Thursday 14 February 2013 9:45 pm

Oscar rescues Blues as Torres angst persists

SPARTA PRAGUE 0 vs CHELSEA 1 CHELSEA substitute Oscar spared Fernando Torres’ blushes by firing a late winner in last night’s Europa League last 32, first leg clash at Sparta Prague. Torres, who has scored just once in 13 games, missed a host of chances before Brazil midfielder Oscar started and finished a slick move eight minutes from time. Blues manager Rafael Benitez admitted the European champions should have converted more of their 18 attempts but, with a place in the last 16 beckoning, defended the out-of-sorts £50m striker. “We have to create more opportunities and the strikers will score more goals,” Benitez said. “Everybody expects from a striker just to score goals, but he’s also doing a great job for the team.”

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