Chelsea FC were denied all three points at the Mestalla Stadium on Wednesday night, as the hosts Valencia grabbed a late equalizer from the penalty spot.
An unfortunate handball from substitute Salomon Kalou only minutes after he came on granted Los Che a spot kick in the 86th minute, which was confidently tucked away by Roberto Soldado.
Overall, manager Andre Villas-Boas can be happy with the Blues' display, as they carved out some excellent openings in the game. Some great chances fell their way in the second half, but they were repeatedly denied by the brilliant Valencia keeper Diego Alves.
Here is how I rated the Chelsea players in action.
Petr Cech: 6.5
He was a commanding presence in the box as usual. Attention must be drawn to two good second-half saves from Piatti and Jonas. He made one mistake, which went unpunished. Nonetheless, a comfortable game in the end for Big Pete.
Jose Bosingwa: 6.5
Boswinga had a difficult time defending against Jérémy Mathieu, who made some marauding runs down his flank. He was a useful attacking outlet, playing some nice through-balls and delivering a peach of a cross onto the head of Fernando Torres, whose attempt was saved spectacularly.
John Terry: 7
The skipper was focused throughout, and negated any aerial threat offered by Valencia. He had a decent game, started some of his team's attacks and made a clearance off the line in the 66th minute.
David Luiz: 6.5
Luiz loves knocking opponents off balance once in a while, and again committed a few unnecessary fouls. Otherwise, it was a solid, if not spectacular showing from the Brazilian, who isn't one to shy away from physical battles.
Ashley Cole: 7
He was not troubled much down the left, and was happy as always to bomb forward and support Mata. Ashley epitomizes consistency, and was once again involved in some good attacking moves. A needless booking before the final whistle was the only real blotch.
John Obi Mikel: 6
Mikel is known to stick strictly to his role, and this game was no different for the Nigerian. He was there to shield the center-backs and kept things ticking for his side in midfield, but offered little in the attacking sense.
Lampard set him up for a one-on-one opportunity, which he should have slotted into the net. Apart from that, the 23-year-old had a decent outing, showing energy and commitment to the cause. His pace makes him a valuable asset for the Blues.
Super Frank put in a performance that should silence his doubters for some time. Not only did he score the only goal for his side—an expert finish into the bottom corner—but he also created brilliant opportunities for Torres and Ramires.
Florent Malouda: 6.5
He can be fairly satisfied with himself, as he did well to find Lampard for the goal after some good work down the right wing. He also showed more directness in attack than usual. Let loose a tame shot around the 80th minute that was easily gathered by Alves, when he should have done better.
Juan Mata: 5.5
Not his best game in the blue of Chelsea. Mata didn't have the sort of influence we now expect him to have on games, even though he had some classy moments. He got himself an unnecessary yellow card at the end.
Fernando Torres: 7
The Spaniard was nowhere to be seen in the opening 45 minutes, and didn't see much of the ball. However, in the second half, he came to life. On a luckier day, he could have bagged a brace. Again, it was Alves to the rescue for Valencia.
Raul Meireles: 5
Was hardly involved in his 24-minute cameo, as Valencia saw more of the ball in the latter stages of the game.
Nicolas Anelka: 5
Anelka had a big chance to win the game came his way, but was denied by—no prizes for guessing—Alves.
Salomon Kalou: 4
Kalou was the real culprit. He gave away the penalty that helped Valencia steal a point. Was there any reason to raise his hands like that? There wasn't enough time for him to make an impact in attack.
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