Chelsea wasted chance after chance and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge that made a mockery of both team's early season form.
Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal for Chelsea to put them ahead after 11 minutes but the London side, who have won all four Premier League games, were pegged back when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a superb equaliser for Schalke who are without a win in Germany this season.
Fabregas was fortunate Croatian referee Ivan Bebek allowed play to continue after he appeared to foul Max Meyer at the start of the move that led to his goal which came when he fired past goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann with a lofted angled drive.
But justice appeared to be done when he lost the ball at the start of the move that led to Schalke's 62nd minute equaliser which Huntelaar fired in from the edge of the box.
So how did each player get on? Click the gallery below to find out.
Chelsea 1 Schalke 1 player ratings
Chelsea 1 Schalke 1 player ratings
1/22 Thibaut Courtois
Hardly worked until forced to make an impressive stop from Kevin-Prince Boateng before the break. Could do nothing with Klaas Jan Huntelaar's leveller. 6/10
2/22 Branislav Ivanovic
As attacking as ever from full-back, provided a great ball in to Cesc Fabregas. 7.
3/22 Gary Cahill
Fairly comfortable night but Julian Draxler skipped by with ease on one first-half occasion. 6.
4/22 John Terry
Reliable as ever on his 600th start for Chelsea. Booked for kicking the ball away - and into the Schalke goal. Late effort cleared from under the crossbar. 7
5/22 Filipe Luis
Maiden start in a Chelsea shirt and an assured performance from the Brazil left-back. 6.
6/22 Nemanja Matic
Usually rock-solid but was caught on the back foot more than once by the impressive Draxler. 6.
The Brazilian's inclusion allowed a more advanced role for Fabregas. Usual workmanlike display. 6.
Played in a wider role to allow Fabregas to operate through the middle. Started well but not enough influence. 5.
9/22 Cesc Fabregas
Opened his Chelsea account in the early stages but could have been booked for a challenge in the build-up. Fluffed his lines when presented with a great second chance and caught out for Schalke's equaliser. 7.
10/22 Eden Hazard
Pulled the strings once more and can orchestrate many more successful nights for Chelsea on this display. Faded slightly in the second half but had two good chances to win it late on. 8
11/22 Didier Drogba
His last kick in Europe for Chelsea before tonight was the winning penalty in their final win over Bayern Munich, tonight the experienced striker could not find the back of the net but came very close on the hour. 6
12/22 Ralf Fahrmann
Made a bizarre attempt to clear Willian’s cross with his feet, and looked uncomfortable dealing with crosses. 5
13/22 Marco Hoger
Pinned back by Willian in the first-half, the right-back grew into the game after the interval and looked more assured. Booked for time wasting late on. 6
14/22 Kaan Ayman
Dealt well with Drogba, and was largely untroubled. 6
15/22 Roman Neustadter
Solid performance, and cleared Remy’s shot off the line in the closing stages. 6
16/22 Christian Fuchs
Made important first-half tackle to deny Drogba, and got forward more in the second half. 5
17/22 Kevin-Prince Boateng
Had a few decent efforts from range, as the former Portsmouth midfielder did his best to make things happen from unfamiliar deeper role. Booked for clumsy foul on Hazard. 6
18/22 Dennis Aogo
Usually a full-back, the German international struggled with Fabregas’s movement in central midfield. 5
19/22 Sidney Sam
Disappointing – thrashed at a few shots and over-elaborated when in decent positions. 5
20/22 Max Meyer
Impressed with his energy and willingness to take players on. 6
21/22 Julian Draxler
Schalke’s best player by a distance – looked a cut above with his pace and direct running. Unfortunate not to score in the first-half at the end of a powerful burst, and set up Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s goal following a similar run. 7
22/22 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Took his goal superbly having endured a frustrating evening up until that point. Didn’t do much besides scoring, but that’s always been the Dutchman’s game. Booked for dissent in the first-half. 6
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