Eto'o spoil Mourinho and night22: 51 16/03/2010, Simon Burnton, Champions League, chelsea, football, Blues' guardian.co.uk, internazionale, minute by minute, sport, Guardian Unlimited
Samuel Eto'o score, Didier Drogba is sent off and Chelsea are out of the Champions League
So what we have to wait night tonight. After having read, seen and heard a lot of pregame Gubbins, I'm happy to provide you, dear reader, with a simple summary of what we will be watching from Stamford Bridge: 22 players irrelevant. One ball irrelevant. An arbitrator irrelevant. Many people is irrelevant in the stands. The administrator of irrelevant. 90 minutes, and possibly more, of football totally irrelevant. And José Mourinho.
"We love him, make no mistake about it," Richard Keys was pre-game line. Richard Keys is a broadcaster. Broadcasters love him. Mourinho gives good interviews. , I would love it more if I had an off switch.
7.14pm: And here are your teams great game! Chelsea: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Zhirkov, Ballack, Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Taylor, Ricardo Carvalho, Joe Cole, Kalou, Sturridge, Belletti, Bruma. Inter: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Sneijder, Motta, Pandev, Eto'o, Milito. Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Stankovic, Quaresma, Mariga, Materazzi, Santon. Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany).
7.26pm: You'll never guess that Sky is interviewing now. OK, you probably could. "If people booing, I'd be very disappointed. Because you deserve," said Mourinho. "Please sing my song, I understand."
7:30: "None of that chat that affects me," says Graeme Souness Mourinho's bravado. "I'm sitting here wondering, is there a football game here tonight?" This is just a sideshow. "
7.37pm: Is the Just For Men ad that has just been on Sky Sports 2 a deliberate attack on Mourinho? For though it seems to fall in the main market of the product, I do not think he likes.
7.42pm: A surprisingly aggressive team selection, is the consensus on Inter. "Mourinho is for you," says Andy Gray. Even e-mails to suggest that "media mancrush in Mourinho is completely adorable. I think what the public is concerned rather than a manager, as a child, should be seen but not heard. And certainly not.
1min: And finally, go!
2mins: "Any idea why it never gets to start Joe Cole for Chelsea?" reflects Aidan Gibson. "I think it's probably the second best player in technical English, after Rooney." None, Aidan. It should certainly be fit enough for now, and it is certainly good enough.
5mins Twitter My sources report that the classic Since You've Been Gone Rainbow was played in the Chelsea system of the PA in preparation for the launch party. Excellent thematic programming. I agree completely.
6mins: A very promising opening. Chelsea have not come here to park the proverbial bus, that's for sure. Florent Malouda, who is in great shape at the moment, beyond a revelry among the few defenders before running Lucio in the penalty area. A very strong appeal, but the referee is not interested.
8mins: Samuel Eto'o tries to get the ball over Mikel, runs to him and falls for several minutes, clutching his nose and his hand theatrically check if that's stained with blood pouring profusely. Pathetically theatrical. There was almost no contact and he was responsible for everything.
10 minutes: "Cole does not fit their system," replied Ben Dunn. "He does not have the pace to play all three strikers on. If Chelsea played two up front, Cole would be the best option to play from behind. No, and if one of the three forwards are eliminates Kalou is the best replacement. Deco and Cole, if there is a system change is required. It is seldom that are quite redundant. "
11mins: Ballack, a good 20 meters, sending a bullet whistled a yard wide of the post.
15 minutes: Lucio is kicking a ball at head height and comes much closer to Malouda kicked in the head. Didier Drogba is an exception to this, and the two pushed each other for a while. While the referee tells them, Lampard and Thiago Motta briefly involved.
16mins: The referee at the end, Chelsea were given an indirect free kick. Andy Gray says "I'm not sure that we have more". Drogba fires in any case directly to the wall. Breaking Inter, and Milito is just a yard offside when played clean through.
20 minutes: "Is CBJT are using a cuff bracelet under his shirt?" asks James Lilley. Surely not ...
25 minutes: So with the game room more, Inter has become quite happy. Chelsea have done very little, but Malouda has suggested that a potential match winner. The Italians have been difficult in the back and have done enough to suggest that you can grab a goal himself at some point. And the referee has been very good. Company and not totally against some physical contact.
26mins: A great ball into the penalty area Lucio Inter bounces off the back straight to Drogba, 15 yards. Maicon slides and blocks the shot excellently.
28mins: Maicon step has been really terrible. He seems to like driving the ball, as there is no difference between a cross and an office.
29mins: Alex goes to one of his long shots outdoors. It goes nowhere near the goal. Extremely large and extremely high.
32mins: A means of chances for Chelsea. The ball fell to Anelka on the right side of Inter's penalty area, but it seems uncertain whether Lampard or Drogba pass, and only stroked the ball between them, directly to a defender.
33mins: Great chance for Inter. A good cross from Maicon (of course), Terry overlooked and Eto'o, taken by surprise, get ill and his header bounced over the bar.
35mins: Department of unfounded rumors, "If Ben Dunn is correct that Cole does not fit the system of three men due to the lack of pace, after rumors of a coup for Chelsea USA, USA, USA .! Landon Donovan Donovan felt like it would do well to prompt and has speed to burn, "writes John Williams. "I heard Lord Ferg then grabbed Joe Cole."
36mins: "Deliciously should sound hollow CBJT has had the captain's armband tattooed on his upper left bicep, with 'CAPTAIN4EVER" in big blue bold letters, "said Patrick Cullen, referring to James Lilley's question (20 minutes) "All the truth in it, okay? "All the gods, I hope not.
40 minutes: No clear chances to inform each end, but both Eto'o / Milito and Drogba / Anelka have come close to creating something in the final minutes.
41mins: So Malouda twisting clear of the defense and, from nothing, it seems the left with the simple task of passing the ball in the back of the net. From nowhere, Lucio arrives with a strong front to steal the ball.
42mins: Great chance for Chelsea. Drogba plays the ball to Anelka, who has found the space between the center of the Inter-backs. The control in the breast of the French is not perfect, and when you lose the ball goalwards that hits the goalkeeper and is erased.
44mins: From the corner, Drogba Samuel rugby tackles the ball. Both arms, waist, hauls down. Nothing given.
45 minutes: "If a strip Ancelotti American midfielder to play regularly, no matter how talented, then I'm the queen of Egypt," replies Kyle Karinen Seattle rumors Landon Donovan (35mins).
45 minutes: As the fourth official showed no time off for one minute touches the ball by Lampard and Drogba for Samuel this time is a marvel of mine. Chelsea have been all over the last 10 minutes, but now I have to go and sit down and hanging around a while.
45 minutes: And that is half the time. After a first half Exremely promote pm in the final Inter will be glad it's over. Chelsea were just knocking on the door then.
Check-time: Shout-to the good people of Austria and New Zealand. According to Mike Wilner in a hotel somewhere in Vienna, the best you can find on their wide selection of channels is skiing Paralympic sports. Jim Taylor and a friend had the morning off work, only to discover that the sky is only shown CSKA v Sevilla game. Welcome, friends.
46mins: We're going! Again! And Mike Wilner, can go faster than Charlie Salt Waehringer Strasse and watch the game there, says David Davies.
48mins: Motta reserves to pull back Malouda. Chelsea seems to have maintained its first half, the momentum, if these first few minutes are something to follow.
50 minutes: And if anyone has been wondering where Gary Naylor is tonight, here's your answer: "Range in the New Wimbledon Theater, where Caractercus Potts has become a pile of junk in a flying machine called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" writes. "I reminded the triple substitutions Mourinho used to do."
52mins: Crossfield Sneider excellent pass found Eto'o, but he simply does nothing until someone - Zhirkov, as is the case - comes to take the ball away from him.
53mins: "I can not watch the game at all," writes Stephen Alexander, "but I guess, since I have not mentioned any, Carlito did not speak to the referee to enter or exit the tunnel? Surely something happened and there will be no conspiracy of some kind here in the second half. "At this stage we can only guess what tactics divertionary Mourinho is due, among other waste. The referee just booked Lucio, but nobody is quite sure why.
57mins: Malouda, Drogba, both have been recorded in the last couple of minutes, the latest of late, but not vicious tackle on Motta.
59mins: A lot of free throws last few minutes. The game is still playing at a pretty frantic pace, but with fewer forced outages.
60 mins: Great chance for Inter. Pandev, created by Sneider's backheel, pins or by the Chelsea defender, but delayed his shot long enough to Zhirkov to steal the ball to his foot.
62mins: Joe Cole goes for Ballack. "Is it me or is the level of deception on this machine from a different plane of shame?" AJ Eccleston calls. I believe you, AJ. Although they are taking at least three rolls of many when they go down, as a rule that only goes down when somebody plays.
63mins: Didier Drogba changing his boots, which means either a goal or a broken metatarsal could be in store ...
64mins: Inter have a decent spell here in large part to the fact that Alex, when you have the opportunity to clear - and has had a partner - never quite found a blue shirt.
65mins: Another great chance for Inter. Sneider plays the ball over the defense of Milito, in a lot of space, but there is something awkward rebound and shoots it.
67mins: Lucio clears, boot catches in monitoring Malouda through and spend several minutes rolling. Many arbitrators have been set aside - and sent - Malouda then.
70mins: Inter are killing this game-winning free throws and taking your time to take them. Since the last, Sneijder sends the ball and Motta, without rival, and about eight yards out, heads more. Now that would have killed the game. "Does sitting in a campsite on the banks of the Nile in Sudan, while watching the merit mention HCH upgrade for no other reason that Sudan is a bit more exotic than Austria or New Zealand?" asks Graeme Kay. Yes
73mins: Kalou, scorer in the first leg, took the post of Zhirkov, with Malouda, presumably covering the left side. Inter are in control of the game this time.
75mins: ... and Chelsea proptly do a decent chance, Kalou, Drogba and Anelka combined but the ball away from the French - who has not had a great game - as he prepared to shoot.
GOAL! Chelsea 0 Inter 1 (Eto'o 78) Eto'o is played inside the left channel, as they call in the trade. Alex is playing in his correct position for a central position, very badly. Eto'o ends with elegance at the near post. Sneijder, who basically is bright, you're supported.
81mins: From about the 50th minute Chelsea has done little to encourage optimism at this point. Cesar, the goalkeeper of Inter rightly reserves for loss of time.
83mins: A story about the striker, Adam, in New York. "Last summer, I saw Samuel Eto'o in the Puma store in New York," he writes. "This was during the time he was AWOL from Barcelona. He was talking to the sales girl in English and then switch to talk to friends in French. Once he left the store, heard the girl say sales of their colleague, "Do not speak such good French for someone in Africa." As much as I wanted to correct the error of their ways and deepen the French colonization of parts of Africa, I thought it best to leave. Ignorance is a blessing ... "
85mins: Mariga enters Sneijder, who walks very slowly on the ground. Chelsea may complain of loss of time when this is over, but I think that Inter is the value of his leadership.
86mins: Red Card! For Didier Drogba! Replays are inconclusive, but Drogba could have stamped Motta. Motta and could only have begun rolling. Motta no doubt much rolling. Keep doing it, actually.
88mins: Totally out of the ball, of course, that the incident, which occurred in the center of the area, while Malouda had the ball around the left. Motta and Drogba certainly lack the stamp before possible. "I know this is childish of me," writes Tom Chivers, "but I can only say: ha ha Chelsea. Ha ha."
90 min: Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
91mins: "How Mourinho react to the goal?" Jarrod Smith asks. "With the subtle smile or painful remorse?" Well, no sprint on the line, not over-the-top fist pumping, no sliding on the knees, not crazy air guitar. You may have hogged the pre-game and I'm sure tomorrow will be the headline-maker, but had a textbook game, really.
93mins: damn Eto'o almost scored a second but Turnbull saved with his feet. Very nice, actually.
94mins: It's all over. The final whistle goes, and Mourinho and through the tunnel, so there will be clips of him celebrating.
9.36pm: Terry has a go at the referee immediately after the complaint. And another, in the fourth official on his way down the tunnel. Chelsea will have their complaints, but Inter deserved to win tonight her.
9.41pm: Right, Inter lost some time in the second half, but not everyone? Chelsea have not done the same? I think Motta could have made the drama a little too far, and not specifically on the red card incident, but no matter one iota. Chelsea had 10 minutes before the break, and five minutes later, when they were on top, but for the rest of the Inter game was never less equal and more time passed the more superior than it appeared. All entertaining to watch a game in general. Thanks for being there with me.
9.49pm: Sameer says Volvoicar And, finally, Chelsea three seasons in Europe have ended with a red card for Drogba in 2008, an explosion Droba and the prohibition in 2009 and a red card for Drogba in 2010. Weird. It is clearly and definitively stamped on the road.
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