Terry, Anelka score as Chelsea beats Marseille 2-0

Chelsea bounced back from consecutive losses by beating

Marseille 2-0 in the Champions League after first-half goals by

John Terry and Nicolas Anelka on Tuesday.

Terry flicked in a corner in the seventh minute and Anelka added

the second with a disputed penalty in the 28th.

The English champions, who had lost two matches in a row coming

into the game, were poor after the break but still hit the post

twice, through Alex and Michael Essien.

Chelsea’s second successive Group F win – after a 4-1 win at

Zilina – kept it top on goal difference from Spartak Moscow, which

also had a maximum six points.

”We played well in the first half but Marseille came back in

the second half as they tried to get back in the game,” Chelsea

manager Carlo Ancelotti said.

”We analyzed our two last defeats but now they are forgotten

about. It’s a good step for us, this victory. We have a good chance

to qualify in first place.”

Marseille remained without a point after two games, having lost

to Spartak 1-0 two weeks ago.

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps, who played for Chelsea in the

1999-2000 season, signaled his intent by starting with three

out-and-out strikers, clearly feeling the hosts were vulnerable

after recent defeats to Newcastle in the League Cup and Manchester

City in the English Premier League.

But it did not turn out that way as Chelsea dominated in the

first half, helped by Terry’s early goal, but dropped the pace in

the second.

”We were dominated both technically and physically,” Deschamps

said. ”We found it tough going. We came here full of ambition but

tonight there was a huge difference between the two sides.”

Terry stuck his left foot out to Gael Kakuta’s corner to the

near post and the ball fizzed past Marseille goalkeeper Steve

Mandanda.

Chelsea, without injured midfielder Frank Lampard and suspended

striker Didier Drogba, settled and began to stroke the ball around,

with Frenchman Kakuta, Anelka and Florent Malouda prominent.

Malouda and Anelka both tested Mandanda with fierce shots before

the home side went 2-0 up following a penalty decision that

Marseille’s players were furious with.

Stephane Mbia was adjudged to have handled Essien’s right-wing

cross and, after waiting for the visitors’ complaints to relent,

Anelka coolly ambled up to stroke the spot kick into the

bottom-right corner.

The France striker would have taken particular pleasure in

scoring in front of the Marseille fans after being barracked by

them all game for his previous connections with Paris

Saint-Germain.

Apart from a couple of long-range efforts by Benoit Cheyrou,

Chelsea’s defense encountered few problems in the first half but

Ancelotti did not look happy coming out for the second half.

His mood worsened as the English champions began the half

sloppily, misplacing passes and losing possession easily, but

Marseille wasn’t able to capitalize despite its territorial

superiority.

”We had more of the ball in the second half but they came

closer to making it 3-0,” Deschamps said.

Alex, who was a solid presence alongside Terry throughout,

smashed a 35-yard(meter) free kick against the post in the

66th.

After a flowing move down the left, Essien hit the other post

with a side-footed effort from just outside the area in the 75th as

the match fizzled out.

Essien and Daniel Sturridge also went close for Chelsea in the

final five minutes.

”We didn’t start the brightest in the second half but we stayed

solid and kept a clean sheet,” Terry said.