Chelsea has taken control of their UEFA Champions League tie with Danish champions FC Copenhagen, with two goals from Nicolas Anelka leading the Blues to a 2-0, Tuesday victory. The tie now moves to West London, with FCK having the unenviable task of getting a two goal result at Stamford Bridge.
Anelka's first goal came as a result of a collection of errors by Copenhagen. A mistaken back pass went straight to the striker, 35 yards from goal. Nobody closed down the attacker, who was able to launch a right-footed blast from the edge of the penalty area. Poor positioning from goalkeeper Johan Wiland allowed Anelka to finish into the left-center of net, giving Chelsea a 17th minute lead.
The goal was the first example of a vulnerability that would plague FCK throughout the evening. On numerous occasions, Anelka was able to exploit the channel between left-center half Mikael Antonsson and left back Oscar Wendt, Chelsea was continuously able to loft balls over that side of defense for Anelka to retrieve to the right of goal.
That approach led to the second score, nine minutes after halftime. A ball played into the final third for Frank Lampard led to the Chelsea midfielder's chip over Antonsson. To Johan Wiland's left, Anelka used his first touch to blast a right-footed shot toward the far corner, giving the Blues their insurance.
It was a confident and controlling display for Chelsea, who recorded their first victory since acquiring Fernando Torres and David Luiz at the close of January's transfer window. Chelsea had posted a 0-1-2 record since their high profile acquisitions, but with Fernando Torres starting in a previously unused 4-4-2 formation, the Blues were able to get the expected victory.
But the day's star was Anelka, whose two clean strikes brought his 2010-11 Champions League goal scoring total to seven. That combined with confident defending from the central defense and midfield gave the Blues an easy 90 minutes, now up 2-0 going back to Stamford Bridge.