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November 6, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ S. Moen‎
Attendance:‬ 41194‎
 
31′ Samuel Eto'o
 
54′ Samuel Eto'o
 
83′ Demba Ba
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 3-0 Schalke

Two goals from Samuel Eto'o - one resulting from a Timo Hildebrand clanger - and Demba Ba's late strike put the Blues on the cusp of a place in the knockout stages

By Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    73
    6
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Untested in the first half - though he was fortunate Draxler and Szalai screwed wide with early efforts - but made an excellent stop to deny Draxler an equaliser early in the second half.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    57
    17
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Fuchs gave him little to worry about defensively, but he lacks the technique and crossing ability to do consistent damage going forward. Schalke often left him open and never regretted it.

  • Gary Cahill
    77
    8
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Good on the ball and dominant in the air, he overcame some early wobbles to give an assured display.

  • John Terry
    86
    10
    3.50

    John Terry

    The Chelsea captain marshalled his defence with typical calm and, beyond the first 20 minutes, Szalai caused him few problems.

  • César Azpilicueta
    77
    6
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Draxler tormented him at times but he grew in confidence as the night wore on and looked markedly more comfortable after the boy wonder was withdrawn.

  • Ramires
    59
    12
    3.00

    Ramires

    Not afforded as many opportunities to hare from box to box, he nevertheless hassled and harried well.

  • Oscar
    62
    19
    2.50

    Oscar

    Worked hard - he always does - but could not find a way to create anything of significance up against Matip and Neustadter.

  • John Obi Mikel
    167
    16
    3.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Used the ball economically and intelligently, calming Chelsea in their more panicky moments.

  • Willian
    88
    14
    3.00

    Willian

    Did nothing until he beat Fuchs to the ball and fed Eto'o for the Cameroonian's second. Still looks far more effective when he has space to run into.

  • Andre Schürrle
    63
    11
    3.00

    Andre Schürrle

    Forced a top save from Hildebrand early on with a wonderful Gareth Bale-esque free kick, but found it harder to influence proceedings from open play. Cuts inside too much on the left, and not to as deadly effect as Hazard.

  • Samuel Eto'o
    159
    13
    4.00

    Samuel Eto'o Top of the Match

    Was the only man in the ground who realised how complacent Hildebrand was over his kicking and took full advantage to give his side the lead against the run of play. His second was far more typical Eto'o - a nerveless clip into the bottom corner from just inside the penalty area.

Substitutions

  • Frank Lampard
    65
    10
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Came on with the game already won, but still found time to set up Ba and add a layer of gloss to proceedings.

  • Kevin De Bruyne
    58
    9

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Replaced Schurrle with 12 minutes left.

  • Demba Ba
    91
    10
    3.50

    Demba Ba

    Capped a lively cameo with a well-taken goal, volleying in on the turn from Lampard's clever dink.

  • Timo Hildebrand
    10
    31
    1.00

    Timo Hildebrand Flop of the Match

    Made an excellent save from Schurrle's free kick early on, but undid all of his side's good work by dallying over a kick and allowing Eto'o to get too close to him. Could do nothing about the second or third, but the damage was already done.

  • Benedikt Höwedes
    6
    7
    2.50

    Benedikt Höwedes

    Defended solidly in the air and on the floor, and was not directly responsible for either of the first two goals, though he was too static for the third.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    9
    8
    3.00

    Atsuto Uchida

    Got forward well from right-back in the opening stages, but found himself pinned back against Schurrle as the evening wore on.

  • Christian Fuchs
    4
    7
    2.50

    Christian Fuchs

    Always looked a square peg in a round hole on the left flank, and made a decisive error when he sold himself against Willian in the build-up to Eto'o's second.

  • Joel Matip
    6
    7
    3.00

    Joel Matip

    Showed good strength, technique and composure to keep Eto'o as quiet as he could. Unfortunately for him, it was not quiet enough.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    12
    13
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Looked menacing in Schalke's opening rally, but faded and was withdrawn with 10 minutes left.

  • Julian Draxler
    30
    17
    4.00

    Julian Draxler

    The most dangerous man on the pitch - whenever his side could get the ball to him. Narrowly missed with a low shot early on and had Cech at full stretch at the start of the second half. Appeared to pick up a knock and was replaced by Clemens just after the hour mark.

  • Jermaine Jones
    6
    10
    3.00

    Jermaine Jones

    Gradually found himself outworked and out-passed by Ramires and Mikel, and was eventually reduced to several cynical fouls to stop promising counter-attacks.

  • Dennis Aogo
    6
    7
    3.00

    Dennis Aogo

    Dealt well with Willian, and Ivanovic gave him few problems. Not the attacking threat he was at the Veltins Arena, though.

  • Roman Neustädter
    4
    7
    3.00

    Roman Neustädter

    Very neat and tidy in the midfield, but could not prevent Chelsea gradually tightening their grip on the possession battle.

  • Adam Szalai
    4
    8
    2.50

    Adam Szalai

    Spurned a decent chance early and that was all he got to work with. Shackled well by Cahill and Terry.

Substitutions

  • Sead Kolasinac
    3
    8

    Sead Kolasinac

    Replaced Boateng as Schalke accepted their fate.

  • Max Meyer
    6
    7
    3.00

    Max Meyer

    Showed some neat touches after replacing Fuchs on 67 minutes, but that was it.

  • Christian Clemens
    3
    8
    2.50

    Christian Clemens

    Came on for Draxler and could not replicate the panic Schalke's No.10 inspired in the Chelsea defence.

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