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DROGBA, CHELSEA OPEN CHAPTER 3 TO BEAT BARCA

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Spain and England Champion had three streak meeting in UEFA Champions League when Barcelona was welcomed by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the 3rd match day of the group stage. Home striker Didier Drogba, who was sidelined due to a slight brain concussion for last couple minutes of the first half, fired an Ashley Cole's pass in front of the box to break the deadlock starting second. The Blues kept the top of the group A with the maximum point while the Euro champ stayed four points with Bremen remaining three games.

Chelsea, who sent out the 3rd goalkeeper Henrique Hilario because of Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini both injured, held well the Barca's skipper learning from the lesson of the past when a left-sideback Khalid Boulahrouz and a left of the diamond Michael Essien took care of Ronaldinho. New striker Andrly Shevchenko and new top of the diamond Michael Ballack wasn't awake and might seemingly need time to fit.

Barcelona, who had been serious lack of Samuel Eto'o this season and put former Chelsea player Eidur Gudjohnsen on Eto'o's place, wasn't able to show explosive power seen last season with away orange shirt. It was not only absence of Eto'o but fatigue Ronaldinho seemingly. Lionel Messi shined sometimes but produced nothing to level to end the game.

However it's true that this tie is fan to watch as well as last two seasons. I expect Barca's strikeback at Camp Nou two weeks later.

match result:

UEFA Champions League 06-07
Group A, Match Day 3 (18 Oct)

Barcelona 0-1 Chelsea
47' DROGBA

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