Chelsea back with a bang

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 2 -

LON­DON – Chelsea en­joyed a tri­umphant re­turn to the Cham­pi­ons League af­ter a year out yes­ter­day, 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.

Manch­ester United also made a win­ning re­turn to the Cham­pi­ons League, de­feat­ing FC Basel 3-0 (Reuters)

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