Chelsea 1-1 Rosenborg

 

A poor result for the Premiership club by any standards. To be held by the Norwegian minnows has not changed their status as one of the favourites to win their group but the performances must improve dramatically or they will find themselves dumped very early in the competition.

 

Stamford Bridge was only half full of home fans who came to watch champions League football, which may be an indication of how frustrated they are becoming with the underperforming team. Chelsea’s main problem was again evident in this live football match, as their lack of goal scoring prowess was there for all to see. Both strikers on show looked as if they were low on confidence and to make matters worse the midfield were unable to provide quality chances to them.

 

The evening went from bad to worse for Chelsea on 24, when Rosenborg defender Miika Koppinen was able to volley a Marek Sapara free-kick past Petr Cech to stun the home crowd and no doubt the Chelsea manager and his players.

 

Chelsea continued to try to make a decisive chance but although they managed to retain possession for long periods, they were unable to penetrate the Rosenborg defence. The second half proved little better until on 54 when Shevchenko eventually managed to find the visitors net courtesy of his head after he met a Florent Malouda cross to draw the home team level. For the remainder of the match Chelsea tried to find a winning goal but the problems of lacking quality with the final ball continued and at the final whistle saw the away side gain a well deserved point.




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