Fernando Torres marked his 100th Chelsea start with two goals as his side recorded an impressive win at Schalke to go top of Group E.

The Spain striker gave his side an early lead after Frank Lampard's corner was flicked on by Branislav Ivanovic.

Torres was denied by the bar before capping an excellent display with a simple finish following a break involving Oscar and Eden Hazard.

Hazard added a third in the closing stages with a composed finish.

Chelsea's remaining group games

06 Nov: Schalke (h)

26 Nov: Basel (a)

11 Dec: Steaua Bucharest (h)

Schalke went close through Roman Neustadter but Petr Cech saved well on a night when Jose Mourinho's Stamford Bridge side stamped their authority on the group.

The Blues might have started the European campaign with a surprise home defeat to Basel last month, but the scars from that night have now well and truly healed.

They reach the midway point of the group stage with their destiny in their own hands, level on points with Schalke with three games still to play.

On a highly satisfactory night in Germany, Chelsea took an early lead through Torres' first away goal in the competition since scoring in the Nou Camp against Barcelona in the semi-final in April 2012.

Mourinho's side never looked back after going in front and, but for a spell towards the end of the first half, were never really troubled.

Mourinho 'not in heaven' despite win

Torres' opener was his 38th goal for the club he joined for £50m January 2011 - and he should have had his 39th in the 51st minute when his towering header from a curling Lampard free-kick rattled the Schalke bar.

Without injured Netherlands forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Jens Keller's side struggled to turn possession into goals.

Cech was tested on his way to a second straight clean sheet in the competition, with his finger-tip stop from Neustadter's header when Schalke were at their most threatening shortly before half-time the pick of his saves.

Benedikt Howedes squandered a great chance to equalise before Torres, who was impressive all night, doubled Chelsea's lead after Hazard used his pace and strength to set up the former Liverpool frontman to slot home from close range.

Hazard then rounded off a fine night with the third - a terrific finish - in the 87th minute to leave the Schalke fans heading for the exits.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

FC Schalke 04

  • 34 Hildebrand
  • 22 Uchida
  • 15 Aogo
  • 33 Neustädter Booked
  • 04 Höwedes
  • 32 Matip
  • 11 Clemens
  • 13 Jones Booked (Kolasinac - 70' )
  • 09 Boateng (Szalai - 70' )
  • 07 Meyer (Goretzka - 78' )
  • 10 Draxler

Substitutes

  • 01 Fährmann
  • 02 Hoogland
  • 05 Santana
  • 06 Kolasinac
  • 08 Goretzka
  • 23 Fuchs
  • 28 Szalai

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 08 Lampard
  • 24 Cahill Booked
  • 26 Terry
  • 17 Hazard (Eto'o - 88' )
  • 07 Ramires
  • 09 Torres
  • 11 Oscar (David Luiz - 83' )
  • 14 Schürrle (Mikel - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 04 David Luiz
  • 10 Mata
  • 12 Mikel
  • 22 Willian
  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 29 Eto'o
  • 34 Bertrand
Ref: Viktor Kassai

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

5 4

Corners

5 3

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 3.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 3.

90:00 +2:20

Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:30

Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04).

90:00 +1:30

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Samuel Eto'o replaces Eden Hazard.

86:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ramires following a fast break.

82:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. David Luiz replaces Oscar.

82:35

Attempt missed. Leon Goretzka (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida.

78:38

Attempt missed. Christian Clemens (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Julian Draxler.

77:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Leon Goretzka replaces Max Meyer.

75:43

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

71:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Andre Schürrle.

71:19

Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:19

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

69:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Adám Szalai replaces Kevin-Prince Boateng.

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Sead Kolasinac replaces Jermaine Jones.

67:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 2. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oscar following a fast break.

66:40 Booking

Booking Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:34

Foul by Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04).

66:34

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:11

Attempt missed. Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jermaine Jones with a headed pass following a corner.

65:45

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

65:44

Attempt blocked. Max Meyer (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Matip.

65:13

Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:13

Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

61:51

Attempt saved. Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roman Neustädter.

61:07

Max Meyer (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:07

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

59:08

Joel Matip (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:08

Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

58:37

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Atsuto Uchida.

55:36

Foul by Dennis Aogo (FC Schalke 04).

55:36

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:51 Booking

Booking Gary Cahill (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:39

Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:39

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

52:25

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

50:46

Attempt saved. Christian Clemens (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin-Prince Boateng.

50:25

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Frank Lampard with a cross following a set piece situation.

49:28

Foul by Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04).

49:28

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:24 Booking

Booking Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke 04) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:15

Foul by Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke 04).

47:15

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +0:29

Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:29

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

41:51

Attempt blocked. Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Max Meyer with a headed pass.

40:19

Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04).

40:19

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:37

Attempt missed. Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Julian Draxler following a corner.

39:16

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Petr Cech.

39:14

Attempt saved. Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Clemens with a cross.

38:48

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Petr Cech.

38:47

Attempt saved. Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Jones.

38:37

Attempt blocked. Max Meyer (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

37:58

Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:58

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

36:46

Christian Clemens (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:46

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

35:28

Foul by Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke 04).

35:28

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:52

Offside, FC Schalke 04. Julian Draxler tries a through ball, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is caught offside.

34:10

Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:10

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

32:33

Offside, FC Schalke 04. Benedikt Höwedes tries a through ball, but Kevin-Prince Boateng is caught offside.

31:24

Offside, Chelsea. Frank Lampard tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

25:56

Attempt missed. Atsuto Uchida (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Roman Neustädter with a through ball.

23:06

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

20:29

Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:29

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

19:52

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

17:53

Offside, FC Schalke 04. Julian Draxler tries a through ball, but Dennis Aogo is caught offside.

12:45

Attempt saved. Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida with a cross.

9:49

Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

7:55

Foul by Dennis Aogo (FC Schalke 04).

7:55

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:15

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

4:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 1. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a headed pass following a corner.

4:18

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Atsuto Uchida.

1:57

Attempt missed. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

1:25

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Joel Matip.

1:23

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Schürrle.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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