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Chelsea might have been a little complacent going in against the Ukrainian champions on Tuesday night but Shakhtar Donetsk mounted a spirited performance to clinch all three points against the toothless Blues with a 2-1 scoreline at the Donbass Arena. The Chelsea defence left much to be desired as Alex Teixeira took great advantage of a defensive slip-up to hand the hosts the lead in just the 3rd minute of the game.
Chelsea showed a little more attacking prowess in the second half but it was Shakhtar who found the back of the net again as Fernandinho calmly slotted the ball past Cech after a slaloming run from Willian. The Blues did pull back a consolation goal in the 82nd minute when Oscar tapped in from close range after some good work from Ivanovic on the wings.
Shakhtar now top Group E with 7 points to their name while Chelsea sit in second place with 4. Juventus failed to conquer Nordsjaelland and now the Italian champions have 3 points from 3 games, throwing the group wide open with 3 games left to go. While Shakhtar have a strong chance of progressing, Chelsea will have to battle Juve if they wish to make it to the knockout stages as they attempt the rarely achieved task of retaining a European crown.
Andriy Pyatov: 6/10
The Shakhtar stopper was not tested as much as his Chelsea counterpart, but responded well when needed.
Olexandr Kucher: 7/10
The central defender enjoyed a wonderful night against a toothless Chelsea attack.
Razvan Dinca Rat: 7/10
The left-back put in a decent defensive performance and also troubled Ivanovic fairly well, when attacking down the left flank.
Darijo Srna: 8/10
The right-back was in inspired form and constantly helped in attacking from the wings.
Yaroslav Rakitskiy: 7/10
The centre-back partnered Kucher well as they dealt swiftly with Chelseaâ€™s desperate attempts to find a sight of goal.
Tomas Hubschmann: 7/10
The midfielder dominated possession and played a key role in keeping Hazard and Oscar rather quiet on the night.
The Brazilian was an integral star of Shakhtarâ€™s convincing victory, scoring their second goal as he combined well with Willian all night.
The Brazilian playmaker showed why exactly he is in such demand with a powerful midfield performance against the Blues.
Henrik Mkhitaryan: 6/10
The forward was fairly good in attack but failed to find the net from some rather easy chances.
Alex Teixeira: 8/10
The striker threatened Cechâ€™s goal constantly and his first goal was a well-taken shot following some woeful Chelsea defending.
Luiz Adriano: 7/10
The forward comfortably weaved past Chelseaâ€™s defence on numerous occasions to set up some decent opportunities for his teammates.
The midfielder came on to replace Teixeira in the 82nd minute and helped out with the persistent attacks on the Chelsea goal.
Douglas Costa: N/A
The midfield star replaced Willian in the dying minutes of the game and settled to defend as Chelsea hopelessly looked for an equalizer.
Petr Cech: 7/10
The Czech keeper was in brilliant form on the night, making a host of wonderful saves to keep his team in the fight.
Branislav Ivanovic: 5/10
The Serbianâ€™s defensive efforts were not much to talk about although he contributed sufficiently to attacks from the wings.
David Luiz: 3/10
The centre-back was largely to blame as Shakhtar pounced upon the Blues defensive error to score the opener. The Brazilian looked clueless in defence all night as the Shakhtar attack ran rampant.
John Terry: 4/10
The skipper did a fairly average job holding down the defence although Adriano troubled the Englishman throughout the night.
Ashley Cole: 4/10
The left-back helped mount the attack on the wings on numerous occasions but looked shabby in defence.
Jon Obi Mikel: 3/10
The defensive midfielder was too slow and often left the defence exposed as Willian and Fernandinho blazed their way past him with ease.
Frank Lampard: 5/10
The Englishman looked confident as he made his 100th European appearance for the Blues, but unfortunately had to be taken off after picking up an injury after just 18 minutes of the game.
The Brazilian could not provide the crucial passes to help with attack and played a more defensive role on the night.
The young midfielder was not at his rampaging best as the Shakhtar defence kept a close watch on his movement.
Juan Mata: 4/10
The Spaniard had been in stellar form leading up to this game but failed to make his impact against a resilient Shakhtar defence.
Fernando Torres: 3/10
The striker was very wasteful on the night and was constantly misfiring his few shots till Di Matteo brought in Sturridge to replace him after 70 minutes.
Eden Hazard: 4/10
The Belgian came off the bench to replace the injured Lampard but failed to replicate his early season form, often squandering possession to the Shakhtar defence.
Daniel Sturridge: 5/10
The young Englishman was a little more clinical than Torres and had a couple of shots on target but failed to get his side back into the game.
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