Chelsea Player Ratings vs PSG: Willian and Schurrle the heroes

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The German put the Blues on course for the semi-finals with a first-half opener before Demba Ba's late winner sent Stamford Bridge into ecstasy.

Chelsea sealed their place in the Champions League semi-finals after a dramatic night at Stamford Bridge, as Demba Ba's late winner helped see off PSG 2-0 and secure a 3-3 aggregate draw, with the Blues progressing on the away goals rule.

Ba's strike, adding to Andre Schürrle's first-half effort, sent Stamford Bridge into raptures as Jose Mourinho became the first manager to reach eight semi-finals in the competition, usurping Sir Alex Ferguson's tally of seven in the process as the Blues evoked the spirit of their 2012 Champions League-winning campaign.

After watching Chelsea in action, we rate their performance player by player:

Petr Cech 7

One of the old guard but showed youthful athleticism in the way he got across his goal to claw out Marquinhos' stoppage-time curling effort, which would have dumped the Blues out.

Remained calm when he was tasked with distributing the ball and also made a tremendous save from Ezequiel Lavezzi's fizzing free-kick. Dealt well with set pieces too, electing to both catch and punch in a masterful display.

Branislav Ivanovic 6

By no means the scapegoat of what was a wonderful night at Stamford Bridge but his attacking intentions were flawed by Lavezzi's presence on the left, with the Argentine's contribution in Paris six days ago fresh in the memory.

He was booked for tugging down Blaise Matuidi in the second half and was caught out of position on occasion, but was solid in the challenge and made some excellent recoveries.

Gary Cahill 8

A men up against a boy, or so it appeared, in Edinson Cavani who failed his audition as the central striker in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence.

Cahill was dominant in the air and was markedly composed with the ball at his feet, helping to lead the majority of the Chelsea attacks out from the back. Showed courage in the challenge too, particularly in the second half when covering for Luiz, whose slack pass left the Blues exposed.

John Terry 8

The inspirational skipper was superb and silenced the ineffectual Cavani with a commanding display at the heart of the backline as he headed away danger and helped keep a steady line throughout.

He remained disciplined where others didn't as Chelsea chased the game in earnest and led his team by example. One first-half surge out of defence typified his determination to get the job done.

Cesar Azpilicueta 7

Struggled early on to contain Lucas Moura, who displayed his searing pace on more than the one occasion and pinned the Spaniard back much in the same way Lavezzi did to Ivanovic.

The left-sided full-back, to his credit, recovered to deliver an assured performance on the left flank to nullify the Brazilian's threat and supplied the crucial pass for Ba's winning goal to cap his forward forays in the second half.

Frank Lampard 7

Drove his side on from the middle of the park and showed an array of passing, with Eden Hazard particularly benefiting in the early stages from some superb raked balls out to the left flank.

Showed his combative side too, winning tackles and interceptions as well as taking a tactical yellow card by flooring Lavezzi as he looked to run through. Was sacrificied for Ba as Chelsea sought the winner.

David Luiz 8

Won tackles, headers and was the heartbeat of this Chelsea win. His work off the ball stood him out from several others but he was occasionally lax on it, gifting possession back to the French side on a few instances.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian showed a pugnacious side to his game that was required to disrupt the rhythm of the PSG midfield triumvirate and he regulated his flamboyant style to help steer his side home.

Willian 9

The Brazilian was the embodiment of a gutsy Chelsea performance which was built on solid defensive foundations, something Willian achieved from attacking areas as he hassled and harried PSG players into mistakes.

He was instrumental in a lot of the Blues' attacking endeavours too, teeing up Schürrle for an effort which crashed against the crossbar and supplied a consistent final ball regularly.

Oscar 7

The Brazilian was outshone by his international compatriot but was still a valuable component in the plucky success and matched flair with industry to help his side remain in the ascendency.

He failed to have many tangible contributions in the final third but was always available for a pass and very rarely squandered the ball when he had it.

Eden Hazard 5

The Belgian had to be replaced just 18 minutes on with a calf injury and did not look his usual self during his brief cameo, losing the ball on countless occasions and appearing hampered by the knock from an early stage.

He was replaced by Schürrle, who proved a more than useful deputy.

Samuel Eto'o 6

Fought valiantly but was unable to get the better of Thiago Silva, who was the recipient of a nasty challenge from the Cameroonian after the ball had got away from him.

Was thrust back into the starting XI by Mourinho as the Portuguese sought a goal threat up top. Eto'o failed to provide it but his perpetual movement allowed those behind him to pick holes in the PSG defence.

Substitutes:

Andre Schürrle 9

The German was outstanding after arriving on the scene to replace Hazard, showing the kind of ice-cool finishing Mourinho has previously alluded to with his side's first goal, coolly slotting home on the volley from a corner.

Was desperately unlucky to see his next effort smack the face of the crossbar but never gave up and caused both Christophe Jallet and Maxwell and abundance of problems as he interchanged at will with his fellow attackers.

Demba Ba 8

Wrote his name into Blues folklore by notching the winner with a well-placed finish and showed a maturity in his ability to stay onside as the ball came into the penalty area.

Was introduced to add the requisite firepower needed to find a second and managed that and some after he had replaced Lampard.

Fernando Torres 6

Failed to offer any palpable threat in the final third and it was pertinent to note his lack of a reaction at the final whistle, in sharp contrast to Ba, who was involved in a passionate embrace with Terry while the Spaniard looked on.

Did produce one weaving run, but it ultimately proved futile. Chelsea were grateful to one of their three strikers for saving them tonight, but it wasn't Torres.

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