Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Chelsea: Player Ratings

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Chelsea secured their first Champions League victory of the 2014/15 campaign courtesy of a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon at the Estádio José Alvalade.

Jose Mourinho’s side took the lead through Nemanja Matic midway through the first half and, in truth, should have ended the night with a few more goals.

Sporting were dangerous in possession, but failed to trouble Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal.

Overall it was a deserved victory for Mourinho's men, who produced a fine team performance in the Portuguese capital.

Scroll down to see the Chelsea player ratings…

Thibaut Courtois: 6

The world-class Belgium international made one save inside the opening 20 mins and another from William Carvalho before the break. Little more than a spectator, otherwise.

Branislav Ivanovic: 6

Picked up a knock early on but soldiered on to complete the game. Booked for a cynical challenge in the second half.

Gary Cahill: 7

The England international was rarely troubled until the final minutes when Chelsea were clinging on, at which point he stood up to be counted. Also made one crucial block in the first half.

John Terry: 6

The Chelsea skipper was caught out in the first half when a cross sailed over his head and allowed Sporting to get a shot off at goal, but a decent defensive performance otherwise.

Filipe Luis: 6

Generally reliable, although Nani made him look a little clumsy at times. Played a superb pass through to Oscar, who should have scored - and shot narrowly wide in the closing stages.

Nemanja Matic: 8

The former Benfica star producing a commanding performance in central midfield and scored Chelsea’s only goal of the night with a fine header.

Cesc Fabregas: 7

Neat in possession, provided the cross that led to Chelsea’s opening goal. Didn’t neglect his defensive duties, either. But perhaps a little unfortunate not to concede a penalty for a dangerous challenge inside the box which surprisingly went unpunished.

Andre Schurrle: 6

The German endured a frustrating night. Presented with four chances - including one gilt-edged opportunity - in the first half, he failed to convert any of them. Worked hard, though. Subbed off for Willian on 57 minutes.

Oscar: 7

Jose Mourinho will have been delighted with the Brazilian’s defensive efforts. Made one excellent challenge in the second half. Bright at the opposite end of the pitch, too, but should have made it 2-0 to the visitors after being played through on goal by Luis. Subbed on 70 minutes for John Obi Mikel.

Eden Hazard: 7

Typically bright performance, particularly in the first half. Excellent in possession. Should have ended the night with an assist to his name after setting up Schurrle, who somehow shot wide despite being unmarked inside the box. Tired as the game wore on.

Diego Costa: 8

Despite missing a one-on-one in the opening minutes of the match, Chelsea’s top scorer produced a fantastic individual performance. The Spain international was always willing to press high up the pitch, while his strong hold-up play was exemplary.


Willian: 6

The Brazilian was energetic after replacing Schurrle and worked hard down the right flank.

John Obi Mikel: 7

Sent on by Mourinho to shore up Chelsea’s midfield. Did his job, particularly with his defensive work in stoppage time, and blazed a shot over the bar.

Mohamed Salah: 6

Should have killed the game off in the final minutes, but was denied his first goal of the season by Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

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