LONDON (AFP) - Andriy Shevchenko scored an equalising goal which could salvage his Chelsea career as the Blues drew 1-1 with Rosenborg in the Champions League match at Stamford Bridge here on Tuesday.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho bizarrely compared the under-performing Ukraine striker to a second-grade egg before the match, but Shevchenko left the Portuguese with just a little egg on his face as he rescued a point against the Norwegian champions.
The 31-year-old forward, a 30-million-pound (60-million-dollar, 43-million-euro) purchase from Italian giants AC Milan in May 2006, had been criticised for scoring only 14 goals in 52 Blues appearances.
But he repaid some of that fee with a face-saving goal against the visitors.
Finland centre-half Miika Koppinen flicked in a free kick cross in the 24th minute but Shevchenko equalised with a header 53 minutes in, his 56th Champions League goal in 90 appearances.
Chelsea hit the woodwork twice but a draw at home against the unfancied Norwegians could prove costly in a group featuring Germany's Schalke and Spain's Valencia.
Both sides are fifth in their respective leagues, but few had expected the Trondheim club to trouble the English Premier League side at their west London home.
"I'm very disappointed," said Mourinho.
"We had 20 chances and scored one goal, so to score today we need maybe 40 chances to score two goals.
"We did enough to win. I think we are not lucky.
"This is the kind of game you have to win. It's the kind of game that normally you win, when you play at home against a team that normally should be the weakest in the group.
"So it's not a good result.
"I'm not happy."
Rosenborg boss Knut Torum was thrilled with his side's performance.
"I'm very happy with the result and with the game," he said.
"We had to be compact. We stuck to the plan and we were successful. We of course got lucky to get the point. Chelsea had the chances.
"But it was heroic working and we got the point and the result because we believed in ourselves.
"It was a very good start to the Champions League for us."
Shevchenko and Salomon Kalou kept their places in Chelsea's attack as Didier Drogba and Claudio Pizarro were both still unfit, as was goalscoring midfielder Frank Lampard.
Chelsea had the better of the opening exchanges, though Rosenborg started in determined fashion. Kalou placed a 10th minute header onto the roof of the net after a good cross by Joe Cole.
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien was guilty of a woeful miss in the 12th minute. Shevchenko flicked the ball on, but, bearing down on goal, Essien blasted wide.
The Troillongan had captain Roar Strand to thank in the 18th minute when he cleared Florent Malouda's powerful shot off the line.
Chelsea's Claude Makelele then conceded a free kick wide on the right, which Marek Sapara whipped in to the near post. Koppinen got ahead of Blues captain John Terry to flick the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech and stun the Chelsea fans in the under-capacity home crowd of 24,973.
The Blues had conceded in only three of their previous 11 Champions League home games. Shell-shocked, they took a few moments to regain their composure before setting out on the attack.
Joe Cole, Kalou, Shevchenko's and Malouda blasted shots wide before Rosenborg striker Yssouf Kone fired a 52nd-minute effort over the bar after the visitors's best move of the game.
And Shevchenko made the Troillongan pay dearly by equalising just a minute later.
Malouda burst down the left and put in an excellent cross for the Ukrainian, who outjumped Koppinen to cushion the ball past Rosenborg's Canada goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld.
As Shevchenko celebrated, a fuming Mourinho came racing off his bench to urge his players back for the re-start.
The Blues took note and Malouda found space enough to blast a 62nd-minute shot against the inside of the right post.
Shevchenko then burst forward and picked out Kalou in the penalty box, and the Ivory Coast stiker hit the post.
Despite a frenzied final 10 minutes, Chelsea could not find a way through and their bid to win the Champions League at last this season started on a flat note.
|Coach: José Mourinho|
for J. Cole 74'
for A. Cole 74'
|Oblak extends Atletico deal|
|Blanc hints PSG could move for Ben Arfa|
|Luis Enrique urges Neymar to cope with off-field distractions|
|Carrick: Manchester United not throwing in towel|
|Neville determined to turn things around at Valencia|
|Guardiola hails Lewandowski professionalism amid Real Madrid and PSG rumours|
|Guardiola wary of ´aggressive´ Bochum|
|Premier League reveals new logo|
|West Ham open Payet contract talks|
|I could leave Barcelona for Guardiola, says Busquets|
|Giggs can be Manchester United´s Guardiola - Robson|
|Zidane has everything to become a great coach - Ancelotti|
|Carragher: Liverpool got it wrong on ticket prices|
|Neymar will be at Barcelona for years, claims director|
|Eder talks up Inter´s Scudetto chances|
|Larsson: Watching Barca is like playing FIFA|
|City recruit Wilkinson hoping to debut in Melbourne derby|
|Allegri will join Chelsea, says former coach|
|Zanetti: No need to compare Maradona and Messi|
|Vardy: I never expected Leicester to top Premier League|
|Capello: Ronaldo has at least three years at the top|
|Klopp hoping for Sturridge revival|
|Bilic wants new contract to keep Payet at West Ham|
|Shelvey can be as good as Cabaye - Sissoko|
|Rooney leaps to Depay defence after Chelsea error|
|Januzaj, Varela injured in United Under-21s win|
|Valencia v Barcelona: Luis Enrique eyes record as Neville stands on the brink|
|Espanyol 0 Real Sociedad 5: Vela scores stunner in ruthless display|
|Cruyff would have preferred Guardiola at Manchester United|
|Questioning Ronaldo is an insult - Aduriz|
|Peterborough United v West Brom: Berahino set for another chance|
|Barcelona confirm medical tests for Messi|
|Ajax defender Riedewald out for season with broken ankle|
|Barcelona is the best place for Neymar - Mascherano|
|Clement axed as Derby head coach|
|Chelsea defender Zouma out for the season|
|Rodgers: I´ve turned down Swansea and four other clubs since Liverpool|
|Russia to invite Blatter and Platini to World Cup 2018|
|Robben rejoices as Ribery resumes Bayern training|
|Terry as good as ever, says Azpilicueta|
|Struggling Rotherham sack Redfearn|
|Courtois feels Champions League or FA Cup glory would save Chelsea´s season|
|Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon: Genesio vows ´unlucky´ visitors will have a go|
|Liverpool cancel Q&A to discuss ticket price furore|
|Klopp: Liverpool won´t follow Payet to the toilet|
|Bochum v Bayern Munich: Alonso braced for intense month|
|Ronaldo: Two more years at Real Madrid and then we´ll see|
|No problems with Kagawa says Dortmund boss Tuchel|
|Laporte denies saying he would reject Barcelona|
|Impressive Sturridge and returning Coutinho in contention - Klopp|
|Leicester were afraid of Italian tactics - Ranieri reveals his secret|
|Coentrao sustains fractured foot|
|Barcelona director at ease over Neymar future|
|Mata touched by reaction of Chelsea fans|
|Alonso: Guardiola departure not a distraction|
|Thiago Silva: PSG can stay unbeaten all season|
|Cristiano Ronaldo will keep breaking records - Hugo Sanchez|
|Bilic: Klopp will be back because he is a leader|
|Mancini dismisses Inter title bid as ´a closed story´|
|Guardiola took Bayern for a ride - Hamann|
|Mihajlovic demands more from Balotelli|
|Campbell urges clubs to give black managers a chance|
|Marchisio expects Napoli showdown to be decisive|
|You can´t expect to score lots of goals in every game - Modric|
|FFA hit Wanderers with show cause notice|
|We did not deserve Madrid defeat - Granada coach|
|Mata frustrated with Chelsea draw|
|Valencia won´t sack Neville - Mendieta|
|Senna makes Villarreal return|
|Spalletti: Roma need to cut out lapses|
|China will break $100m transfer fee - Cahill|
|Ranieri: Don´t look down|
|Guardiola reinvented football - Alaba|
|Tottenham fear no one - Kane|
|Flores believes Tottenham are Premier League´s best|
|Henderson: Walkout no excuse for Sunderland collapse|
|Neville bullish about Valencia future|
|Ramos: Modric key for Madrid|
|La Liga Review: Luis Enrique matches Guardiola record, Modric rescues Madrid|
|Blanc concerned by PSG mistakes|
|Ligue 1 Review: PSG sneak past Marseille|
|Hiddink: Chelsea deserved a point|
|Zidane: Modric should shoot more often|
|Serie A Review: Club-record 14 in a row for Juve at Frosinone|
|Marseille 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Di Maria settles Le Classique for unconvincing leaders|
|Granada 1 Real Madrid 2: Modric stunner snatches vital victory|
|Bundesliga Review: Hoffenheim´s misery continues|
|Van Gaal hits back at media over Mourinho rumours|
|Zouma set for scan on knee injury|
|Rodgers: Liverpool owners need to pick between business and winning models|
|Van Gaal fumes at United composure after ´unbelievable´ Chelsea draw|
|Sarri approaching Juve clash like any other|
|Terry: No communication over new Chelsea deal|
|Lingard: Chelsea draw feels like a defeat|
|Campbell expects unpredictable Premier League climax|
|Allegri: Juve ready for Napoli clash|
|Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1: Costa preserves Hiddink´s unbeaten run after Zouma horror injury|
|Wenger: Leicester clash is must-win for Arsenal|
|West Ham v Liverpool: Lallana eyes FA Cup boost|
|Zouma stretchered off after sustaining knee injury|
|Football League Review: Coventry´s winless run extends to five matches|
|Mihajlovic: Milan deserved to win against Udinese|
|Howe: Flamini should have seen red|
|Wenger expects more from Oxlade-Chamberlain after away drought ends|
|Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund: Grosskreutz fired up for BVB reunion|
|Arsenal had to respond to Leicester win - Ramsey|
|Frosinone 0 Juventus 2: Cuadrado and Dybala extend winning run|
|Lewandowski agent confirms Bayern contract talks|
|AC Milan 1 Udinese 1: Three in a row for Niang but Rossoneri´s winning streak ends|
|Napoli fans show support for Koulibaly|
|Marotta confident of keeping Allegri at Juventus|
|AFC Bournemouth 0 Arsenal 2: Gunners go third with easy victory|
|Mancini rues Inter´s set-piece woe|
|Laporte would refuse Barcelona move|
|Alba: Barcelona are not machines|
|Martinez tips Lennon for England recall|
|Luis Enrique focused on trophies, not records|
|Verona 3 Inter 3: Icardi and Perisic rescue a point for Mancini´s men|
|Levante 0 Barcelona 2: Luis Enrique victorious in milestone game|
|Southampton closing in on top-six target - Koeman|
|Guardiola can bring stars like Messi to Man City - Vassell|
|Neville demands Valencia players match fans´ passion|
|Vassell: Premier League title is Leicester´s to lose|
|Talk of Bayern rift amusing and annoying for Muller|
|Mourinho blames lack of signings for Chelsea failure|
|A-League Review: Glory boost finals hopes, Trifunovic stuns City|
|Agbonlahor can help Villa fight to the end - Garde|
|Hiddink favours attacking approach|
|Smalling pays tribute to ´role model´ Terry|
|PSG drop Lavezzi amid China exit rumours|
|Van Gaal dismisses Mourinho reports|
|Ban for racism is correct - Lazio director|
|Wenger: The whole country is behind Leicester|
|Simeone hails ´spectacular´ Atletico supporters|
|Mourinho: I´ll be back in management soon|
|La Liga Review: Atletico Madrid move level with Barca, Villarreal draw at Athletic|
|Ligue 1 Review: Late strike the difference for 10-man Monaco|
|Serie A Review: Ten-man Fiorentina held to draw|