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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Chelsea Vs Napoli (4-1), Stamford Bridge Leg 2 Champions League 2012

Thursday 15 Mar 2012 8:10 a.m.

By Greg Robertson

Hello and welcome to Stamford bridge where we will have Chelsea streaming forward to try and turn around a 3-1 deficit against Napoli in their second leg match against Napoli. Will we see Fernando Torres get on and score his first goal in about five months? Maybe, unlikely, you just never know… but if Chelsea is to get through to the next round they’ll need strikers up front and not just the sole Didier Drogba.

We bring you live video updates of the game, adding highlights and goals as it happens, and make sure you refresh your browser occasionally so you stay up to play with all the action. We will warn you with ‘video coming soon’ and ‘video up’ message so you don’t miss anything.

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LIVE COMMENTARY… Chelsea 4– 1 Napoli (agg 5-4)

 
CHELSEA WIN... CHELSEA WIN!!!!All video up.
 
119 mins: Malouda breaks down the left, takes too long to find Drogba in the middle and he tries to volley but sends it wide. + 2 minutes
 
116 mins: Luiz limping for Chelsea... no subs left... he plays on. hard bugger good on ya son.
 
114 mins: Free kick on the edge of the area to Chelsea and Campagnaro gets a card. Staright at the wall from Drogba.
 
109 mins: Torres with a shot from distance, but it's limp. Still stretched the keeper.
 
107 mins: We are underway second half of extra time...
 
HALFTIME IN EXTRA TIME!
 
104 mins: Goal Ivanovic! He was free at the penalty spot and slammed it home. Video up.
 
99 mins: Torres misses an open net... though a very tight angle. He did well to get there... should have scored though. Video up.
 
John Terry of for Chelsea and Bosingwa is on... Cahill left unused on the Chelsea bench with all three suns now used.
 
97 mins: Napoli having the better running of the beginning of extra time... will this one go to penalties though? Hope not.... who will be the last team into the quarter finals of the Champions League.
 
Mata off for Chelsea and Malouda makes his way on to the pitch.
 
93 mins: Great defence from the Chelsea backs as they set the offside tap and Cavani falls into it just... he was so close to being one-on-one with Cech.
 
92 mins: Hamslik with an absolute screamer of a volley for Napoli and could not have hit it any better.  Pity it wasn't on target.
 
92 mins: First spell of extra time: Torres away don't the right and Ivanovic heads wide.
 
Full time... we have extra time!
 
+2 minutes
 
88 mins: Gargano onto the roof of the net bit Cech had it covered the whole way.
 
Two minutes plus stoppages until extra time.
 
86 mins: David Luiz saves the day twice at the back and then a dangerous ball nearly has a man on the end of it for Napoli at the back post.
 
80 mins: Technical problems and we missed a few minuted but it's a GOAL to Chelsea! Handball in the penalty area and Frank Lampard steps up and slots it. Video up!
 
65 mins: That man in goal again saves this time from Drogba. What a save - again! Video up.
 
63 mins: What a save from De santic as Ivanovic hammers it from close range, it takes a deflection off Torres. Amazing. Video up soon.
 
60 mins: Fernando Torres is coming on for Chelsea! Well what a game we have here.
 
54 mins: Napoli GOAL! Inler chests on the edge of the area and then smashes it home with his right foot giving Cech no chance. Video up.
 
47 mins: John Terry scores! terry Video up. Wow... an early corner for Chelsea and the captain climbs high brilliantly near post whipping his head to turn the ball sharply and over the outstretched hand of De Sanctis. GAME ON!
 
Players coming back out onto the park for the second half...
 
HALFTIME Chelsea 1 - 0 Napoli
 
45 mins: Drogba catches everyone by surprise as he whips in a first time cross... then Cannavaro saved the day and clears from from the line. It could have so easily have been 2-0 and that ball fallen for Mata to slam it home from about one yard. Video up.
 
42 mins: Frank Lampard gets carded for a challenge on Cannavaro... couple of minutes to the break...  Chelsea just wants to get to the break 1-0 up, regroup, have a yarn, orange and take instruction... and get back out their for the second spell with a plan to win the second half by a goal too.
 
39 mins; Lavezzi this time from distance and it's deflected for a Napoli corner. Headed clear...
 
37 mins: Chelsea looking very sharp - Essien shooting from distance and it's dragged just wide of the post. Never going in though was always covered by the Napoli keeper.
 
32 mins: Drogba with another chance and then at the other end Napoli send a shot wide. Video up.
 
28 mins; Drogba scores! Ramires crosses and Drogba heads strongly to beat De Sanctis. Video up.
 
23 mins: Chelsea's Ramires looks likely on the edge of the box but space is soon shut down... he tries to find support but the Napoli defence floods back and cuts the pass out.
 
21 mins: Mata gets a cross in and it floats deep, slight danger for a brief moment there as it just scrapes over the crossbar join and De Sanctis is forced to back-pedal quickly.
 
17 mins: Zuniga cuts in from wide and blasts over the top... he was given way too much space on that occasion.
 
15 mins: Sturridge just caught offside... good move gets flagged down as Chelsea put the ball in the back of the net.
 
12 mins: Napoli scoot down the right with Maggio who crosses low and a shot hits the  side netting from Cavani. Video up soon. Cech then saves again.
 
10 mins: Napoli nearly score as Hamsik gets a shot, it's deflected and Cech gets out a right leg to stop the would-be goal. Video up.
 
5 mins: A knock down by Drogba and Sturridge nails it low and hard with De Sanctis in goal getting down fast to push it for a corner. Video up.
 
4 mins: Chelsea streaming forward...  Napoli keeping them tight.... and forcing the play back to Cech in goal....
 
1 mins: Drama to start as Lampard slides in an the Napoli players aren't happy with it...
 
We are underway...
 
Here we go... get ready for action...

Actual teams:

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Bosingwa, Kalou, Cahill.

Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsik, Cavani, Lavezzi. Subs: Rosati, Dossena, Vargas, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev, Britos.

Kick off is not far away so in the meantime watch Didier Drogba net his 100th goal for Chelsea in the win over Stoke.

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Possible teams

Chelsea: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Branislav Ivanovic, 24-Gary Cahill, 26-John Terry, 3-Ashley Cole; 8-Frank Lampard, 7-Ramires; 23-Daniel Sturridge, 10-Juan Mata, 5-Michael Essien; 11-Didier Drogba

Napoli: 1-Morgan De Sanctis; 14-Hugo Campagnaro, 28-Paolo Cannavaro, 6-Salvatore Aronica; 11-Christian Maggio, 23-Walter Gargano, 88-Gokhan Inler, 18-Juan Zuniga; 17-Marek Hamsik, 7-Edinson Cavani, 22-Ezequiel Lavezzi Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Pregame banter

If Chelsea fails to overturn a two-goal deficit against buoyant Napoli on Wednesday, England will be without a representative in the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 1996.

Chelsea was left to fly the flag for the English Premier League after

Arsenal was eliminated by AC Milan last week, continuing England's poor run in the competition this season after the two Manchester clubs were knocked out at the group stage.

Yet the chances of Chelsea going further than its London rival look remote considering Napoli - enjoying a stunning first season in the Champions League - is 3-1 up from the first leg and has won its last five Italian league games, the most recent a 6-3 hammering of Cagliari.

"We're focused and ready because we want to continue living this Champions League dream," Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro.

Napoli, the only one of this season's five debutants still standing, twice took part in the old European Cup during Diego Maradona's days at the club but never progressed beyond the second round.

Spearheaded by a three-pronged strike force of Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik, which ripped Chelsea's creaking defense apart in the last leg, the team could go deep this year, however.

"Maradona's days remain the best in Napoli's history, but we feel we are nearly on a par with that era and that makes us proud," said Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri, who will be serving the second of a two-match touchline ban.

With the hosts needing to pour forward to get back in the match, Napoli will look to pick them off on the counterattack.

"We will have to be balanced, obviously, because their threat on counterattacking is very good and they have some players that can hurt you," interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said. "When they come here on

Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, they will play against a good team, a great team, and we will make their life difficult ... we have to believe that we can turn this around."

Ravaged by internal politik that contributed to the firing of Andre Villas-Boas at the start of the month, Chelsea has lost the swagger and class that helped the team reach the Champions League quarterfinals in six of the last eight seasons.

Yet Di Matteo has managed to restore some belief since taking over from Villas-Boas, earning wins in the FA Cup and Premier League in the space of four days without conceding a goal, and the team has danger men in Spain winger Juan Mata and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba.

"We can do it because we have the players, the attitude and the character," said Drogba, who scored his 100th league goal for Chelsea in the 1-0 win over Stoke.

"This is the kind of match where you need the crowd to be strong, to be good even if we make mistakes. This is a difficult moment for Chelsea so we need the fans to be behind us."

Mata and England forward Daniel Sturridge started on the bench against

Stoke so can expect a recall, while Drogba should again start ahead of out-of-form Fernando Torres up front.

Napoli rested Cavani, its top striker, for much of the match against Cagliari so the Uruguay international will be fresh when he teams up again with Argentina forward Lavezzi, who has six goals in the team's last four matches.

"We've still got a lot of work to do," Mazzarri said. "We're going to have to play to the limit for the entire 90 minutes. This squad has a defect in that it's not able to maintain its level for all 90 minutes."

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