Eden Hazard struck the winning penalty in a nerve-jangling shootout after a poor team performance to earn Chelsea a Europa League final place against Arsenal. Here’s how we rated each Blues player.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: 8
The Spaniard was the hero, making two fine penalty saves. He also made an excellent first-half save from a controlled Danny de Costa volley and did everything that was asked while having no chance with the equaliser.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 5
He had a torrid time coping with the impressive Costa and lost his head a bit in the latter stages, conceding some daft free-kicks. He was impatient and rash, particularly after switching to play at centre-half.
Andreas Christensen: 6
He was just about Chelsea’s best defender – although he had little in the way of competition – despite being injured early on. Christensen struggled on before having to come off in the second half.
David Luiz: 6
Luiz was uncharacteristically poor with his passing early on and that remained the case throughout a casual display. He was twice caught out in the build up to Luka Jovic’s equaliser, losing his man for the initial run and also for the subsequent surge towards goal. He improved considerably in extra time, finding his passing range and making a brilliant goal-line clearance.
Like Azpilicueta, he had a very difficult evening and was often left outnumbered on his flank, but Emerson did manage to pose a threat in attacking areas.
Like almost all of his colleague he was sloppy in possession at times although he was not as guilty as some. He went missing for large periods of the second half, as did most of the side, but showed well in the extra period.
Mateo Kovacic: 5
Scrapped and battled but was part of a disjointed midfield that failed to take control against a team lacking in true quality.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 7
He was as dangerous as anyone running with the ball, using his considerable power to good effect. Loftus-Cheek took his goal brilliantly too.
Evidence of his running ability was all too rare albeit he had a decent enough first period. Willian offered precious little after the break and was rightly brought off, much to his disgust.
Eden Hazard: 8
Had a fine first half, but could not get on the ball for the majority of the second half when Chelsea were comfortably second best. It was fitting that he scored the winning spot-kick, if that is to be the last time he plays at Stamford Bridge as a Chelsea player.
Olivier Giroud: 5
A poor game by Giroud, who was cumbersome and laboured and wasteful in possession.
Pedro seemed to catch the careless bug after coming on; he never quite managed to find space in a congested midfield and lost the ball way too often when trying to run from deep.
Davide Zappacosta: 8
The Italian brought some much-needed energy and a threat going forward and his wonderful awareness to get back and clear the ball off his line kept Chelsea level at the end of the first period of extra time. He had two excellent shots on goal and looked as likely as anyone to provide a goal.
Ross Barkley: 6
Had a decent game after replacing Loftus-Cheek, with a couple of shots on goal that were not far away.
Gonzalo Higuain: 5
He made a diabolical attempt to find a final pass when Chelsea poured forward in the first extra 15 minutes and barely put a foot right after replacing Giroud.