Chelsea turned the third English facet to qualify for the Champions League final 16 after a dominant victory in Baku towards FK Qarabag.
The hosts had held Atletico Madrid to 2 attracts within the final two match days and began nicely when a neat one-two deflected by to the full of life Michel, nonetheless the midfielder’s shot cannoned off the put up in what proved to be Qarabag’s solely actual likelihood of the night.
The Premier League champions then took agency management after they had been awarded a penalty 20 minutes in, Willian going to floor after having his shirt tugged by house captain Rashad Sadygov and the Qarabag skipper was given a straight crimson card.
Eden Hazard usually slotted house the penalty to swing the sport Chelsea’s means, and the one man benefit shortly confirmed as some wonderful soccer from the Blues entrance three, Pedro, Willian and Hazard noticed the latter fantastically discover Willian within the field with a neat again heel and the Brazilian confidently tucked house quantity two.
After the break, the tempo of the sport was a lot slower because the 10 males of Qarabag created little or no and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea had the most effective possibilities to extend their tally, although house keeper Anton Kanibolotskiy made wonderful saves from Pedro and Eden Hazard.
Membership document signing Alvaro Morata got here on with 25 minutes left and thought he had made it Three-Zero when he completed off a pleasant group transfer, nonetheless the offside flag denied him the honour. It was barely three minutes later after Willian once more had his shirt pulled within the field and once more the referee pointed to the spot.
Cesc Fabregas stepped up and slotted the spot kick house with nice assurance, doing so on two makes an attempt after it needed to be retaken attributable to encroachment. The excellent Willian proceeded so as to add his second with 5 minutes left after his run on the house defence allowed him to smash a 20 yard shot house and provides the scoreline a extra becoming look.
Whether or not Chelsea will undergo as Group C winners continues to be to be determined, as Roma will return to the highest with three factors at Atletico Madrid while the Spaniards may themselves qualify at Roma’s expense if outcomes go their means within the subsequent two weeks. Chelsea host Diego Simeone’s facet on the ultimate match day.