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Steaua sneak first-leg advantage
Rafael Benitez's Chelsea suffered a lacklustre 1-0 defeat to Steaua Bucharest in their Europa League last-16 first-leg clash at the National Arena.
In the first of two games in four days and the Blues' 50th game of a turbulent season, last season's Champions League winners went behind after 34 minutes when Ryan Bertrand was penalised for pulling back Raul Rusescu, who converted the spot-kick.
Just like Sunday's opponents Manchester United, Chelsea warmed up for the FA Cup quarter-final with a European defeat, one which will only serve to increase the pressure on interim manager Benitez.
John Terry was brought in as one of five changes to the side which beat West Brom, but it was the hosts who enjoyed far superior territory and possession, including three corners in the first 15 minutes and a tame shot wide from the impressive Alexandru Chipciu.
The Blues sat deep and were attempting to play on the counter-attack, with Oscar through the middle, Hazard on the left and Yossi Benayoun on the right behind lone front man Fernando Torres. However, they struggled to string three passes together on a bumpy pitch.
Torres latched on to Petr Cech's long clearance on the right flank, skipped by his marker on the byline, before tackling himself as he prepared to cross. Chelsea's first corner came after 24 minutes - with Branislav Ivanovic heading Frank Lampard's set-piece wide - and they threatened little in the 10 minutes that followed before going behind.
Left-back Iasmin Latovlevici crossed with the outside of his right foot towards Rusescu, whose attempts to reach the ball were thwarted by a pull from Bertrand. Referee Sergey Karasev booked the left-back and Rusescu sent the resulting spot-kick under Cech.
The Blues were roused into action and had a chance for an equaliser within five minutes following neat interplay between Benayoun and Hazard, but the Israeli's shot was turned around the post by Ciprian Tatarusanu.
The goalkeeper saved a Torres effort on the turn, but time and again the hosts troubled the Blues early in the second period, with David Luiz and Terry forced into some last-ditch interceptions. Juan Mata replaced Benayoun with Chelsea in desperate need of a spark, as Hazard then volleyed over before being replaced by Marko Marin.
Tatarusanu saved from Marin after he cut inside on to his right foot and Luiz fired a 30-yard free-kick over soon after. John Terry's brief role as an auxiliary striker ended when he committed a foul challenging the goalkeeper - and he finished the contest on the defensive.