Chelsea vs. Fulham: Score, Highlights and Grades
In a match that Chelsea was supposed to win, the Blues ended with a 0-0 tie against Fulham on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea had a lackluster showing for much of the match, with Fernando Torres once again disappointing and the club failing to capitalize on some opportunities.
Chelsea had plenty of chances to score, but were either thwarted away by Fulham's defense (with some brilliant tackles by Mahamadou Diarra) or simply could not get the ball in the net.
Curiously, Juan Mata didn't see the pitch for Chelsea until the 63rd minute of the match. He almost instantly made an impact when he swung the ball beautifully off a corner to David Luiz, but Luiz's attempt went wide right.
Chelsea had an advantage in time of possession throughout the match, but wasn't able to use it wisely or efficiently.
Fulham were able to hang in there, with midfielder Mahamadou Diarra executing some key tackles.
Chelsea had 13 attempts on target, but none of them found the back of the net as Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was able to make some saves and the defense notched a few blocks.
Mahamadou Diarra, Fulham: A
Mahamadou Diarra made an excellent tackle on Fernando Torres in the 38th minute after Eden Hazard was able to get past John Arne Riise and send a cross to his teammate.
He also made another impact play when he tackled Oscar in the 50th minute inside the box.
Mark Schwarzer, Fulham: B+
Schwarzer made some nice stops on Wednesday, albeit with some help from some errant attempts by Chelsea. He finished with four saves.
Oscar, Chelsea: C-
Oscar had an opportunity in the 50th minute, only to see Diarra win a tackle.
He added to the sloppy play of Chelsea in the 59th minute when he was in good position, but lost possession to Steve Sidwell.
Petr Cech, Chelsea: B+
Petr Cech collected two saves in the match, including a brilliant one in the 75th minute that kept Chelsea alive down the stretch.
Fernando Torres, Chelsea: D
Fernando Torres was once again a disappointment on Wednesday, failing to capitalize on his opportunities and not being the the difference-maker he's paid to be.
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