Porto 2 Chelsea 1: Player ratings as Eden Hazard can’t inspire comeback

Player ratings as Chelsea suffer their first defeat of the Champions League season at Porto

By Niall Griffiths

Chelsea

Asmir Begovic Saved well against a Yacine Brahimi shot but could do nothing about the goal from the rebound. The Bosnian was similarly let down by his team-mates when Porto scored their second but managed to pull off a number of reflex saves as his goal remained under siege for most of the game. 6/10

Branislav Ivanovic It was a night to forget for the entire Chelsea side and particularly for their stand-in skipper. The Serbian was turned inside expertly by Brahimi in the build-up to the opening goal and was repeatedly found out of position throughout the match. 4

Kurt Zouma While he enjoyed a stellar performance against Arsenal over a week ago, it wasn’t the best of games for the young Frenchman. Similarly to Ivanovic, the centre-half was baited by Brahimi’s delayed shot and left himself exposed. Tonight proved that, despite his undoubted potential, it is apparent that he still has much to learn. 5

Gary Cahill Found himself occupying the left centre-half position usually held by John Terry. Like his fellow defenders, he was taking for a ride by the imposing Vincent Aboubakar, whose powerful runs stretched and strained a disorganised Chelsea defence. Booked. 5

Cesar Azpilicueta Another solid display from the converted right-back, who balanced constant forays into the Porto half with capable defending in his own half. Booked. 6

John Obi Mikel The Nigerian is the only true challenger for Matic’s berth in defensive midfield but had a relatively forgettable game. Despite his apparent ineffectiveness, it was interesting to see the Chelsea midfield collapse upon his departure from the pitch. 5

Cesc Fabregas Could have opened the scoring within the opening ten minutes but forced a good save from Iker Casillas. Aside from a few encouraging instances, the playmaker’s effectiveness was nullified by a combative Porto midfield. 5

Ramires Deserved a start after a solid showing at Newcastle and began in a similar fashion, gallivanting forward with the ball at any given opportunity. Despite a good first half, Ramires found himself at fault for Porto’s second, leaving fellow countryman Maicon to cut across him and score from the corner. 6

Willian The Brazilian’s second free-kick in as many games proved to be the final action of the first half. Aside from his dead-ball brilliance, Willian was kept largely quiet by the constant hounding of Porto right-back Maxi Pereira. 6

Pedro Rodriguez The Spanish winger had an early opportunity to put his side in the lead within the first 15 minutes of the first half but was largely absent for the rest of his spell on the pitch. He had the perfect opportunity to run at Bruno Martins, a centre-half playing at left-back, but failed to do so. 5

Diego Costa Chelsea’s livewire forward looked sharp in the first half, constantly put himself about and looked eager to take on Porto’s defence. The forward should have scored twice in the second half but saw his first opportunity strike the bar, before putting a possible equalising shot just wide at the death. 6

Substitutes

Eden Hazard Chelsea’s star-man started on the bench to the shock of many but was brought on not long after Porto scored their second. Despite his quality, he could do little to put his mark on a game that was dominated by the opposing midfield. 6

Kennedy N/A

Nemanja Matic When Mikel was subbed off Chelsea were quickly overran in midfield, thus the introduction of the Serbian came as no surprise but perhaps should have come earlier. Booked. 6

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