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Chelsea veteran Schwarzer thrilled with Champions League chance

Mark Schwarzer was delighted to be handed his first start in the UEFA Champions League this week.

The Australian goalkeeper became the oldest player to debut in Europe's premier club competition when he started in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday night and he admitted it felt great to be trusted so much by manager Jose Mourinho.

"I feel very honoured and very privileged that the manager entrusted me with an opportunity to play tonight," Schwarzer said.

"I loved every minute of it - particularly the result and that we finished on top of the group, which is even more important."

At 41 years and 66 days, Schwarzer also became the second oldest player in history to make a Champions League appearance behind Italian keeper Marco Ballotta who was 43 years and 252 days old when playing for Lazio against Real Madrid in 2007.

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