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.