal is coming here. Again Draxler is at the heart of an attack, again Boateng is pulling Terry and Cahill out of position, but again a Chelsea body is in the way to block the eventual shot.
40 min: Crikey! Carnage in the Chelsea defence! First Boateng stings Cech's palms from distance and from the resultant corner Neustadter forces an even better stop with a towering header. The next corner sparks a ludicrous scramble that ends with Terry, Ramires and Boateng nursing knocks and Howedes backheeling a couple of yards wide.
39 min: Again Aogo zips in a terrific cross. Cech flaps a little this time, but Azpilicueta is out brilliantly to block Meyer's shot.
37 min: This is brilliant from Hazard! Chelsea finally get their collective foot on the ball for once and the Belgian is off slaloming through defenders like Alberto Tomba in his pomp. A little exchange of passes with Torres (which wouldn't have looked out of place in the middle of that Arsenal goal at the weekend) almost gets him through on goal, though Matip does well to get back and force the Chelsea man to concede a free-kick.
35 min: Draxler slips the ball in to Boateng, but the forward, showing all the striking instincts of a man who has played in midfield for the vast majority of his career, has made his run way too early and is a goods couple of yards offside. Although he's a bit miffed that Draxler delayed the pass, and he may have a point in fairness.
33 min: Disappointingly Rich Flower Meltdown Watch has very little to report. He's an ocean of calm, despite the heating system here in the office being set to "tropical rainforest". Meantime, the match is being played almost entirely in the central third.
32 min: Pass, pass, pass go Schalke. Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass.
31 min: The Schalke fans have been excellent thus far. A constant rumble of sound hums from the terraces.
29 min: Schurrle does brilliantly to beat a couple of players out on the left … but then turns back on himself and lets the ball slip out of play.
28 min: Chelsea have got themselves into a right pickle here. Cech takes a bit of a risk from Schurrle's poor back pass. Then Azpilicueta's clearance travels barely 20 yard before meeting a Schalke boot. The home side can't take advantage, though, and Chelsea eventually clear.
26 min: But then Uchida gets in behind Schurrle as Neustadter slips a defence-cracking pass down the inside right channel. At speed, though, the Schalke full-back can onlt skew the ball high and wide.
25 min: Schalke continue to press without a great deal of incision.
24 min: The ref here is wearing a black shirt, black shorts and bright, bright yellow socks. It's a strong look.
23 min: All a bit scrappy for a minute or two. A loose touch here, a sloppy pass there …
21 min: Chelsea break and a loose clearance from the home side drops out to Oscar. His first-time effort is wilder than a singed wasp.
19 min: A quite superb save from Cech here. Draxler plays a pass so smart it has a PhD in Applied Space Thermodynamics thjrough the gap between centre-back and right-back, cutting the Chelsea defence apart. Aogo aims for the far post but Cech turns it away and Terry completes the clearance. All of which is rendered irrelevant when replays show the linesman's flag going up for offside.
17 min: Since typing the words "Chelsea have got this completely under control" they've barely had a kick. The German side are dominating possession but struggling for penetration at the moment.
15 min: Uchida and Clemens combine nicely once more, with the full-back tumbling under the challenge of Schurrle. Nothing doing – and replays show he simply lost his footing. A shame really, because that was a dangerous position.
13 min: Meyer, Clemens and Uchida combine down the right with the latter swinging in another useful cross. Boateng is there this time but it's a tad too high and the former Milan, Portsmouth and Tottenham man can only loop his header into the arms of Cech.
12 min: Schalke grab themselves a little possession for the first time in the game. Aogo swings in a decent cross but there's not a single green shirt in the area.
10 min: And on his 100th start for Chelsea:
9 min: Chelsea have got this completely under control at the moment.
8 min: Hilbebrand slips as he attempts to clear and can only plop the ball at Lampard's feet 40 yards from goal. The England midfielder looks to curl it into the net from distance but there's nothing like enough pace on the shot and Hildebrand is back comfortably.
6 min: Uchida's turn to drive the ball forward with all the precision of a paper aeroplane.
Chelsea break and win a corner. It's swung into the near post, flicked on brilliantly by Ivanovic and nodded home by a tumbling Torres at the back post. What a start for the visitors.
5 min: Aogo, prompted by Draxler, looks to drill a low cross into the six-yard box but can only hit the first defender.
4 min: Schalke are in a confusing green kit here, with Chelsea all in blue.
3 min: … it drops out to Schurrle, who sends his shot into the stratosphere.
2 min: Schurrle feeds Torres, who spins on a sixpence and smacks a shot just wide. In fact, it was deflected. Corner …
1 min: A long launch forward from Terry bounces through to Timo Hildebrand in the Schalke goal.
Peep! Off we go!
A "No To Racism" pennant is handed across the teams as they line up. It all goes smoothly – with the officials particularly proficient at displaying it for the cameras – but things stutter somewhat when first Atsuto Uchida gets missed out and has to do a sort of late grab-and-release as it whistles past, then Max Meyer is left hanging by Julian Draxler. Chelsea 1-0 Schalke there.
The players are in the tunnel, whcich looks a little like an midmarket hotel foyer. And out they come …
Over on the other channel, Lee Dixon has said he doesn't understand books and Roy Keane has bit back at Lord Ferg. Jacob Steinberg has the details/context here.
Thanks to the medium of Twitter, I can bring you Ashley Cole's thoughts ahead of tonight's game:
In exciting news my colleague Rich Flower over on the other side of the desk seems to be on the verge of some sort of meltdown due to technical difficulties. He's just given his computer a right old talking to and has now gone "HA!" when something worked correctly. It's one worth keeping an eye on …
As expected Jose Mourinho brings the axe down on David Luiz, but Ryan Bertrand also get the chop. Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta come in. In all there are five changes from the side that beat Cardiff at the weekend, with Oscar, Fernando Torres and Andre Schurrle also in the starting XI for the visitors. For Schalke it appears Kevin-Prince Boateng will play up front:
Schalke (4-2-3-1): Hildebrand; Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Aogo; Jones, Neustatder; Clemens, Meyer, Draxler; Boateng. Subs: Fahrmann, Hoogland, Felipe Santana, Kolasinac, Fuchs, Goretzka, Szalai.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, David Luiz, Mata, Mikel, Willian, Eto'o, Bertrand.
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Evening all. And welcome to the battle of the top two in Group E. Schalke lead the way with six points from a possible six after clouting Steaua 3-0 at home and then squeaking past Basel 1-0 in Switzerland. Chelsea are three points back, having been beaten at home by the Swiss side in their opening before bouncing back with a 4-0 trouncing in Bucharest.
That being the case you'd expect Schalke to be looking to land that killer blow this evening, but their coach Jens Keller was hardly in Henry V mood in his pre-match press conference. "I have always said I want to win every game," he roared, pounding his chest with his fists. "However, a draw would be OK – we could certainly live with that."
But given that Schalke's form in the Bundesliga is ropier than a cargo net and their defence about as water-tight you can understand Keller's caution. They may be up there in fifth but they only just about scraped to victory against Bundesliga bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig thanks to a 91st minute Roman Neustadter goal in a 3-2 win at the weekend. They've conceded 19 goals in their nine league games – only four teams have shipped more in Germany's top flight.
Chelsea on the other hand seem to be clicking. They're unbeaten in six games going back to that loss to Basel, and have scored 11 times in their past three outings. Raphael Honigstein makes the London side the favourites and that's good enough for me.