Chelsea's interim manager, Roberto Di Matteo, may have narrowly escaped a difficult situation on Tuesday night, when his side took on Portuguese club Benfica, in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Di Matteo's decision to rest six veteran players, all of whom played a major part in the Blues' emphatic second-leg win against Napoli did, however, pay dividends, as Chelsea managed to pull off a narrow 1-0 away win.

The overall performance of both teams was largely average and both sides wound up cancelling each other out in the middle of the park, with very few shots on target.

Ivorian striker Salomon Kalou finally broke the deadlock, in the 75th minute, after Spanish striker Fernando Torres broke down the right flank to set him up. The goal gives Chelsea a crucial lead going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Check out these photos, capturing the best moments of the match...