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February 14, 2013 9:00 PM EAT
Generali Arena — Praha
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 18952‎
 
 
Oscar 82′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sparta Prague 0-1 Chelsea

Oscar's goal, less than a minute after coming on as a late substitute, saved a dire match from total anonymity as the Blues struggled to create anything with their possession

By George Ankers

  • Tomas Vaclik
    0
    1
    3.50

    Tomas Vaclik

    Will have been pleasantly surprised by how comfortable his evening was. Dealt with Lampard's long-rangers well, his stops were largely routine.

  • Matěj Hybš
    0
    0
    2.50

    Matěj Hybš

    Reasonably confident at the back but less convincing in his attempted forward contributions, his crossing was often poor.

  • Tomas Zapotocny
    0
    0
    3.00

    Tomas Zapotocny

    Cynically dealt with Marin when the German threatened to get past him but one of his side’s brighter sparks going forward. Deserved a better finish than Lafata’s for his deep first-half cross.

  • Ondrej Svejdik
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ondrej Svejdik

    Let off by the likes of Torres' finishing rather than imposing himself particularly on the Chelsea front line, with some poor fouls ceding the initiative at times.

  • Marek Matejovsky
    0
    0
    2.00

    Marek Matejovsky

    The former Reading man saw some familiar faces but did not offer a performance to remember, with a couple of skied long-range shots and poor free kicks typifying his game.

  • Josef Husbauer
    0
    0
    2.50

    Josef Husbauer

    Largely held his own against the starrier names of the Blues midfield but lacking in invention. Booked for catching Ramires and taken off late.

  • Ladislav Krejci
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ladislav Krejci

    Flitted around the final third without much penetration and guilty of wasting free kicks with bad deliveries. Replaced with 10 minutes to go after an ineffective match.

  • Mario Holek
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mario Holek

    Not particularly troubled at centre-back but looked like he would have struggled had Chelsea's front line brought their A-game.

  • Lukas Vacha
    0
    0
    2.50

    Lukas Vacha

    A quiet game for the midfielder who sometimes struggled to keep a hold on Lampard.

  • Václav Kadlec
    0
    0
    2.50

    Václav Kadlec

    Busy in attack, flitting around the flanks as did Krejci, and looked a little more on the ball than main striker Lafata.

  • David Lafata
    0
    1
    1.50

    David Lafata

    Appeared almost determined to take the spotlight off Fernando Torres with an inept forward performance, though he failed. Badly missed two first-half chances and was lucky that one of his efforts would not have counted for offside. The first man withdrawn after an anonymous, rather than poor, second period.

Substitutions

  • Manuel Pamić
    0
    0
    2.00

    Manuel Pamić

    A replacement for Krejci with 10 minutes to go.

  • Leonard Kweuke
    0
    0
    2.50

    Leonard Kweuke

    Replaced the dire Lafata but scuffed his few chances.

  • Roman Bednar
    1
    0
    2.00

    Roman Bednar

    The former West Brom forward made a late appearance in place of Husbauer after Oscar's goal but had no time, and Sparta not enough control, to change things.

  • Petr Cech
    4
    1
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Had little and less to do thanks to the frequency and quality of Sparta's finishing. A comfortable evening in his home nation.

  • César Azpilicueta
    4
    1
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Got forward dutifully rather than threateningly but Sparta's left flank gave him little difficulty.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    2
    1
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Characteristically strong when on the back foot but guilty of poor passing from the back too often and failed to conjure any kind of aura of impenetrability in partnership with Cahill.

  • Gary Cahill
    3
    2
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    The movement of the Sparta strikers caused some trouble for both he and Ivanovic but the Englishman was slightly better on the ball than his partner. Booked for a clumsy challenge, deservedly.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    2
    2
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Another audition to replace Ashley Cole in the long term but it was a quiet evening for the young left-back. Not as prominent in an attacking sense as might have been hoped.

  • Eden Hazard
    5
    2
    2.50

    Eden Hazard

    Carried an inconsistent undercurrent of threat in his interplay with fellow forwards but without any particular penetration.

  • Frank Lampard
    2
    4
    2.00

    Frank Lampard

    Below his recent standards from an attacking point of view, with his occasional long shots coming to nothing and a headed chance in the second period sent straight to the keeper. A willing runner but not much more.

  • Marko Marin
    3
    2
    2.00

    Marko Marin

    Given a rare starting chance and looked bright on occasion – a committed run on the break down the left early on before linking up with Hazard was encouraging. But ultimately offered no sustained threat and was the first man withdrawn.

  • Ramires
    2
    2
    2.50

    Ramires

    Running below maximum capacity, it seemed – got around the pitch well enough but lacking his usual drive.

  • Fernando Torres
    3
    4
    1.50

    Fernando Torres Flop of the Match

    His positioning was acceptable enough but his conviction in finishing was sorely lacking. Desperately timid with the ball at his feet; the Blues badly missed Demba Ba.

  • Juan Mata
    2
    3
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    Not at his best and quiet for long spells but put in a good clipped cross for Lampard's second-half header. Taken off for Oscar with 10 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Oscar
    4
    1
    3.50

    Oscar Top of the Match

    Provided more or less Chelsea's only sight of quality all game when he came on in the final 10 minutes and immediately brought the ball across the edge of the area and slotted home with precision. His injection of energy saved the Blues.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    2
    2
    2.00

    Yossi Benayoun

    Came on for Marin in Benitez's first change but anonymous.

Results
 
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