Thursday, October 2, 2008

Drogba injured as Chelsea held by Cluj


(CNN) -- Chelsea escaped an uncomfortable night in Transylvania with a 0-0 Champions League Group A draw against minnows CFR Cluj -- but there are fresh concerns about the fitness of striker Didier Drogba.
The Ivory Coast striker was carried off on a stretcher with an apparent knee injury early in the second half.
Despite Frank Lampard's best efforts, Chelsea could not break down the resilient CFR Cluj rearguard -- and the battling Romanian double winners were good value for their draw.
Cluj are enjoying a dream debut season in the Champions League, having opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Roma a fortnight ago, and they now sit level with Chelsea on top of the group with four points.
With more quality, Cluj might well have taken another high-profile scalp as Chelsea were shaky at the back and failed to command midfield.
Nevertheless, Luiz Felipe Scolari's unbeaten record as Chelsea manager now stands at nine matches -- although the Brazilian will wait anxiously for the results of Drogba's x-rays.
Meanwhile, substitute Julio Baptista scored a double as Roma fought back from going a goal down to defeat 10-man Bordeaux 3-1, leaving Laurent Blanc's side bottom of the group with seven goals conceded after two matches.
On-loan midfielder Yoan Gourcuff put the home side ahead with a cracking 19th minute swerving strike, but the hosts suffered a setback in the 36th minute when Brazilian defender Henrique was sent off for a harmless looking swing of his arm.
Roma took full advantage and levelled in the 64th minute when reserve goalkeeper Mathieu Valverde, making his first Champions League appearance, missed a Daniele De Rossi corner -- allowing Mirko Vucinic a free header into the top corner.
Valverde was then left rooted to the spot when Baptitsta curled a superb 71st minute free-kick over the defensive wall into the top right-hand corner.
Brazilian Baptista secured the three points with seven minutes remaining when he neatly turned home Rodrigo Taddei's powerful cross from the right

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