Chelsea 4 Napoli 1 – Chelsea claim famous European victory
Chelsea are into the Champions League quarter finals after an amazing night at Stamford Bridge which saw them overturn a first leg deficit of 3-1 against a Napoli side full of attacking intent.
March 14th, 2012
Andre Villas-Boas was manager of the Blues for the game in Naples, although it is now Roberto Di Matteo in temporary charge and the Italian decided to stick with Didier Drogba in attack for this crunch clash, a decision which was to prove vindicated in the 29th minute when the forward reduced the arrears with the opening goal of the game.
Chelsea went into the interval 1-0 up and needing a goal to be in pole position, something which happened in the 48th minute when John Terry nodded home to ensure that every supporter was on their feet at Stamford Bridge.
However, Napoli possessed a threat throughout a pulsating contest and it was a superb finish from Inler which saw the pendulum swing back in the direction of the Serie A side.
Chelsea took a while to recover from this setback, although Dossena’s handball was spotted by the referee in the 75th minute and Frank Lampard made sure the game was headed towards extra-time.
The winning goal came from the unlikely source of Branislav Ivanovic, with the Serbian firing home after good work from Didier Drogba.