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Di Matteo hails Chelsea spirit

8 November 2012 01:30

Roberto Di Matteo praised Chelsea's spirit after Victor Moses' last-minute header snatched a Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Willian's double had brought the Ukrainian side back into the game after Fernando Torres' fortunate opener and Oscar's incredible 45-yard strike but the Italian was understated when asked exactly what the Nigerian's late effort meant for the European champions.

"It means we get three points," Di Matteo told Sky Sports.

"(It was) crucial for us to win this home game; it was always going to be a tough game to beat a side with little details.

"They showed again how good they are. It's probably going to go down to the last game, the last kick of it as well.

"The spirit the group showed again to just keep going to the end. We knew we probably needed to score a goal from a set-play at the end and we did so. It was good that Victor got on the end of the corner."

The Blues were made to sweat by Shakhtar, whose Brazilian stars shone at Stamford Bridge, but Di Matteo was satisfied with his team's efforts in defence as well as attack.

"In the first half we put them under pressure and that's how we scored the first goal and then we managed to go ahead again with good pressure," he said.

"In the second half, after they equalised, we tried but they are a good side but probably didn't have as many chances as normal.

"We knew what kind of pressure we were under and it was a must-win game for us and you didn't want to expose yourself too much.

"We did a little bit because we wanted to win the game but we knew that we could have scored a goal with the last kick and that's exactly how it happened."

Oscar's delightful second goal was undoubtedly the highlight of the game and the Brazilian was pleased with his 45-yard effort that lobbed over hapless goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.

"Yes, I think it was a beautiful goal," he said.

"They let themselves down at the back, but then we haven't done ourselves any favours in defence, either. And that's how Shakhtar play.

"They are very good in attack and we struggled with that. That'll make it hard for Juventus too. They are a good team and everybody needs to watch out for them. But luckily were at our best and were able to get the win"

Willian was upset his side failed to get anything out of the match, but still remains upbeat about their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Shakhtar travel to Denmark to take on bottom-placed Nordsjaelland for their next Champions League match before their final group clash at home to Juventus.

"We are very sad. We know that our performance was quite good and we didn't deserve this defeat specially the way it was, conceding a goal in the last minute. So we are really sad, but hopefully in the next match we will win again," he said.

"Juventus have a great squad, full of good players. They are still on the game because they will host Chelsea in next round and certainly they will do their best to win.

"But it's all on our hands. We must win away, we know it's hard but if we do it our qualification will be decided at home against Juventus."

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Info

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
7 November 2012
Game week
4
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
3 - 2
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
41067

Goals

1 - 0
1 - 1
Oscar 40'  
2 - 1
2 - 2
47' Willian
 (assist by D. Srna)
V. Moses 90'+4
(assist by Mata) 
3 - 2

Lineups

Substitutes

Saturday 23 August

Friday 22 August

23:32
23:26
22:34
22:27
22:22
21:53
20:46
20:46
19:44
18:41
18:27
18:25
18:01
17:56
17:33
17:29
17:27
17:17
17:02
16:37
16:28
16:03
15:25
15:22
15:05
14:09
14:00
13:33
13:31
12:23
12:16
11:57
11:54
11:26
10:50
10:24
09:52
09:31
09:29
07:24
06:18
05:29
04:47
03:50
03:20
02:46
02:35
00:13

Thursday 21 August

23:44
23:38
23:04
22:36
22:27
22:19
21:48
21:40
21:34
20:55
20:27
20:17
20:11
20:10
20:04
19:39
18:49
18:23
18:11
18:08
17:53
17:38
17:35
17:21
17:08
16:57
16:57
16:46
16:41
16:26
16:19
16:09
16:09
15:59
15:48
15:42
15:22
14:38
14:26
14:04
13:34
13:27
13:05
12:57
12:55
12:54
12:20
11:25
10:58
10:48
10:11
10:04
09:45
09:41
08:34
08:18
07:12
07:06
06:33
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05:59
05:58
05:52
05:38
04:33
04:32
04:03
03:38
03:10
00:59

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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