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Schalke vs. Chelsea: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on May 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2013

In his 100th start for Chelsea, Fernando Torres was the name being mentioned by fans all across Europe after his side took down Schalke, 3-0, at the Veltins Arena in a UEFA Champions League Group E match. 

Torres, who has been often criticized for his lack of goal scoring since his move from Liverpool in 2011, converted two tap-ins to vault Chelsea atop Group E. 

The Spanish forward got on the board just five minutes into the match as he headed home his 38th career goal for the London club past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Torres was able to flick his header past Hildebrand because of a brilliant headed assist by Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea's second corner kick. 

It would take 63 minutes until Torres was celebrating with his teammates once more as he finished off a three-on-one counter attack that was mainly powered by Oscar. 

By scoring his second goal, Torres equaled his goal total in the competition from when he was a player at Liverpool: 

Oscar was able to fend off Schalke's United States international Jermaine Jones on his way to the penalty area before dumping the ball off to the feet of Torres, who coolly slotted home the insurance goal for the Blues. 

Chelsea scored once more in the 87th minute by way of Eden Hazard, who scored just seconds before he was substituted for Samuel Eto'o

While the scoreline shows that Chelsea were the victors on Tuesday night, it was Schalke who held the majority of the possession during the 90 minutes on their home pitch. 

The best spell of pressure put on the Chelsea net from the hosts came late in the first half as they forced Petr Cech into making two crucial saves. 

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Roman Neustaedter made the Chelsea keeper earn his paycheck as Cech made his two key stops just a minute apart. 

After halftime, Schalke continued to pressure the Chelsea back four, but once Torres knocked in the second goal, the spirits of the team and its home fans were deflated. 

 

Key Player Grades

Fernando Torres, Forward, Chelsea: 

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Torres did not play at the highest level we have seen him play at, but he did convert on the two Chelsea goals when called upon. 

The Spanish playmaker also had a chance to score a third goal in the 51st minute, but his header ended up hitting the post instead of finding the back of the net. 

In total, Torres had four shots in the match while recording just 44 touches.

 

Dennis Aogo, Defender, Schalke: B-

Most of the pressure brought upon the Chelsea back four by Schalke came by way of the two full-backs in Jens Keller's starting 11.

Dennis Aogo, who started at left-back, was a menace moving forward in the first half as Schalke looked to equalize before marching into the dressing room for the first time. 

The Hamburg loanee had the most touches of any Schalke player with 101 and had a 94 percent pass accuracy in defeat.

 

Branislav Ivanovic, Defender, Chelsea: B+

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Branislav Ivanovic was the creator of the first Chelsea goal as his headed pass found Torres in front of goal. 

While his name might not have been involved much after that, Ivanovic did deliver a quality performance at right-back as all six of his clearances were deemed effective. 

The Chelsea defender also had a pass accuracy of 82 percent and he recorded 62 touches in the victory.

 

Complete Player Grades: Chelsea 

Petr CechB
Branislav IvanovicB+
John TerryB
Gary CahillB+
Cesar AzpilicuetaC
RamiresB-
Frank LampardB-
OscarB+
Eden HazardB+
Andre SchurrleB-
Fernando TorresA
John Obi Mikel C
David LuizN/A
Samuel Eto'oN/A

 

Complete Player Grades: Schalke

Timo HildebrandC-
Dennis AogoB-
Benedikt HoewedesC+
Joel MatipC
Atsuto UchidaB-
Jermaine JonesC+
Roman NeustaedterB-
Max MeyerC+
Christian ClemensC
Julian DraxlerB-
Kevin-Prince BoatengC-
Sead KolasinacC
Adam SzalaiC-
Leon GoretzkaC

 

What's Next

Chelsea will host Manchester City on Sunday in the English Premier League while Schalke will welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Veltins Arena in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

 

Follow me on Twitter, @JTansey90. 

Match statistics obtained from WhoScored.com

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