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Banned duo on mark in Chelsea victory

John Terry and Raul Meireles put their Champions League final agony aside as Chelsea warmed up for Saturday's final by winning their last Barclays Premier League game of the season - 2-1 against Blackburn.

Terry and Meireles - who are suspended for next weekend's clash with Bayern Munich - both found the net within three first-half minutes against already-relegated Blackburn.

Ayegbeni Yakubu's 18th goal of the season halved the deficit, the Nigerian glancing home Scott Dann's header from a Morten Gamst Pedersen corner.

The opener arrived in the 31st minute after Terry decided to get involved in the Blackburn half before bursting into the box to power a header from Romelu Lukaku's excellent cross into the top corner.

It was 2-0 three minutes later as Michael Essien got around the back of the Blackburn defence far too easily before squaring for Meireles to drill into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Despite Yakubu's reply for Rovers, Chelsea ended their poor league campaign with a victory in what could be caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo and striker Didier Drogba's final home game at the club.

The supporters made their feeling about the pair clear by chanting "There's only one Di Matteo" and "Didier Drogba, we want you to stay", but that may not be enough to convince billionaire owner Roman Abramovich to sign them up.

Di Matteo rested all of his likely line-up for the Champions League final, with his other two suspended players - Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic - also starting, while Romelu Lukaku and Sam Hutchinson made their full league debuts.

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