France World Cup winger FLORENT MALOUDA of FC Chelsea arrives to challenge Olympique Marseille’s Ghana World Cup midfielder ANDRE AYEW (20), the son of former l’OM great Abedi “Pele” Ayew, for possession of the ball at Stamford Bridge in London. (Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)
UEFA Champions League
2 – FC Chelsea (ENG) ——————– Terry 7, Anelka pen 28′
0 – Olympique Marseille (FRA)
Two goals within the first half hour enabled English Premier League club FC CHELSEA to coast to a 2-0 defeat of French Ligue 1 outfit OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE and settle the Cross-Channel Clash of Defending Champions (part one) in Group F of the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea claimed an early lead after only seven minutes when England World Cup defender JOHN TERRY headed in the corner kick of 19-year-old French forward GAEL KAKUTA, who became the youngest player to ever represent the Blues in the UEFA Champions League last December with an appearance against FC Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus.
Controversial France World Cup forward NICOLAS ANELKA, who was booed repeatedly throughout the match by the visiting l’OM fans from across the Channel, added a second for Chelsea by converting a penalty kick in the 28th minute after Marseille’s Cameroon World Cup defender STEPHANE M’BIA was, perhaps a bit harshly, ruled to have handled the ball in box.
Chelsea came clome to a third goal in the 67th minute but a free kick from about 35 yards out from Brazil international defender ALEX rebounded off the inside of the post with Olympique Marseille goalkeeper STEVE MANDANDA clearly beaten; the Blues’ Ghana international midfielder MICHAEL ESSIEN also sent a shot off the right post roughly eight minutes later.
Olympique Marseille, who are managed by former Chelsea midfielder and France international DIDIER DESCHAMPS, created its share of chances, particularly in the second half, but expereienced great difficulty in finding the target and rarely tested the Blues’ Czech Republic international goalkeeper PETER CECH.
Disgraced France World Cup striker NICOLAS ANELKA (39) of Chelsea has Olympique Marseille goalkeeper STEVE MANDANDA leaning the wrong way while stroking home a 28th minute penalty at Stamford Bridge. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe)
CHELSEA : Cech ; Cole, Terry, Alex, Ivanovic ; Malouda, Zhirkov (Sturridge 73′), Essien, Obi (McEachran 88′) ; Anelka, Kakuta (Ramires 62′)
OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE : Mandanda ; Heinze, M’Bia, Diawara, Kabore ; Cheyrou (A. Ayew 59′), Cisse, Gonzalez ; Gignac (Valbuena 59′), Brandao, Remy
Chelsea’s Czech Republic international goalkeeper PETR CECH, who arrived in England from Ligue 1 club Stade Rennes to start the 2004-05 campaign, secures a high ball in the box againt French side Olympique Marseille at Stamford Bridge in London. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe)