Batshuayi strikes as Cold-blooded Chelsea cruise to six against Qarabag
Michy Batshuayi scored late in the second half as Chelsea made a sweet return to Champions League football on Tuesday; beating Qarabag 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro Rodriguez set the tone for the day as he got the opening goal in the 5th minute.
The Blues did not look back from then on as new boy Davide Zappacosta doubled Chelsea’s lead on the half-hour mark.
Chelsea commenced brightly at Stamford Bridge, and were ahead within five minutes. After a series of corners, a short Willian pass to the edge of the box was met by Pedro, who was on hand to curl in emphatically.
Afforded time and space to play, with passes flowing from N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas, and both Chelsea wing-backs roaming forward at pace, chances came thick and expeditious for ‘The Blues’. Willian was benefitting from the space in front of the box left by a Qarabag team penned back, engendering an aperture for Michy Batshuayi who could only hit the side netting.
Further spells of possession followed, afore Davide Zappacosta distributed a second for the Blues on 30 minutes. An energetic burst down the right flank optically discerned the Italian tee himself up to whip the ball in for Chelsea’s forwards to assail in the box. The ball would fly in from 30 yards out on the right touchline, and despite Zappacosta celebrating proudly on his full debut, it seemed to be an unintentional goal on his component.
Chelsea commenced off the second half where they left the first, with Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta heading a third for Chelsea after a flurry of corners.
It was an impeccable opportunity for Conte to build the fitness of Hazard and Bakayoko, both working their way back from surgeries and given half an hour with the game as good as victoriously triumphed. The latter was on hand to net his first goal in front of the Chelsea fans, scoring from a corner after optically discerning his shot deflect over Qarabag keeper Sehic.
Willian, perhaps Chelsea’s most hazardous assailant throughout the match, rattled the bar midway through the second a moiety. Chelsea would find their fifth through the industrious Batshuayi, driving a low effort towards the near post from the edge of the box. Batshuayi later celebrated what he cerebrated was his second of the night, though replays seem to corroborate the official decision to mark the goal as a Medvedev own goal after Zappacosta’s fierce cross into the six yard area was bundled in for Chelsea’s sixth.