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Chelsea 2-0 Marseille: Goal by Goal

Chelsea 1-0: Jon Obi Mikel has the ball on the left side a little way into the Marseille half. Nobody seems interested in coming to challenge him, so he just slips it ahead to Florent Malouda, who is strangely unmarked between a triangle of white shirts. Yuri Zhirkov makes a diagonal run ahead of Malouda, which draws one of the three towards the byline, allowing the Frenchman to skip past a challenge, stumble into the box, and send a shot fizzing towards the far post. Steve Mandanda pushes the ball wide for a corner. Gael Kakuta takes, spotting John Terry's run towards the near corner of the six yard box and dropping the ball on the captain's left foot. Terry flicks the ball goalwards where it beats the man at the near post in rather embarrassing fashion and squeezes into the net. The defenders are not expecting anything like that - no fewer than three players react far too late to Terry's run from the centre.

Figure 1: John Terry scores Chelsea's opening goal against Marseille.

Chelsea 2-0: Michael Essien has the ball on the right before slowing down ahead of the defence, drawing them out and letting Branislav Ivanovic cut in behind them on the overlap. The Ghanaian slips the ball to the fullback, but the resultant cutback is both underhit and ill-directed, and the ball bounces out once more to Essien. He crosses, and the ball cannons off the arms of Stephane M'Bia for a penalty. It's not a case of ball to hand - the arms do not start in nearly the position that they make contact with the ball, and unless you subscribe to the idea that handballs can only be called if they're deliberate, it's a clear penalty. Nicolas Anelka steps up and does a little shimmy as he takes the spot kick, confusing the keeper into standing still while the ball is send to the right side and in for a 2-0 lead.

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