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Blues beat Sporting in Lisbon

01 October 2014, 06:39

Lisbon - Jose Mourinho has enjoyed a happy return to his native city of Lisbon on Tuesday as Chelsea defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Champions League Group G action at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

The victory takes Chelsea top of the group on four points after Schalke 04 and MK Maribor drew 1-1 in Germany to leave them on two points apiece and Sporting bottom with one point.

The defeat for Sporting ended their 16 match unbeaten record at home in European competition.

The 51-year-old Mourinho endured a frustrating evening as his side dominated proceedings but wasted a hatful of chances before hanging on against a resurgent second half Sporting side who came close on several occasions to salvaging a point.

Chelsea got the breakthrough their first half dominance deserved, and the only goal of the match from a set-piece on 34 minutes.

A far post cross from the left flank by Eden Hazard was met by a Serbia's Nemanja Matic and his looping header drifted over the head of Sporting captain Rui Patricio and into the back of the net.

It was Matic's second career Champions League goal in a country he knows well having played for Sporting's city rivals Benfica for three seasons before rejoining Chelsea in 2013.

He was Cup-tied for Chelsea's Champions League campaign last season having played for Benfica before Mourinho brought him to Stamford Bridge during the winter transfer window.

It was no more than the Londoner's deserved but they should have been out of sight by that stage.

Mourinho, who enjoyed an early spell in his career as an assistant coach to Bobby Robson at Sporting between 1992 and 1993, gradually lost his composed demeanour as the match grew into a nailbiting affair.

Diego Costa broke the offside trap as early as the second minute and was clean through on goal from 30 yards but his low shot was deflected behind by Patricio.

World Cup winner Andre Schuerrle, who was preferred to Willian on the wing but then substituted by the Brazilian at half-time, should have opened the scoring on 22 minutes when he only had to steer a Costa square ball into the gaping goal but somehow screwed his shot wide.

Sporting came out after the break with more venom and came closest to their first goal of the match on 55 minutes when former Manchester United winger Nani spurned a close range chance with just Chelsea 'keeper Thibault Courtois to beat.

Algerian Islam Slimani also threatened with a header from point blank range but Courtois was again well positioned to make the save.

Egyptian international Mohamed Salah had a chance to put the result beyond doubt in injury time when Chelsea again breached the Sporting back four but the excellent Patricio blocked again in a man-of-the-match performance for the home side.

Chelsea's next match is at home against Maribor while Sporting travel to Schalke on October 21.



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