Last Updated: 07/03/13 7:51pm
Steaua Bucharest 1 Chelsea 0. Famous night for the Romanians, but Chelsea will have to play much better in the second leg if they are to progress.
Lampard has his first effort of the game, but fires well wide from distance. One of his poorest showings of the season.
Really nice move from Steaua, passing the ball around well, but the final cross is overhit by Popa, rolling straight to Cech.
David Luiz fires a free-kick from distance. Gets incredible power on it, but it flies just over. Impressive from that range.
Marin does well to create space for a shot, cutting inside and firing the ball nearpost, but it is palmed away by Tatarusanu.
Toby Day tries to rally his troops. "Hi, COME ON CHELSEA!!! They should try and at least get 1 goal! I want CHELSEA to win 2-1!!!"
Chorus of whistles around the ground as Chelsea pass the ball around. In fat, it could be the Blues' fans as their side severely lack in creativity.
Hazard finds space at the back post, running onto a Torres flick, but he can only fire over from the tight angle.
Rusescu runs at David Luiz, but the Chelsea defender does well to step across and shield the ball out.
Torres again surrenders the ball too easily. Looks like he wants to be elsewhere. Very poor from the talented Spaniard.
Very poor from Chelsea. Just giving the ball away far too often. They are capable of much better than this.
Cech has to rush from his goal to cut out long ball over the top. Chipciu adjudged to be offisde however.
Juan Mata comes on in place of the very ineffective Benayoun. Needs to inject abit of quality into the game.
Sean Hawdon also far from happy: "Chelsea are having the worst game I've seen them play for a long time."
Matt Calory has been touch via email: "Aside from Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard has been the best midfielder in Prem history. Not showing it tonight. Looks a little fat!"
Scrappy at the moment. Chelsea trying to get the ball down and play, but still being stifled by the Romanians.
Chelsea really struggling to get going. Cannot get hold of the ball at the moment. Don't look like European champions at the moment!
Tanase sprays the ball wide to Latovlevici, but his effort goes way over the top. Poor from a good promising position.
Hiruy has been in touch via Twitter: "Chelsea has been atrocious so far, we need a spark ASAP! Lets go Blues."
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Steaua Bucharest 1 Chelsea 0. Chelsea much better after going behind. Benitez will feel penalty was harsh, but Steaua arguably deserve their lead.
Great effort from Torres. Has had limited service, but lofted ball over the top is taken down well by the Spaniard, who hits a fierce shot too close to keeper Tatarusanu.
Hazard in a great position to pull it back, but his touch his heavy and the ball runs out for a goal-kick.
SAVE!!! Tatarusanu gets a good left hand to a weak Benayoun strike when in space on the edge of the box. Great move from the Blues.
GOAL!!! Steaua Bucharest 1 Chelsea 0. Rusescu Penalty. Cech almost gets to it, but Rusescu put sufficient power on his spot-kick to beat him.
Steaua Bucharest have conceded just four goals in 11 home games this season, and Sky Bet have boosted their price to win 1-0 to 8/1. Cristian Tanase to score first is a 14/1 shot, while Yossi Benayoun to score first in a 2-0 Chelsea win is a tempting 75/1.
John Terry is back in the side for the Blues, despite spending much of the Blues' recent fixtures on the bench.
For Steaua, Raul Rusescu could be the dangerman. He is the leading scorer in Romania, and leads their attack tonight.
This is Chelsea's 50th game this season already, and with Sunday's massive clash with Manchester United to come, is it surprising that Benitez has named such a strong side?
Strong Blues team named by Rafa Benitez, with five changes made from the weekend's win against West Brom.
Steaua XI: Tatarusanu; Rapa, Zukala, Chiriches, Latovlevici; Pintilii, Bourceanu, Tanase; Popa, Rusescu, Chipiciu
Chelsea XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand; Mikel, Lampard; Benayoun, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.
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