Andre Villas- Boas' hopes for a better Champions League run were shattered by the 91st minute goal of Manuel Friedrich of Bayer Leverkusen. A 2-1 defeat means Chelsea have to defeat Valencia at home for a berth in the knockout stages.
The Champions' League Group E game between Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea on Wednesday night kept the adrenalin high for both the teams as the first half of the game passed without any goal.
Though the first goal by Drogba in the 48th minute gave Chelsea the much-needed advantage, they were not able to retain the momentum. On 73 minutes, Derdiyok's header into an empty gifted Bayer Leverkusen with their first breakthrough.
But it was Friedrich's winning goal in the 91st minute that handed Chelsea a painful defeat and the world was upside down for Villas-Boas and the moment was frozen in time for him. Chelsea has now lost four of their seven matches in all the competitions and have to look for a draw, if not a win against, Valencia to make it to the next levels.
The teams of the Wednesday match are the following:
Bayer Leverkusen: Leno, Schwaab, Friedrich, Toprak, Kadlec, Bender, Rolfes, Castro, Ballack, Sam, Kiessling.
Subs: Giefer, Reinartz, Oczipka, Schurrle, Ortega, Derdiyok, Jorgensen.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Bosingwa, Lampard, Meireles, Ramires, Sturridge, Drogba, Mata.
Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, McEachran, Kalou, Alex.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)