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0 vs 1
Played
March 27, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) — Lisboa
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 60000‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Benfica 0-1 Chelsea

Salomon Kalou scored a crucial away goal to give Roberto Di Matteo's team a crucial advantage in Champions League quarterfinal first leg.

  • Artur
    10
    11
    3.00

    Artur

    Alert display by the goalkeeper, whose decision making and positioning was sound but he could do little to prevent Kalou's goal.

  • Emerson
    9
    26
    2.00

    Emerson Flop of the Match

    Hapless display by the left back, who got bullied by the pace and dynamism of Torres and Ramires on the right.

  • Luisao
    9
    10
    2.50

    Luisao

    Turned with the speed of an ocean liner and had to resort to illegal means to keep his head above water.

  • Maxi Pereira
    12
    8
    3.00

    Maxi Pereira

    Made some excellent runs down the right in support and defended solidly.

  • Jardel Nivaldo Vieira
    3
    10
    2.50

    Jardel Nivaldo Vieira

    His lack of pace was frequently exposed by the speed of Chelsea's front four, and was torn apart by Torres for the goal. Came close to breaking the deadlock with a powerful second-half header.

  • Javi García
    15
    8
    3.50

    Javi García

    Protected the defense with style and authority and his height was a valuable weapon at set pieces.

  • Bruno César
    5
    10
    2.50

    Bruno César

    Heavily involved but his distribution was hit-and-miss from the left.

  • Pablo Aimar
    10
    12
    2.50

    Pablo Aimar

    Seems to have been around forever and looked it here with an anonymous performance before hauled off in the second half.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    11
    10
    3.00

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

    Flickered intermittently in the first half but came to life after the break with some high caliber runs and deliveries on the flanks.

  • Axel Witsel
    11
    8
    2.50

    Axel Witsel

    If this was an audition for a Premier League move, he did not exactly pass it with flying colors. Looks like a colossus but did not play like one.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    12
    10
    3.00

    Ó. Cardozo

    The big striker was a threat with his height and power but his finishing was wasteful.

Substitutions

  • Nemanja Matić
    17
    8
    3.00

    Nemanja Matić

    The former Chelsea man had a bright cameo.

  • Rodrigo
    5
    8
    0.00

    Rodrigo

    Former Bolton man failed to add to his 14 goals this season.

  • Petr Cech
    94
    3
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Kept his concentration to make an outstanding close-range save from Jardel after 66 minutes.

  • Ashley Cole
    84
    4
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Masterful display that rekindled memories of one of his finest hours against Cristiano Ronaldo at the same arena. Fortunate not to concede an own goal in added time.

  • David Luiz
    228
    11
    4.00

    David Luiz Top of the Match

    Goal line clearance. Flying headers. Last ditch blocks. Well timed tackles. Is this the same David Luiz who has become a byword for unreliability in the Premier League?

  • Paulo Ferreira
    76
    17
    3.00

    Paulo Ferreira

    Usually only seen in a tracksuit on matchdays but responded to his first Champions League start of the season with a solid display before bowing to cramps with 10 minutes left.

  • John Terry
    84
    10
    3.50

    John Terry

    The intestinal fortitude that the Chelsea skipper brings to overseas ordeals was prevalent in a commanding performance.

  • Ramires
    119
    10
    4.00

    Ramires

    Outstanding energy and dynamism on the right flank as he showed his former club what they are missing. His pace caused problems to Benfica in the first half, and in the second he teamed up with Ferreira to quell the threat of Gaitan.

  • John Obi Mikel
    64
    22
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    One of those games when his calmness and leisurely style was a bonus rather than a hindrance.

  • Raúl Meireles
    51
    30
    3.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Barracked by the home fans for his Porto connection, the midfielder responded with a passionate display that spilled over into some careless tackles. Came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a stinging drive that was kept out at full grasp.

  • Fernando Torres
    271
    12
    4.00

    Fernando Torres

    Confident, lively and menacing. Worked the channels to great effect and set up the goal when he brushed aside Jardel, stayed on his feet and fed Kalou with a low cross. But the nearly-but-not-quite story continued inside the box with some wasteful finishes.

  • Juan Mata
    62
    39
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    The intensity of a third big game in six days looked to have caught up with the Chelsea playmaker, who looked rather leggy. Missed an open goal from a tight angle in the second half after rounding Artur.

  • Salomon Kalou
    94
    13
    3.50

    Salomon Kalou

    Given the nod over Daniel Sturridge, he responded with some selfless running on the left flank and slid in the crucial away goal following a clever run into the six-yard box.

Substitutions

  • José Bosingwa
    38
    20
    0.00

    José Bosingwa

    Overlooked for Ferreira but helped Chelsea see out the last 10 minutes.

  • Frank Lampard
    55
    17
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Helped Chelsea slow down the game late on after replacing Meireles.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    46
    25
    0.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    An excellent late run should have been rewarded with a goal from Mata.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
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14 1
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10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
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Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2