Chelsea qualified for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League with a second-half demolition of Spartak Moscow at Stamford Bridge. After a lacklustre opening half, Chelsea made it four straight wins in Group F thanks to goals from
The victory now leaves them six points in front of both Marseille and Spartak.The Blues would have to lose to MSK Zilina at Stamford Bridge in Matchday 5 to stop them finishing top.
"It was a good evening, we played well and we got a good result," said Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. "I think that we are playing better this season and with more confidence than last season because there were many things going on. Now we have to ensure we top the group."
Spartak coach Valeri Karpin put a brave face on the defeat, expressing confidence that his team could still qualify. "Nothing has changed," he said. "Two games remain and if we win those games we will go through in second place."
Chelsea accounted for the Russians 2-0 in the
Chelsea responded with their first real attack of the game and
Two minutes later, Anelka cut inside from the left wing and curled a stunning shot just beyond the far post from 20-yards. In the 22nd minute, Drogba collected a pass from Ramires and forced Dykan into a fine save at the near post as Chelsea increased the pressure.
In the 31st minute though Chelsea engineered another opportunity to open the scoring. A corner from Zhirkov was met by the head of Drogba but the Côte d'Ivoire striker, captain in the absence of rested
Moments later Cech had to be at his best to punch away a dipping shot from Spartak captain Alex. The Brazilian's low effort was destined for the bottom corner until Cech intervened.The Russians were on top now with Chelsea chasing shadows for a change.
Dmitri Kombarov should have done better in the 40th minute when he was supplied by Alex on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot was far too high to trouble Cech. But Chelsea's Brazilian defender Alex should have put the home side ahead moments later when Ivanovic headed on Zhirkov's corner. But the Chelsea player put the ball over the crossbar from point-blank range.
Chelsea broke the deadlock in the 48th minute when
Chelsea made it two in the 61st minute after
Chelsea sealed the victory in the 66th minute after
Kalou should have added a fourth in the 75th minute but he sent a 20-yard rising drive over the bar. The Chelsea striker then forced Dykan into a fine save in the 78th minute with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area. Then substitute
However, Chelsea had the last word when Ivanovic scored his second in injury-time.