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BLUES LINE-UP P AND RATINGS.

Byline: COMPILED BY JOHN CROSS

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.

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Date:May 16, 2013
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