Chelsea v Qarabag – Champions League Live

Chelsea v Qarabag – Champions League Live

Welcome to our Champions League Chelsea v Qarabag Minute by Minute report. Qarabag are the first Azeri side to have qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Drawn in a group with tonight’s opponent Chelsea, Roma and Atlético Madrid Qarabag are unlikely to advance from Group C. At the same time, Qarabag will be fully supported by the entire country as the club embarks on its biggest ever adventure.

FULL TIME: Chelsea v Qarabag 6-0

The hosts were clinical, professional and showed all their European experience. The side from Azerbaijan have been whipped here in West London, it’s all a learning curve for them but it’s been an exceptionally steep one.

90 Min

The fourth official holds up the board, we’ll have three more minutes.

86 Min

Ndlovu with a glorious chance to register a goal for the visitors. He receives the ball on the left side of the Chelsea box, skips past his man into space but can only fire the ball over the bar. He should really have tested Courtois.

85 Min

Qarabag must be wishing the last five minutes away. They’ve been battered here, Chelsea have been clinical and dominant from the first whistle.

82 Min

GOAL: Chelsea 6:0 — Michy Batshuayi gets his second of the night. Another defensive error and Qarabag are punished again!

80 Min

There’s 10 minutes left, Chelsea’s class is showing in droves. Two Mr Conte? It’s five and it could be more with plenty of time left for another..!

76 Min

GOAL: 5:0 — Batshuayi curls the ball home from 18 yards, beating Šehić on his near post. The final whistle can’t come soon enough for the Horsemen.

73 Min

Just before the goal we had a Stamford Bridge WiFi outage.! Qarabag made a double substitution — Madatov for Sadygov and Diniyev for Garayev.

71 Min

GOAL: Chelsea 4:0 – Bakayoko scores his first Chelsea goal, a half volley from the edge of the six yard box. It is turning into a long night for the side from Azerbaijan.

67 Min

Willian picks the ball up 25 yards from goal and drives into the Qarabag area, he unleashes a shot from just inside the 18 yard box and it beats Šehić but cannons off the crossbar. Unlucky !

63 Min

Chelsea substitution – OFF Kanté > ON Bakayoko

61 Min

Chelsea’s attack is now relentless. Šehić looks a man under constant pressure.

58 Min

Chelsea substitution. OFF Pedro > ON Hazard.. He’s on now guys.!

56 Min

GOAL: Chelsea 3:0 — Azpilicueta heads home a floated ball by Willian from the free kick. Hüseynov challenge is a costly one.

55 Min

Willian is sent flying by Hüseynov, it’s a ridiculous challenge resulting in a dangerous free kick chance.

51 Min

Qarabag have their first direct shot of the night. South African striker Ndlovu tries his luck from 25 yards, Courtois saves easily.

49 Min

With the hosts 2:0 up the tempo has slowed right down. Qarabag look to retain possession anytime they can get a sniff. Chelsea have dropped right back out of possession, inviting their guests on.

46 Min:

Chelsea get the second half underway. Can they add to their 2:0 advantage?

Second Half: Chelsea Kick Off

Chelsea 2:0 Qarabag – HALF TIME

45+1 Min

Alonso with a good chance on the edge of the six yard box but he can’t find a way past the Qarabag last ditch block. It’s the final chance of the half, the referee blows his whistle.

44 Min

Some excellent interplay from Chelsea finds Alonso free on the right side but he fires a cross into the top tier behind the goal.

42 Min

Qarabag are trying to attack but the shape held by Kanté and his fellow Chelsea midfielders is exceptional. They are forcing the Azerbaijanis backwards to try and find a way past. Conte looks a happy manager on the sideline, lots of thumbs up signals to his players.

39 Min

Henrique AGAIN can’t feed the ball through to Ndlovu who is in space. The Brazilian has now wasted two good opportunities to feed the Qarabag attacker.

36 Min

Míchel finds space on the left and attacks towards the Chelsea goal. The Qarabag midfielder hesitates, allowing the Chelsea defence to regroup and challenge for the ball on the edge of the area. Danger averted for the leaders.

34 Min

Just over 10 minutes until half time and it’s been very easy for Chelsea so far. Qarabag are just lacking a little quality to really test their English hosts. Two brilliant strikes separate the sides.

30 Min

GOAL: Chelsea 2:0 Zappacosta with a ripsnorter from 25 yards out. What a way to introduce himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful on his debut.

29 Min

Ndlovu is brought down 25 yards out. The chance comes to nothing and Chelsea break

26 Min

Chelsea have had the majority of possession and chances so far. Pedro’s six minute opener still separates the sides.

22 Min

Zappacosta floats a header goalward but Šehić saves well, the Assistant on the far side raises his flag, it wouldn’t have counted if it had found the net.

19 Min

Willian goes close after finding some space to shoot. Šehić saves well and Batshuayi can only smash the follow up into the side netting.

16 Min

Cahill picks up the first yellow of the night after a hard tackle on Henrique.

14 Min

Qarabag have a dangerous free kick on the left hand side of the area after Alonso makes a rash challenge. Guerrier drives the ball at goal but it flies over.

11 Min

Henrique looks to feed the ball through to Ndlovu but he can’t find the right weight on the pass. Had he judged it better, the South African was one-on-one with Courtois.

10 Min

The visitors from Azerbaijan have started to settle after being rocked by an early goal. They are however, forcing the ball forwards at times.

8 Min

Willian goes clean through and squares the ball but it flashes across the box. Qarabag could be in for a long night.

6 Min

GOAL: Chelsea 1:0 – Pedro with a right footed curler from the edge of the box. What a start by the English champions.

4 Min

Chelsea have a big shout for a penalty but the referee turns it down — Chelsea with all the early pressure

3 Min

Qarabag have the first attack, Henrique breaks down the right but the ball just runs out of play.

1 Min

The rain has started to lash down here in West London, it could make the surface slippy.!

Chelsea v Qarabag – Kick Off (Qarabag)

Chelsea v Qarabag – Buildup


The anthem has been played we’re minutes from kick off in the Champions League Group C as Chelsea host Qarabag


Chelsea have identified a few Qarabag threats on their Twitter feed.


Just under 30 minutes until kick off. Manuel Veth’s pick of the players in the preview was Álvaro Morata for Chelsea, who starts on the bench. Meanwhile, Qarabag’s South African striker, Dino Ndlovu, has a start for the side from Azerbaijan.


The teams are released — Chelsea go half throttle and Qarabag go full force


Kick off is 60 minutes away, we’re expecting the team news any moment.


Welcome to Stamford Bridge!

The stage is set for Chelsea v Qarabag at Stamford Bridge (Chris Williams / Futbolgrad Network)

The stage is set for Chelsea v Qarabag at Stamford Bridge (Chris Williams / Futbolgrad Network)