Last Updated: 30/09/09 11:10pm
Chelsea hold on for the three points in the end but they made it harder than it needed to be for themselves. Nonetheless they come away with another win and now have 6 points on the board in Group D.
The corner comes to nothing, just seconds left her as a long ball is headed on target by Kosowski but Cech was never troubled
Malouda tries his luck from range this time but again it's way off. Chelsea should really be keeping possession at this stage
Essien collects the short corner and fires a volley at goal but his curling effort misses the target
Paulista shows he is eager to impress with an immediate long range effort on goal, failed to trouble Cech though
Charalambides sneaks in at the back post from Kosowski's cross but, unmarked, he fails to hit the target with his header - a let off for Chelsea
Ashley Cole, who has had a magnificent game by the way, gains possession back for Chelsea by winning a throw-in off Breska
Final ten minutes of normal time for Chelsea to see this one out, they've come under plenty of pressure this half so credit to them that they still lead
Sub for either side as Mario Breska replaces Michael for APOEL. Meanwhile, Joe Cole come into play for Kalou
Anelka loses possession and Invanoic brings down Charalambides trying to win the ball back. Yellow card
Ivanovic gets into a great position in the area and pulls back to Lampard who miss-kicks before Malouda connects only to drill straight at Chiotis in the APOEL goal
Cole is judged to have brought down Nuno Morais on the wing and APOEL have a free-kick midway up the pitch
Lampard gets a sight of goal on the edge of the area but he uncharacteristically slices his effort well wide
Kosowski gets into a great position from Cech's error but he fails to dig out a good cross as Carvalho blocks
Cech punches clear from the second APOEL corner as Charalambides shoots from all of 40 yards where the punched ball dropped
Poursaitidis makes Cech work for the first time as he finds room for a shot which the keeper is equal to, corner to the home side
Charalambides tries to control the ball on the edge of the area when he really should have hit the pull-back first time - he was closed down before he even knew it
Charalambides brings down Balletti for a free-kick in a dangerous position and Malouda proceeds to evade everyone with a poor cross from the set-play
Alexandrou does ever so well to get in a low cross only for Cole to put the ball behind for a corner which Cech proceeds to claim with ease
The home fans are in buoyant mood again despite being a goal down as they will their team forward in search of an equaliser
Ojigho Ferdinand from Maryland in USA thinks Chelsea really miss Drogba up front but reckons they'll take this one 2-1
Not entirely straight forward for Chelsea so far, but they have proved their difference in class with a fine goal courtesy of Anelka. The Cypriots do look a slight threat however and Chelsea will be eager to get a second early on in the restart to try and kill this game off. Let me know your thoughts. firstname.lastname@example.org
A delightful through ball from Lampard finds Cole onrushing into the area but his pull-back is cleared
The home side are starting to come back into the game a little, but Chelsea still look a major threat on the break
Essien concedes a foul against Pinto around 35 yards out. It's fairly central so slight danger for Chelsea here
Half an hour gone and despite some early possession for the home side, Chelsea have recovered to take complete control of this game. Just the one goal to their name so far though
Poursaitidis gives the ball away on the edge of his area as Kalou plays in Anelka who sees his curling effort blocked
Brilliant goal. Balletti does superb on the wing and pulls the ball back to Anelka on the edge of the area who curls a delightful shot into the far left top corner.
More great wing play by Anelka almost carves out another chance for Chelsea but his cross is headed clear
Anelka does brilliantly to find Kalou on the edge of the box but he fails to direct his shot on target and APOEL survive
Lampard wins the ball in the middle of the park and plays in Anelka who makes the wrong decision when streaming forward and the attack comes to nothing
Ivanovic looks for a free-kick as he breaks forward, he may have had a case there but the referee says play on
The home fans are jeering every pass made by the away side and a misplaced pass by Terry brings ironic cheers
Ashley Cole wins an early corner for Chelsea, which Lampard takes only for Anelka to be penalised in the centre
I say "boys in blue," but Chelsea are actually kitted out in all white tonight in the G S Pancypria Stadium. Kick-off very near here.
Abdullah Ahmed is worried by his side's shaky defence of late, but nonetheless is expecting the boys in blue to come away with a hard fought 2-1 win.
Thomas Banbury, another Blues fan, has made a similar prediction to Claire although he thinks Anelka will get a brace on top of a Lampard strike to hand Chelsea a 3-0 win.
Blues fan Claire Harper is backing her side to win 2-0 tonight, with Anelka and Lampard getting on the score-sheet.
The players are warming up on the pitch with kick-off fast approaching, stay with us to see how this one unfolds.
While Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season to Wigan on Saturday, it was the opposite for APOEL, who got their first league win of the season at the weekend, will that have any bearing on the outcome here?
So Belletti and Kalou make the starting line-up for the Blues. Got any thoughts on that fans? Let me know what you think of the team and their chances in Cyprus tonight. email@example.com
Apoel Nicosia: Chiotis, Poursaitides, Kontis, Grncarov, Haxhi, Charalambidis, Morais, Michael, Alexandrou, Pinto, Mirosavljevic. Subs: Kissas, Papathanasiou, Kosowski, Satsias, Elia, Jean Paulista, Breska.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Belletti, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Zhirkov, Deco, Sturridge, Hutchinson, Bruma.