Champions League - Eto'o helps put Drogba's Galatasaray to the sword

Champions League last 16, second leg, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea 2 (Eto'o 4, Cahill 42) Galatasaray 0; Chelsea win 3-1 on aggregate

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Champions League - Eto'o helps put Drogba's Galatasaray to the sword
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Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o (R) shoots past Galatasaray's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (C) to score during their Champions League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London March 18, 2014. REUTERS

Chelsea completed a 2-0 win over a wretched Galatasaray side to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 aggregate success on a night of utter frustration for Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge.

Drogba - scorer of 157 goals in 341 outings with Chelsea - was predictably the object of affection among the home supporters two years after he left the club having scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final.

But Jose Mourinho's side were not in the mood for sentimental memories as Samuel Eto'o accepted Oscar's pass to drive the ball under Fernando Muslera for the opening goal on four minutes.

Muslera probably should have halted Eto'o's effort, and the goalkeeper was again at fault when he could only palm a John Terry header into the path of Gary Cahill from Frank Lampard's corner. England central defender Cahill gleefully hammered the loose ball into the net three minutes prior to half-time.

Roberto Mancini's visiting side cut a shambolic lot with Drogba and Wesley Sneijder doing little or nothing to justify their standing in the world game, but they were not helped by a lack of desire, quality and pace elsewhere in their team three weeks after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul in the first leg.

Chelsea go into Friday's open draw for the last eight with Mourinho remaining on course to become the first coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs having lifted the trophy with Porto in 2004 and Inter in 2010.

The first leg of the quarter-finals are scheduled for Tuesday 1 and Wednesday April 2 with the return legs on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday April 9.

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KEY MOMENTS

4' - CHELSEA HIT THE FRONT: Eto'o drives the ball low and hard into the net. Muslera perhaps at fault. Should maybe have stopped that from the Oscar pass.

21' - LAMPARD FLICKS THE BALL OVER FROM 12 YARDS: Lampard flicks the ball over the bar from 12 yards. Lovely play from Chelsea with Hazard letting the ball through his legs from the Oscar pass. Much better from Chelsea.

33' - TERRY VOLLEY: Delightful free-kick from Lampard to pick out the run of Terry, but the home captain nudges that volley a few yards over. Almost the second goal for Chelsea.

42' - CAHILL GOAL: Cahill thumps the loose ball into the net from close range after Muslera could not hold the powerful Terry header. Brilliant stuff from Chelsea.

50' - MUSLERA STOP: Lampard plays in Willian with an intelligent ball. His shot is grasped eagerly by Muslera. Good touch, but decent stop by the keeper.

83' - MORE MUSLERA AGILITY: Lampard plays in Willian with an intelligent ball. His shot is grasped eagerly by Muslera. Good touch, but decent stop by the keeper.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

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KEY STATS

Since drawing 4-4 with Liverpool in 2009, Chelsea have conceded only five goals in eight Champions League knockout games at home.

Oscar has assisted twice as many goals in the Champions League this season as he has in the Premier League.

Samuel Eto'o is only the 14th player to reach 30 goals in the Champions League.

All 10 of Samuel Eto'o's goals for Chelsea have been scored at Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba had scored four goals in his last four Champions League games at Stamford Bridge before this match.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight Champions League knockout games (W5 D3).

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TALKING POINT: How far can Chelsea go in the Champions League? A bit too early to suggest they can emulate the 2012 vintage, but a kind draw in the last eight should provide them with hope of going a step further. They seem to reserve some of their very best form for Europe. Not that they needed it against Galatasaray.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Regarded as the world's best young player by Jose Mourinho, Hazard was a constant nuisance for the visiting side. Alongside Oscar, Lampard and Ramires, they completely bossed the match in midfield.

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea: Cech 7; Ivanovic 7, Cahill 7, Terry 7, Azpilicueta 7; Ramires 7, Lampard 7; Willian 7, Oscar 7, Hazard 8; Eto'o 7. Subs: Torres 5, Schürrle 6

Galatasaray: Muslera 5, Felipe Melo 5, Selçuk Inan 5, Sneijder 5, Drogba 5, Alex Telles 5, Burak Yilmaz 4, Chedjou 5, Semih Kaya 5, Eboue 4, Yekta Kurtulu 4. Subs: Umut Bulut 5, Hakan Balta 6, Hajrovic 6

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