Chelsea defeated Napoli 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening to become the sole English Premier League club to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League. The win saw The Blues defeat the Italian side 5-4 on aggregate following a 3-1 defeat in Naples two weeks ago.
Goals from veterans Didier Drogba and John Terry gave Chelsea an advantage in the series due to the away goals rule. Gökhan Inler made the score 2-1 (3-4 on aggregate in the 54th) before Frank Lampard’s penalty in the 74th leveled the aggregate score. Defender Branislav Ivanovic secured Chelsea’s advancement by slotting in Drogba’s pass in the 105th.
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry (Bosingwa, m.97), Cole; Ramires, Essien, Lampard; Mata (Mata, m.95), Sturridge (Torres, m.60), Drogba.
Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica (Vargas, m.110); Maggio (Dossena, m.36), Inler, Gargano, Zúñiga; Hamsik (Pandev, m.105), Cavani, Lavezzi.
Goals: 1-0,min. 29: Drogba; 2-0, min.47: Terry; 2-1, min.54: Inler; 3-1, min.74: Lampard (penalty); 4-1, min.105: Ivanovic.