May 25, 2013
Victory for Chelsea but Real fail to beat Lyon again
Chelsea secured a comfortable 2-0 victory at FC Copenhagen while Real Madrid failed to end their jinx against Olympique Lyon where they drew 1-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
Chelsea were good value for their win at the Parken Stadium with Frenchman Nicolas Anelka scoring both goals, the first after 17 minutes and the second after 54, although 50 million pounds ($80.95 million) signing Fernando Torres failed to find the net in his third appearance for his new team.
The victory eases the pressure on manager Carlo Ancelotti after a poor run of form for the English champions who have slipped to fifth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the FA Cup after a penalty shootout loss to Everton on Saturday.
Real, who had failed to beat Lyon in their previous six Champions League meetings over the last five years, appeared to be on their way to ending that run at the Stade Gerland.
Real's French forward Karim Benzema scored against his former club in the 65th minute soon after coming on as a substitute for the ineffective Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Spanish side had gone close to scoring twice before they took the lead, with Cristiano Ronaldo smacking a free kick against a post while Sergio Ramos hit the bar with a header.
But although they dominated the match they allowed Lyon to equalise seven minutes from time when Bafetimbi Gomis volleyed past Iker Casillas after Real failed to clear a free-kick.
The return legs are on March 16.