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2 vs 1
Played
April 4, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
Attendance:‬ 37264‎
 
21′ (PG) Frank Lampard
Javi García 85′
90+2′ Raúl Meireles
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica (Agg 3-1)

Goals from Lampard and Meireles set up a Champions League semifinal tie with champion Barcelona as Di Matteo's men secure a win despite a late rally from the 10 men from Portugal

By Wayne Veysey

  • Petr Cech
    45
    23
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Made a couple of decent reflex saves but was embarrassingly rooted to the spot when an unmarked Garcia headed in from two yards.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    59
    5
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    As solid as oak on a night when he negated the threat of Gaitan.

  • Ashley Cole
    46
    5
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Won the penalty with his sprint into the box with one of his few attacking raids on a night when his ambition was mainly to negate the away team.

  • David Luiz
    48
    8
    3.00

    David Luiz

    With his tights and bubble perm, looking like he was casting for an audition in a 1980s musical. But showed he is the man for the moment with another confident display full of headed clearances and smart blocks. Lost marks with his concentration lapse for Garcia's goal.

  • John Terry
    77
    14
    3.50

    John Terry Top of the Match

    Cleared off the line from Cardozo in the 29th minute and led the defense with complete certainty before being withdrawn shortly before the hour mark.

  • Ramires
    40
    14
    3.00

    Ramires

    A non-stop blur of blue energy on the right flank but produced one of the misses of the season - perhaps THE miss of the season - when he inexplicably failed to score from a yard out.

  • Frank Lampard
    51
    7
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Confidently drilled home the penalty, his eighth Champions League quarterfinal goal and 22nd in the competition, to quell early Chelsea nerves and showed the value of his experience with solid display alongside Mikel.

  • John Obi Mikel
    54
    7
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Smooth and controlled in possession but less adept when covering the runs of Benfica's midfielders.

  • Fernando Torres
    77
    15
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    A menace outside the box but unconvincing in it. Stretched Benfica's defense with his pace and movement but proved that he has yet to fully corner by failing to take responsibility whenever he closed in on the goal.

  • Juan Mata
    49
    5
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Came to life after a quiet first half with a sparkling second period full of invention and trickery before being subbed with 12 minutes left.

  • Salomon Kalou
    22
    27
    3.00

    Salomon Kalou

    Came to life briefly after the break and could have scored a hat trick in the second half. Not the only Chelsea attacker whose movement and pace is far more impressive than his finishing.

Substitutions

  • Gary Cahill
    21
    18
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    Looked jittery and nervous after replacing Terry for the last half-hour.

  • Raúl Meireles
    61
    6
    3.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Mainly restricted to defensive role after replacing Mata but showed great energy and quality to break forward and thump the winning goal.

  • Didier Drogba
    28
    29
    0.00

    Didier Drogba

    Replaced Torres late on.

  • Artur
    7
    8
    3.00

    Artur

    Got a strong hand to Lampard's penalty and could perhaps have kept it out. But his decision-making and alertness restricted the damage after the break.

  • Emerson
    2
    10
    2.50

    Emerson

    Shifted inside from left-back to center back, the defender looked a square peg in a round hole

  • Maxi Pereira
    7
    26
    2.50

    Maxi Pereira Flop of the Match

    Sent off in the 40th minute after following a booking for dissent with a nasty studs-up lunge on Mikel.

  • Joan Capdevila
    8
    7
    3.50

    Joan Capdevila

    Made a brilliant early block to deny Luiz on an evening when the World Cup winner fused commitment with quality.

  • Javi García
    5
    9
    3.00

    Javi García

    Made amends for clumsily conceding the penalty by glancing in the equalizer with a close-range header.

  • Bruno César
    3
    10
    2.50

    Bruno César

    Far more peripheral figure than in the first leg. Subbed with 20 minutes left.

  • Pablo Aimar
    11
    12
    3.00

    Pablo Aimar

    Got in some good positions but could not quite find the killer pass to open Chelsea up. Set up Garcia's goal with an excellent whipped in corner.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    5
    10
    2.50

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

    Disappointing display from the highly rated wide man. Subbed with half hour left.

  • Nemanja Matić
    17
    7
    3.00

    Nemanja Matić

    Protected his defense with great energy.

  • Axel Witsel
    10
    8
    3.50

    Axel Witsel

    More composed and authoritative than in the first leg as he showed why he is a target for many of the top Premier League clubs.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    5
    11
    2.50

    Ó. Cardozo

    The biggest threat to Chelsea's semifinal chances flickered only briefly as he mainly plodded through an hour before surprisingly being subbed.

Substitutions

  • Nélson Oliveira
    3
    9
    3.00

    Nélson Oliveira

    His physical presence caused Chelsea problems but wasted a great chance to take his side into the semifinals with three minutes left.

  • Rodrigo Moreno Machado(Rodrigo)
    5
    10
    3.50

    Rodrigo Moreno Machado(Rodrigo)

    Brimmed with energy and invention after replacing Cesar.

  • Yannick Djaló
    3
    9
    3.00

    Yannick Djaló

    Nearly scored a late goal.

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
Paris St. Germain (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
Man City
6 2