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February 21, 2013 11:05 PM EAT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ A. Stavrev‎
Attendance:‬ 38642‎
 
90+2′ Eden Hazard
David Lafata 17′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-1 Sparta Prague (Agg 2-1)

A late, late, late Eden Hazard net-buster saves Rafa Benitez from an embarrassing result against the Czech giants, who had earlier levelled the tie through David Lafata's strike

By Liam Twomey

  • Petr Cech
    14
    1
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Had nothing to do against his former club, but was left helplessly exposed by his defence for Lafata's goal.

  • Gary Cahill
    8
    23
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    Too slow to react to Matejovsky's quick free kick, allowing Kadlec to get away from him, turn and feed Lafata for the Sparta opener.

  • John Terry
    13
    3
    2.50

    John Terry

    For all his fabled influence and organisational skills, he could not convey the need for urgency to his team-mates until they fell behind. A threat in the opposition penalty area though.

  • César Azpilicueta
    15
    9
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Rarely tested defensively, but the quality of his deliveries from the right was invariably poor.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    9
    17
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Had no direct opponent pushing him back on the left, but could not exert much influence when bombing forward.

  • Ramires
    13
    19
    3.00

    Ramires

    Gave away the needless foul which enabled Matejovsky to initiate the move which led to Sparta's opener. Showed more urgency thereafter, though, and pace stretching the visitors' defence on several occasions. Was unlucky to rattle the post just after the break.

  • Oscar
    23
    13
    3.50

    Oscar

    Some inspired touches and clever movement as ever and, along with Mata, looked Chelsea's greatest attacking threat but much of his neat approach play was wasted on the abysmal Torres.

  • John Obi Mikel
    27
    12
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Played the simple passes with typical calm and accuracy, and rarely lost the ball in a damaging area.

  • Victor Moses
    22
    14
    3.00

    Victor Moses

    Showed impressive skill and strength in keeping the ball under pressure, but did not trouble the Sparta defence as often as Mata or Oscar.

  • Fernando Torres
    42
    28
    1.00

    Fernando Torres Flop of the Match

    Another performance more suited to a pantomime than a professional football match. From the moment he missed an early half-chance by inches the confidence drained away, and what ensued might have been hilarious were it not so strange or sad. Luck, too deserted him in his better moments, but there can be no more excuses. The panto season has long since past, and it appears Torres' time has, too.

  • Juan Mata
    29
    19
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    As always, his team's brightest spark, and a delight to watch. Put a couple of chances on plate for Torres, but unfortunately stopped short of filling the fork and jamming it into the £50 million man's mouth.

Substitutions

  • Eden Hazard
    53
    15
    4.00

    Eden Hazard Top of the Match

    Replaced Oscar on 67 minutes and showed his usual pace and trickery before blasting superbly into the roof of the net in the dying moments. A goal worthy of winning any tie.

  • Tomas Vaclik
    2
    2
    3.00

    Tomas Vaclik

    Untested by a woefully wasteful Torres in the first half, he made some decent saves to deny the Blues an equaliser in the second. Could do nothing about Hazard's sensational strike.

  • Matěj Hybš
    0
    2
    2.50

    Matěj Hybš

    Tormented by Mata whenever he hugged the right flank, and must surely have been relieved when the inspired Spaniard drifted into the middle, away from him.

  • Tomas Zapotocny
    1
    2
    2.00

    Tomas Zapotocny

    Oscar glided and jinked past him on numerous occasions, and Hazard toyed with him with similar disdain. Embarrassed again for the goal.

  • Ondrej Svejdik
    0
    2
    2.50

    Ondrej Svejdik

    Fared no better against Torres than his central defensive partner, and Sparta's clean sheet was little thanks to him.

  • Marek Matejovsky
    0
    2
    3.50

    Marek Matejovsky

    Used the ball intelligently in the centre of midfield. Showed quick-thinking to slide the ball into Kadlec in the build-up to Lafata's opener, and might have made the tie very interesting had he not fired a foot past the post midway through the second half.

  • Ladislav Krejci
    1
    2
    3.00

    Ladislav Krejci

    Not the most influential or effective member of the Sparta midfield, but worked his socks off at both ends of the pitch.

  • Mario Holek
    0
    2
    2.50

    Mario Holek

    Troubled by Torres' movement, rescued by the Spaniard's finishing. One suspects he might have been embarrassed by a proper striker.

  • Lukas Vacha
    0
    2
    2.50

    Lukas Vacha

    Was allowed far too much room to string passes together in the first half, overrun in the second as Chelsea's midfield decided to turn up.

  • Tomáš Přikryl
    0
    2
    3.00

    Tomáš Přikryl

    Worked back well to defend his full-back and surged forward whenever he could to give his team an outlet on the counter.

  • David Lafata
    1
    2
    3.50

    David Lafata

    Ensured the Chelsea backline had no time on the ball in the first half, even getting a yellow card for his enthusiasm, but not before he was on hand to tap home a crucial away goal for his side.

  • Václav Kadlec
    1
    2
    3.50

    Václav Kadlec

    Was alert to Matejovsky's intentions to latch onto his quick free kick, and showed good presence of mind to pick out Lafata.

Substitutions

  • Leonard Kweuke
    0
    3

    Leonard Kweuke

    Replaced Lafata with eight minutes left.

  • Roman Bednar
    0
    2

    Roman Bednar

    Came on with no time left.

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