BLUES LINE-UP P AND RATINGS.
Petr Cech Will be thankful that Benfica's finishing was so erratic and made a sensational late save from Cardozo.
7 C A ili t Cesar Azpilicueta Given all sorts of problems by Benfica's movement. Made one sensational last-gasp clearance, but his handball gifted Benfica equaliser.
6 i Branislav Ivanovic Pick of Chelsea's under-siege defenders and was a worthy hero as he nicked the winner. Great player 8 Gary Cahill Nervous, short of confidence and shaky at back. Well below his usual commanding best, but crucially denied Cardozo at end.
6 Ashley Cole Terrific early block to stop Benfica going ahead, but got runaround like rest of the Chelsea defence.
6 Frank Lampard Swerving shot brilliantly saved by Benfica keeper Artur and smashed a late effort against bar as Chelsea chased winner.
8 David Luiz Handed thankless task of being midfield shield in front of Blues' overworked defence and did job well.
6 Ramires R i Defensively poor. Continually showed a lack of discipline, lost his man and was over run in midfield. Brazilian had a disappointing night.
5 Juan Mata Chelsea's main man this season, but could not find his rhythm. Threatened very rarely going forward.
6 Oscar The Brazilian was booked for pulling Enzo Perez's shirt. Maybe it was out of frustration as he struggled to impose himself on the game.
8 Fernando Torres Ruthless finish after holding off two defenders, rounding keeper and slotting in to fire Chelsea ahead.
6 Substitutes: None BENFICA LINE-UP Artur Moraes, Almeida, Luisao, Garay (Jardel 78), Melgarejo Perez (Ola John 66), Matic, Rodrigo (Lima 65), Gaitan, Cardozo, Salvio.
Ref: Bjorn Kuipers Att: 53,000
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 16, 2013|
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