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The Azerbaijanis’ UCL Debut turns into horror show as Chelsea shake their net half a dozen times!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.