The Azerbaijanis’ UCL Debut turns into horror show as Chelsea shake their net half a dozen times!
Chelsea emerged victorious against Qarabag FK of Azerbaijan 6-0 at Stamford Bridge as Pedro, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Bakayoko and Batshuayi all were named in the score sheet.
After a year away from European competition, the three points never looked in doubt for the Premier League champions after Pedro kicked off their Group C campaign with a fifth-minute goal.
A bizarre strike from full debutant Zappacosta followed before the interval, Cesar Azpilicueta added a third and there was still time for substitute Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi to get in on the act.
Batshuayi followed suit and blasted a low finish past the goalkeeper before forcing a Maksim Medvedev own goal from Zappacosta’s cross to cap the scoring on a comfortable return to European action.
Gurban Gurbanov’s visitors – becoming the first side from Azerbaijan to play in the main draw of Europe’s premier club competition – never threatened to spring a surprise and Thibaut Courtois will enjoy few easier outings this season.
This is a fourth straight win for Antonio Conte’s men in all competitions but three points here were the bare minimum.
They are now back in league action at home to rivals Arsenal on Sunday before tougher tests in this group against Atletico Madrid and Roma.
Team Line Ups :
Chelsea : Courtois, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta(Rudiger), Chiristensen, Cahill, Alonso, Kante(Bakayoko), Fabregas, Willian, Batshuyai, Pedro(Hazard)
Qarabag FK : Sehic, Medvedev, Sadiqov(Madatov), Huseynov, Jeznicak, Qarayev(Diniyev), Almeyda, Gerreye, Micel, Enrike(Eliouynoussi), Ndlovu.