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Ancelotti, who led the Blues to a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, also admits he left out Didier Drogba for a match after he arrived 30 minutes late

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Mayuka in possession against Senegal

Guinea discover one million reasons to start with a bang

Javier Balboa scored in the 86th minute to give co-hosts Equatorial Guinea a surprise 1-0 win over Libya in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations on Saturday. The former Real Madrid striker was sent clear by an incisive pass from substitute Daniel Ekedo and sidefooted a curling shot past goalkeeper Samir Aboud to spark wild celebrations in Bata.

It is now 14 hours, 53 minutes since Torres last scored a goal

Torres misses chance to end nightmare

Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0: Spanish striker substituted as Norwich hold out while Chelsea lose more ground to leaders

Didier Drogba – Chelsea
33-year-old Drogba has struggled to strike a partnership with Fernando Torres, while his previous partner in crime Nicholas Anelka has agreed a move to China. The Ivorian has also been linked to China as well as Russia, though a move to the continent may be more realistic. With some improved performances of late he may still be of use at Stamford Bridge, particularly in the latter stages of the Champions League.

Shanghai Shenhua step up Didier Drogba pursuit

Shanghai Shenhua today claimed they were in talks to sign Didier Drogba just a month after landing his Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka.

The Chelsea matchwinner, Frank Lampard, is brought down by Sunderland's Lee Cattermole during a 1-0 win for the Blues at Stamford Bridge

Lamps lights way for Chelsea again

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 0: England midfielder steals the glory with poacher's goal while terrific Torres rediscovers his touch

Chelsea: Potential January transfer targets

Chelsea are in a fight with Arsenal and Liverpool for the final Champions League place having struggled throughout the first half of the season.

Equatorial Guinea’s most famous player is Bodipo, who is on Deportivo La Coruña’s books

Sam Wallace: Impoverished hosts don't need the wonga cup

Three years before it was selected as a co-host for this year's African Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea was the prospective scene of the "Wonga Coup", the laughably inept attempt by a gang of mercenaries, including ex-SAS man Simon Mann, to seize control, install a new president and get rich. They got as far as Zimbabwe, were arrested and extradited, and Mann spent two years in the infamous Black Beach prison.

Equatorial Guinea’s most famous player is Bodipo, who is on Deportivo La Coruña’s books

Sam Wallace: A poverty-stricken people don't need the wonga cup

The tournament has become the target of oil-rich nations in need of a PR stunt

Hayden Mullins: 'I remember riding our luck and sitting there at half-time, everybody thinking that this could be our day'

Mullins aiming to cash in on Chelsea uncertainty

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