Chelsea 3-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
Victor Moses rescued Chelsea with an injury-time winner against Shakhtar Donetsk, just as the defending champions' grip on the Champions League appeared to be slipping.
Roberto Di Matteo's holders were outplayed for long spells by their impressive Ukrainian visitors, who beat the Blues 2-1 in the previous round of matches, and looked destined to have to settle for a draw before substitute Moses headed in Juan Mata's corner with seconds left.
Chelsea - without captain John Terry and injured Ashley Cole - were grateful for two errors from Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov as poor clearances played a huge part in first-half goals for Fernando Torres and Oscar.
Brazilian Willian equalised twice to leave Chelsea effectively facing the prospect of having to beat Juventus in Italy to keep their hopes of qualifying from Group E alive.
Razvan Rat also struck the post for Shakhtar, who deserved a point at the very least for some sparkling attacking play, but 21-year-old Moses, who was signed from Wigan for around £9m in the summer, snatched the win to leave Chelsea second in the group and in contention to reach the next round.
It was a night when Chelsea rode their luck but also deserve credit for pressing until that late dramatic twist. The performance mattered so much less than this crucial victory.
Di Matteo was not convinced Terry was fully match fit following his recent four-match ban - and his composure and resilience was missed in the face of Shakhtar's wonderful attacking variations.
Chelsea have talent of their own up front but it took some good fortune to give them an early lead. Torres just failed to get on the end of Oscar's cross but had better luck charging down Pyatov's attempted clearance, which bounced off the striker into the net.
Shakhtar's approach was full of ambition and it was rewarded with a ninth-minute equaliser when 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, the game's outstanding performer, drove at the Chelsea defence and pulled back a cross for Willian to slide home.
The Ukrainians hardly needed a lift to their confidence, such was the quality of their approach play, but the manner in which they took the game to Chelsea will have concerned the home fans in Stamford Bridge.
A move that epitomised their best work came when an elegant link between Fernandinho and Luiz Adriano found Alex Teixeira, whose first time shot was inches away.
Shakhtar's weakness was goalkeeper Pyatov and he was at fault once more as Chelsea regained the lead against the run of play five minutes before the interval. His headed clearance fell straight to Oscar, who made a difficult task look deceptively easy with a composed and accurate finish from 40 yards with Pyatov stranded out of his ground.
Once more the visitors were unperturbed and were level again two minutes after the break. Fernandinho was again the orchestrator with a pass that sliced Chelsea's left side wide open, allowing Darijo Srna to cross for another clinical finish from Willian.
Chelsea were having to fight to stay in the game and had another narrow escape when Rat rattled the post from 20 yards with Cech beaten.
Chelsea managed to impose themselves as the game entered its last 20 minutes and Di Matteo was off his seat appealing for a penalty when Ramires tangled with Srna but Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo was not interested.
Shakhtar were even pressing in search of a winner as stoppage time began, but left Stamford Bridge with heads down in disbelief at leaving empty-handed after Moses, on for Oscar, snatched the decisive goal.
- 01 Cech
- 02 Ivanovic
- 04 Luiz Booked
- 24 Cahill
- 34 Bertrand
- 07 Ramires
- 10 Mata
- 11 Oscar (Moses - 80' )
- 12 Mikel
- 17 Hazard
- 09 Torres (Sturridge - 90' )
- 22 Turnbull
- 26 Terry
- 28 Azpilicueta
- 06 Romeu
- 13 Moses
- 21 Marin
- 23 Sturridge
- 30 Pyatov
- 03 Hubschman
- 05 Kucher
- 26 Rat
- 44 Rakitskiy
- 07 Fernandinho
- 10 Willian
- 33 Srna
- 09 Luiz Adriano
- 22 Mkhitaryan
- 29 Alex Teixeira Booked (Ilsinho - 78' )
- 32 Kanibolitskiy
- 13 Shevchuk
- 27 Chigrinsky
- 06 Stepanenko
- 20 Douglas Costa
- 77 Ilsinho
- 11 Eduardo
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +3:30
The assist for the goal came from Juan Mata.90:00 +3:30 Goal scored
Goal! - Victor Moses - Chelsea 3 - 2 Shakhtar Victor Moses grabs a headed goal from close range. Chelsea 3-2 Shakhtar Donetsk.90:00 +3:02
Juan Mata takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post,90:00 +2:31
Nascimento Ramires fouled by Tomas Hubschman, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech takes the free kick.90:00 +1:20
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nascimento Ramires on da Silva Willian. Indirect free kick taken by Luis Fernandinho.90:00 +0:21
Da Silva Willian decides to take a short corner. Darijo Srna produces a cross, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.89:49
Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.88:35
Luis Fernandinho takes the indirect free kick.88:35 Substitution
Substitution Daniel Sturridge replaces Fernando Torres.88:35 Booking
Booking David Luiz is given a yellow card.88:28
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on da Silva Luiz Adriano by David Luiz.84:25
A cross is delivered by Juan Mata, clearance made by Olexander Kucher. Corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line played to the near post, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Da Silva Willian manages to make a clearance. Juan Mata takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Darijo Srna. Juan Mata produces a cross, save by Andrei Pyatov.83:35
Unfair challenge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan by Mikel results in a free kick. Olexander Kucher takes the indirect free kick.82:29
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Olexander Kucher by Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by Olexander Kucher.82:13
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Junior Ilsinho. Indirect free kick taken by Eden Hazard.81:01
Inswinging corner taken by Eden Hazard from the left by-line, save by Andrei Pyatov.79:55 Substitution
Substitution Victor Moses is brought on as a substitute for Emboaba Oscar.78:41
Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, save by Andrei Pyatov. Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Mikel goes wide of the right-hand upright.77:08
Luis Fernandinho takes the free kick.
Substitution Santos Alex Teixeira goes off and Junior Ilsinho comes on.77:08
Mikel is adjudged to have handled the ball.74:51
Razvan Rat crosses the ball, David Luiz makes a clearance. Corner taken by da Silva Willian played to the near post, clearance by Fernando Torres.70:14
Henrikh Mkhitaryan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard. Juan Mata takes the free kick.68:49
Branislav Ivanovic produces a cross. A cross is delivered by Juan Mata.68:21
Olexander Kucher concedes a free kick for a foul on Nascimento Ramires. Emboaba Oscar restarts play with the free kick.65:31
Tomas Hubschman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Juan Mata has an effort direct from the free kick. The referee blows for offside against Mikel. Andrei Pyatov takes the indirect free kick.64:39
Eden Hazard fouled by Luis Fernandinho, the ref awards a free kick. Eden Hazard restarts play with the free kick.61:11
Da Silva Luiz Adriano challenges David Luiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Luiz takes the indirect free kick.60:39
Nascimento Ramires sends in a cross, save made by Andrei Pyatov.59:06
Nascimento Ramires challenges Luis Fernandinho unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Luis Fernandinho.56:58
Eden Hazard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.56:58 Booking
Booking Booking for Santos Alex Teixeira for unsporting behaviour.56:39
Eden Hazard fouled by Santos Alex Teixeira, the ref awards a free kick.56:26
Eden Hazard crosses the ball, clearance by Olexander Kucher.56:01
Foul by Olexander Kucher on Eden Hazard, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Juan Mata.53:40
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Darijo Srna played to the near post. Shot by Tomas Hubschman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.52:50
Darijo Srna takes the outswinging corner, Fernando Torres makes a clearance. Razvan Rat produces a left-footed shot from long distance and hits the bar.49:22
Eden Hazard decides to take the corner short.48:08
Mikel produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.46:58
Assist by Darijo Srna.46:58 Goal scored
Goal! - da Silva Willian - Chelsea 2 - 2 Shakhtar Goal scored by da Silva Willian from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-2 Shakhtar Donetsk.46:44
Darijo Srna sends in a cross,45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:00 +1:04 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.44:58
The ball is swung over by Darijo Srna, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.42:56
Emboaba Oscar takes a shot. Save by Andrei Pyatov. Inswinging corner taken by Eden Hazard from the left by-line played to the near post, da Silva Luiz Adriano makes a clearance. Eden Hazard decides to take a short corner.41:55
Juan Mata sends in a cross, clearance made by Yaroslav Rakitskiy.39:27 Goal scored
Goal! - Emboaba Oscar - Chelsea 2 - 1 Shakhtar Emboaba Oscar grabs a goal. Chelsea 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk.38:40
The ball is crossed by Darijo Srna. Da Silva Luiz Adriano sends in a cross, save by Petr Cech. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Darijo Srna, clearance by Gary Cahill.37:26
Mikel sends in a cross.36:56
The ball is delivered by Razvan Rat.35:24
Nascimento Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Darijo Srna. Luis Fernandinho takes the indirect free kick.33:48
A cross is delivered by Juan Mata, Fernando Torres has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.33:07
Razvan Rat crosses the ball, David Luiz makes a clearance.31:34
Santos Alex Teixeira has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.28:36
The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic.27:23
Foul by Mikel on Santos Alex Teixeira, free kick awarded. Luis Fernandinho takes the free kick.26:17
The referee blows for offside. Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.22:33
The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance made by Olexander Kucher.20:11
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.19:15
Corner crossed in by Juan Mata, da Silva Willian manages to make a clearance.17:57
Foul by Luis Fernandinho on Nascimento Ramires, free kick awarded. Mikel takes the free kick.16:07
Free kick awarded for a foul by da Silva Luiz Adriano on Mikel. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.15:33
Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.14:36
Luis Fernandinho takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.13:33
Henrikh Mkhitaryan crosses the ball, clearance by Mikel.12:35
Darijo Srna takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Petr Cech manages to make a clearance.11:45
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Darijo Srna played to the near post, Nascimento Ramires makes a clearance. Corner taken by Darijo Srna from the right by-line, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.9:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by da Silva Willian. Emboaba Oscar restarts play with the free kick.8:46
Assist by Luis Fernandinho.8:46 Goal scored
Goal! - da Silva Willian - Chelsea 1 - 1 Shakhtar da Silva Willian scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk.8:23
The ball is sent over by Luis Fernandinho,7:29
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Andrei Pyatov.6:58
The ball is crossed by Darijo Srna, Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes a shot.5:29 Goal scored
Goal! - Fernando Torres - Chelsea 1 - 0 Shakhtar Fernando Torres gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk.4:47
Emboaba Oscar produces a cross, save made by Andrei Pyatov.4:12
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Andrei Pyatov. Andrei Pyatov restarts play with the free kick.3:02
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Luis Fernandinho. David Luiz has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Andrei Pyatov.2:50
Luis Fernandinho challenges Eden Hazard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Eden Hazard.1:23
David Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on da Silva Luiz Adriano. Yaroslav Rakitskiy has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Petr Cech makes a save.0:37
Darijo Srna takes the outswinging corner, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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