Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea player ratings: Was Diego Costa worth the risk?

A look at the individual performances

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Nemanja Matic gave Chelsea their first Champions League win of the season with a first-half goal securing a 1-0 victory at Sporting Lisbon.

A Cesc Fabregas free kick from the left in the 34th minute floated over the Sporting defense to the back post, where Matic sent a looping header over goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

The London club's slim margin of victory belied their dominance of the Group G game, with a series of wasted chances in similar fashion to Chelsea's 1-1 home draw against Schalke in its group opener. 

Sporting went close to equalising during a second-half resurgence with Nani, on loan from Manchester United, leading the way.

So who were the stand-out performers for Chelsea? Check out the ratings below...


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