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Football: Ba ensures Chelsea take top spot

Published on Dec 12, 2013 6:54 AM
Chelsea's Senegalese striker Demba Ba (in blue) shooting past Steaua Bucharest's Romanian defender Florin Gardos (left) during the Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Ba ensured Chelsea finished top of the group as the striker clinched a 1-0 win over Steaua. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Demba Ba ensured Chelsea finished top of Champions League Group E as the Senegal striker clinched a 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013.

Jose Mourinho's side had already qualified for the last 16 of Europe's elite club competition, but they needed a victory in their final group fixture at Stamford Bridge to guarantee first place.

Ba's first half goal was enough to fulfil that ambition and, while Chelsea were some way from their best, this fairly forgettable encounter could yet prove a significant stepping stone if they go on to have a successful European campaign.

"I agree it was not a fantastic performance but it was comfortable," Mourinho said.

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