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September 19, 2012 8:45 PM SAST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 40918‎
 
31′ Oscar
Arturo Vidal 38′
33′ Oscar
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-2 Juventus

Oscar caught the eye with two first-half goals, the second an absolute stunner, but a casual attitude let the Blues down too often, with John Obi Mikel among the culprits

By George Ankers

  • Petr Cech
    84
    96
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Taken out of the equation by Vidal's finish and let down by his outfielders for Quagliarella's equaliser. Otherwise not often directly challenged by the likes of Vucinic.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    82
    120
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    With Asamoah not getting particularly far forward from the left wing-back position, Ivanovic seemed to be unsure of his role. Beaten for strength by Vucinic, the Serbian’s most telling contribution was nearly a failed attempt to spring the offside trap on Marchisio – the midfielder let him off with a poor touch.

  • Ashley Cole
    102
    88
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    A confident showing from the left-back, enough to see him nutmegging players in the Juventus half, and was generally spared from much threat by Lichtsteiner.

  • David Luiz
    98
    107
    2.00

    David Luiz

    A frustrating case. Moments of real class at both ends – a fine interception here, a testing cross from wide there – but too often casual at the back and quick to lump it long with no direction.

  • John Terry
    46
    148
    2.50

    John Terry

    The more composed of the centre-back pair for much of the match but didn't learn from Ivanovic's failure to play the offside trap earlier in the game when he let Quagliarella through for the equaliser, a real error.

  • Ramires
    67
    110
    2.50

    Ramires

    Guilty of dallying too long with a first-half chance as Chelsea fulfilled the recent traditions of trying to "Arsenal it in". Worked hard without getting a great deal of traction out of Asamoah and Chiellini.

  • Frank Lampard
    103
    119
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    A veteran’s performance in the positive sense; calm and composed, determined and dogged. One or two particularly fine passes and tested Buffon with a strong free kick early in the second half.

  • Oscar
    254
    78
    4.00

    Oscar Top of the Match

    An element of fortune in his first goal being deflected by Bonucci out of Buffon’s reach but no question about his second, a thrilling first touch and curled shot that drew every spectator out of their seat. A tad too impetuous but such is to be expected of a youngster making his first start to the club and his touch was generally superb. Taken off after a crunching tackle by Bonucci.

  • John Obi Mikel
    84
    187
    2.00

    John Obi Mikel Flop of the Match

    The Nigerian's passing from deep was poor, only emphasised by his part in Juventus' equaliser. Still has not progressed to the required level for this team.

  • Eden Hazard
    138
    103
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    Surprisingly isolated in the opening stages but was brought into the game more and more as it went on. Caused trouble for the back line but the decision not to award him a penalty in the second half was justified.

  • Fernando Torres
    140
    128
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Faded in and out of the game - playing against three centre-backs, Chelsea's attacking midfielders were always more likely to be the key - but looked mildly threatening when involved.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Bertrand
    44
    116
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Replaced Ramires with just over 20 minutes to go but was unable to have more of an impact. With Juve only employing one wide man - a wing-back - it was difficult to see why Chelsea needed him on the left wing.

  • Juan Mata
    94
    91
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    Should have done better with a decent chance after replacing the apparently injured Oscar. A surprise not to see him start but on the night you could understand why the Brazilian had been picked ahead of him.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    189
    29
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Let down by Bonucci for Oscar's opener and was visibly angered as the deflected effort went in and helpless to prevent the Brazilian's magnificent second. Dealt well with a Lampard free kick.

  • Giorgio Chiellini
    201
    26
    3.50

    Giorgio Chiellini

    The strongest of the Italian champions' three central defenders, perhaps because Ramires' threat from the right was a less subtle one than that of Hazard and Oscar.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    164
    32
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Won some headers and played it out with composure, particularly in the first half, but now and then looked a little clumsy when up against Hazard.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    104
    111
    2.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Had impressed before his noncommittal touch on Oscar’s shot prevented Buffon from saving the Brazilian’s effort - his later tackle to bring the youngster down deserved harsher punishment, too. Played it out of defence well, though, both long and short.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    149
    42
    2.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    A game runner in the first period though not too often given the chance as Juventus preferred to attack through the middle. Took a bit of a knock mid-game and his withdrawal after 75 minutes was not such a surprise as a result.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    192
    35
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    His first touch was found wanting in an otherwise excellent first-half springing of the offside trap. The midfielder was everywhere but sometimes lacked venom - a problem he solved, however, when putting Quagliarella through for the equaliser.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    158
    61
    3.00

    Andrea Pirlo

    Narrowly squandered a free kick or two but as crisp and classy in the pass as ever without ever producing one of the game-defining through-balls of which he is so capable.

  • Kwadwo Asamoah
    160
    50
    2.50

    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Did not get forward much from his wing-back position but combined well with the central midfielders on occasion.

  • Arturo Vidal
    248
    31
    4.00

    Arturo Vidal

    Took a knock early on but, despite hardly being able to stand, dispatched a great finish with much-needed calm to bring Juve back into it at a time when they could have sunk. The Chilean was a real highlight for the visitors, physically tough but also passing well.

  • Mirko Vučinić
    147
    74
    2.50

    Mirko Vučinić

    Impressively strong in holding the ball up but such a skill is rendered pointless if, as Vucinic did, one cannot pass it to a team-mate rather than an opponent. Wasted a good chance by blasting aimlessly for the near post rather than the easier far before Chelsea got off the mark. The Blues' back line flattered him.

  • Sebastian Giovinco
    118
    100
    2.50

    Sebastian Giovinco

    Flashes of his vast talent were on show at Stamford Bridge but never more than that. A flicked pass over a defender’s head, an impressive chested control before whipping in a dangerous cross, but not often given enough service. Withdrawn for Quagliarella as Juventus chased a more orthodox threat.

Substitutions

  • Mauricio Isla
    163
    34
    3.00

    Mauricio Isla

    Put in a decent shift down the right after replacing Lichtsteiner.

  • Fabio Quagliarella
    228
    30
    3.50

    Fabio Quagliarella

    Made exactly the required impact when coming on as a more direct substitute for Giovinco. Made no mistake when Terry gifted him the space to equalise and nearly got a second when his lovely curled effort grazed the bar. A quality cameo.

  • Alessandro Matri
    102
    56

    Alessandro Matri

    Came on for Vucinic late but had no time to make an impression.

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