Kalou gives Chelsea advantage, Kaka and Benzima leave it late for Real

Updated: March 27, 2012

Solomon Kalou handed Chelsea their first away win in the Champions League this season, giving the Londoners a 1-0 advantage to take home to Stamford Bridge. Caretaker coach Roberto Di Matteo showed faith in the Ivory Coast striker, and he didn’t disappoint in a game that Chelsea dominated from the outset. Its been a remarkable contrast of fortunes for Chelsea since the departure of Boas-Villas their former manager, and make no mistake at this stage of the competition and considering the ability and experience of this Chelsea squad who knows what happen in their European adventure.

In the nights other game Karim Benzema and Kaka scored late goals to give Real Madrid a convincing 3-0 win at Apoel Nicosia.

The nine-times European champions dominated the match but Apoel, the first Cypriot side to reach the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition, defended solidly to frustrate their Spanish opponents until the last 15 minutes. Kaka, who has struggled with injury since his spell at Real begun has shown signs of form this season in patches and tonight was one of those. Mourinho has a wealth of talent deep in his ranks and a final between them and their great Catalan rivals remains a box office, most football fans will hope to see in the season ending finale.