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6 vs 1
QPR
QPR
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April 29, 2012 8:30 AM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 41675‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 6-1 QPR

Fernando Torres plunders hat trick as dominant Chelsea boosts its top-four hopes and strengthens QPR relegation fears.

By Wayne Veysey

  • Petr Cech
    71
    4
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Mostly had little to do but made a wonderfully athletic save to paw away Mackie's second-half 30-yarder.

  • Ashley Cole
    74
    3
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Wonderfully authoritative in defense and counterattack until he was beaten by Onuoha in the build-up to Cisse's consolation goal.

  • José Bosingwa
    69
    4
    3.50

    José Bosingwa

    More than competent emergency center half display. Comfortable on the ball and handled the threat of Zamora with great aplomb.

  • Paulo Ferreira
    60
    4
    3.00

    Paulo Ferreira

    On paper, his battle with Cisse was an uneven one but was barely troubled by the Frenchman's pace.

  • John Terry
    78
    3
    3.50

    John Terry

    Did not allow the taunts of QPR's fans to bother him as he once again demonstrated his remarkable capacity for blocking out the endless dramas in his career. Dealt capably with Zamora and headed Chelsea into an early 2-0 leader after out-jumping Hill.

  • Michael Essien
    68
    11
    3.00

    Michael Essien

    Lucky not to be booked for a reckless first-half tackle on Cisse but was otherwise controlled and helped Lampard dominate the midfield with his poise and power.

  • Frank Lampard
    83
    4
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Did not get on the scoresheet but was instrumental in Chelsea's dominance as he pulled the strings from central midfield.

  • Fernando Torres
    304
    2
    4.50

    Fernando Torres Top of the Match

    Form is temporary, class is permanent. Brought a joyful reaction from Roman Abramovich when he dispatched his hat trick goal with the same certainty he had plundered his two first-half strikes. The commitment and energy has been there in abundance for a few months but the poise has now emphatically returned.

  • Juan Mata
    123
    3
    4.00

    Juan Mata

    Back to his best after a subdued few weeks with a sparkling display in the central playmaking role he likes best. Involved in or directly created all five of Chelsea's goals before he was subbed midway through the second half.

  • Salomon Kalou
    59
    8
    3.00

    Salomon Kalou

    Brimmed with energy and endeavor on the right flank and produced a sublime first-time pass to tee up Torres for his opener. Subbed after 73 minutes.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    69
    11
    3.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Sent Chelsea on its merry way after 48 seconds with a sublime opener from the edge of the penalty box. Looked far more convincing than he has for a few months.

Substitutions

  • Sam Hutchinson
    68
    2
    0.00

    Sam Hutchinson

    Replaced Bosingwa at center back with nine minutes left in his first game since coming out of retirement.

  • Ramires
    69
    2
    3.50

    Ramires

    Set up Chelsea's sixth goal with a slick cross minutes after coming on as a late sub.

  • Florent Malouda
    52
    10
    3.00

    Florent Malouda

    Enjoyed his lively cameo but should have scored Chelsea's sixth after 70 minutes rather than wait another nine minutes before bashing in from eight yards.

  • Paddy Kenny
    2
    12
    2.50

    Paddy Kenny

    Twice denied Lampard in the first half with fine saves but it was an otherwise horrible afternoon for the 'keeper. Unsighted by offside Lampard for the first but was particularly culpable for the fourth, when he dropped the ball at the feet of Torres, for him to smash in.

  • Clint Hill
    2
    10
    2.00

    Clint Hill

    Has answered Mark Hughes' prayers with his resilience as an emergency center half in recent months but this was a hellish display by the veteran. Easily out-jumped by Terry for Chelsea's second.

  • Taye Taiwo
    5
    10
    2.00

    Taye Taiwo

    Torn apart by the pace and intensity of Chelsea's first half onslaught. Caught out of position by the slickness of the third goal.

  • Anton Ferdinand
    3
    16
    2.00

    Anton Ferdinand

    Shamefully taunted by Chelsea fans all afternoon, which seemed to affect his performance. Sturridge played a one-two off his shin for the opener and never looked convincing in the face of onslaught from home team.

  • Nedum Onuoha
    3
    8
    2.50

    Nedum Onuoha

    Let down by some poor decision-making but his commitment was not in doubt. Mis-communication with Kenny allowed Torres to gobble up the fourth but made some important second-half interceptions and set up QPR's goal with a storming run.

  • Shaun Derry
    1
    9
    2.50

    Shaun Derry

    Never shirked a tackle or his duty but his commitment and cleverness was nowhere near enough to stem the waves of blue attacks..

  • A. Buzsaky
    1
    9
    2.00

    A. Buzsaky

    Asked to step into the suspended Adel Taarabt's boots, he provided all of the Moroccan's unpredictability but none of his quality.

  • Joey Barton
    8
    30
    2.00

    Joey Barton Flop of the Match

    Has rarely convinced in central midfield in a QPR shirt and was off the pace here. Invisible other than when he raked his studs (accidentally?) into Juan Mata's ankle.

  • Jamie Mackie
    5
    8
    3.00

    Jamie Mackie

    Looked the most likely QPR player to score or create a consolation goal. Forced a brilliant second-half save out of Cech with a rasping 30-yarder.

  • Djibril Cissé
    9
    12
    2.50

    Djibril Cissé

    Out of sorts on the left flank, where he got surprisingly little joy up against Ferreira, but pulled one back after taking up a center forward position.

  • B. Zamora
    3
    10
    2.00

    B. Zamora

    The ball failed to stick to the striker's feet like it normally does and was subbed after his team went 5-0 behind.

Substitutions

  • Armand Traoré
    4
    7
    3.00

    Armand Traoré

    Looked lively in a left midfield role after replacing Zamora.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
    2
    8
    2.50

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Made little impact after replacing Buszaky.

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