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Schalke 04 vs. Chelsea, Champions League: Second half thread

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A brilliant first 10 minutes saw Chelsea grab the lead -- John Terry rising majestically to guide Fabregas's corner (another assist!) into the net -- and spurn a couple more excellent opportunities.  Since then, it's been a bit more even, though the closest Schalke have come to actually scoring was an incredibly lucky deflection that landed on Courtois's crossbar.

There was a lovely gift from the Schalke keeper Fahrmann around the half hour mark when he allowed Willian's shot to double our lead.  Lovely passing in the buildup from Chelsea though, just like it's been for much of the half.  We appear to be going for some sort of one-touch passing achievement today. And total football achievement.

And there was an even bigger gift from poor Schalke defender Jan Kirchhoff, when he coolly finished another Chelsea corner into the back of his own net.  You almost feel bad for Robbie Di Matteo.  Almost.

Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic is playing out of his mind.  BEASTMODE.

Three-nil to the good; let's see this one out and make the last matchday in Group G just a relaxing run-about in the park.

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