Apr 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT
0′- Chelsea comes out in a 4-3-3: Any illusions that José Mourinho might pursue an away goal and open up in leg one were deflated at the opening whistle, though Chelsea’s team sheet had already hinted at what was to come. The team was going to switch away from what has become a customary 4-2-3-1, instead going with a “true” midfield three of David Luiz, John Obi Mikel, and Frank Lampard. With Ramires among the front three, this was as defensive as Chelsea could set up, an approach that saw the Blues retain only 38 percent of the ball.
17′ – Collision separates Petr Cech‘s shoulder: We didn’t know it at the time, but after 17 minutes of today’s match, Petr Cech’s Champions League season was done. Pushed toward goal, Atlético forward/midfielder Raúl García undercut the Chelsea keeper, sending him to ground inside his own net. Walking off cradling his right arm, Cech was replaced by Mark Schwarzer, who will presumably start the second leg in London.
45′ – Diego breaks new ground, puts a shot on target: Atlético would go into halftime with nearly 70 percent of the match’s possession and a 9-2 edge in shots, but it wasn’t until the first half’s final moments that the home side actually put an attempt on target. Brazilian midfielder Diego, a somewhat surprising inclusion in the starting XI, tested Schwarzer just before halftime with a benign shot, leaving the sides to go into the dressing rooms as they started.
65′ – Frank Lampard excused from leg two: Arda Turan had been on for less than five minutes when Frank Lampard slid through him with a challenge. Jonas Eriksson issued the Chelsea great a yellow card, a caution that will force the midfielder out of the second leg. Suspended for yellow card accumulation, Lampard will be sidelined while a likely midfield of Ramires and David Luiz tries to get the Blues to Lisbon.
73 – John Terry bows out, too: With Petr Cech and Frank Lampard already out of leg two, John Terry limped off late, forcing David Luiz back into central defense while André Schürrle came on. Terry now has eight days to recover from his apparent ankle injury. If he can’t, three of the players who’ve served as faces for this era of Chelsea soccer will miss out on Wednesday’s match at Stamford Bridge.
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