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Egypt's Salah makes late appearance in Chelsea's win over Sporting Lisbon

Mohamed Salah was introduced with six minutes remaining as Chelsea beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday

Ahram Online and AP, Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
Mohamed Salah
Chelsea's Mohamed Salah, foreground, is challenged by Sporting's Jonathan Silva, during a Champions League, Group G soccer match between Sporting and Chelsea, in Lisbon (Photo: AP)

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah made a late substitute appearance and squandered a goal-scoring chance as Chelsea claimed their first Group G win after beating Sporting 1-0 in Lisbon on Tuesday.

Salah, whose future with the Blues remains under scrutiny, replaced Eden Hazard six minutes from time and had a chance to double the team's advantage in stoppage time.

He was released by a deft through pass from Cesc Fabregas but his effort was blocked by Sporting keeper Rui Patricio.

Nemanja Matic scored the crucial first-half goal which gave Chelsea all three points.

A Fabregas free kick from the left in the 34th minute floated over the Sporting defense to the back post where Matic sent a looping header over Patricio.

The London club's slim margin of victory belied their dominance of the game, with the series of wasted chances recalling Chelsea's 1-1 home draw against Schalke in its group opener.

Worse still, Sporting came close to equalizing during a second-half resurgence.

Chelsea, the European champions in 2012, have four points. Sporting, whose young team has fewer Champions League appearances in total than Blues captain John Terry, have one point.

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