Chelsea 4-1 Spartak Moscow
Chelsea were never in trouble against Spartak Moscow at Stamford Bridge, but it is rare for them not to score in the first half, especially against a side they beat 2-0 away in Moscow.
They rested captain Terry and midfielder Essien and included several youngsters on the bench.
To Spartak’s credit, they came to Stamford Bridge and attacked and went close to scoring a couple of times in the opening half, although their coach, Valerie Karpin, cutting a stunning classical Russian figure in the technical area, rarely looked relaxed.
Three goals in 17 minutes in the second half put Chelsea well on top, while Spartak’s consolation goal looked off-side.
Ivanovic’s second goal of the match - his third goal in two outings - came deep into stoppage time and underlined the home side’s dominance.
Anelka opened the scoring in the 49th minute, running onto Kalou’s reverse pass to the right and lashing the ball across keeper Dykan and into the far corner of the net from an acute angle. It was Anelka’s 5th goal in four games in this season’s Champions League.
Makeev brought down Drogba in the 62nd minute to concede a penalty and Drogba despatched it himself with aplomb, although Dykan dived the correct way and just failed to reach the ball.
Four minutes later, Ivanovic headed home Drogba’s free-kick from the right to seal the match.
Substitute Bazhenov slid the ball home after looking off-side in the 86th minute to reduce the arrears, but Ivanovic smashed home a loose ball in the 2nd minute of stoppage time to make it 4-1.
The Scotsman McGeady looked good in patches for Spartak, as did Alex, the captain, but they were powerless to stop a Chelsea side that looks physically impressive. They must surely be one of the most athletic looking sides in world football and they just ooze confidence.
The win gives Chelsea a 100 per cent record in group F and they have now qualified for the final 16 of the European Champions League.
Chelsea: Cech - Ferreira, Ivanovic, Alex, Cole - Mikel (McEachran 68), Ramires, Zhirkov - Kalou, Drogba (Sturridge 76), Anelka (Kakuta 76) [Substitutes not used: Turnbull, Terry, Van Aanholt, Bruma]
Booked: Mikel 38
Goals: Anelka 49, Drogba 62 pen, Ivanovic 66, 90+2
Spartak Moscow: Dykan - Ivanov, Pareja, Suchy, Makeev - Ibson, Shyeshukov (Drincic 67) - McGeady (Bazhenov 79), Alex (Kozlov 68), Kombarov - Welliton [Substitutes not used: Belanov, Sabitov, Khodyrev, Ananidze]
Booked: Kombarov 43, Ivanov 67
Goals: Bazhenov 86
Ref: C Cakir (Turkey)