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3 vs 1
Played
April 5, 2013 12:35 AM IST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 32994‎
 
Bibras Natcho 41′ (PG)
32′ Victor Moses
 
 
Top of the Match
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea FC
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea FC
Flop of the Match
Rondón
Rondón
Rubin
Orbaiz
Orbaiz
Rubin

Chelsea 3-1 Rubin Kazan: Torres double has Blues within touching distance of last four

Rafa Benitez's side will take a two-goal advantage to their return leg in Russia in a week's time courtesy of a two-goal salvo from the Spain forward and another from Victor Moses

By James McManus

UEFA Europa League - Chelsea v Rubin Kazan, Fernando Torres
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Chelsea produced an efficient display to comfortably beat Rubin Kazan 3-1 in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg game at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, courtesy of two goals from Fernando Torres.

The hosts took the lead early on after the much-maligned Spaniard poked home from inside the area following a superb pass from David Luiz, and they had a second before the break after Victor Moses smashed a fantastic half-volley into the top corner.

However, the visitors pulled one back when John Terry was adjudged to have blocked a Christian Ansaldi shot with his arm, leaving Bebras Natcho to dispatch the penalty. But Torres managed to grab his second of the evening and Chelsea's third after climbing highest in the box to nod home Juan Mata's accurate delivery from the left.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez made six changes from the side that beat Manchester United in the FA Cup clash on Monday, with Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, John Mikel Obi, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba making way for Torres, Terry, Frank Lampard, Ryan Bertand, Torres and Moses while Yossi Benayoun was handed a rare start.
 
Rubin Kazan manager Kurban Berdyev was without France international Yann M'Vila due to injury, while the competition's second highest goalscorer Jose Salomon Rondon started on the bench alongside former Chelsea youngster Gokhan Tore, with Vladimir Dyadun handed the task of leading the line.

Both sides made a slow start until Torres found a breakthrough for the hosts 16th minute with a bundled finish from inside the six-yard box after latching on to a magnificent long pass from Luiz.

Shortly after the goal, a mazy run from Bertrand, during which he beat four men, saw his clipped goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Roman Sharonov with the goalkeeper beaten as the game started to awaken from its early slumber.

Following a flowing move which saw Sergei Ryzhikov tip away a Torres header, Chelsea kept the move alive with Benayoun working the ball inside the box to Moses, who let fly with a vicious strike into the top corner in the 32nd minute to double the team's advantage.

The visitors managed to pull a goal back before the break, though, when an Ansaldi strike hit Terry's arm inside the box in the 41st minute; Natcho stepped up to take the resulting penalty, expertly sending Petr Cech the wrong way from the spot.

Chelsea started the second half in the ascendancy once more, with only a wonderful save from Ryzhikov keeping the scores the same as he got down low to tip away a fizzing Mata strike after a superb move involving Luiz and Ramires.

With the Russian outfit offering little threat going forward, Chelsea extended their lead in the 70th minute with Torres grabbing his second of the evening, powerfully heading Mata's excellent delivery past Ryzhikov in the 70th minute.

Despite a number of efforts from distance, Chelsea were unable to add a fourth goal and any extra gloss to what represented a surprisingly serene evening against a more than accommodating opponent. The Blues now head to Russia with a healthy advantage as they look to keep their silverware hopes alive.


Chelsea FC

1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
David Luiz
Defender
16′
3.00
26
John Terry
Defender
41′
3.00
28
3.00
23
Ryan Bertrand
Defender
4.00
7
Ramires
Midfielder
2.00
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
2.50
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
32′ 65′
4.00
30
Yossi Benayoun
Midfielder
77′ 82′
4.00
9
4.50
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
32′ 70′ 78′
3.50

Rubin

2.00
1
2.00
2
Oleg Kuzmin
Defender
82′
2.00
-
2.50
4
2.50
19
2.00
76
2.00
-
Orbaiz
Midfielder
86′
2.50
23
Roman Eremenko
Midfielder
2.50
61
3.00
-
Bibras Natcho
Midfielder
41′
2.50
54

Substitutes

21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
20
 - 
11
Oscar
Midfielder
78′
 - 
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
 - 
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
65′
3.00
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
82′ 92′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
24
 - 
23
Marcano
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
14
Alan Kasaev
Midfielder
82′
 - 
-
Sergei Kislyak
Midfielder
 - 
17
Gökhan Töre
Midfielder
1.50
23
Rondón
Striker
46′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0