UEFA CL: Chelsea thrash Qarabag
Pedro’s heavily deflected shot was the moment of luck Chelsea needed to set them on the way to their first win of the Champions League 2017/18 season as Qarabag suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat in their hands at the Stamford Bridge.
Qarabag however started the game off brightly but Chelsea managed to gain footing as soon as the fifth minute to test the Horsemen's defence when Willian delivered the ball to Pedro who, from outside the box, found the back of the net to send the home fans into celebrations.
The second goal came five minutes later when Zappacosta robbed the ball off a Qarabag’s player on the right before racing down the flank and shooting past the goalkeeper to double the lead for the Blues.
Qarabag manager Gurban Gurbanov had earlier said that his side wasn’t scared of Chelsea and would attack their opponents at the Stamford Bridge, but he was disappointed seeing the Azerbaijani champions not being able to score past Thibaut Courtois.
In the second half of the game Cesar Azpilicueta delivered a delicate header from Cesc Fabregas' in the 55th minute with the game now seemingly over for Qarabag.
The Horsemen tried as much as they could to pick up but their efforts were in vain as Tiemoue Bakayoko who had come on for N'Golo Kante netted his first Chelsea goal with his strike from inside the box, before Batshuayi who started in place of in-form Alvaro Morata rewarded Conte's faith in him with the fifth goal. An own goal by Maksim Medvedev secured a 6-0 victory for the hosts.
Chelsea are placed in Group C alongside Atletico Madrid and Roma, who settled for a barren draw in their Tuesday night action leaving Qarabag bottom of the group.