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October 2, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Arena Naţională — Bucureşti
Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
Attendance:‬ 36713‎
 
 
Ramires 20′
 
Daniel Georgievski 44′ (OG)
 
Ramires 55′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Steaua Bucharest 0-4 Chelsea

A brace from Ramires, an own goal and a late Lampard strike sealed a comfortable win for the Blues, who get their Champions League campaign back on track in Romania

By Tom McKeown

  • Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu
    1
    2
    2.50

    Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu

    Was sprightly more than once to sprint off his line and claim the ball. Couldn't do much about the first goal but will be disappointed to have let in the third at his near post.

  • Łukasz Szukala
    2
    2
    2.50

    Łukasz Szukala

    Made a couple of important clearance but was caught standing more than once, particularly for the first and second goals.

  • Florin Gardoş
    1
    2
    2.00

    Florin Gardoş

    Like his partner at the back, was a little slow and too easily backed off the Chelsea players as they broke forward.

  • Lucian Ionuţ Filip
    1
    2
    2.50

    Lucian Ionuţ Filip

    Quiet in the first half but given more freedom to run forward after the break. Still struggled with Chelsea's presence and didn't support well defensively.

  • Iasmin Latovlevici
    0
    2
    2.50

    Iasmin Latovlevici

    Got forward more than his colleague on the other flank but was unable to stretch the Chelsea defence.

  • Daniel Georgievski
    8
    1
    1.00

    Daniel Georgievski Flop of the Match

    Run ragged by Schurrle and couldn't cope with the German's threat. Had a poor night capped by an unfortunate own goal as he sprinted in to follow up Eto'o's shot.

  • Cristian Tanase
    1
    2
    3.50

    Cristian Tanase

    Looked Steaua's best attacking threat, pushing forward down the left on a couple of occasions and producing some deft touches.

  • Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu
    1
    3
    3.00

    Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu

    Had his side's best chances of the night in quick succession, seeing a volley blocked before driving over. Otherwise had a tough night as Lampard and Ramires controlled things in the middle.

  • Alexandru Bourceanu
    0
    3
    2.50

    Alexandru Bourceanu

    Looked nervy early on with a dodgy header, and the Steaua captain wasn't able to lead by example as Chelsea ran the show in midfield.

  • Adrian Popa I
    1
    3
    2.00

    Adrian Popa I

    Very quiet down the right-hand side as he constantly had to track back to support his full-back, and was replaced at half time before he could make any real impact.

  • Federico Piovaccari
    1
    2
    2.50

    Federico Piovaccari

    Often isolated up front but made his presence felt in the Chelsea defence, constantly hassling Terry and Luiz, but was replaced at the break after being unable to make an impact further forward.

Substitutions

  • Fernando Varela
    0
    1
    2.50

    Fernando Varela

    Came on for Georgievski with 20 minutes to go and immediately looked more confident, making the flank more solid.

  • Pantelis Kapetanos
    0
    1
    3.00

    Pantelis Kapetanos

    Came on at half time and caused problems for Terry with his movement, getting in behind the Blues defence on a couple of occasions.

  • Leandro Ângelo Martins
    0
    1
    3.00

    Leandro Ângelo Martins

    Replaced Popa at the break and added an extra dimension, almost setting Kapetanos free with a superb pass and cropping up in several areas of the pitch.

  • Petr Cech
    43
    2
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Enjoyed a reasonably quiet day at the office, looking sharp to race off his line when Oscar misplaced a pass and only once being tested by Tanase.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    40
    3
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Defensively as solid as ever, good in the air and covering the flank well. Didn't get as forward as much, but that was clearly Mourinho's tactic.

  • Ashley Cole
    30
    7
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    Supported Schurrle well down the left and had very little to do defensively, but was sloppy in possession a couple of times.

  • John Terry
    33
    8
    2.50

    John Terry

    Didn't have too much to do as Chelsea bossed the game, but did have a couple of shaky moments with players running in behind, and he gave away a few fouls.

  • David Luiz
    56
    4
    3.00

    David Luiz

    Tried to send passes forward with his usual flair, but they often went astray. Defensively, though, looked very solid and made multiple clearances.

  • Frank Lampard
    52
    5
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Played a pivotal role as he helped Chelsea dominate the midfield, was constantly in the right place and provided the excellent Schurrle with plenty of service before capping a fine performance with a good late strike.

  • Oscar
    53
    4
    3.50

    Oscar

    Slightly off form and saw a couple of passes go astray in the first half, but really improved after the break as he caused havoc on the right. Set up the third goal with a perfectly-weighted pass.

  • Ramires
    75
    3
    4.00

    Ramires

    Another typical strong performance in Europe from the midfielder. He ran hard to be in the right place for his first goal and finished superbly for his second.

  • Juan Mata
    65
    5
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Deservedly in the side after changing the game against Tottenham, Mata did look a little rusty with a couple of stray passes, but also made sure he tracked back - something Mourinho has asked of the Spain midfielder.

  • Andre Schürrle
    89
    7
    4.00

    Andre Schürrle Top of the Match

    A superb showing from the German as he had plenty of joy against the hapless Gerogievski on the left-hand side and was the fulcrum of Chelsea's barrage of attacks, constantly delivering danger from the flank.

  • Fernando Torres
    52
    7

    Fernando Torres

    Disappointingly limped off injured after a challenge in the opening minutes.

Substitutions

  • César Azpilicueta
    33
    3

    César Azpilicueta

    Came on late for Oscar and nearly got in behind the defence but for a cut out Ramires pass, but did his job in keeping the ball as Chelsea saw the game out comfortably.

  • Willian
    39
    3

    Willian

    Given a late run as he replaced Mata with 10 minutes left and set up Lampard's goal with some cool control and a good pass.

  • Samuel Eto'o
    59
    14
    3.50

    Samuel Eto'o

    Replaced the injured Torres and played a key part in the second strike, showing good pace to break forward and fire a shot which resulted in the own goal.

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