Torres seals Chelsea comeback

Fernando Torres scored then missed a penalty for Chelsea as they turned around their tie against Steaua Bucharest with a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge to seal a 3-2 aggregate triumph and reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 at 08:44 Post Comment

Fernando Torres: Scored second-half goal then missed penalty for Chelsea

Fernando Torres: Scored second-half goal then missed penalty for Chelsea

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Juan Mata cancelled out Steaua's 1-0 first-leg lead in the 33rd minute after a neat one-two with Ramires, only for the visitors to level things up on the stroke of half-time when Vlad Chiriches poked home from close range after a goal-line scramble.

Blues captain John Terry made it 2-2 on the night when he skipped past Steaua defender Lukas Szukala to get on the end of Juan Mata's free-kick from 20 yards with a bullet header, then Torres sealed Chelsea's progression 20 minutes from time but could not add to his haul as he skied a penalty late on after a foul on Eden Hazard.

It was Raul Rusescu's penalty which handed Steaua the advantage at the end of the first leg and the striker nearly doubled their overall lead after 12 minutes. John-Obi Mikel dithered over a clearance and Cristian Tanase stole the ball before finding Rusescu, who breached the offside trap before his shot was saved by Petr Cech.

After a quick Mata free-kick was held by Ciprian Tatarusanu, Steaua captain Alexandru Bourceanu fired a 30-yard warning shot narrowly wide and Cech saved from Tanase, who was causing Terry, in particular, problems with his pace.

When the hosts took the direct route it paid off. Mata picked up the ball inside the Steaua half in the right channel and ran at his marker. The Spaniard played the ball inside to Ramires, who continued running at the defence before playing a return pass. While Torres moved out of the way, Mata used his body to shield the ball from Iasmin Latovlevici and his shot squirmed in under Tatarusanu.

Torres shot narrowly wide soon after before Mata and Hazard crafted an opening, only for the Belgian's shot to be saved. Chelsea still could not relax, though, as Ashley Cole had to be alert to halt Adrian Popa after David Luiz had given the ball away.

From the resulting corner and the last move of the first half, Steaua restored their advantage. The set-piece was played to the near post and a scramble ensued inside the six-yard box, with Tanase's shot smartly saved by Cech, who could do nothing about the rebound as Chiriches fired into the roof of the net.

Chelsea needed two goals in the second half and the first came after Cornel Rapa fouled Hazard and Mata delivered the resulting free-kick towards Terry. The skipper's powers may have been reduced by age and niggling injury, but when left unmarked he remains a potent force and his header from 10 yards went in off the post.

Cech saved a dipping shot from Alexandru Chipciu before Mata set up the third goal Chelsea needed. He cut in from the right, Hazard stepped over the left-footed cross and Torres picked up the ball.

The striker, whose most recent prior strike was at Brentford in the FA Cup, stepped around Lukasz Szukata and netted low across goal. The World Cup winner lost his footing in the area soon after under the challenge of Szukata, emerging with a bleeding nose, before shooting narrowly wide.

Chelsea were awarded a penalty when Hazard was caught by Bourceanu. Torres stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way - but his shot hit the top of the crossbar. Fortunately for the hosts he had already done enough to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

ChelseaTeam StatisticsSteaua Bucharest
3Goals1
11st Half Goals1
8Shots on Target6
7Shots off Target2
3Blocked Shots0
7Corners5
9Fouls16
2Offsides0
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
81.1Passing Success72.4
22Tackles31
68.2Tackles Success74.2
59.4Possession40.6
53.1Territorial Advantage46.9
546Total Passes370
20Total Crosses14
189Lost Balls174
61Recoveries58
621st Half Poss.38
56.72nd Half Poss.43.3

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Ronald Koeman hopes change of approach will reap dividends for Southampton

Ronald Koeman is hoping a change of approach will reap dividends for Southampton this weekend.

Nottingham Forest's transfer embargo could galvanise club, says Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce says Nottingham Forest's transfer embargo could end up having a positive effect on the team.

Carrick doesn't see defensive future

Michael Carrick says he is happy to deputise in defence during Manchester United's injury crisis, but still sees his future in midfield.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property