Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic
-- so anonymous that he didn't play a game for Chelsea last season -- was the unlikely hero of a memorable
Liverpool-Chelsea showdown, scoring two goals on headers to give the visiting Blues a 3-1 win in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series.
Ivanovic didn't play
after arriving from Lokomotiv Moscow in an $18 million transfer from Lokomotiv Moscow -- the biggest in Russian history -- and had played only one Champions League game before Wednesday's encounter
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink
started Ivanovic in place of the injured Jose Bosingwa at right back.
"He is a very determined
guy and when you are signed by Chelsea and do not play frequently, it is not easy," said Hiddink. "But he kept training with a very good mentality and although it is not his natural position, he
has done well at right back. Normally, he plays in central defense. Even if you can't see a big prospect for yourself, you have to go on and at a big club it pays off. It is good to see this
Striker Fernando Torres
gave Liverpool the lead at Anfield after only six minutes, but Chelsea evened the score six minutes before
halftime with a header off Florent Malouda
Ivanovic added a second goal -- this time off a Frank
corner -- to put Chelsea ahead after 62 minutes, and Didier Drogba
put the game away with a goal off Malouda's cross five minutes later.
April 8 in Liverpool Liverpool 1 Chelsea 3.
Goals: Fernando Torres 6; Ivanovic 39, 62, Drogba 67.
Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Fabio Aurelio (Dossena 75), Xabi Alonso, Lucas (Babel 79), Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera (Benayoun 68), Fernando
Torres. Chelsea --
Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole, Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba (Anelka 80), Malouda. Referee:
Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)