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March 7, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
Arena Naţională — Bucureşti
Referee:‬ S. Karasev‎
Attendance:‬ 50016‎
 
34′ (PG) Raul Andrei Rusescu
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Steaua Bucharest 1-0 Chelsea

Another uninspiring performance from the Blues in the Europa League saw them lose in Romania, as Raul Rusescu converted a first-half penalty given away by Ryan Bertrand

By Chris Teale

  • Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu
    11
    6
    3.00

    Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu

    Had little to do but was comfortable when called upon, saving Yossi Benayoun’s low shot well in the first half.

  • Łukasz Szukala
    8
    4
    3.00

    Łukasz Szukala

    An encouraging performance from the centre-back, who dealt well with the Chelsea aerial threat from set-pieces and was helpful in launching his side’s forward movements.

  • Iasmin Latovlevici
    10
    3
    3.50

    Iasmin Latovlevici

    Looked solid and untroubled in defence, preventing Chelsea’s attacking players from making any telling passes while providing the cross that forced Rusescu’s penalty.

  • Cornel Râpă
    9
    2
    3.00

    Cornel Râpă

    Got forward well from right-back and was competent in defence although he was rarely troubled by the Chelsea attackers.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    9
    3
    3.00

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    A confident performance in partnership with Szukala in defence as the pair kept lone striker Fernando Torres quiet throughout.

  • Mihai Doru Pintilii
    6
    3
    2.50

    Mihai Doru Pintilii

    Had a good game in the middle of the park, stifling Eden Hazard and showcasing a good range of passes, although blotted his copybook somewhat with a foul on John Terry for which he was booked. Eventually replaced by Prepelita.

  • Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu
    10
    4
    3.00

    Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu

    Looked good on the left and had plenty of time on the ball but struggled to get the better of Branislav Ivanovic on many occasions.

  • Cristian Tanase
    8
    2
    3.50

    Cristian Tanase

    An uncompromising performance from the midfielder, who was not afraid to be physical and dealt with Chelsea’s passing game well. Had some good moments in attack as well before being replaced late on.

  • Alexandru Bourceanu
    9
    3
    3.00

    Alexandru Bourceanu

    Looked handy from set-pieces and led his team well as they dealt with what could have been a potent Chelsea midfield.

  • Adrian Popa I
    9
    3
    3.50

    Adrian Popa I

    Had a comfortable game in the midfield and used his time on the ball well, launching much of Steaua’s attacking play.

  • Raul Andrei Rusescu
    16
    5
    4.00

    Raul Andrei Rusescu Top of the Match

    Led the line alone with a good deal of success, causing the Chelsea defence plenty of problems. Buried his penalty well to give Steaua the lead after being held back in the box.

Substitutions

  • Florin Gardoş
    4
    2
    2.00

    Florin Gardoş

    Came on for Rusescu with a couple of minutes left.

  • Andrei Prepelita
    5
    3
    3.00

    Andrei Prepelita

    The utility man came on for the cautioned Pintilii midway through the second half and did well in shoring up the Steaua midfield.

  • Leandro Ângelo Martins
    3
    3
    2.00

    Leandro Ângelo Martins

    Came on for Tanase late in the game but had too little time to make an impact.

  • Petr Cech
    30
    17
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Had little to do, but would have been very disappointed to see Raul Rusescu’s penalty squirm under his body.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    25
    20
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Handled Alexandru Chipciu well on the right of Chelsea’s defence but looked largely insipid in his forward play.

  • David Luiz
    29
    14
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Defended well but did not come forward with his usual zest and vigour as the Blues struggled to attack with any real conviction.

  • John Terry
    37
    21
    3.00

    John Terry

    An uncompromising performance from the Blues skipper who tried to rally the troops but found little response from his team-mates.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    8
    61
    2.00

    Ryan Bertrand Flop of the Match

    Found defending difficult as he deputised for Ashley Cole, and was guilty of holding back Raul Rusescu to give away a penalty and earn a booking.

  • Frank Lampard
    23
    38
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    Saw a number of his passes go astray as his usual accuracy deserted him, with his attempted long-balls to Torres being particularly unsuccessful.

  • Oscar
    30
    18
    2.50

    Oscar

    Had some flashes of inspiration but was guilty of not supporting lone striker Torres as much as he could have. Saw a number of his passes and crosses miss their intended targets.

  • John Obi Mikel
    19
    43
    2.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Was almost completely anonymous in the centre of midfield as the game seemed to largely pass him by and found himself unable to contribute anything of note.

  • Eden Hazard
    29
    39
    2.50

    Eden Hazard

    Had little impact on play and struggled to get forward in support of Torres. The Belgian lacked the vigour he showed as a substitute against Sparta Prague in the last round.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    14
    54
    2.00

    Yossi Benayoun

    Another who struggled with his passing and ball retention, the Israeli looked short of match practice but did have a good shot pushed away by Steaua’s goalkeeper in the first half before he was replaced by Mata with just under half an hour left.

  • Fernando Torres
    41
    71
    2.00

    Fernando Torres

    Led the line alone and had some small flashes of inspiration, but found himself increasingly isolated with little or no support as the Steaua defenders kept him very quiet.

Substitutions

  • Marko Marin
    49
    19
    3.00

    Marko Marin

    Came on for Hazard in the 75th minute and had a good moment late on as he forced a handy save from Ciprian Tatarusanu.

  • Juan Mata
    39
    20
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    Replaced Benayoun in the 65th minute but could not have the kind of impact he would have liked as Steaua ensured he could have little influence on proceedings.

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