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3 vs 1
Played
April 4, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 32994‎
 
Bibras Natcho 41′ (PG)
32′ Victor Moses
 
 
Top of the Match
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea
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 the return leg in Russia in a week, courtesy of two-goal salvo from the Spain forward and another from Victor Moses

By James McManus

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

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

However, the visitors pulled one back after Terry was adjudged to have blocked a Christian Ansaldi shot with his arm, leaving Natcho to dispatch the penalty, before 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.
 
After a slow start from both sides, Torres handed the hosts the lead in the 16th minute after bundling home inside the six yard box after latching on to a magnificent long pass from Luiz.

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 Blues' advantage.

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

Chelsea started the second half in the ascendancy again, though, with only a wonderful save from Ryzhikov keeping the scores the same as he got down low to tip away a fizzing Mata strike.

With the Russian outfit offering little to no threat going forward, Chelsea extended its lead in the 70th minute with Torres grabbing his second of the evening, after he powerfully headed home Mata's excellent delivery from the left in the 70th minute.

Despite a number of efforts from distance, Chelsea was unable to add a fourth and any extra gloss to what represented a surprisingly serene evening against a more-than-accomodating opponent.

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Chelsea

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′

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  • Red Card
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  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
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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