Two first half goals proved decisive for Chelsea in a not entirely convincing 2-0 Champions League win over Marseille at Stamford Bridge. Marseille may feel a little aggrieved at this result as they more than matched their hosts in the second half but failed to take their chances.
All the damage was done for the French side in the opening 45 minutes when Chelsea scored twice to secure maximum points from their two Champions League group games.
The Blues had the best possible start when John Terry's deft flick gave them a seventh minute lead.
This was doubled with a dubious penalty after Stephane Mbia was adjudged to have handled the ball.
Marseille enjoyed the better of the second half but failed to capitalise on their dominance even though Alex and Michael Essien did hit the woodwork for the home side.
Chelsea scorers: Terry 7, Anelka (pen) 28
Referee: F De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Attendance: 40,675
CHELSEA 01 Cech 02 Ivanovic 03 A Cole 26 Terry 33 Alex 05 Essien 12 Mikel (yellow card) (McEachran 88) 15 Malouda 18 Zhirkov (Sturridge 72) 39 Anelka 44 Kakuta (Ramires 61)
Substitutes 22 Turnbull, 19 Ferreira, 38 Van Aanholt, 43 Bruma, 07 Ramires, 46 McEachran, 23 Sturridge
MARSEILLE 30 Mandanda 19 Heinze (yellow card) 21 Diawara 06 Edouard Cisse 07 Cheyrou (Ayew 59) 08 Gonzalez 12 Kabore 17 M'bia (yellow card) 09 Brandao 10 Gignac (Valbuena 59) 11 Remy
Substitutes 16 Andrade, 02 Azpilicueta, 03 Taiwo, 05 Hilton, 18 Abriel, 28 Valbuena, 20 Ayew