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March 14, 2013 8:05 p.m. GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ S. Lannoy‎
Attendance:‬ 28817‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 3-1 Steaua Bucharest (agg 3-2)

Eden Hazard and Juan Mata were far too much for the disappointing Romanians in midfield as Fernando Torres had a mixed night in providing the winner, but also missing a penalty

By Tom J Doyle at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    3
    0
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    The goalkeeper made a superb one-handed stop to deny Rusescu early on and another low block from Tanase but could do nothing about Chiriches' follow-up for the equaliser.

  • Ashley Cole
    4
    0
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    It was a little surprising to see the left-back holding back given Rapa's obvious inability to deal with Hazard on the wing but he improved in the second half.

  • David Luiz
    2
    0
    3.00

    David Luiz

    The Brazilian defender looked to initiate plays from the back with Cech and dominated in the air, and held his position well.

  • John Terry
    5
    0
    3.50

    John Terry

    The captain was guilty of stepping up and letting Rusescu in on goal early on, but competed well at corners as per usual. Scored a trademark header to make amends and set up a great comeback.

  • César Azpilicueta
    1
    0
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    The right-back took a heavy blow early on but wasn't unduly troubled down his flank, without providing anything spectacular going forward.

  • Ramires
    3
    0
    3.00

    Ramires

    The Brazilian midfielder impressed at Old Trafford but gave away possession a little cheaply early on. Made a great run to set up Mata's opener however.

  • Oscar
    2
    1
    2.50

    Oscar

    Full of neat touches in the final third but lacked the killer pass too often in a quieter than usual European night for the Brazil starlet.

  • John Obi Mikel
    1
    0
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Started brightly but almost cost his side a goal with careless possession letting Rusescu in, but forced a good stop from Tatarusanu in the first half.

  • Eden Hazard
    8
    0
    4.00

    Eden Hazard Top of the Match

    Constantly looked to cut in from the left and work a shooting opportunity on his right foot, he posed a real problem all night for Steaua. A cheeky dummy allowed Torres to find shooting space for the third and won a penalty on a great night.

  • Fernando Torres
    4
    0
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Almost had an early chance but predictably slipped instead of shooting. The best thing he did in the first 45 minutes was move out of the way of Mata to let his compatriot score. He looked a man reborn in the second 45 and scored the all-important third, but also missed a late penalty.

  • Juan Mata
    1
    0
    4.00

    Juan Mata

    Was lively from the off and combined brilliantly with Ramires to score the opening goal. The Spaniard set up Terry, played a key part in Torres' and was at the heart of everything Chelsea did well.

Substitutions

  • Victor Moses
    0
    0

    Victor Moses

    A late time-wasting sub for Mata.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    0
    0

    Yossi Benayoun

    A late sub for Hazard to waste a few seconds.

  • Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu

    Made a good stop from Mikel early on and was unfortunate to see his save from Mata deflect off the post and in for the opener. Saved well from a Hazard drive.

  • Łukasz Szukala
    0
    0
    2.50

    Łukasz Szukala

    Was lucky not to give away a penalty against Torres, and failed to deal with the pace of Chelsea's attack.

  • Iasmin Latovlevici
    0
    0
    2.50

    Iasmin Latovlevici

    The left-back held his ground well but went increasingly narrow as Chelsea looked to exploit the opposite flank, but struggled as the game wore on.

  • Cornel Râpă
    0
    0
    1.50

    Cornel Râpă Flop of the Match

    Dealt with the ball competently at the back but struggled with Hazard's pace down the flank. Rightfully substituted.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    Scored with a fine close-range finish on the stroke of half-time with the hosts in the ascendency but couldn't stem the tide in the second half.

  • Mihai Doru Pintilii
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mihai Doru Pintilii

    Held the fort in midfield but became overwhelmed as the game progressed.

  • Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alexandru Mihăiţă Chipciu

    Fed Rusescu cleverly for what should have been the opening goal and looked dangerous whenever he got on the ball.

  • Cristian Tanase
    0
    0
    2.50

    Cristian Tanase

    Struggled to get in to the game early on but his blocked injury-time effort led to Chiriches' equaliser. Replaced by Leandro.

  • Alexandru Bourceanu
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alexandru Bourceanu

    The Steaua captain certainly wasn't afraid to drive forward and shoot at Cech's goal - he led by example in both defence and attack, but gave away a penalty by tripping Hazard.

  • Adrian Popa I
    0
    0
    3.00

    Adrian Popa I

    Eager to chase down the ball on the right, which was a big task given the talent of Cole and Hazard on that flank.

  • Raul Andrei Rusescu
    0
    0
    2.50

    Raul Andrei Rusescu

    Missed a gilt-edged opportunity to put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes which should have nestled in the net.

Substitutions

  • Leandro Ângelo Martins
    0
    0

    Leandro Ângelo Martins

    Came on for Tanase with 13 minutes remaining as the tie slipped away, he couldn't alter the result.

  • Adi
    0
    0

    Adi

    A late substitute - didn't have enough time to influence things.

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