Never really tested by the opposition and he could not do much more than get a hand on Costa's powerful headed goal.
Solid at the back as he dealt with most situations aerially, though a very careless late tackle close to his goal saw him booked and could have spelled danger for his side.
M. De Sciglio
Lasted barely half an hour before succumbing to an earlier knock that he was struggling with. Replaced by Abate.
Poked away a few crosses early on, but allowed Costa to pull away from him at the far post to head in the winning goal.
Produced a few decent passes and got into the box late to attack the ball. Nearly broke the deadlock with a lovely header, but Courtois produced a brilliant save.
Handled the threat of Turan well on his side of the field, but he was not much assistance for his side going forward.
N. de Jong
Broke up a high number of attacks in front of his own area, and was a key part in his side's revival in the first half, stemming the tide of opposition possession.
Ran as much as his legs would allow him throughout, and won the ball back importantly once or twice.
The main creative hub for the home side, laying on two great balls for two fantastic first half chances for Kaka and Poli. Dribbled his way into shooting space twice but could not score.
Moved dangerously around the attacking third and came mightily close to scoring on a multitude of occasions..
Held the ball up excellently and set up some chances for his side with intelligent link play for his team-mates. Never got that one chance for himself though.
Saved his side twice during a spell where they were dominated with two brilliant saves to claw goalbound efforts onto the woodwork and away.
Had a few problems with Taraabt and did not look comfortable.
Lost several battles and was lucky not to get in serious trouble for some overzealous challenges.
Did his job defensively and was a crucial attacking outlet for his side down the right, overlapping well and playing in some dangerous balls.
Some interesting battles with Balotelli all game long, but generally held his ground.
Like Koke on the opposite flank, he never got into the match in any fashion and did not create much for his team.
Pulled off a number of important tackles and gave the defence a significant degree of protection. His passing was spot on to boot.
Never got up to speed up on the flanks and was a passenger for certain periods. Played conservatively.
His off the ball movement was very dangerous, but his shooting not so much, as he fluffed a few chances. Still a dangerous outlet for the visitors.
Picked up yellow for a careless challenge and could do little to stop the opposition from controlling the ball during their small spells.
Had a frustrating night before reacting brilliantly to power home a crucial header that gives his side a priceless away goal.