Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion: Live Player Ratings for the Blues

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterNovember 9, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06:  Goalkeeper Petr Cech of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge on November 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Late drama at Stamford Bridge allowed Chelsea a lifeline in a match they looked almost certain to lose deep in second-half stoppage time.

Ramires, bursting into the box, went to ground easily after feeling the slightest of touches from West Bromwich Albion defender Steven Reid, and Eden Hazard converted at the spot to bring Chelsea back level at two goals apiece.

Earlier in the period Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon had given the Baggies a 2-1 lead, overturning Samuel Eto’o’s opener that came late in the first half off a Liam Ridgewell mistake.


LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09:  Youssuf Mulumbu of West Brom is challenged by Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 9, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ia
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Half-time analysis

Cech: Yet to face a single shot on target.

Ivanovic: Several uncharacteristic giveaways on the right flank.

Cahill: Did well to break up Mulumbu's late counter-attack.

Terry: Completed every single one of his passes in the first half.

Azpilicueta: Struggling opposite Amalfitano.

Ramires: A couple strong runs into the attacking third.

Lampard: A notable defensive effort to strip Mulumbu of the ball but also on a yellow card.

Willian: Better on the defensive side of the ball than offensive so far.

Oscar: Looks like he's trying to do too much at times.

Hazard: Cut in well from the left to create the only goal of the half.

Eto'o: Once again he scored when the opponents thought they had time on the ball.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Stephane Sessegnon of West Brom is pursued by Ramires of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on November 9, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Wal
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Full-time analysis

Cech: Really messed up the Sessegnon shot on West Brom's second goal.

Ivanovic: Thought he was fouled in the buildup to the Sessegnon goal; overall a poor performance.

Cahill: Simply out-jumped by Long on West Brom's first.

Terry: Allowed Sessegnon to cut inside him before scoring.

Azpilicueta: Amalfitano ran him into the ground.

Ramires: Perhaps Chelsea's best midfielder, and earned the dubious penalty for the equalizer.

Lampard: Not one of his finer matches; was withdrawn in favour of Mikel.

Willian: Contributed well defensively but his crosses were off, as were his corner-kicks.

Oscar: Made a very bright start but faded in the second half.

Hazard: Showed a lot of guts to take the penalty after being dropped midweek.

Eto'o: Had only one shot in the second half.

Ba: Should probably have scored after an accurate Cahill cross put him in the clear.

Mikel: Helped sort things out in the midfield after Chelsea fell behind in the match.

Mata: Came on late and played in a few mediocre corners.