Champions League: Chelsea grab lucky win against Shakhtar Donetsk


Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo admitted the Blues were lucky against Shakhtar Donetsk, but also insisted they deserved to win. The Champions League holders were outplayed for long portions of the game but Victor Moses headed home with seconds left to seal a 3-2 victory. Di Matteo said: "I think in terms of the timing of the goal you could agree there was an element of luck. But when you get a win against such a good team as this you deserve it."

Chelsea took the lead when Fernando Torres closed down a clearance from goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov and saw the ball bounce into the net, before Willian levelled. Then Oscar put Chelsea back in front with an amazing 40-yard shot, only for Willian to equalise again. Victor Moses came off the bench to head in a late winner and Chelsea are now strong favourites to reach the last 16 if they draw with Juventus in Turin. Chelsea's final game is against Nordsjaelland at home while Shakhtar meet Juventus, meaning the Blues would be in pole position to go through if they avoid defeat in Italy later this month.

Di Matteo said: "We did a lot of good things and put them under pressure, especially in the first half, which produced our two goals for Fernando Torres and Oscar. We got those goals with high pressure on the goalkeeper. It was a game we needed to win and we achieved that under a lot of pressure. We need to get something out of our last games now."

Captain John Terry didn't play as he was short of match fitness after his four-match ban and Di Matteo said: "John is a fantastic player for this club. He has got many qualities and I'm very happy he is back available for us. Given that in the last four weeks of his professional life he has had one competitive game, I thought we needed players who were 100% match fit for a game like this. I am glad he is back with us because we will certainly need him."

Shakhtar Donetsk remain the favourites to win the group according to the bookmakers, Bet365 have them at 11/10 to win the group, with Chelsea being priced at 11/8 and Juventus at 4/1.

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