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February 27, 2013 8:45 PM WAT
Riverside Stadium — Middlesbrough
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 27856‎
 
 
Ramires 51′
 
Victor Moses 73′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea

After a tepid first half, the Blues rallied after the break and set up a sixth-round clash with Manchester United thanks to goals from Ramires and Victor Moses

By Matt Scott at the Riverside Stadium

  • Jason Steele
    2
    1
    2.50

    Jason Steele

    Had nothing to do in the first half, save pick up Torres' bobbling effort, but was well-beaten by Ramires' curler and then left for dead by slick one-touch stuff in his box as Chelsea eventually beat him.

  • Andre Bikey
    2
    3
    2.50

    Andre Bikey

    Defended resolutely, keeping Torres at arm's length comfortably before being forced off after 35 minutes with a hamstring injury.

  • George Friend
    1
    4
    3.00

    George Friend

    The former Doncaster man has become a fan favourite with his committed work at left-back this season and he turned in another strong performance, marshalling the left flank well against the nippy Moses and breaking forward eagerly when the chance arose.

  • Rhys Williams
    3
    3
    3.50

    Rhys Williams

    An impressive game from the Australia international in midfield, kept Ramires' influence to a minimum for the most part and spread the play neatly when on the ball, spraying a number of fine passes across the park.

  • Stephen McManus
    0
    3
    3.00

    Stephen McManus

    The former Celtic man has only recently worked his way back into the first-team picture due to injuries, but he put in a strong evening's work against Torres, leaving the Spaniard to fight for scraps as he was forced out of position.

  • Faris Haroun
    1
    4
    2.00

    Faris Haroun

    Wildly erratic. The Belgian took Ryan Bertrand out of the game completely with a couple of delightful touches, but also tripped over his own feet on one occasion as he ultimately frustrated from the right.

  • Grant Leadbitter
    0
    1
    2.50

    Grant Leadbitter

    Sat deep in midfield and quelled Oscar magnificently, tracking the Brazilian all over the pitch. Sent a couple of threatening set-pieces in, but nothing good enough to beat the Chelsea defence.

  • Nicky Bailey
    1
    2
    2.00

    Nicky Bailey

    Boro's No.10 llined up at right-back, despite usually playing in midfield and looked to maraud forward at every opportunity, although left gaps behind him that were eventually ruthlessly exposed by Hazard after his introduction.

  • Curtis Main
    0
    2
    2.50

    Curtis Main

    Hustled and harried Terry throughout, although often found himself easily muscled off the ball. Did not manage a sniff at goal in his 62 minutes on the pitch before being replaced by Miller.

  • Mustapha Carayol
    3
    3
    2.50

    Mustapha Carayol

    Showed flashes of skill with a couple of mazy runs, although often dwelled on the ball too long and missed his opportunity to create chances. Stung the palms of Cech with a low drive that the Chelsea man almost parried back into danger.

  • Scott Douglas McDonald
    0
    1
    3.00

    Scott Douglas McDonald

    Wasted a glorious chance on 25 minutes as he could only steer a free header from 10 yards wide of Cech's left-hand post, but showed a surprising amount of strength to hold the ball up against Ivanovic and Terry, proving a handy out-ball for Boro.

Substitutions

  • Sebastian Hines
    1
    2
    2.50

    Sebastian Hines

    Replaced Bikey after the Cameroonian limped off and also looked fairly comfortable in defence, although had no answer as Oscar and Hazard passed the ball around him to set up Moses' tap-in.

  • Merouane Zemmama
    0
    3

    Merouane Zemmama

    Came on for Carayol, but failed to contribute much from a wide position in a little under 20 minutes on the pitch.

  • Ishmael Miller
    2
    0
    2.00

    Ishmael Miller

    Added a physical presence as he replaced Main in attack, but wasted a gilt-edged chance in the 84th minute, blazing over when he could have given his side hope.

  • Petr Cech
    17
    5
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Rarely troubled in the first half, but did spill Carayol's long-ranger back into danger rather than easily gathering. Stayed alert in the second period to preserve a well-earned clean sheet.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    19
    7
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Lined up in the heart of defence alongside Terry and went head-to-head with McDonald for the most part. Found the stocky Australian tough to beat in the air despite a height advantage and his long passes from the back were almost entirely aimless and retrieved by Boro's defence.

  • John Terry
    21
    4
    3.00

    John Terry

    The Blues' skipper initially found the dogged Main a tricky customer as the 20-year-old nipped around him, but he recovered to put in a physically imposing performance against the former Darlington striker.

  • Nathan Ake
    48
    10
    3.50

    Nathan Ake

    Making his full debut in midfield, the 18-year-old looked fairly composed on the ball and showed a good willingness to snap into tackles. On a frustrating night for Chelsea, the Dutch teenager's performance was a rare bright spot.

  • Paulo Ferreira
    7
    8
    2.00

    Paulo Ferreira

    Making his first start of the season at right-back, the Portuguese veteran could not compete with the pace of Carayol, but his opposite number's wastefulness let him off the hook.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    15
    7
    3.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Dealt comfortably with the tricky Haroun adn was supported well on his flank by Ake. Bombed on a couple of times, trying to support his winger to the fullest.

  • Oscar
    31
    10
    3.00

    Oscar

    Subdued for the most part but the Brazilian turned on the style for the Blues' second goal, combining superbly with hazard as the pair tapped their way around the Boro defence before giving Moses a simple finish.

  • Ramires
    23
    8
    3.00

    Ramires

    Looked to dictate the Blues' play from deep in midfield, but couldn't make things happen in the first half. Found a telling touch just five minutes after the break, however, as he curled an effort into the corner, via Torres' shoulder

  • Victor Moses
    34
    14
    3.00

    Victor Moses

    Kept on battling with Friend and eventually grabbed his reward in the 73rd minute as he linked up with Oscar and Hazard to tap home the goal that sealed the tie.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    9
    12
    2.00

    Yossi Benayoun

    Failed to make things happen from the left wing, regularly turning into trouble, while his passing was largely off-target, although he did lay the ball to Ramires for the Brazilian's goal. Hauled off and replaced by Hazard after 58 minutes.

  • Fernando Torres
    23
    28
    1.00

    Fernando Torres Flop of the Match

    Woeful from the Blues' No.9 once again. Will have eyed the lower-league opposition as a chance to break his hapless run but could only list a bobbling 20-yard effort that Steele threw his cap on among his major contributions.

Substitutions

  • David Luiz
    8
    6

    David Luiz

    A late cameo in midfield for the Brazil international.

  • Eden Hazard
    36
    13
    3.50

    Eden Hazard Top of the Match

    Came on for Benayoun and gave the Blues a much-needed impetus. Combined beautifully with Oscar to set up Moses and curled a sumptuous effort just past Steele's far post in a fantastic 35-minute outing.

  • Marko Marin
    22
    2

    Marko Marin

    A late replacement for Oscar.

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