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...

Chelsea's Terry and Benfica's Aimar fight for the ball during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's Kalou and Benfica's Luisao fight for the ball during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's Cole and Benfica's Gaitan battle for the ball during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's Mata tries to past Benfica's Luisao and Garcia during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's Torres kicks over Benfica's Luisao during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's Terry and Benfica's Witsel battle for the ball during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's Ramires heads the ball in front of Benfica's Garcia during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's Kalou scores past Benfica's goalkeeper Artur during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's Kalou celebrates with Torres and Mata after scoring a goal against Benfica during their Champions League quarter-final soccer match in Lisbon.Reuters
Chelsea's goalkeeper Cech celebrates his team's win against Benfica after their Champions League first leg quarter-final soccer match in Portugal.Reuters