Chelsea leave it late but boss Di Matteo hails crucial Euro win

22:30 07 November 2012

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo (left) and John Terry (second right) who was left on the bench for Chelsea

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo (left) and John Terry (second right) who was left on the bench for Chelsea's 3-2 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo described their win over Shakhtar Donetsk as crucial after watching Victor Moses’ last-gasp strike secure a 3-2 win.

Moses only came on in the 80th minute and his header was the last action of the match as the Blues won 3-2 after Willian had cancelled out strikes from Fernando Torres and Oscar.

“It was crucial for us to win this home game,” Di Matteo told Sky Sports 3. “It was obviously going to be a tough game that would be decided by the little details.

“They are a very good side and they showed tonight how good they are. It (qualification) will probably go down to the last game and probably the last kick.

“We knew the kind of pressure we were under and it was must-win for us. We didn’t want to expose ourselves too much. We knew we could have scored a goal with the last kick and that is what happened.”

The Blues showed the kind of fight which helped them win last season’s competition and Di Matteo was full of praise for his charges.

“The spirit the group showed again to keep going until the end,” he added. “We knew we needed to score a goal probably from a set play. It was good Victor got on the end of it.

“I think in the first half we put them under pressure and we managed go ahead with good pressure.

“Then in the second half we tried but they were a good side. We probably didn’t have many chances as normal, but sometimes need a goal like that.”

Moses felt his side were well worth the victory.

“Particularly in the second half, we dominated,” Moses said. “It was great to get the winning goal, we deserved it. We are delighted with the three points.”

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