Seldom can a victory have been accompanied by so much despair. The Chelsea FC faithful may have continued to bellow out their "Champions of Europe" anthem but the harsh reality is that their defence ended here – or, more accurately, in Ukraine where Juventus secured Group E's other qualifying place.
It is the first time in their 11 UEFA Champions League campaigns that the London side have failed to get out of the group and, more ignominiously, they are the first winners of the competition to bow out so early. Goals from Fernando Torres (2), David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Juan Mata and Oscar ensured an emphatic sign-off but it could not lift the sense of disappointment and regret. Joshua John claimed FC Nordsjælland's solitary reply.
When you win you have to be a bit happy but we are disappointed that we can't progress. We have to think about the Europa League as another challenge.
Rafael Benitez, Chelsea manager
Against Chelsea we did not stand a chance. We were not even near Chelsea's level, so it is a rather terrible feeling I have afterwards.
Kasper Hjulmand, Nordsjælland coach
|1||Čech (GK) (C)||1||J. Hansen (GK)|
|22||Turnbull (GK)||25||Raagaard Jensen (GK)|
|Rafael Benítez (ESP)||Kasper Hjulmand (DEN)|
|Bas Nijhuis (NED)|
|A||Dinamo Zagreb||Dynamo Kyiv|