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6 Greatest Moments in 2012-13 from Chelsea's Brazilians

Callum FoxContributor IIIJune 4, 2013

6 Greatest Moments in 2012-13 from Chelsea's Brazilians

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    Chelsea have become a popular destination for Brazilians with the likes of David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires considered key players for the Blues. With this in mind, we take a look at their defining moments in the 2012/13 campaign.

    The Brazilian contingent at Stamford Bridge helped interim boss Rafael Benitez to Europa League success and secured a third place finish in the Premier League, ensuring their return to next season's Champions League.

    While David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires are leading lights for the London side, they also have Lucas Piazon waiting in the ranks after a successful loan at Malaga and Wallace, who will move to Chelsea in the summer from Fluminense.

    With the trio set to become a quintet for the Blues, Chelsea fans will be eagerly anticipating even more silverware next season with former boss Jose Mourinho now returning to the helm.

    So, let's have a look at their best moments of the campaign.

Oscar's Stunning Strike Against Juventus

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    This was the moment Oscar announced himself to the world stage as a precocious talent. 

    Signed in the summer by the Blues for an astounding £25 million from Internacional, Oscar left the comfort of the Brasileirao for the rough and tumble of the Premier League and took to it like a fish to water.

    Thrown into the deep end in a Champions League group stage clash against Italian giants Juventus, Oscar was handed his first start of the season and promptly repaid the faith shown by then-coach Roberto di Matteo with a stunning strike.

    Collecting a pass from Ashley Cole on the edge of the box, Oscar deftly evaded two defenders with a single touch and curled a sensational strike beyond Gianluigi Buffon and into the top corner.

    The goal launched Oscar into the limelight as another sensational talent emerging in the Premier League and he would go on to have an excellent debut season in England.

    The strike was later voted goal of the season by Chelsea supporters at the club's end of season awards.

David Luiz Slams Home His First Free-Kick

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    David Luiz developed a penchant for sensational long-range efforts throughout the 2012/13 campaign and his effort against FC Nordsjaelland was the first of many such goals.

    With Chelsea already three goals up against the Danes in the Champions League group stage clash, Luiz added a fourth goal with a free-kick on the edge of the box.

    The Brazilian has developed a technique for striking the ball and it came off perfectly to leave the opposing goalkeeper stranded as the shot nicked the near post on its way in.

    Luiz followed up this fine effort with a set-piece goal against Aston Villa in the Premier League and another in the Europe League against FC Basel.

Oscar's 40-Yard Volley Against Shakhtar

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    Oscar was at it again in the Champions League with another stunning effort against Ukraine champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

    Continuing his fine form in Europe's elite competition, Oscar pounced on a mistake by Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov who rushed out to clear the ball with Fernando Torres looming.

    But Pyatov cleared the ball straight to the Brazilian, who was only too happy to take advantage with a 40-yard half-volley that whistled into the open net, sending the fans into a frenzy.

    Another sensational finish to add to the youngster's already burgeoning collection as Oscar continued to impress alongside Eden Hazard and Juan Mata in Chelsea's attack.

Lucas Piazon Makes a Big Splash on His Debut

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    This was a moment to remember, and forget, for Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon as he notched an assist on his debut in the Blues' 8-0 rout of Aston Villa.

    However, the Brazilian also missed a penalty as Brad Guzan launched himself to his left to parry Piazon's effort from the spot.

    But Chelsea fans will have appreciated the former Sao Paulo starlet's undoubted ability in the short 12-minute spell he spent on the pitch.

    Piazon picked out a sublime pass for compatriot Ramires as the Brazilians combined for Chelsea's fifth goal. 

    The Sao Paulo-born youngster was then shipped out to spend six months on loan to Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga, but has since returned to Chelsea in pursuit of first-team football.

Ramires Forces Replay with Strike Against Man United

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    Ramires had his moments in the 2012/13 campaign too with a crucial equaliser against Manchester United to force a replay in the FA Cup sixth round.

    The Brazilian surged forward to pick up a pass from Oscar and sidestepped Red Devils defender Johnny Evans before curling a low shot past David de Gea in goal.

    The goal forced a replay after the game finished 2-2 and Chelsea went on to win the rematch 1-0, thanks to a sublime Demba Ba volley.

    However, they couldn't make it all the way to the final as they crashed out to Manchester City in the semifinals.

David Luiz's Sensational 35-Yard Strike Against Fulham

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    Free-kicks weren't the only source of goals for David Luiz as he indulged in a few stunning long-range efforts from open play as well.

    This particular effort came in the Premier League against city rivals Fulham as Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners to continue their pursuit of a place in next season's Champions League.

    Eden Hazard collected the ball on the left flank and meandered his way over to the centre of midfield where Luiz was waiting for a pass. 

    Hazard duly obliged and the Brazilian lashed a strike past the flailing Mark Schwarzer in goal, nestling in the top corner.

    A sensational strike for the former Benfica star, and it wasn't the only one as Luiz followed it up with another 30-yarder in the Europa League against FC Basel.

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