Chelsea beats Qarabag 4-0, reaches Champions League last 16

Doug Mendoza
November 23, 2017

English champions Chelsea have joined Bayern, Beşiktaş, Manchester City, Paris, Real Madrid and Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 after destroying 10-man Qarabag 0-4 on Wednesday.

"We must be pleased that we reached our first target: going through to the next round of the Champions League, and avoiding the Atletico game being decisive for us".

With Qarabg reduced to 10 men, Chelsea were on a unsafe mode in the second half, dominating possession 70-30 and having more efforts at goal than their hosts.Cesc Fabregas celebrates after scoring the third goal.

The Premier League champions now have 10 points from five matches.

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Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Willian doubled the lead before half-time, while Cesc Fabregas converted another penalty after the break. "It is easy to play with these good players", Hazard said. "When you wait or you arrive in this type of moment it could be more hard for us". So we only play 60-65 minutes and we're ready for Saturday'.

Conte had bemoaned the fixture schedule that sends Chelsea to Liverpool for a crucial Premier League game on Saturday, just 48 hours after they return to London from the 5,000 mile (8,000 kilometres) round trip to Azerbaijan. "Atletico drew twice [against Qarabag] and Roma struggled, it means we faced a really good team". Fifteen minutes after, Willian struck, this time in a combination with Hazard, who sent him a back-heel pass in a tight spot in the box.

Referee Jorge Sousa adjudged Medvedev to have pulled Willian's shirt into the penalty area, despite the full-back's protests that contact stopped before they crossed the 18-yard line, allowing the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder to sweep the ball into the bottom corner after his first effort was ruled out for encroachment.

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