Chelsea FC Vs. FC Copenhagen, 2011 UEFA Champions League, Halftime: FCK Plays Blues To Intermission Even

A much improved Copenhagen team has played Chelsea on a much more even footing through 45 minutes, taking the second leg of the teams' UEFA Champions League scoreless into halftime, even coming closest to an opening goal when a Dame N'Doye struck the left upright in the 27th minute. But Chelsea has continuously threatened their guests to generate a series of near chances and are still firmly in control of this tie, leading 2-0 on aggregate.

The Blues have continuously been able to open-up the right side of Copenhagen's defense, with Ashley Cole overlapping Yuri Zhirkov drawing Copenhagen's right back (Oscar Wendt) wide, opening up the channel between him and Mathias Janka. Chelsea's been able to exploit the space to create chances to the right of Johan Wiland, though numerous attempts found the side netting.

For Copenhagen, it is a stark improvement on a first leg that saw them outplayed in their first knockout round appearance. Today, FCK started energetically, keeping Chelsea from settling into the match until the quarter hour mark. From there, however, Chelsea was able to roll passes beyond a high Copenhagen line, something that will need to be corrected by FCK is the Danish champions are going to have a chance at pulling the upset.

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