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Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport
Andre Schurrle doubled Chelsea's lead on 16 minutes
Andre Schurrle put in a lively performance as Chelsea rotated their squad against Sporting Lisbon
  • Chelsea win fourth group game
  • Sporting miss out on knockout stages
  • Schurrle scores on first-team return
  • Debut handed to 18-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea rounded off their Champions League group stage with a fourth victory and denied Sporting Lisbon qualification for the knockout stages.

Cesc Fabregas put the home side ahead early on with a penalty after Filipe Luis had been fouled by Ricardo Esgaio.

Andre Schurrle doubled the lead soon after with a low right-foot strike.

Sporting pulled a goal back in the second half through Jonathan Silva, before John Mikel Obi tapped in from a Fabregas free-kick to secure the win.

With Chelsea already guaranteed qualification as group winners, Jose Mourinho made six changes to the side which lost 2-1 against Newcastle on Saturday, resting the likes of Willian, John Terry and Eden Hazard.

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However, he named a strong side with Nemanja Matic returning to midfield following suspension and goalkeeper Petr Cech captain in his third Champions League appearance of the season.

Among the substitutes was England Under-19 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 18, who made his club debut replacing Fabregas in the closing stages.

Sporting - who began the night in second place in Group G and needing a draw to progress to the last 16 - were without on-loan Manchester United winger Nani, due to a thigh injury.

It wasn't long before Chelsea took the lead from Fabregas' penalty.

Filipe Luis was clumsily brought down just inside the area by Sporting right-back Esgaio and Fabregas slotted the ball down the middle past goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Chelsea doubled their advantage as Schurrle collected a square ball from Matic 20 yards out, his driving right-foot strike finding the bottom left-hand corner of Patricio's goal.

Sporting gave themselves a lifeline moments after the interval when Silva's neat chest down and right-foot shot beat Cech low to his right from inside the penalty area.

But the home side's two-goal advantage was restored when Mikel got on the end of a Fabregas free-kick as Sporting failed to clear the ball across goal.

Sporting missed out on a place in the last 16 by a point after Schalke - managed by Champions League-winning Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo - won 1-0 away at Slovenian side Maribor.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho speaking on Sky Sports: "We were very focused and serious. I'm happy with that. I feel sorry for Sporting, I would have liked them to qualify.

"The win was important. It was a good reaction to losing at Newcastle and a good chance for players to have more minutes. I'm happy with many things we did.

"We have a good squad. It was a game without pressures - it was quite an easy game to play.

"Andre Schurrle is in my plans when he's in top form. He came back from Germany duty very ill. It's taken him time to recover. He needs to adapt better to the Premier League."

Cesc Fabregas scores a penalty to put Chelsea 1-0 ahead
Fabregas opened the scoring with a penalty eight minutes in
Andre Schurrle puts Chelsea 2-0 ahead against Sporting Lisbon
Andre Schurrle was given a rare start and marked it with a goal in the first half
Jonathan Silva celebrates scoring for Sporting Lisbon
Jonathan Silva gave Sporting hope of a comeback with his goal on 50 minutes
John Mikel Obi turns away after scoring Chelsea's third goal
But John Mikel Obi made the points safe before the hour mark with Chelsea's third goal



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cech
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 87mins
  • 5Zouma
  • 24Cahill
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 12Mikel
  • 21Matic
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forSantos do Nascimentoat 74'minutes
  • 4FàbregasSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 83'minutes
  • 17SalahSubstituted forRemyat 71'minutes
  • 19Diego Costa


  • 2Ivanovic
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 8Oscar
  • 11Drogba
  • 18Remy
  • 33Beeney
  • 36Loftus-Cheek


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 47Esgaio
  • 26Rodrigues de OliveiraBooked at 90mins
  • 3Dos Santos Nascimento
  • 33SilvaBooked at 82mins
  • 18Carrillo
  • 14William CarvalhoBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMonteroat 61'minutes
  • 23Adrien SilvaBooked at 79mins
  • 11CapelSubstituted forCardoso Manéat 60'minutes
  • 17João MárioSubstituted forSoares Martinsat 70'minutes
  • 9Slimani


  • 8Soares Martins
  • 10Montero
  • 22Boeck
  • 24Rosell Argerich
  • 29Sarr
  • 36Cardoso Mané
  • 81Geraldes de Barros
Svein Oddvar Moen

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamSporting
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 3, Sporting Lisbon 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Sporting Lisbon 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is caught offside.

  4. Booking

    Paulo Oliveira (Sporting Lisbon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mauricio.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Silva.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Sporting Lisbon. Conceded by Petr Cech.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by André Martins.

  9. Booking

    César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

  11. Post update

    Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Carrillo.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Carlos Mané (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fredy Montero.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

  15. Post update

    Fredy Montero (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

  18. Booking

    Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon).

As It Stood


1Atl Madrid64111431113
4Malmö FF6105415-113


1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17


2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27


1B Dortmund64111441013


1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75


4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111


4NK Maribor6033413-93


1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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