Champions League - Group G
Schalke0Chelsea5

FC Schalke 04 0-5 Chelsea

Willian
A slick move ended with Willian driving in the second for Chelsea
  • Chelsea win Group G to reach last 16
  • Terry scores Blues' fastest Champions League goal
  • Night to forget for Schalke boss Di Matteo

Chelsea qualified for the Champions League knockout phase with a group match to spare as they ruthlessly swept aside Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke.

The Blues, knowing a win would put them in the last 16, led through John Terry's header after 86 seconds.

A slick move ended with Willian driving in the second, before Schalke defender Jan Kirchhoff headed into his own net as Chelsea led 3-0 at half-time.

Didier Drogba tapped in before setting up Ramires to head in the fifth.

Chelsea substitutes Drogba and Ramires netted in the last 15 minutes to cap a flawless performance that merited the emphatic scoreline for the visitors in Gelsenkirchen.

The Blues' superiority in the Premier League, where they are unbeaten in 12 matches and lead by six points, has led some to ask whether they can go through the entire top-flight season without losing.

On this evidence, as the Blues starved Schalke of possession and then regularly sliced them apart in attack, Jose Mourinho's men could also be a difficult team to beat for Europe's elite.

Roberto Di Matteo
Roberto Di Matteo made 175 appearances for Chelsea between 1996 and 2002 - winning the FA Cup twice - before his short stint as manager two years ago

Mourinho is Chelsea's most successful manager after winning six trophies in his first spell at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, but was unable to land the one prize craved by Blues owner Roman Abramovich - the Champions League.

Instead, it was Di Matteo who lifted the biggest prize in European club football when he masterminded Chelsea's victory in the 2012 tournament.

But if Chelsea continue to produce this quality of performance when the knockout stage resumes in the new year, then Mourinho will believe he can join the Italian in turning the west London side into European champions.

German side Schalke produced an abject performance riddled with defensive errors. But their mistakes were brutally exploited by Chelsea's desire, sharpness and invention.

Before kick-off, Mourinho stressed the importance of sealing their last-16 place with a win - and rendering the final group match against Sporting Lisbon meaningless.

Teams already through to the last 16
Real MadridBarcelona
Borussia DortmundChelsea
Bayern MunichPorto
Paris St-GermainShakhtar Donetsk

The Blues boss demanded a fast start from his players and allowed himself a wry smile when they achieved exactly that through Terry's header.

After Diego Costa's low shot forced a corner inside the opening minute, ex-England skipper Terry out-jumped two Schalke defenders to power Cesc Fabregas's set-piece into the top corner.

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois barely had a save to make on a quiet night - although the Belgian did almost concede a fortuitous equaliser after 13 minutes. Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's deflected shot looped over Courtois, who was grateful to see the ball cannon off his crossbar.

That was a rare Schalke threat as the Blues dominated possession, out-thinking and outmuscling their German opponents.

The intelligence and positioning of Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic broke down any Schalke moves, allowing his more attack-minded team-mates - Fabregas and Willian particularly - to stretch the home defence.

And, inevitably, Fabregas and Willian - along with Eden Hazard - created the slick move that allowed the Brazilian to drill under the body of Schalke keeper Ralf Fahrmann.

Chelsea all but secured victory before the break when home defender Kirchhoff, surrounded by team-mates and under little pressure from visiting players, headed into his own goal.

But the away side refused to ease off in the second half as Drogba and Ramires made it a night to forget for former boss Di Matteo.

John Terry
John Terry's header, after 90 seconds, is Chelsea's fastest Champions League goal, beating Didier Drogba's 170-second effort against Valencia in December 2011
Willian
Willian scored eight Champions League goals for Shakhtar Donetsk - but this was his first in the competition for Chelsea
Didier Drogba scored his 50th goal in European football when he tapped in Chelsea's fourth
Didier Drogba scored his 50th goal in European football when he tapped in Chelsea's fourth
Schalke v Chelsea: Ramires
Ramires' header meant Chelsea scored five goals away from home in the Champions League for only the second time. The previous occasion was a 5-0 win at Galatasaray in 1999

Line-ups

Schalke

  • 1Fährmann
  • 22Uchida
  • 5Santana
  • 33Neustädter
  • 4Höwedes
  • 12HögerBooked at 18mins
  • 3KirchhoffSubstituted forClemensat 45'minutes
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 9BoatengSubstituted forMeyerat 63'minutes
  • 15Aogo
  • 25Huntelaar

Substitutes

  • 2Friedrich
  • 7Meyer
  • 11Clemens
  • 19Sane
  • 23Fuchs
  • 27Barnetta
  • 28Wetklo

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4FàbregasSubstituted forSchürrleat 78'minutes
  • 21Matic
  • 22Willian
  • 8OscarSubstituted forRamiresat 75'minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forDrogbaat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 5Zouma
  • 7Ramires
  • 11Drogba
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Schürrle
Referee:
Jonas Eriksson
Attendance:
54,442

Match Stats

Home TeamSchalkeAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 5.

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian.

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

Max Meyer (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Attempt saved. Christian Clemens (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dennis Aogo.

Offside, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Didier Drogba is caught offside.

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. André Schürrle replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

Goal!

Goal! FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 5. Ramires (Chelsea) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Didier Drogba with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 4. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Ramires replaces Oscar.

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

Foul by Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04).

Offside, Chelsea. Eden Hazard tries a through ball, but Oscar is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Marco Höger (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benedikt Höwedes.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marco Höger (FC Schalke 04) because of an injury.

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa.

Attempt saved. Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Max Meyer.

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

Substitution

Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Max Meyer replaces Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Hand ball by Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04).

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Willian.

Offside, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Christian Clemens (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida.

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

Attempt saved. Christian Clemens (FC Schalke 04) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Atsuto Uchida with a cross.

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Marco Höger.

Second Half

Second Half begins FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 3.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Christian Clemens replaces Jan Kirchhoff.

Half Time

First Half ends, FC Schalke 04 0, Chelsea 3.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid430110379
2Olympiakos420267-16
3Juventus42025416
4Malmö FF410329-73

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid4400112912
2FC Basel42026606
3Liverpool410326-43
4Ludogorets410338-53

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen43017349
2Monaco41211105
3Zenit St Petersburg411234-14
4Benfica411225-34

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund44001311212
2Arsenal42119727
3Anderlecht402259-42
4Galatasaray4013313-101

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich5401134912
2Roma5122812-45
3CSKA Moscow5122610-45
4Man City512278-15

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG541094513
2Barcelona5401124812
3Ajax5023410-62
4Apoel Nicosia501418-71

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea53201421211
2Sporting521211927
3Schalke5122814-65
4NK Maribor5032412-83

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto54101531213
2Shakhtar Donetsk5221143118
3Ath Bilbao511336-34
4BATE Borisov5104222-203
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