Torres double in vain as Blues crash out
Fernando Torres, centre, scored a brace as Chelsea ran out 6-1 winners
Rafael Benitez finally notched a win as Chelsea boss but was powerless to stop them becoming the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas.
Fernando Torres ended his goal drought in a 6-1 win against FC Nordsjaelland but the European champions were consigned to the Europa League after Juventus won at Shakhtar Donetsk to top Group E.
Torres even scored twice after David Luiz put Chelsea ahead from the spot. Joshua John did make it 2-1 but Gary Cahill, Juan Mata and substitute Oscar ensured the holders at least bowed out with their biggest ever Champions League victory and ended their six-match winless streak, three of which were overseen by Benitez.
Benitez's job against the Group E whipping boys got even easier when Nordsjaelland centre-back Ivan Runje was carried off injured inside five minutes. The visitors almost conceded but Jesper Hansen held Victor Moses' crisp near-post volley from an Ashley Cole cross.
Mikel Beckmann joined the fray before Torres had the ball in the net, chipping Hansen having already been flagged offside. Torres then failed to react to Moses' drilled cross, poked another one-two with Mata straight at Hansen, and fell over attempting an overhead kick.
The visitors tried their luck at the right end through Kasper Lorentzen and Enoch Adu and were rewarded in the 31st minute when referee Bas Nijhuis adjudged Cahill to have handled Anders Christiansen's shot on the edge of the area. Chelsea protested but it did not matter as Petr Cech guessed right to keep out Stokholm's penalty.
Cahill got his revenge when his header from the resulting corner hit the arm of Beckmann but Hazard's weak penalty was also saved. Nijhuis then awarded a third spot-kick for handball moments later when Patrick Mtiliga blocked Mata's shot and this time, Luiz took charge, firing the ball high into the net.
Torres finally found the net in stoppage time, his finish from Moses' ball hit Hansen and rebounded back off the striker, who accidentally trod on the keeper before gobbling up the rebound.
Torres' strike was cancelled out straight after half-time when John got in behind Branislav Ivanovic to lift Lorentzen's ball over the advancing Cech. But Cahill restored the advantage five minutes later when he hung in the air to loop a superb header into the corner of the net from Mata's free-kick.
Five minutes after that, Torres brilliantly finished off a sweeping break by poking in Hazard's cutback. And Chelsea continued to attack as Mata beat Hansen at the second attempt after a one-two with Hazard. Oscar then finished smartly for his fifth Champions League goal in six games but it was goals elsewhere Chelsea and Benitez needed.
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Typical. I won't take too much from this as I believe we should have won this game by this kind of margin. I expect there will be lots of talk about this being the start of something but I am not convinced. It is great to see the team perform as they should but consistency is another matter. Well done Fernando (have slated you over the last couple of weeks) lets hope you can do the same in the league. We need to be winning games like this week in, week out if we are to compete for anything. This has reminded me of what it is to believe but I am not yet convinced.
Well Hung ( the man other blah blah blah, what a wan+ker) I think both your insults amount to the same thing mush,no need to repeat them. But being so well hung (Or lets be truthful just a big dick with no IQ) you should really have been born a donkey.
No excuses, we should've done better in the previous games although going out only by Shakhtar's 2nd goal in the home game is a bit of a choker. Can't read too much into a 6-1 win against a team who conceded 16 goals in the previous rounds but hopefully Torres will gain more confidence with his 2 goals (I still think he was a waste of money)
Got to put it all behind us now and concentrate on just winning games in whatever competition we're in-(even though the Europa League is a bit of a Mickey Mouse comp but it is a trophy to win after all)
Well done and good luck to the other UK teams through to the last 16.
geezer u glory hunter show your face!! all mouth and no action! lory hunting cnut!
fair dos to the chelsea fans that have the decency to show they are proper fans by comming on here but geezer u are shocking!
Dan the red dick Remember this is not the FA. You wont have the 12th man like you do domestically. Add that with United's defense they wont win the CL. Then Dan the Red dick lets see if you can take the crap you spew out. And that goes for that other numb nut Will Lewis and the rest of the little numb nuts who agree to comments like that.
Can't believe the lack of faith Chelsea supporters have in their team.The season has just got started and you are still in with a shout of challenging for the title.
Rafa has lost one game out of 4 after literally no time with the players and you get a good result tonight.
Even this report makes it sound like it was Rafa fault for Chelsea getting knocked out of this competion. It was Di Mateo and if you stayed with him, and you kept on losing,you would be calling for his head.
Just got me thinking this result........If Chelsea had a good owner, good manager, good centre forward, honest and non racist centre half, they may have gone further in the C.L.
But they're not, cos they are arrogant, and right now, ****e.
Abramovich you got what was coming to you, you bent corrupt **** whose ruining the game with his ill gotten money.
Chelsea will implode soon, and that **** will leave you right where you were before he brought his bent money over here......nowhere.
The title is coming to Manchester again.......Number 21
That's the price of success (NOT). I can feel it in my waters its gonna be a good season this year. United will at the very least get to the Semis of the CL if they can avoid Real Madrid in the next round! And will definitely reclaim our PL trophy which has been defiled by that rabble from down the road! After our "Anus Horibilous" in season 2011-2012 when everything turned Blue my crystal ball foresees a RED future. You heard it from me UNITED will reclaim their PL trophy and I would not bet against them lifting the CL trophy at Wembley in May 2013. Happy days. Bring on another double!