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Champions-Chelsea crush Qarabag debutants on return to Europe

Reuters , Tuesday 12 Sep 2017
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Chelsea vs Qarabag FK - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - September 12, 2017 Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Marcos Alonso and team mates Reuters
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Chelsea enjoyed a triumphant return to the Champions League after a year out on Tuesday, thumping the competition's debutants Qarabag 6-0, including a stunning, if miscued, strike from new signing Davide Zappacosta.

The Azeri champions were never any match for their English counterparts and it took only five minutes for Pedro to open the scoring with a curling shot from the edge of the area.

Deadline-day signing Zappacosta, apparently looking to cross the ball, produced a swirling screamer of a goal from some 35 metres out on the half hour.

Chelsea ran riot in the second half, with goals from defender Cesar Azpilicueta, new French signing Tiemoue Bakayoko and two from Michy Batshuayi rounding off an impressive display against the Group C underdogs.

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