Ghana international midfielder MICHAEL ESSIEN (5) of FC Chelsea is confronted from behind by MSK Zilinia’s 21-year-old Gambia international striker MOMODOU CEESAY, who had a brief spell with the Chelsea reserves in 2008 before moving on to Belgian side KVC Westerlo, at the Stadion pod Dubnom in Slovakia. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Champions League
1 – MSK ZILINA (SVK) ——— Oravec 55′
4 – FC CHELSEA (ENG) ——– Essien 13′, Anelka 24′, 28′, Sturridge 48′
Three goals inside the first half hour enabled visiting FC CHELSEA to cruise to 4-1 win over MSK ZILINA in the opening round of Group F play for the UEFA Champions League.
The defending English Premier League champion used the occasion to rest several players including Ivory Coast World Cup strikers DIDIER DROGBA and SALOMON KALOU, who have combined for seven goals in four EPL matches thus far this season, as well as World Cup defenders ASHLEY COLE of England and Portugal’s PAULO FERREIRA.
England World Cup midfielder FRANK LAMPARD, who did not play for Chelsea in the Premiership over the weekend, continues to have trouble with hernia issues.
Ghana international midfielder MICHAEL ESSIEN, who missed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with an injury, opened the scoring with his third goal in five games for Chelsea this term while disgraced France World Cup striker NICOLAS ANELKA had a brace for the Blues against MSK Zilina in Slovakia.
MSK ZILINIA : Dubravka ; Pecalka, Piacek, Guldan (Angelovic 79′) ; Rilke (Poliacek 57′), Mraz, Jez, Benin, Vladavic ; Ceesay (Majtan 62′), Oravec
FC CHELSEA : Cech ; Zhirkov, Terry, Alex, Ivanovic ; Malouda (van Aanholt 88′), Essien, Obi, Benayoun (McEachran 79′) ; Anelka, Sturridge (Kakuta 62′)