Chelsea are out despite resounding win

Chelsea 6 Nordsjaelland 1

Fernando Torres scored twice as Chelsea at least went out of the Champions League with a roar rather than a whimper.

They strolled to a resounding win, but Juventus’ victory over Shakhtar Donetsk meant the Italian side went through as group winners and the Blues became the first holders to exit the tournament before the knockout stage.

Chelsea finished level on points with Shakhtar but the Ukrainian side progressed because they scored more goals at Stamford Bridge than the defending champions managed in the reverse fixture.

David Luiz’s 38th-minute penalty put Chelsea ahead after both teams had missed from the spot.

Mata scored Chelsea’s fifth.

And Torres ended his latest goal drought by doubling the lead just before the interval.

Joshua John pulled one back for Nordsjaelland only 21 seconds after the restart, but Gary Cahill restored the two-goal advantage before Torres netted his second and goals from Juan Mata and Oscar completed the rout.

Nordsjaelland, forced into an early change when centre-back Ivan Runje was stretchered off, were totally outclassed.

Their keeper Jesper Hansen produced early saves to deny Victor Moses, Luiz and Eden Hazard.

Skipper Nicolai Stokholm then sliced Moses’ low cross onto his own crossbar as the visitors rode their luck.

Yet they were given a golden chance to go ahead when Cahill was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.

Keeper Petr Cech dived to his right to keep out Stokholm’s kick and two minutes later Chelsea were given a penalty after Cahill’s header hit the arm of Mikkel Beckmann.

Hazard failed to convert from 12 yards, his tame effort being easily saved by Hansen.

But Luiz made no mistake with the game’s third penalty, which was awarded after Mata’s shot had cannoned onto the hands of John.

And after being set up by Moses, Torres side-footed in the rebound after his first effort had been saved by Hansen.

John finished well after being put through on goal before Cahill scored with a great header from Mata’s free-kick.

Torres tapped in following great work on the left by Hazard, who squared for Mata to make it five.

Mata then set up Oscar, who slotted home from the edge of the area soon after coming on as a substitute.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole (Bertrand 60), Romeu, Ramires (Oscar 66), Hazard, Mata (Ferreira 74), Moses, Torres.
Subs not used: Turnbull, Mikel, Marin, Azpilicueta.




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