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Played
April 4, 2013 8:05 p.m. IST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 32994‎
 
Bibras Natcho 41′ (PG)
32′ Victor Moses
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 3-1 Rubin Kazan

Two well-worked goals from Fernando Torres either side of a clinical strike from Victor Moses gave the Blues a healthy advantage over the Russian side heading into the second leg

By Tim Poole at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    53
    6
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    First tested on the 20-minute mark and made a great save. Was typically unwilling to let anything past thereafter and Rubin were only able to beat him from the spot.

  • David Luiz
    63
    0
    3.00

    David Luiz

    As ever with the Brazilian, it was his attacking display that outshone his defensive efforts – solid though they were. He set up the first goal with a delightful long pass and could be found in the Rubin penalty area during most of Chelsea’s prominent attacks.

  • John Terry
    53
    13
    3.00

    John Terry

    Solid both at the back and in the opposition penalty area for the entirety of the 90 minutes but was harshly punished for an unavoidable handball on the stroke of half-time. The skipper was booked for his efforts but can claim not to have done anything wrong.

  • César Azpilicueta
    59
    6
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Took his man on when needed and sent a great cross in during the build-up to the second goal. A solid night for the right-back, who cannot have too many complaints.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    69
    11
    4.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Worked hard from the off, winning headers, making quick runs and winning challenges all around the park. The youngster did not shy away from the occasion here and vividly displayed his determination to prove his worth in Ashley Cole’s injury-enforced absence.

  • Ramires
    35
    32
    2.00

    Ramires

    Not the Brazilian’s best performance, though he marshalled the midfield with his usual strength and dynamism. Was clumsy with his tackles and careless with his shots.

  • Frank Lampard
    36
    39
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    One of his quieter evenings, with the rarity of a few misplaced passes creeping into his game. Still, the veteran midfielder hardly put a foot wrong.

  • Victor Moses
    68
    14
    4.00

    Victor Moses

    The Nigerian showed superb energy down the right and his sensational touch and half-volley gave Chelsea their second goal mid-way through the first half. Was replaced by Hazard after 65 minutes and received a fully deserved standing ovation.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    63
    8
    4.00

    Yossi Benayoun

    The best player on the park in the opening 20 minutes, showing an abundance of energy and making jinking runs throughout. Worked hard for the rest of the encounter, too, and refused to be outshone by the likes of Mata and Hazard, despite an unnecessary booking late on.

  • Fernando Torres
    179
    2
    4.50

    Fernando Torres Top of the Match

    Another tremendous Europa League performance from the Spaniard, showing pace, flair, strength and a steady work-rate. Got fortunate with the first goal but could not have been any better throughout, putting away a fine header for the third and providing the cross for Chelsea’s second. Rough around the edges but overall a fantastic night for the 29-year-old.

  • Juan Mata
    69
    11
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    As with Moses, the Spaniard came off to a deserved standing ovation in the second half, having caused problems early on in both halves. Not his most productive game this campaign in terms of goals and just the one assist but the Spaniard still created the impact we know he can and was especially involved in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Oscar
    12
    4

    Oscar

    Replaced Mata with a little over 10 minutes remaining.

  • Eden Hazard
    63
    8
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    Really got the home crowd going and sparked his teammates into action with his energy alone. Was not able to directly influence the game too much with only 20 or so minutes on the field but was able to show his class, nonetheless.

  • Marko Marin
    9
    3

    Marko Marin

    Entered the fray with barely five minutes left to play, coming on in place of Benayoun.

  • Sergey Ryzhikov
    0
    8
    2.00

    Sergey Ryzhikov

    Couldn’t stop Torres or Moses when it mattered but handled most things well, including his kicking – which was thoroughly scrutinized by the home fans with consistently loud jeers every time he touched the ball.

  • Oleg Kuzmin
    0
    7
    2.00

    Oleg Kuzmin

    Not a memorable night for the defender as he was beaten too easily by the Chelsea wide-men and overlapping full-backs. Will need to be much stronger in the return leg.

  • Cristian Ansaldi
    0
    8
    2.00

    Cristian Ansaldi

    Quiet down the left-hand side and kept under wraps ably by Azpilicueta whenever the full-back attempted to go forward. Did manage to send in the occasional cross but could not supply anything too dangerous.

  • César Navas
    2
    7
    2.50

    César Navas

    Did his job well for the most part – making crucial tackles and intervening with good headers. Could not cope with key men Torres, Mata and Moses, however, and can count himself lucky his side do not travel home to Russia with a greater deficit – and that’s saying something at 3-1.

  • Vitaliy Kaleshin
    0
    8
    2.50

    Vitaliy Kaleshin

    Good energy and work-rate down the right-hand side but failed to provide the killer pass – though it was not from a lack of trying.

  • Roman Sharonov
    0
    7
    2.00

    Roman Sharonov

    Rough in the tackle and penalised for it after just 23 minutes. Led his side ably aside from that, though but was nowhere near stopping the likes of Torres, Mata and Moses from tearing his back four to shreds.

  • Orbaiz
    0
    8
    2.00

    Orbaiz

    A dull and uninspired contribution from the Spaniard, who lacked the spark needed to unlock a stubborn Chelsea side. Going to Stamford Bridge is a tough ask for anyone but it is fair to say this was not a day to remember for the Rubin midfielder.

  • Roman Eremenko
    1
    8
    2.50

    Roman Eremenko

    Good footwork early on and could be seen finding the right balance between defence and attack as he moved from shielding the back four to playing fluent passes to his colleagues. Will hardly be remembered for terrorising the Blues.

  • Gökdeniz Karadeniz
    1
    8
    2.50

    Gökdeniz Karadeniz

    Helped out both in defence and attack, notably stopping the surging Hazard mid-way through the second half, while also venturing into the Chelsea box on occasion. Hardly a world-beating performance, however.

  • Bibras Natcho
    2
    7
    3.00

    Bibras Natcho

    Easily Rubin’s star player on the night, the Israel international was confident on the ball and sprayed long passes from the middle of the park at will. Dispatched his first-half penalty with consummate ease.

  • Vladimir Dyadun
    1
    7
    2.50

    Vladimir Dyadun

    The forward made a limited contribution before coming off injured after 45 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Alan Kasaev
    0
    2

    Alan Kasaev

    Replaced Kuzmin with barely 10 minutes of action remaining.

  • Rondón
    0
    11
    1.50

    Rondón Flop of the Match

    Came on for the injured Dyadyun during the opening half but was unnoticeable until past the hour mark, when he fluffed his lines and fired straight at Petr Cech. That was pretty much it from the competition’s second-highest scorer and more will be expected back home in Kazan.

Results
 
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Tournament
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Ranking
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Jonathan Jonathan
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7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
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7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
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6 0