Made fine reflex saves from Van der Vaart and Walker either side of the break, although his decision-making was a little haphazard. Just about kept out Bale's late free-kick.
Benefitted from Ramires' energy to help thwart the threat of Bale. His long balls from the back were one of Chelsea's key attacking weapons before he was withdrawn through injury after an hour.
Had a few hairy moments but made a fabulous recovery tackle to keep out Adebayor's goal-bound shot after 79 minutes.
Added to his bulging catalogue of crucial goal-line clearances by throwing his body across the chalk to keep out the second of Van der Vaart's two chances before the break.
Impregnable in the air and commanded the defence adeptly, although he looked as vulnerable as anyone when Bale collected the ball and ran with speed and conviction at the back four.
Had the odd nice touch and slammed a free-kick against the post but struggled to find space and get out of second gear.
Unable to break into the box much from his deep-lying playmaker role but pulled the strings for an hour without quite delivering enough killer passes.
Provided energy and defensive protection on the right flank but not much of an attacking influence.
Had a lot of joy on the left flank but his end product and decision-making were not as impressive as his pace and movement.
With the sun on his back, the No. 11 withered like a prune that had been left out of the fridge for too long. Did not do enough to nail down a starting place on Tuesday.
Did not have a save to make but hardly covered himself in glory. Stayed rooted to his line too often rather than come out to gather crosses and watched on helplessly as a Mata free-kick smacked into his post.
Aggressive and commanding in the air but had the odd dicey moment when his concentration slipped.
Fully involved, whether making desperate last-ditch clearances or bombing forward down the right flank. A fine display.
The 'fro and orange boots were luminescent in the lunchtime sunshine but his performance was more of the spit and sawdust variety. Solid and dependable.
Over-confident or ring rusty? Got away with tripping Lampard in the box in the first half and was all over the shop whenever Chelsea sent long cross-field balls into the box. Wasted a great headed chance after 76 minutes.
Protected the defence with great commitment but offered little on the ball and was withdrawn after 75 minutes.
The game passed him by in the first half-hour but the little wizard grew in authority as the match progressed and was in complete control of the midfield by the end.
R. van der Vaart
Flirted on the periphery of the match although he could have broken the deadlock on the edge of half-time with an excellent double-chance.
Excellent positioning, discipline and decision-making from the midfield anchorman, who made a series of important blocks and ensured Mata had little space in which to operate.
Outstanding example of how to lead the line in a difficult away fixture, Held the ball up well with his back to goal and carried it forwards with power and urgency.
Struggled to find space in the first half but became far more influential as he moved inside from the left and began setting off on his galloping runs. Unlucky to see an emphatic late header rebound off the crossbar and came close to scoring the winner in added time with a low free-kick.
- 22 R. Turnbull
Replaced Bosingwa at right-back in what was an unconvincing cameo. Got bypassed too easily and unable to bomb forward to much effect.
- 16 Raul Meireles
- 15 F. Malouda
- 21 S. Kalou
- 12 J. Obi Mikel
Tried to create problems but saw little of the ball on the right flank.