|(Champions League) Galatasaray stump Chelsea
Fernando Torres scored a valuable away goal for Chelsea in a 1-1 draw at Galatasaray in the Champions League in Istanbul yesterday, but the English Premier League side left Turkey frustrated at its failure to build on its superior start. (Pictured, Aurelien Chedjou).
Torres scored the first goal by an English team in the knockout phase of the Champions League this season when he met Cezar Azpilicueta's cutback in the ninth minute of their first leg match in the last 16.
But Chelsea failed to make the most of its counterattacks and the Turkish champions equalized in the second half, AP reports.
Aurelien Chedjou put the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech in the 64th after connecting with Wesley Sneijder's corner.
Unlike Chelsea, Real Madrid are virtually certain of a place in the quarterfinals after their 6-1 victory at Schalke in the night's other game.
Chelsea play the second leg match in west London on March 18.
The pre-match build-up centered on the Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba facing the team he won the Champions League with in 2012. But it was another former Premier League regular who played a key role as Chelsea took an early lead _ for the wrong reasons.
Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue was dispossessed too easily inside the Chelsea half, allowing a counterattack down the left flank. Andre Schurrle fed the advancing defender Azpilicueta, who cut the ball back for the unmarked Torres to side-foot into an open net.
The hosts were leaving themselves too exposed, and unable to cause Chelsea many problems. The closest they came to leveling before the break was Izet Hajrovic sending a shot over the top.
The winger, though, was substituted in the 31st, with Yekta Kurtulus coming on.
Chelsea would pay for not making the most of its confident start, with Ramires volleying over.
Galatasaray's defense looked as fragile at the start of the second half. Felipe Melo's clearance went straight to Eden Hazard, who ran through the center and released Torres. Although the striker broke through the defense, his shot was saved by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
Galatasaray recovered from its shaky start and proved a much tougher opponent after the break.
The woodwork did deny Galatasaray. Drogba headed down from Sneijder's delivery to Selcuk Inan, who hit the post.
But they found the target barely a minute later. Sneijder swung in a corner from the left, Chedjou turned the ball in from close range after getting in front of Chelsea captain John Terry.
Indeed, Cech only spared Chelsea from traveling back to London needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit, by tipping over Alex Telles' swerving shot after William gave the ball away.