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August 22, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 41733‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 4-2 Reading

Eden Hazard was the star man as Chelsea produced a late comeback with goals from Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic to overcome a spirited display by Brian McDermott's team

By Wayne Veysey

  • Petr Cech
    147
    124
    2.00

    Petr Cech Flop of the Match

    Chelsea's late comeback partly spared his blushes but his horrible blunder for Reading's second will not escape scrutiny. Spilled a routine free-kick from Guthrie into his own net.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    203
    40
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Mixed sloppiness with his usual commitment in the right-back role that may not be his for much longer. Sealed Chelsea's victory with the fourth goal in added time.

  • Ashley Cole
    171
    43
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Caught out on position for Reading's opener but drove his team forward in the second half and showed great composure to set up Torres for the crucial third goal.

  • Gary Cahill
    182
    33
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    His speculative long-ranger started Chelsea's comeback but he looked uneasy in the principal defensive role and was out-smarted by Pogrebnyak for Reading's first.

  • John Terry
    126
    121
    2.50

    John Terry

    Had a surprisingly difficult time against Pogrebnyak and was at fault for both of Reading's goals. Got drawn out of position for the opener and conceded the free-kick that led to the second.

  • Frank Lampard
    170
    84
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Slammed home his second penalty in four days and picked out some slick passes but it was a generally passive display from the midfielder.

  • Eden Hazard
    415
    41
    4.50

    Eden Hazard Top of the Match

    The catalyst for nearly all of Chelsea's most incisive attacks produced another delighful contribution that oozed star quality. Won the early penalty when he twisted past Gunter in a carbon copy of the spot-kick he won against Wigan at the weekend. Set up Cahill for the second and showed great selflessness to tee up Ivanovic for the late fourth.

  • Ramires
    126
    117
    2.50

    Ramires

    Failed to impose himself on the match in the right-flank role from which he looked so dangerous in the second half of last season. Subbed at the hour mark.

  • John Obi Mikel
    134
    108
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Made a couple of surging runs as he tried to dominate the midfield but was unable to establish any authority in the centre before being withdrawn after 67 minutes.

  • Fernando Torres
    282
    58
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Scored the winner with a simple tap-in from what looked a marginally off-side position. Had been hit-and-miss up to the point, missing two presentable first-half opportunities.

  • Juan Mata
    225
    55
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    The Spaniard became increasingly influential as the game progressed as he floated with menace behind Torres. Looks to be building a fine understanding with Hazard. Subbed towards the end.

Substitutions

  • Oscar
    258
    46
    3.50

    Oscar

    Played a crucial role in Chelsea's revival with some crisp passing alongside Lampard in central midfield.

  • Raúl Meireles
    148
    56
    3.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Brought on with seven minutes left to help Chelsea protect their lead.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    161
    91
    3.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Provided some cutting edge to Chelsea's right flank in the last half-hour, although he was guilty of being overly selfish.

  • Adam Federici
    15
    61
    2.50

    Adam Federici

    On a dreadful night for goalkeepers, his second decisive error in two matches allowed Chelsea back into the game when he failed to get behind Cahill's speculative 69th minute 30-yarder and parried it limply into the corner.

  • Chris Gunter
    13
    39
    2.50

    Chris Gunter

    Tricked by Hazard into conceding the early penalty with a rash piece of defending and struggled to cope with the Belgian's gift for the unexpected.

  • Alex Pearce
    15
    32
    3.00

    Alex Pearce

    Did not look out of place in the top tier with a solid performance.

  • Kaspars Gorkss
    22
    33
    3.50

    Kaspars Gorkss

    Kept a tight rein on Torres for most of the match and deserved better than to be part of a defence that conceded four goals.

  •  Ian Harte
    17
    30
    3.00

    Ian Harte

    Composed performance from the veteran left-back and his set pieces sent a few tremors through the Chelsea defence.

  • Jem Karacan
    15
    30
    3.00

    Jem Karacan

    Ferreted around the midfield with a zeal bordering on the hysterical to ensure Chelsea could never dominate. Earned the first booking of the match for his 57th minute challenge on Mata shortly before being subbed.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    15
    31
    3.00

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Held his own in the midfield battle with Mikel and Lampard to squeeze the space for Chelsea's creative players and made some important intereceptions in his own third.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    42
    28
    4.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Caused umpteen problems to the Chelsea defence in the first half with his pace and directness. Won the free-kick that led to Reading's second goal with a storming run.

  • Garath McCleary
    32
    29
    3.50

    Garath McCleary

    Continued where he left off at the weekend with an incisive display on the flanks. Laid the groundwork for Reading's first goal with a smart one-two with Guthrie before sending in a delicious cross to Pogrebnyak.

  • Danny Guthrie
    39
    32
    3.50

    Danny Guthrie

    Played a key role in both of Reading's first half goals. Put McLeary into space to tee up the opener with a first-time pass and scored the second with a 25-yard free-kick that was fumbled by Cech into his own goal.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    83
    29
    4.00

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    The former Fulham man delivered the goods once again in west London with a brilliant bullet header after stealing a yard from Cahill. Gave Terry and Cahill a torrid time with his power and movement.

Substitutions

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    11
    27

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    Had little time to make an impact.

  • Adam Le Fondre
    9
    29
    3.00

    Adam Le Fondre

    Unable to provide any supersub heroics on this occasion during a 20-minute cameo.

  • Noel Hunt
    7
    27

    Noel Hunt

    Did not get an opportunity to grab a late goal.

Results
 
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