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Stoke City vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings for the Blues

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Dejected Chelsea players look on after conceding a third goal  during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 7, 2013

Peter Crouch’s goal just prior to the break seemed to spur on Stoke and deflate Chelsea, as shortly after the restart the hosts were in front for the first time of the afternoon—Stephen Ireland beating Petr Cech to the far post with a delightful, left-footed effort.

Andre Schurrle brought the guests back to level terms only three minutes later with a thunderous half-volley, but the Blues were never convincing and Stoke only grew from strength to strength as the second half wore on.

Finally, in the final minute of normal time, Oussama Assaidi cut inside Branislav Ivanovic and released an impressive, curling shot that beat Cech to the far corner as Stoke claimed a memorable 3-2 win at Britannia Stadium.

Chelsea
PlayerHalf-timeFull-time
Cech66
Ivanovic76
Cahill76
Terry66
Azpilicueta76
Ramires76
Mikel77
Mata87
Schurrle99
Hazard87
Torres55
LampardN/A5
BaN/A5
Eto'oN/A4
BR UK

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Andre Schurrle of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Phot
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Half-time analysis

Cech: Went walkabout on the corner-kick that led to Stoke's equalizer.

Ivanovic: Finding Arnautovic to be a handfull.

Cahill: Some uncharacteristically misplaced passes.

Terry: Should have done better on that fateful corner.

Azpilicueta: Starting ahead of Cole once again.

Ramires: Missed a trio of decent goalscoring opportunities.

Mikel: Found Schurrle with a good pass to set up the opener.

Mata: Has touched the ball 49 times and completed 100% of his passes.

Schurrle: Delightful, solo effort on his goal.

Hazard: Finding Cameron and Walters are doing a better job on him than Sunderland.

Torres: Only 20 touches of the ball - hardly involved.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Stephen Ireland of Stoke scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/
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Full-time analysis

Cech: Was at fault for the Crouch goal, but was helpless for the other two.

Ivanovic: Beaten badly by Assaidi on the winner.

Cahill: One of his poorer matches of the season.

Terry: Talked himself into a booking late on following an Arnautovic challenge on Azpilicueta.

Azpilicueta: Was fouled by Walters in the lead-up to Ireland's goal.

Ramires: Passing was off and was a passenger during much of the second half.

Mikel: Was replaced by Lampard with 20 minutes to play.

Mata: A solid effort (he completed 90% of his passes) but probably not enough to keep Oscar out of the side.

Schurrle: Scored a pair of sensational goals.

Hazard: Looked dangerous at times but was handled well by Cameron and Walters.

Torres: Did he even play?

Lampard: Completed just 69% of his passes.

Ba: Did well to earn a pair of fouls that put Chelsea in decent space on set-piece situations.

Eto'o: Managed only eight touches of the ball.

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