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Under fire defender skinned as Chelsea fall behind

Under fire Branislav Ivanovic was a fault as Chelsea fell behind against FC Porto in their Champions League group stage clash.

The struggling Serbian stalwart, give the captaincy role this evening as John Terry dropped to the bench, was isolated against tricky Algerian winger Yacine Brahimi in the play leading up to Andre Andre’s opener.

Despite an excellent save from ‘keeper Asmir Begovic, the player so good they named him twice pounced to fire into an empty net.

The inclusion of Ivanovic had riled fans before the game, with some believing he should suffered a similar fate to the likes of Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard and club captain John Terry in being dropped.

He had previously struggled against the likes of Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero this season, leading to calls for Mourinho to drop the player – usually so dependable.

With Baba Rahman waiting in the wings, the stoic Serbian may be entering the autumn of his career in West London – if certain sections of support are to have their way.


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