Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Advantage Chelsea as Blues Grab a Precious Away Goal

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Advantage Chelsea as Blues Grab a Precious Away Goal

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GALATASARAY 1 CHELSEA 1 CHELSEA may well be frustrated not to leave Turkey victorious but Fernando Torres' away goal in Galatasaray's cauldron of noise gives Jose Mourinho's men a decent chance of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.

Having seen Manchester United follow Arsenal and Manchester City in losing their last-16 first-leg ties 2-0, the west Londoners refused to wilt under the intense pressure brought by the raucous Turk Telecom Arena crowd.

The Blues had looked on course for victory after Torres netted in a dominant first-half display, only for Roberto Mancini's side to produce a much improved performance after the break and earn a 1-1 as poor defending allowed Aurelien Chedjou to strike home.

This was a match of many a subplot, varying from Chelsea favourite Didier Drogba facing his former club for the first time to former Manchester City boss Mancini coming up against Mourinho, the man who succeeded him at the Inter Milan helm. Mourinho named an attack-minded line-up and was rewarded after just nine minutes when fine play down the left ended with Fernando Torres sweeping home Cesar Azpilicueta's measured cross.

It was the first goal by an English side in Europe since December 12 and one Burak Yilmaz thought he had cancelled out as half-time approached, only for his strike from a quickly-taken throw-in to be disallowed with two balls on the pitch. The other was under John Terry's arm and the Chelsea captain was booked for his part in the bizarre incident, which saw him booed off the pitch at half-time by the irate home support.

Galatasaray's fanatical support would soon be thanking Terry, though.

Minutes after Selcuk Inan hit the post, the Blues centreback let Aurelien Chedjou out of his sights as he fired the hosts level to see the tie level when the teams resume battle in three weeks.

Chelsea began ferociously and were seemingly unmoved by intimidating surroundings.

If anything, it was the hosts looking shaken and Fernando Muslera almost handed the visitors a fourth-minute lead with a wayward clearance, only for the Galatasaray goalkeeper to react quickly to block Willian's strike. …

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