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Holders out as six-goal Chelsea win in vain

Published: Wednesday 5 December 2012, 22.53CET
Chelsea FC 6-1 FC Nordsjælland
The Blues' return to form was too little, too late as they became the first holders ever to bow out in the following season's group stage.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaNordsjælland

Goals scored6
 
1
on target19
 
3
off target8
 
1
Corners13
 
1
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed7
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)55
 
45

Standings

Last updated: 19/01/2013 04:44 CET

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Published: Wednesday 5 December 2012, 22.53CET

Holders out as six-goal Chelsea win in vain

Chelsea FC 6-1 FC Nordsjælland
The Blues' return to form was too little, too late as they became the first holders ever to bow out in the following season's group stage.

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.

Three penalties made it an eventful first half. From the start Chelsea demonstrated their determination to add to Nordsjælland's deficit column in their debut campaign. The Danish visitors, already missing key defender Jores Okore, were further disrupted when Ivan Runje was taken off on a stretcher early on.

Torres's eagerness to get on the scoresheet was obvious as he darted into space time and again. Sometimes his desperation worked against him while fortune favoured Nicolai Stokholm as he cleared Victor Moses's cross against his own crossbar and away to safety. The first spot kick came as Cahill was adjudged to have handled Anders Christiansen's shot.

Stokholm stepped up and made it easy for Petr Čech to save. His example was followed by Eden Hazard after Cahill's header had struck the arm of Mikkel Beckmann, Jesper Hansen comfortably dealing with another poor attempt.

Hazard's blushes lasted only three minutes before Patrick Mtiliga's hand-to-ball was spotted following Mata's attempt. The responsibility fell to Luiz and he made no mistake with a high, venomous drive.

Torres's first came after Moses had picked him out and though he benefited from a lucky rebound off the goalkeeper, his second would be far more assured. As was John's reply to make it 2-1 immediately on the restart, seizing on a long pass and lifting the ball over Čech.

Chelsea continued to threaten with every attack, Cahill heading in a Mata free-kick, Torres profiting from Hazard's clever dash to the byline, Mata scoring at the second attempt and then substitute Oscar wrapping up proceedings near the end. But news of Juventus's goal at FC Shakhtar Donetsk had long since dampened the Stamford Bridge mood.

Last updated: 09/05/13 9.16CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

nordsjælland

Nordsjælland

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK) (C)
1
J. HansenJesper Hansen (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
5
ChristiansenAnders Christiansen
Yellow Card37
Substitution61
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Substitution60
6
AduEnoch Adu
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
Goal38
Yellow Card90
7
StokholmNicolai Stokholm (C)
Penalty32
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
8
MtiligaPatrick Mtiliga
Yellow Card84
7
RamiresRamires
Substitution65
15
JohnJoshua John
Goal46
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal45+2
Goal56
18
ParkhurstMichael Parkhurst
Yellow Card50
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Goal63
Substitution74
19
GundelachMark Gundelach
13
MosesVictor Moses
20
LorentzenKasper Lorentzen
17
E. HazardEden Hazard
Penalty35
21
RunjeIvan Runje
Substitution9
24
CahillGary Cahill
Goal51
23
TičinovićMario Tičinović
Substitution65

Substitutes

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
25
Raagaard JensenDavid Raagaard Jensen (GK)
11
OscarOscar
Substitution65
Goal71
4
KildentoftHenrik Kildentoft
Substitution61
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
10
BeckmannMikkel Beckmann
Substitution9
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
Substitution74
22
LaudrupAndreas Laudrup
21
MarinMarko Marin
24
IssahKamal Issah
Substitution65
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
41
LindbergKristian Lindberg
34
BertrandRyan Bertrand
Substitution60
43
MaxsøAndreas Maxsø

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Kasper Hjulmand (DEN)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Angelo Boonman (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)

Fourth official

Bas van Dongen (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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