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Summary

  1. Watch Midweek Final Score via the play icon
  2. Chelsea already through as Group G winners
  3. Sporting need draw to qualify
  4. Di Matteo's Schalke also in contention

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining me on a good night for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, Andre Schurrle, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news through, Sporting fans.

Check out our match report here.

Manager reaction

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho joked that teenage debutant Ruben Loftus-Cheek owed him a "bottle of top red wine" for fielding him.

The manager added: "He is very confident and has a good personality. He's not afraid to take responsibilities.

"We were trying to find the best moment to give him easy conditions to play. Obviously he has a lot to improve but he has great potential if people around him don't make things difficult for me. He can be a big player."

Manager reaction

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: "We were very focussed 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."

Player reaction

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Andre Schurrle
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Chelsea scorer Andre Schurrle on Sky Sports: "We wanted to win today after losing to Newcastle. We bounced back and had a good game.

"I could have had more goals. But I'm happy to score a good goal after not such a positive time for me.

"My body is not where I want to be but I'm happy with my performance.

"We can rotate and make changes and we still have so much quality on the pitch. We have a big squad - that's's what we need for our four goals.

"We don't fear anybody. If we play our best we can beat everyone."

How it finished

So Schalke went through thanks to their victory over Maribor. However it would not have been enough for Roberto Di Matteo's side had his old club not won tonight.

Sporting Lisbon have the consolation of the Europa League.

Maribor can now concentrate on the domestic league...

Lies and statistics

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Match stats
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The match statistics paint the picture of a really close game but Sporting were second best throughout really. A deserved win for the Blues, who perhaps surprisingly kept Diego Costa on for the whole game.

But they don't. It ends 1-0 to Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke, who go through with the Blues.

FULL-TIME

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea win and top the group as they were guaranteed anyway. Sporting Lisbon are out unless Maribor equalise against Schalke in Slovenia.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Ruben Loftus-Cheek thinks it's the moment he was dreaming of last night, a ball over the top finds the midfielder in space through on goal. But he's offside. And fires it wide anyway.

INJURY TIME

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Three minutes added on.

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Steve Howes: 86 minutes gone and still we have five men charging down a Sporting shot. TEAM CHELSEA

Manchester City by the way are surely heading through, they lead 2-0 in Rome now.

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Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon's Jonathan Silva has a go from 25 yards and it's saved by Petr Cech down at his right post. The Czech has done well tonight.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is booked for a studs-up challenge on Jonathan Silva. He hasn't been booked yet in this tournament so isn't facing a ban.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Adrien Silva hits a powerful effort but it's blocked by Gary Cahill who throws himself bravely at the shot. Sporting need Maribor to do them a huge favour or they're out.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Ruben Loftus-Cheek sets up a counter-attack, which Diego Costa slows down, in which time the 18-year-old has got forward, picks up the ball and plays in Loic Remy on the edge of the area but the France international can't take advantage.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Here comes 18-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek for his debut, with Cesc Fabregas coming off for his fellow midfielder.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Adrien Silva, who was booked moments earlier, has a shot from distance but it's well over the bar. Time running out now for the lads from Portuguese.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Referee Svein Oddvar Moen discovers his device for talking to his assistants is broken so he goes over to the side to get it fixed.

I'd imagine he was asked if he'd tried turning it off and on again.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Fifteen minutes to go in both games. As things stand Schalke go through and Sporting enter the Europa League.

One goal in Slovenia for Maribor or two in London for Sporting would change all that.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea promised teenager Ruben Loftus-Cheek a debut but if he is true to his work, it's just going to be a cameo.

Fellow midfielder Ramires comes on for Andre Schurrle, who was brilliant in the first half but hasn't done much after the break.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is furious as his shirt is pulled as he chases through on goal but it is not given and keeper Rui Patricio boots the ball out for a throw-in.

That is a man you don't want to anger.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has his shirt pulled
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SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho makes his first change as Loic Remy comes on for Mohamed Salah, who has done OK but not enough to be a likely starter on Saturday against Hull.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Do Sporting Lisbon look like they are going to score two goals? No.

And so Marco Silva makes his final change as Andre Martins comes on for fellow midfielder Joao Mario.

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Over in Slovenia

This changes everything. Schalke now lead 1-0 away to Maribor with Max Meyer scoring. That would take Roberto Di Matteo's side through and knock Sporting Lisbon out. Unless the Portuguese side score twice in the final 27 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Sporting striker Islam Slimani beats Felipe Luis to a high cross but his header is well saved down low by Petr Cech.

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Callum Johnstone: The apocalypse is nigh, Mikel has scored

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon make a double change, Carlos Mane and Fredy Montero come on for Diego Capel and William Carvalho.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon's highly rated playmaker William Carvalho, who hasn't done much tonight, is booked for fouling Cesc Fabregas. He'll miss their next Champions League game.

GOAL

Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon - John Mikel Obi

John Mikel Obi scores for Chelsea
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This is not a drill. I repeat this is not a drill.

John Mikel Obi has scored - he turns home a corner from the closest of ranges. He was maybe six inches out, perhaps less.

Chelsea 2-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea are pushing for a third goal, they are probably surprised to be back in a match again - they had looked in total control.

Sporting need another goal to guarantee their place in the last 16. Although at the moment they are through no matter what as Schalke are being held by Maribor.

Chelsea 2-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea are the joint top scorers in this year's tournament along with Real Madrid, with 16 so far. There are other teams in contention to match or better than tonight.

Chelsea 2-1 Sporting Lisbon

Mohamed Salah almost restores Chelsea's two-goal lead. Andre Schurrle breaks but his Egyptian team-mate gets the shot away, his down-low effort from 20 yards being tipped around the corner by Rui Patricio.

GOAL

Chelsea 2-1 Sporting Lisbon - Jonathan Silva

Jonathan Silva
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Jonathan Silva celebrates for Sporting Lisbon
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Sporting Lisbon back in this game now. Andre Carrillo does well down the right to get a cross in and Andre Schurrle heads the ball out to Jonathan Silva, who is lurking at the edge of the box to fire home.

Game on.

Chelsea 2-0 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea have a free-kick, after Cesc Fabregas is fouled. Andre Schurrle's effort from about 20 yards goes just wide - his fourth shot of the night.

Chelsea 2-0 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea break with Mohamed Salah finding Diego Costa but the striker can't do much with it. He hasn't looked as sharp as he has in other games this season, perhaps.

KICK-OFF

Chelsea 2-0 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea get the second half going. No changes for either side at the break.

Remember, the Blues are expected to bring on 18-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a debut at some stage.

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