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Lampard stars for Chelsea

LONDON, APRIL 7. Frank Lampard's two second-half goals lifted Chelsea to a 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, giving the English club a big edge going into next week's second-leg Champions League quarterfinal in Germany.

Lampard scored the clincher in the 70th minute, taking a high ball from Claude Makelele. He settled it with his chest, then turned and left-footed the ball home from close range. In the 60th, he made it 2-1 on a left-footed shot from 18 meters (yards).

Left-footed strikes

``I'm very pleased, it was 1-1 at time and to get two and give us a two-goal cushion was great, as was the fact that they were both left-footed strikes,'' Lampard said. ``The second one I was very pleased with.''

His first goal came just eight minutes after second-half substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised for Bayern Munich, a goal that put the Germans on level terms after Joe Cole's strike just four minutes into the first match between the two clubs.

Chelsea's Didier Drogba made it 4-1 in the 81st, kicking in a shot from close range following a scramble in the box off a corner.

Michael Ballack scored a penalty in injury time to give Bayern some hope for the return leg.

``Definitely, when you are winning by 4-1 and you give up a late goal, it's very frustrating,'' said Chelsea assistant coach Baltemar Brito, who handled the team with fellow assistant coach Steve Clarke.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was banned from both of the quarterfinal games last week by UEFA, sanctioned for suggesting FC Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard and referee Anders Frisk colluded in a Feb. 23 Champions League match won by Barca 2-1.

Conflicting reports

English TV covering the match suggested Mourinho may have been communicating with his team. Chelsea spokesman Simon Greenberg dismissed the reports.

``We've not heard anything from UEFA,'' he said.

Pressed on the same question, he added: ``We're not going to get into this debate.''

Asked where Mourinho had watched the match, he replied: ``A far away, quiet place.''

Brito also denied there had been any contact.

``The last time I saw him was two or three hours before the game, and I haven't spoken to him since,'' he said.

Mourinho's absence — he said he would watch the game from an undisclosed location outside the stadium — didn't seem to hurt Chelsea.

``It was difficult without him because his presence is very important,'' Brito said. ``But on the other hand, he prepared us and gave us direction all week, and that made us a bit calmer.''

The results (Home teams first): Quarterfinals: First leg:

Chelsea (England) 4 bt Bayern Munich (Germany) 2; AC Milan (Italy) 2 bt Inter Milan (Italy) 0 — AP

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