Half-time: Sporting 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgNemanja Matic’s superb looping header gave Chelsea a deserved lead in their second Champions League game of the season. The former Benfica midfielder met a long, floated Cesc Fabregas cross at the back post and guided the ball into the far corner of the Sporting Lisbon net soon after the half-hour mark.The lead was just reward for a dominant opening by the Blues, who could easily have been three goals ahead by that point.Diego Costa, who started despite ongoing concerns about a hamstring injury, was denied an opener inside two minutes by a brilliant Rui Patricio block.And the Sporting goalkeeper made a fine save to thwart Andre Schurrle, who also missed a glorious chance after being teed up by the excellent Eden Hazard.Islam Slimani missed the home side’s beat chance, a downward header that was easily dealt with by Thibaut Courtois.Filipe Luis started for the Blues, who left Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta on the bench.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel, Salah, Willian, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img