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Football: Chelsea stroll ruins Drogba's return

Published on Mar 19, 2014 6:04 AM
Galatasaray's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba acknowledges the crowd at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Chelsea and Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge in London, on March 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea ruined Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge as the Blues swept into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Galatasaray on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho's side refused to be distracted by Galatasaray striker Drogba's emotional first appearance at Stamford Bridge since his exit in 2012 and goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill killed the last 16, second leg clash before half-time.

The 3-1 aggregate victory booked Chelsea's spot in Friday's quarter-final draw and eased the sense of angst around the club following Saturday's acrimonious 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, which saw Mourinho and Blues midfielders Willian and Ramires all sent off.

While Drogba will cherish the outpouring of affection which greeted him before kick-off, the Ivorian won't look back so fondly on the match itself as Galatasaray, who had battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Istanbul last month, bowed out with a barely a whimper.

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