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Football: Chedjou goal earns Galatasaray 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Published on Feb 27, 2014 5:53 AM
Galatasaray's Cameroonian defender Aurelien Chedjou (right) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Uefa Champions League round of 16 football match between Galatasaray and Chelsea on Feb 26, 2014, at the TT Arena Stadium in Istanbul. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - Aurelien Chedjou's second-half equaliser earned Galatasaray a 1-1 first-leg draw at home to Chelsea on Wednesday to leave their Champions League last-16 tie evenly poised.

The defender took advantage of sloppy marking to find space in the box and steer home Wesley Sneijder's inswinging corner on 65 minutes.

Fernando Torres had silenced a raucous crowd when he fired Chelsea into a ninth-minute lead and the Premier League leaders controlled the first half.

But the Turkish side improved after the break and Selcuk Inan was guilty of a bad miss from close range minutes before Chedjou's goal.