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FK Qarabag 0-4 Chelsea: Player Ratings

Chelsea secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League in style


Chelsea are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League
Chelsea are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League

Antonio Conte's Chelsea became the third English team to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase this season after their convincing win over minnows Qarabag in group C. The Blues enjoyed a numerical advantage over their opponents from early on in the first half after Qarabag captain Rashad Sadygov was sent off in the 19th minute after a challenge on Willian who was through on goal.

Chelsea ran out comfortable winners in the end thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, a brace from Willian and Cesc Fabregas. The Premier League champions currently sit first in group C with 10 points closely followed by Roma who are scheduled to play Atletico Madrid later tonight.

Here's how the players from both sides were rated on the night:


FK Qarabag

Qarabag hit rock bottom in the group
Qarabag hit rock bottom in the group

Ibrahim Sehic - 6/10

The goalkeeper could do nothing to stop the penalties conceded by his defenders and salvaged some pride by pulling off a couple of good saves from Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas in the second half. The margin of loss would have been bigger if not for him in goal for Qarabag.

Maksim Medvedev - 5/10

Medvedev took on the armband from Sadygov after he was sent off but he could not prevent the floodgates from opening as Chelsea romped past them. He also picked up a booking while protesting after Qarabag conceded the second penalty of the night in the 70th minute.

Rashad Sadygov - 3/10

Sadygov in the build up to conceding the penalty which resulted in the sending off
Sadygov in the build up to conceding the penalty which resulted in the sending off

A night to forget for the Azerbaijan veteran who brought down Willian inside the penalty area in the 18th minute and left the referee with no choice but to give him marching orders.

Jakub Rzezniczak - 4/10

Rzezniczak was on the receiving end of a hammering like the other Qarabag defenders and the fact that they were at a numerical disadvantage for the majority of the game didn't help him either. He picked up a booking in the 40th minute after a poor challenge on Pedro.

Ansi Agolli - 5/10

The full-back would have loved the possibility of going forward and contributing to attack but their disadvantage helped Zappacosta and Pedro to keep him occupied deep down his own half.

Richard Almeida - 4/10

Almeida could do little about keeping a check on Willian and Fabregas after both of them started operating effectively down the centre of the pitch. He was a passenger in a midfield that was stomped over by Chelsea.

Gara Garayev - 5/10

A disappointing night for the Azerbaijan international who failed to make a mark in the game. Garayev spent the majority of the game in his own half trying to make up for the numerical disadvantage as Chelsea cruised to victory.

Donald Guerrier - 5/10

Guerrier was forced back to his own half on a regular basis due to the antics of Hazard and Marcos Alonso down the left flank. The duo continued their form from the weekend and gave the Qarabag winger little freedom to contribute while going forward.

Michel - 6/10


Michel came close to scoring for Qarabag
Michel came close to scoring for Qarabag

The Spaniard came the closest to scoring for Qarabag when he hit the woodwork early on after a swift movement initiated by himself. If that strike had gone in off the bar, the whole complexion of the game would have changed.

Mahir Madatov - 4/10

Madatov disappointed on the night and could not contribute anything to compliment his teammates on the pitch. He was subbed off right after half-time and that put an end to his dismal performance on the night.

Dino Ndlovu - 5/10

The South-African was left out all on his own at the top with no support whatsoever. Perhaps Ndlovu could have done better with some service but Qarabag could do nothing to provide opportunities for their man up front.


Substitutes

Joshgun Diniyev - 4/10

The midfielder came on in the 46th minute for Madatov but failed to make any impact as Chelsea continued their domination.

Elvin Yunuszada - N/A

Came on in the 81st minute for Guerrier.

Dani Quintana - N/A

Came on in the 85th minute for Ndlovu.

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