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Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Chelsea, Champions League: Half-time report

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After the first few minutes of awful play from the visitors, Chelsea settled down and it's been mostly one-way traffic towards the home side's goal.  There was a sequence about a quarter of the way in where Chelsea won back the ball 4-5 times in quick succession to keep the pressure piled on the yellow shirts.  Unfortunately, the only goal we do have is from a set piece.

Willian took the corner, Gary Cahill jumped on the back of his defender and headed goalwards.  It looked to have crossed the line before the goalkeeper pushed it onto the post; it didn't matter as Cahill poked home the rebound anyway.  The script remained the same after the goal, with Chelsea hogging possession and Maccabi (somewhat) threatening on the counter.  Neither team managed any more goals however.

There is a feeling that eventually the floodgates will open and Chelsea will pour it on.  Especially after Tal Ben Haim (the ex-Chelsea one) was somewhat harshly sent off for kicking out after Diego Costa, who's clearly gotten into his head during the preceding 40 minutes.

So, hopefully the second half devolves into a question of just how many Chelsea can score.  Up the Chels!

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