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May 15, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 46163‎
 
68′ (PG) Ó. Cardozo
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Benfica 1-2 Chelsea

A towering header from Branislav Ivanovic makes the Blues double European champions after Oscar Cardozo had cancelled out Fernando Torres' opener from the penalty spot

By Liam Twomey

  • Artur
    14
    33
    2.50

    Artur

    Showed excellent agility to make saves whenever he was called upon, though his positioning and decision-making were a little suspect. Could do little about either goal.

  • Luisao
    16
    42
    2.50

    Luisao

    Dominant in the air against Torres, but his lack of pace was starkly exposed by the Spaniard as Chelsea took the lead.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    34
    23
    3.00

    Ezequiel Garay

    Recycled possession well, but didn't always look comfortable with the high line his team had committed to, earning a booking for cynically fouling Oscar in the first half.

  • L. Melgarejo
    11
    29
    3.00

    L. Melgarejo

    Must have thanked his lucky stars when Hazard pulled up against Aston Villa on Saturday, as Chelsea possess no one else who could run at him with such skill and conviction.

  • Toto Salvio
    20
    25
    3.00

    Toto Salvio

    His pace and determination gave Cole problems, and his incisive passing created some of Benfica's best chances. Wasteful in front of goal though.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    37
    24
    3.00

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

    Showcased his superb close control to consistently escape the attentions of numerous Chelsea defenders. It's just a shame he left his shooting boots at home.

  • Nemanja Matić
    106
    27
    3.50

    Nemanja Matić

    Used the ball economically and tidily to keep the likes of Gaitan and Salvio well serviced, and rarely gave the ball away. An impressive performance against his former club.

  • André Almeida
    8
    29
    3.00

    André Almeida

    Rarely troubled defensively and helped the Benfica midfield smother Chelsea for the first hour.

  • Enzo Nicolás Pérez
    20
    23
    3.50

    Enzo Nicolás Pérez

    His energy and pace were crucial to Benfica winning the midfield battle, and he repeatedly committed opponents with surging runs through the middle.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    57
    24
    3.50

    Ó. Cardozo

    Proved a handful up front in spite of his lack of pace, linking well with Benfica's creators and, when his moment came from the penalty spot, he took it nervelessly.

Substitutions

  • Jardel Nivaldo Vieira
    4
    23
    3.00

    Jardel Nivaldo Vieira

    Replaced Garay and offered much of the same. Not at fault for the winner.

  • Lima
    10
    23
    2.50

    Lima

    Replaced Rodrigo with 25 minutes left but failed to make a decisive impact.

  • Ola John
    19
    28
    2.50

    Ola John

    Came on for Melgarejo on 66 minutes and showed some nice touches.

  • Petr Cech
    262
    11
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    His usual, unflappable self, commanding his area superbly and making saves whenever required. Could do little about Cardozo's drilled penalty.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    381
    36
    4.50

    Branislav Ivanovic Top of the Match

    There were occasional reminders of his technical limitations, but he defended stoutly in the face of what at times resembled a siege. Came up trumps with a priceless, towering header in injury time to win it.

  • Ashley Cole
    213
    20
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    His battle with Salvio was one of the most compelling on the field, and one he didn't entirely win. That said, he didn't disgrace himself either.

  • David Luiz
    251
    28
    3.50

    David Luiz

    A mixed bag. Some very good, incisive passes and crucial interceptions, but also some wild decisions which unnecessarily ceded possession to Benfica.

  • Gary Cahill
    218
    55
    4.00

    Gary Cahill

    Never shirked a challenge in the air or on the floor and marshalled the backline well in the absence of Terry. Made a crucial tackle in the dying moments.

  • César Azpilicueta
    131
    97
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Generally stood up well to Gaitan, but a strange decision to stick his arm out in the penalty area marred an otherwise perfectly good display.

  • Ramires
    190
    114
    2.50

    Ramires Flop of the Match

    Another less than convincing performance after Saturday's foolish dismissal against Aston Villa. Didn't offer Azpilicueta much protection and his touch let him down too often going forward. His pace was a constant threat to a high Benfica line though.

  • Frank Lampard
    281
    135
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Used the ball sensibly on the relatively few occasions he got it and almost opened the scoring with a shot Artur misjudged. So unlucky not to score with a 30-yard screamer which struck the bar.

  • Oscar
    159
    90
    2.50

    Oscar

    Starved of the ball in positions where he could hurt Benfica, but his touch and balance were uncharacteristically too poor to make the most of the few opportunities he had.

  • Fernando Torres
    543
    23
    3.50

    Fernando Torres

    Relatively anonymous until he pounced on a high ball from Cech, held off Luisao, rounded Artur and slid in the opener. Seemed to fancy it thereafter, but his decision-making and execution was still baffling at times.

  • Juan Mata
    189
    85
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Not at his brilliant best. Seemed to struggle with the pitch and missed having Hazard to link up with, but still played the odd dangerous pass. Put in the corner for the winner.

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