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October 2, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Parken — København
Referee:‬ M. Strahonja‎
Attendance:‬ 25120‎
 
 
Juan Mata 33′
 
David Luiz 79′
 
Juan Mata 82′
 
Ramires 89′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: FC Nordsjaelland 0-4 Chelsea

The Champions League holders were made to work for their win, but late goals from David Luiz, Juan Mata and Ramires added to the Spaniard's first-half effort to seal victory

By Matt Scott

  • Jesper Hansen
    14
    30
    2.00

    Jesper Hansen

    Was not brought into action as much as he may have expected, but his insistence on playing the ball to his defenders, even when closely marked, often put his team on the back foot.

  • Jores Okore
    100
    22
    3.50

    Jores Okore

    Bravely headed clear with Moses awaiting a tap-in in the opening minutes, picking up a head wound for his troubles but had a magnificent evening, defending with pace and power, while looking very comfortable on the ball. Unfortunate to be in a defence that conceded four and is one to look out for in the future.

  • Patrick Mtiliga
    18
    23
    2.00

    Patrick Mtiliga

    Quelled Oscar's threat for most of the game, but could not mount any meaningful offensive play down the left-hand side.

  • Michael Parkhurst
    22
    22
    2.00

    Michael Parkhurst

    USA international right-back charged up his flank on occasion, but struggled to contain the pacey threat that Moses offered on his side, when he was tasked with defensive duties.

  • Ivan Runje
    13
    25
    1.50

    Ivan Runje

    Giant defender had Okore to thank on a number of occasions, as he failed to track runners from deep. Completely folded as the Blues mounted a late onslaught.

  • Enock Kofi Adu
    18
    20
    2.00

    Enock Kofi Adu

    Was a victim of the hosts insistence on playing the ball out of defence, being caught in possession by Torres in the build-up to Mata's first goal

  • Nikolai Stokholm
    13
    17
    2.50

    Nikolai Stokholm

    Experienced skipper held things together neatly in midfield, but rarely ventured from the sanctity of the central third. Tested Cech with a stinging drive on a rare foray forward.

  • Mikkel Beckmann
    27
    22
    1.00

    Mikkel Beckmann Flop of the Match

    Was tasked with leading the line for the hosts but failed to hold the ball up sufficiently, his poor evening was compounded when he headed an easy chance over, which would have levelled the scores, and he was hooked shortly afterwards.

  • K. Lorentzen
    12
    24
    2.50

    K. Lorentzen

    Stroked the ball around midfield nicely and played a couple of dangerous free kicks into the area, should have made more of a first-half chance to break the deadlock, but was blocked by Cahill.

  • Morten Nordstrand
    8
    28
    2.00

    Morten Nordstrand

    Kept Chelsea's centre-backs honest with some determined running and almost got on the end of a Lorentzen cross that would have presented him with an unmissable opportunity. Replaced by Ticinovic after 65 minutes.

  • Joshua John
    34
    16
    3.00

    Joshua John

    The Dutch winger was Nordsjaelland's brightest light in attack, and was unlucky to see his superbly curled effort tipped onto the post by Cech.

Substitutions

  • Søren Christensen
    6
    8

    Søren Christensen

    Entered the game just before the Blues' late flurry, but was not to blame, it was simply a matter of poor timing.

  • Andreas Laudrup
    21
    12

    Andreas Laudrup

    Came on late in the game, but the damage had already been done to the hosts' chances.

  • Mario Ticinovic
    8
    11
    2.00

    Mario Ticinovic

    Replaced Nordstrand but had little opportunity to impress as Chelsea pushed on late in the game.

  • Petr Cech
    168
    21
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Produced a stunning save from John's curling effort to preserve his clean sheet, proving his concentration is still excellent, as he had little else to do in the tie.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    152
    44
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Rarely marauded forward and found Joshua John a tricky customer down the hosts' left flank, being beaten by the Dutchman on a couple of occasions.

  • Ashley Cole
    159
    19
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Made a superb last-ditch block to deny Lorentzen an opening goal in the first period, and was a willing runner up the left wing all evening, particularly once Moses had been taken off on that flank.

  • David Luiz
    180
    19
    3.50

    David Luiz

    Typically buccaneering at times, as he forgot his defensive duties, but was strong when required at the back, and settled Chelsea nerves with a sensational free kick with 10 minutes remaining.

  • Gary Cahill
    116
    61
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Replaced John Terry as the Blues' leader at the back and did very well, dealing with Beckman's threat superbly well.

  • Ramires
    170
    30
    3.50

    Ramires

    Charged around the midfield with typical pace and vigour, shutting down any Nordsjaelland attacks that were attempted through the centre. Notched late on to put a gloss on the scoreline.

  • Frank Lampard
    152
    100
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Broke forward with an increased frequency than has been seen in recent weeks. Perhaps deserved a goal but made a fine contribution, with an intelligent pass to find Mata in the box for the Spaniard's first goal.

  • Oscar
    175
    65
    3.00

    Oscar

    Had a much quieter game than his last Champions League outing against Juventus, but still looked neat and tidy on the ball. Almost provided Moses with a goal in the opening minutes.

  • Victor Moses
    122
    97
    3.00

    Victor Moses

    Was denied an early goal by Okore's brave block, but continued to plug away down the left flank. Troubled Parkhurst throughout his time on the pitch before being replaced by Hazard.

  • Fernando Torres
    224
    46
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    A frustrating night in front of goal saw the Spaniard spurn a couple of good chances in the box. Worked tirelessly, however, and won the ball back numerous times in the opposition half, including in the move to set up Mata's opener.

  • Juan Mata
    205
    76
    4.00

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    Imperious performance from the diminutive playmaker, possibly the only Chelsea player to maintain his performance from Saturday's performance and cut through the hosts' defence time after time and showed fine composure with his two finishes.

Substitutions

  • John Obi Mikel
    158
    42

    John Obi Mikel

    Replaced Mata late on and sat in midfield as the Blues saw the game out.

  • Eden Hazard
    114
    93
    2.50

    Eden Hazard

    Played about half an hour after coming on for Moses but did very little, struggling to impose himself on the encounter.

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14 1
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Striker
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7 0
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6 2