Fantastic block to deny Malouda, as the Czech defender lunged in front of the the Frenchman's effort. Booked after a strong challenge on Kalou in the second half, before managing to scramble the ball to safety with Anelka looking odds on to score.
Offered good support to Kombarov down the left-flank, and troubled Ferreira on the overlap on more than one occasion.
Tried to beat Cech from 30 yards, but the centre-back fired his free-kick harmlessly over the crossbar. Struggled to cope with Anelka pace.
Covered a lot of ground without having a serious impact on his side's play.
Fantastic careering run had 'goal' written all over it, as the full-back meandered towards the Chelsea box, before being forced to lay the ball off to Komabrov after pressure from Cole, but his teammate blasted earlier.
Tracked backed well superbly to steal the ball off of Malouda in the opening 10 minutes. Hit a fantastic half-volley which forced a great save from Cech, before unleashing a thunderous efforts moments later which again Cech was equal to.
Lacked the composure keep his shot underneath Cech's crossbar after a great run from Parshivluk, but showed more conviction in his attacking runs down the flank, whipping in a dangerous cross which almost saw Welliton give his side the lead.
Endured a tough contest against Cole, as the Irishman saw his space limited by the England full-back. Cut inside brilliantly to evade Cole in the opening minutes of the second half, and effort took a deflection off Mikel which Cech had to be alert to tip over.
Forced Cech into his first save of the night, as he drilled a low effort towards the near post, forcing the 'keeper to save with his feet. The Brazilian lead the charge after half-time as his side looked to get back into the match, but all too often his powerful attemps flew wide of the target.
Fired over Cech's crossbar after good link-up play from McGeady and Welliton. Replaced by Ananidze after 84 minutes.
Showed good awareness to deny Welliton at his near post, after the Brazilian latched onto Kombarov's low cross. Was alert to tip McGeady's deflected effort over the crossbar after the interval. Denied Ibson with two fantastic saves to keep the home side at bay.
Required the anticipation of his captain to bail him out in the first half, as the Serbian seemed to struggled with Welliton's movement as he deputised in the centre of defence. Offered goeed cover for Ferreira as Spartak looked to operate largely down the left flank.
His 'captian's moment' arrived just after the half-hour mark, as the Chelsea skipper was on hand to clear-up after Ivanovic's mistake. Defended impressively throughout on his return to the side.
Composed when called upon, the Portuguese full-back was protected amicably by Essien and Ivanovic. Read the game well throughout, and was alert to the far-post run of McGeady to deny the Irishman a tap in.
Nullified McGeady on the right-hand-side, and covered his centre-backs effectively throughout. Played more a defensive game, and looked to stay back and support the returning Terry in oppose to bombing forward. Replaced by Van Aanholt on 87 minutes.
Opened his Chelsea goal account in his homeland with a fantastic effort from distance, latching onto a half-hearted clearance before unleasing a sensational half-volley from 25 yards. Added balance alongside Mikel and Essien in a well-oiled midfield trio. Booked late on for a challenge on Suchy.
Was unable to get into his stride in the first half, as Suchy and Pareja closed him down quickly whenever in possession. Looked to get onto the ball by switching flanks with Kalou. Replaced by Kakuta on 82 mintues.
Grew into the match as the first-half progressed. His power and thrust gave his side an added impetus on the break, and offered a decent out ball on the right flank. Played a pivotal role in the build-up to the Anelka goal, as he darted through the Spartak midfielder before playing a beautifully weighted pass to Anelka. Missed a glorious chance to bad a third for his side, as he fired his shot wide.
J. Obi Mikel
Struggled to control the midfield to his usual standards, and was somewhat fortunate not to deflect McGeady's effort past Cech in opening minutes of the second half. His power helped to supress a resurgent Spartak in the second half.
Dropped deep in the early exchanges in search of the ball, as the home side looked to stifle the Frenchman's service. Spurned a glorious chance to double his side's lead when he overran the ball, allowing Dikan to make the stop, but showed his quality in the dying minutes of the half with a coolly taken finish.
Offered little in terms of width or attacking threat in the first half, as it was left to Anelka and Malouda to make the forward runs, with only former receiving any success in the opening half. Replaced by McEachran on 73 minutes.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 43 J. Bruma
P. van Aanholt
Replaced Cole on 87 minutes, but had little opportunity to make an impact.
Replaced Malouda on 82 minutes, and made little impact in the game.
Replaced Kalou on 73 minutes, and offered extra energy in a tiring midfield.
- 47 B. Clifford
- 52 J. Mellis