Chelsea player ratings from 2-0 Porto win: Good signs from Terry & Costa in Champions League victory

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Chelsea avoided a potential season-ending setback this evening as they beat Jose Mourinho’s former club Porto 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to secure their progress to the Champions League last 16.

A 12th-minute own goal from Marcano Sierra – awarded by the official behind the goal – put the Blues on their way, before Willian sealed the victory with a second seven minutes after the restart.

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Here, CaughtOffside rates how Mourinho’s men performed in the crucial Group G clash in London…

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GK: Thibaut Courtois – 7/10

Making his first appearance in the competition this season, the Belgian made a decent save from Yacinie Brahimi at either end of the first half.

RB: Branislav Ivanovic – 6/10

Was given a torrid time by Brahimi in October’s reverse fixture, but had no such problems tonight as the threatening Algerian wandered away from the left.

CB: Kurt Zouma – 7/10

Given the nod over Gary Cahill and justified his selection with a good performance. Stood up well when squared up by Porto’s agile attackers inside his own box.

CB: John Terry – 8/10

Chelsea’s captain was brought back into the team after two weeks on the sidelines and proved he can still be relied upon in the big games. Barely put a foot wrong.

LB: Cesar Azpilicueta – 7/10

Showed again that he is a formidable force when defending one-on-one. Had the rare luxury of some defensive support from Hazard – a promising sign for Mourinho.

CM: Nemanja Matic – 6/10

The Serbian destroyer was booked in the first half for a late hack on Brahimi, and still does not look like the dominating force that he was throughout last season.

CM: Ramires – 7/10

Covered a lot of ground in the middle of the park and offered his defence more protection than Cesc Fabregas would have done if he was selected in the same role.

AML: Eden Hazard – 7/10

Lively in stages without being at his best. Laid on Willian’s goal with a well-weighted pass. Denied a long overdue first goal of the season by the post late on, but it is coming.

AMC: Oscar – 7/10

His work rate often goes unnoticed but the Brazilian really helped out the midfield pair behind him, although he looked the least threatening of Chelsea’s attacking four.

AMR: Willian – 7/10

Chelsea’s most consistent player this season sealed the victory with a powerful shot into the bottom corner – his seventh goal of the campaign but first not from a direct free kick.

ST: Diego Costa – 8/10

Second to qualification, the most pleasing thing for Mourinho tonight would have been Costa’s display. He was combative, but not reckless – apart from one incident with Iker Casillas – and his hold-up play was excellent as he brought others into the game. A goal would do wonders for his confidence, but he could not bag in the latter stages as firstly his lack of pace and then his touch let him down.

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Pedro – 5/10

Will be relieved to be through to the last 16 considering his Champions League track record.

John Obi Mikel – 5/10

Came on for the last four minutes plus stoppage time to help Chelsea hold what they had.

Loic Remy – 5/10

Given a few minutes at the end and had a decent chance which he skewed horribly wide.

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