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February 21, 2013 3:05 PM EST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ A. Stavrev‎
Attendance:‬ 38642‎
 
90+2′ Eden Hazard
David Lafata 17′
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Chelsea
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Chelsea

Chelsea 1-1 Sparta Prague (Agg: 2-1): Hazard stunner saves Blues as boos rain down on Benitez

The Belgian substitute saved the Blues' blushes with a last-gasp stunner on another frustrating night at Stamford Bridge.

Substitute Eden Hazard struck a brilliant last-gasp goal to secure Chelsea a spot in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 1-1 draw with Sparta Prague at Stamford Bridge.

The European champion was seconds away from being taken into extra time after David Lafata’s strike leveled the aggregate score following Chelsea’s 1-0 win in the first leg in Prague.

But Hazard struck a sensational left-footed shot into the roof of the net with virtually the last kick of the game to set up a clash with either Steaua Bucharest or Ajax in the next round.

Hazard’s strike saved Chelsea’s blushes after a frustrating evening that saw manager Rafa Benitez booed for his substitutions while the name of former manager Jose Mourinho was sung loud and clear in London.

It was also a miserable night for striker Fernando Torres, who missed a number of clear-cut chances and himself felt the anger of the Blues faithful.

Chelsea made four changes to the team that won the first leg as John Terry returned to the heart of the defense while Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic were rested ahead of this weekend’s trip to Manchester City.

Benitez admitted before the game that he had half an eye on the City clash and his players seemed to take their eyes off the ball completely during an insipid opening period in which the Sparta controlled large spells of the match.

It was also marked by some woeful finishing by Torres, who could have given Chelsea the lead in the fourth minute but swept his right-footed shot wide from 12 yards after Victor Moses’ pass.

In the 11th minute, Torres again missed a glorious chance to put the Blues ahead on the night as he volleyed Juan Mata’s cross over the bar, opening the door for Sparta Prague to take advantage of the home side’s wastefulness.

That happened in the 17th minute. From a quick free kick, Vaclav Kadlec worked space in the box and squared for Lafata to place his shot into the roof of the net from 10 yards out to level the tie.

The goal silenced the already quiet Stamford Bridge crowd and the Chelsea supporters’ frustration grew as Benitez’s men continued to squander chances.

Mata forced Sparta Prague goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik into a fingertip save after brilliantly juggling the ball in the penalty area before Torres put a free header over the bar from seven yards.

Chelsea was booed off the pitch at the break and started the second half with greater attacking energy as Ramires’ shot was deflected onto the post after good work from Oscar.

Torres then missed yet another excellent opportunity, the striker’s clipped effort saved by Vaclik after he raced through on goal.

At the other end, Sparta Prague reminded the Premier League side of it threat on the counterattack as Marek Matejovsky fired a low shot inches wide of the post from 20 yards with Petr Cech beaten.

Then, as the clock ticked past 90 minutes and the teams began to prepare for extra time, Hazard smashed a wonderful left-footed shot high past Vaclic to the relief of Stamford Bridge.


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Chelsea

1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.00
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
2.50
26
John Terry
Defender
2.50
28
2.50
23
Ryan Bertrand
Defender
86′ 92′
2.50
7
Ramires
Midfielder
3.00
11
Oscar
Midfielder
68′
3.50
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
3.00
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
3.00
9
1.00
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
3.50

Sparta Praha

3.00
31
Tomas Vaclik
Goalkeeper
2.50
19
2.00
20
2.50
4
Ondrej Svejdik
Midfielder
3.50
8
3.00
23
2.50
25
Mario Holek
Midfielder
2.50
6
Lukas Vacha
Midfielder
3.00
6
3.50
-
3.50
10

Substitutes

21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
 - 
4
David Luiz
Defender
 - 
20
 - 
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
68′ 92′
4.00
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
 - 
30
Yossi Benayoun
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Marek Čech
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
24
 - 
27
Roman Polom
Defender
 - 
32
Adam Janos
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
9

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Striker
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Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0