Champions League - Group C
Chelsea6FK Qarabag0

Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag

Davide Zappacosta's goal
Davide Zappacosta's cross caught Qarabag keeper Ibrahim Sehic out

Davide Zappacosta scored a spectacular goal and Michy Batshuayi netted twice as Chelsea equalled their biggest Champions League win with a thrashing of competition debutants Qarabag.

The Blues - making their return to European competition having failed to qualify last season - rested several first-team players for the visit of the Azerbaijani champions, but still won with ease.

Pedro opened the scoring with a 20-yard curler from Willian's lay-off.

Italy right-back Zappacosta, on his first Blues start, ran 50 yards down the right wing, before sending over a cross that flew past Ibrahim Sehic.

Cesar Azpilicueta headed home a third after the break from Cesc Fabregas' cross.

Willian hit the crossbar, and substitute Tiemoue Bakayoko scored his first Blues goal with a deflected shot from close range.

Batshuayi then scored twice in the final 15 minutes - firing in from outside the box after being picked out in space by Bakayoko and then scrambling home Zappacosta's cross.

The win was always likely to be the easiest game in the group, with Roma and Atletico Madrid the other two teams in Group C. Those sides drew 0-0 in Rome's Olympic Stadium.

Conte's changes pay off

Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte - whose side face seven games in 21 days - was able to name striker Alvaro Morata, Bakayoko and three of the back five who beat Leicester at the weekend on the bench. Captain Gary Cahill returned after a three-match domestic ban but was largely untested - although he was booked for a reckless foul.

Arguably the biggest winner of the changes was Zappacosta, a deadline-day signing from Torino for a reported £23m, who scored on his full debut.

He admitted afterwards that the goal was not intentional, but it still capped off a good performance and Victor Moses will have cause to worry about getting his place back.

With the game sealed, Eden Hazard, yet to start this season for the Blues after an ankle injury, was given 32 minutes to boost his match fitness before Sunday's game against Arsenal.

Batshuayi will be happy to score his first two goals of the season, although the standard of opposition - and his overall performance - are unlikely to have overly concerned the rested Morata.

Chelsea will have tougher tests to come

Michy Batshuayi celebrates his second
Qarabag will hope for more success when they host Chelsea, Roma and Atletico Madrid in Baku

The game was Chelsea's first in Europe since they lost in the last 16 to Paris St-Germain 18 months ago, a 10th-place finish in the league in 2015-16 meaning they sat out last season's European competition.

They were comfortable against the first ever Azerbaijani team in the Champions League group stages, with Qarabag looking short of real quality or knowledge of how to play against a superior team.

Twice they switched off at short set-pieces, Willian receiving a short corner to set up Pedro's opener, then tapping a free-kick to Cesc Fabregas who crossed for Azpilcueta to score Chelsea's third.

The Blues deserved to win as emphatically as they did, and could have scored more with Marcos Alonso and Willian, who also smashed the ball off the crossbar in the second half, forcing saves from Sehic.

'Perfect start for Chelsea' - manager reaction

Chelsea boss Conte hailed a "perfect start" to their Champions League return.

"To play the first game, then to win with a good result, to score many goals, to finish the game with a clean sheet - I saw a lot of positive things tonight," he said.

On his five changes, he said: "To play in the Champions League it means the coach trusts you. My message tonight was this: I trust all my players, not with only words, but with facts.

"If we think like last season to play with only 13 players, we are crazy. We have to improve all these players to try to create a positive competition between them."

And he says the Blues will not rush Hazard back from his injury.

"We must have a bit of patience with him and to try to give the possibility for Eden to recover very well.

"We must be calm and to do the best for the player and for the team. Otherwise we risk a bad injury to delay the situation. This is the right way. This process is good for him."

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov said: "The game was very difficult for us. Chelsea played very good. Chelsea is a favourite for the tournament.

"We made lots of errors and I accept we must play even better. But I am satisfied with the way we played."

Match stats - Zappacosta joins the club

Kepper assist
Thibaut Courtois threw the ball out to Davide Zappacosta, who ran half the length of the pitch before scoring Chelsea's second
  • Thibaut Courtois' assist for Davide Zappacosta's strike was the first by a keeper in the Champions League since Fraser Forster set up Tony Watt for Celtic against Barcelona in November 2012.
  • Zappacosta became the 100th Italian player to score a Champions League goal (excluding own goals).
  • This was Chelsea's joint-biggest win in the Champions League (6-0 v Maribor in October 2014).
  • Chelsea have lost just one of their past 39 home games in the Champions League group stages (W30 D8).
  • Qarabag managed just five touches in Chelsea's penalty area.
  • Since joining the club in 2014, Cesc Fabregas has recorded 46 assists in all competitions - at least 21 more than any other Chelsea player in that time (Eden Hazard, 25).
  • The Blues' six goals came from only eight shots on target.

Man of the match - Willian

Willian
Willian did not score, but he had a hand in two goals and hit the crossbar. He was involved in 16 duels, six more than any other player.

What's next?

Champions League Group C table
At least one of Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Roma will fail to reach the Champions League knockout stages

Chelsea host Arsenal on Sunday in the Premier League (13:30 BST). The clubs are back in Champions League action on Wednesday, 27 September. Chelsea visit Atletico Madrid, while Qarabag host Roma in Baku.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forRüdigerat 75'minutes
  • 27Christensen
  • 24CahillBooked at 16mins
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 7KantéSubstituted forBakayokoat 63'minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 22Willian
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 11PedroSubstituted forHazardat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Caballero
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 9Morata
  • 10Hazard
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 15Moses
  • 30David Luiz

FK Qarabag

  • 13Sehic
  • 5Medvedev
  • 55Huseynov
  • 14SadiqovSubstituted forMadatovat 70'minutes
  • 52Rzezniczak
  • 2QarayevSubstituted forDiniyevat 70'minutes
  • 10Konzen Medina da SilvaSubstituted forElyounoussiat 77'minutes
  • 20Almeida de Oliveira
  • 8Marcos Madera
  • 77Guerrier
  • 9Ndlovu

Substitutes

  • 1Kanibolotskiy
  • 7Amirquliyev
  • 11Madatov
  • 18Elyounoussi
  • 22Ismayilov
  • 32Yunuszada
  • 91Diniyev
Referee:
Anastasios Sidiropoulos
Attendance:
41,150

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamFK Qarabag
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 6, FK Qarabag 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 6, FK Qarabag 0.

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tiemoué Bakayoko.

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Wilde-Donald Guerrier (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dino Ndlovu (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Míchel.

Attempt missed. Dino Ndlovu (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Richard Almeida.

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

Mahir Madatov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Own Goal by Maksim Medvedev, FK Qarabag. Chelsea 6, FK Qarabag 0.

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Davide Zappacosta.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cosqun Diniyev (FK Qarabag).

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Tarik Elyounoussi replaces Pedro Henrique.

Foul by Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea).

Mahir Madatov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 5, FK Qarabag 0. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tiemoué Bakayoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Antonio Rüdiger replaces César Azpilicueta.

Foul by Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea).

Mahir Madatov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 4, FK Qarabag 0. Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Maksim Medvedev.

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Cosqun Diniyev replaces Qara Qarayev.

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Mahir Madatov replaces Rasad Sadiqov.

Willian (Chelsea) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Tiemoué Bakayoko replaces N'Golo Kanté.

Offside, FK Qarabag. Rasad Sadiqov tries a through ball, but Míchel is caught offside.

Offside, FK Qarabag. Richard Almeida tries a through ball, but Pedro Henrique is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Eden Hazard replaces Pedro.

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 3, FK Qarabag 0. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Wilde-Donald Guerrier (FK Qarabag).

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

Foul by Pedro Henrique (FK Qarabag).

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

Foul by Pedro Henrique (FK Qarabag).

Attempt saved. Dino Ndlovu (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Míchel.

goal

As It Stood

A

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H

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