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March 28, 2012 12:15 AM IST
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) — Lisboa
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 60000‎
 
 
   
 
 

Champions League Player Ratings: Benfica 0-1 Chelsea

Salomon Kalou scored a crucial away goal to give Roberto Di Matteo's team a crucial advantage in this quarter-final first leg

By Wayne Veysey

  • Artur
    19
    32
    3.00

    Artur

    Alert display by the goalkeeper, whose decision-making and positionig was sound but he could do little to prevent Kalou's goal.

  • Emerson
    25
    59
    2.00

    Emerson Flop of the Match

    Hapless display by the left-back, who got destroyed by the pace and dynamism of Torres and Ramires on the right.

  • Luisao
    16
    41
    2.50

    Luisao

    Turned with the speed of an ocean liner and had to resort to illegal means to keep his head above water.

  • Maxi Pereira
    31
    24
    3.00

    Maxi Pereira

    Made some excellent runs down the right in support and defended solidly.

  • Jardel Nivaldo Vieira
    12
    32
    2.50

    Jardel Nivaldo Vieira

    His lack of pace was frequently exposed by the speed of Chelsea's front four, and was torn apart by Torres for the goal. Came close to breaking the deadlock with a powerful second-half header.

  • Javi García
    45
    26
    3.50

    Javi García

    Protected the defence with style and authority and his height was a valuable weapon at set-pieces.

  • Bruno César
    12
    41
    2.50

    Bruno César

    Heavily involved but his distribution was hit-and-miss from the left.

  • Pablo Aimar
    21
    44
    2.50

    Pablo Aimar

    Seems to have been around forever, and looked it here, with an anonymous performance before being hauled off in the second half.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    41
    25
    3.00

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

    Flickered intermittently in the first half but came to life after the break with some high calibre runs and deliveries on the flanks.

  • Axel Witsel
    19
    45
    2.50

    Axel Witsel

    If this was an audition for a Premier League move, he did not exactly pass it with flying colours. Looks like a colossus but did not play like one.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    31
    35
    3.00

    Ó. Cardozo

    The big No. 9 was a threat with his height and power but his finishing was wasteful.

Substitutions

  • Nemanja Matić
    27
    31
    3.00

    Nemanja Matić

    The former Chelsea man had a bright cameo.

  • Rodrigo
    6
    33
    0.00

    Rodrigo

    Ex-Bolton man failed to add to his 14 goals this season.

  • Petr Cech
    249
    11
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Kept his concentration to make an outstanding close-range save from Jardel after 66 minutes.

  • Ashley Cole
    232
    21
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Masterful display that rekindled memories of one of his finest hours against Cristiano Ronaldo at the same arena. Fortunate not to concede an own goal in added time.

  • David Luiz
    611
    26
    4.00

    David Luiz Top of the Match

    Goal-line clearance. Flying headers. Last-ditch blocks. Well-timed tackles. Is this the same David Luiz who has become a byword for unreliability in the Premier League?

  • Paulo Ferreira
    210
    29
    3.00

    Paulo Ferreira

    Usually only seen in a tracksuit on matchdays but responded to his first Champions League start of the season with a solid display before bowing to cramp with 10 minutes left.

  • John Terry
    237
    45
    3.50

    John Terry

    The strength and desire that the Chelsea skipper brings to overseas ordeals was prevalent in a commanding performance.

  • Ramires
    325
    19
    4.00

    Ramires

    Outstanding energy and dynamism on the right flank as he showed his former club what they are missing. His pace caused problems to Benfica in the first half, and in the second he teamed up with Ferreira to quell the threat of Gaitan.

  • John Obi Mikel
    184
    57
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    One of those games when his calmness and leisurely style was a bonus rather than a hindrance.

  • Raúl Meireles
    138
    71
    3.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Barracked by the home fans for his Porto connection, the midfielder responded with a passionate display that spilled over into some careless tackles. Came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a stinging drive that was kept out at full grasp.

  • Fernando Torres
    773
    32
    4.00

    Fernando Torres

    Confident, lively and menacing. Worked the channels to great effect and set up the goal when he brushed aside Jardel, stayed on his feet and fed Kalou with a low cross. But the nearly-but-not-quite story continued inside the box with some wasteful finishes.

  • Juan Mata
    158
    88
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    The intensity of a third big game in six days looked to have caught up with the Chelsea playmaker, who looked rather leggy. Missed an open goal from a tight angle in the second half after rounding Artur.

  • Salomon Kalou
    243
    33
    3.50

    Salomon Kalou

    Given the nod over Daniel Sturridge, he responded with some selfless running on the left flank and slid in the crucial away goal following a clever run into the six-yard box.

Substitutions

  • José Bosingwa
    97
    51
    0.00

    José Bosingwa

    Overlooked for Ferreira but helped Chelsea see out the last 10 minutes.

  • Frank Lampard
    165
    57
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Helped Chelsea slow down the game late on after replacing Meireles.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    132
    59
    0.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    An excellent late run should have been rewarded with a goal from Mata.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2