Chelsea Charge Past Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea continued with their unbeaten run in the Uefa Champions League Group G with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.  The Blues won a penalty decision in the seventh minute when Filipe Luis beat a defender in the Sporting area before being fouled right in front of the referee.  Cesc Fabregas took the responsibility with a calmly taken penalty as he waited for the goalkeeper to make a move before slotting the penalty down the middle.

The English Premier League leaders were two goals ahead in the 16th minute.  Andre Schurrle turned cleverly on the edge of the area before pounding a low drive past goalkeeper Rui Patricio to make it 2-0 to the home side.  However, it wasn’t all about Chelsea.

Five minutes into the second half the visitors pulled one back.  A cross came in from the right and Jonathan Cristian Silva controlled it well in the box before driving a low shot home past a despairing Petr Cech.  Chelsea’s two-goal lead was restored in the 56th minute.

A Fabregas free kick from the left was flicked on by Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel was in the right place at the right time at the far post to send it into the back of the net.  Jose Mourinho’s charges cruised to victory in the end and were never truly threatened by the visitors, as they largely dominated the Portuguese side throughout the clash.  Sporting’s defeat meant the end of the road for them in the Champions League.