Valencia Vs. Chelsea, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Los Che Snatch Unlikely Draw

A Frank Lampard goal had the Blues leading at the Mestalla, but Solomon Kalou gave away a brainless penalty to gift Valencia an equalizer

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Valencia Vs. Chelsea Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Full Time, Los Che And Blues Draw 1-1

Chelsea and Valencia can't be too disheartened with their result on Wednesday night, taking a point each out of their UEFA Champions League match at the Mestalla, but it was a bizarre fixture to say the least. The teams drew 1-1, but Chelsea gift-wrapped the equalizer late. The Blues were the better side for most of the match and should have scored three or four goals, but the stats certainly don't tell that story. Oh, and the official. He had a little power trip at the end.

The first half ended 0-0 with very few chances for Valencia and some missed ones for Chelsea. Fernando Torres, in particular, let what looked like an easy one-on-one with goalkeeper Diego Alves get away from him. After an uneventful first 45 minutes, things picked up a bit in the second half.

Frank Lampard scored the opening goal in the 56th minute, assisted by Florent Malouda. With Juan Mata looking a bit out of sorts on the right, Andre Villas-Boas moved his team around a bit and put Malouda on the right, a move that eventually paid off. The Frenchman provided the assist to Lampard, putting a nice ball across the box for Lampard to finish from 12 yards out.

Chelsea were well in control until the 86th minute, when substitute Solomon Kalou gave away an absolutely ridiculous penalty by reaching up to punch the ball while defending a corner kick. Roberto Soldado stepped up and scored, and Valencia were somehow level despite Chelsea having considerably more chances. One of those particular chances was had by Nicolas Anelka shortly after the penalty, but Alves made a brilliant kick save.

After the match, Mata and Ashley Cole were apparently dissatisfied with how early the referee blew the whistle. They were expressing their dissatisfaction, but did not appear to be anything resembling hostile towards Nicola Rizzoli. Both were shown yellow cards. Okay then!

Chelsea have four points from two games so far, while Valencia have two points.

For more on Chelsea FC, check out SB Nation's Chelsea blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on all of the Champions League fixtures and world football in general, head over to SB Nation Soccer.

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Valencia Vs. Chelsea Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Halftime, Score Tied Up At 0-0

The level of technical skill on the pitch in the UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea and Valencia is obviously very high, but that hasn't yet turned into any kind of serious chances. Both managers have set their teams up well to defend and keep the ball, resulting in a game that's been a bit concentrated in the middle and lacking in much substance when it comes to scoring opportunities. At halftime, the score is tied at 0-0.

Valencia's central defense pairing of Adil Rami and Victor Ruiz looked shaky at the start - allowing Fernando Torres to get in on goal in the opening minutes - but has since settled down and played well in the latter 20 minutes or so of the first half. Meanwhile, Chelsea haven't given Valencia a sniff other than some decent long-range shots, none of which have forced Petr Cech into a save.

It's possible that this one could continue in a similar manner with both teams content with a draw, but there's too much attacking talent on both benches for there not to be more scoring chances on the way.

For more on Chelsea FC, check out SB Nation's Chelsea blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on all of the Champions League fixtures and world football in general, head over to SB Nation Soccer.

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Valencia Vs. Chelsea Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Neither Andre-Villas Boas or Unai Emery has busted out too many surprises in their lineups for their UEFA Champions League fixture. Valencia starts the same team that got a draw out of Barcelona, while Chelsea stick with their 4-3-3. The front three is a bit odd, though, with Florent Malouda and Juan Mata on either side of Fernando Torres. Mata will probably be wide right, but who knows. Villas-Boas could have some trickery in store. Here are the lineups.

Chelsea lineup (4-3-3)Petr CechAshley ColeJohn TerryDavid LuizJose BosingwaJohn Obi Mikel, Ramires, Frank Lampard; Florent Malouda, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata

Substitutes: Ross TurnbullBranislav IvanovicOriol RomeuRaul MeirelesDidier DrogbaSalomon KalouNicolas Anelka

Valencia lineup (4-2-3-1): Diego Alves; Jeremy Mathieu, Victor Ruiz, Adil Rami, Miguel Brito; David Albelda, Ever Banega; Pablo Hernandez, Sergio Canales, Jordi Alba; Roberto Soldado

Substitutes: Vicente Guaita, Bruno Saltor, Hedwiges Maduro, Sofiane Feghouli, Daniel Parejo, Jonas, Pablo Piatti

We'll have live coverage of Valencia vs. Chelsea right here at SB Nation. For more on Chelsea FC, check out SB Nation's Chelsea blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on all of the Champions League fixtures and world football in general, head over to SB Nation Soccer.

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