Anelka gives Chelsea 1-0 victory in Cyprus
Nicolas Anelka scored in the first half Wednesday as Chelsea rebounded from its first Premier League loss of the season with a scrappy 1-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League.
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Anelka's goal came in the 18th minute when he one-timed a shot from Branislav Ivanovic's pass from the top of the box, curling the ball over outstretched APOEL goalkeeper Dionisios Chiotis and into the top right corner of the net.
It was Chelsea's second straight 1-0 win in Group D, giving it a perfect six points after two games. FC Porto beat Atletico Mardid 2-0 in the other group game to sit second on three points, while APOEL and Atletico have a point each.
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti, whose team lost to Wigan Saturday to end its perfect start to the domestic season, said he was unhappy with his team's play and praised APOEL's gritty second-half performance.
"No I'm not satisfied, I want Chelsea to play better, to play with more control, courage," he said. "But at this point in the season, it's normal."
"APOEL played very well and they deserved a draw, but that's the way football is," he said. "This means that there is no easy game in the Champions League.
The Italian coach praised Anelka's performance, but said it will be a different Chelsea showing up for Sunday's crucial Premier league match against Liverpool.
"We will not play like today, we will play better for sure," he said.
Chelsea missed several half-chances in the first half including a 25-yard blast from Michael Essien in the ninth that sailed wide of Chiotis' right post. In the 21st, Ashley Cole's header from 10 yards out sailed just wide of the APOEL net.