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October 22, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Veltins-Arena — Gelsenkirchen
Referee:‬ V. Kassai‎
Attendance:‬ 54442‎
 
 
 
 
Eden Hazard 87′
Top of the Match
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea FC
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea FC
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Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng
FC Schalke 04
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng
FC Schalke 04

Schalke 0-3 Chelsea: Impressive Torres bags double

The Spain forward struck twice at the Veltins Arena to guide Jose Mourinho's side to victory and ensure they move level on points with their hosts in Group E

By Peter Thompson

FC Schalke 04 Chelsea FC UEFA Champions League 10222013
Bongarts
Fernando Torres marked his 100th Chelsea start by scoring twice in a 3-0 Champions League win at Schalke.

The Spain striker opened the scoring with an early header and was on target again in the second half to take his tally to five goals in his last five Champions League games.

And Eden Hazard put the icing on the cake with a third goal two minutes from time as Schalke pressed forward.

Jose Mourinho's side did not have things all their own way in Gelsenkirchen, but the victory ensured they are now joint top of Group E along with their German opponents.

Schalke won their opening two matches in the group and had not conceded a goal before facing Chelsea, but a lack of cutting edge in the absence of injured duo Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan was evident.

Mourinho made five changes to the Chelsea side that beat Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday, with Cesar Azpilicueta starting in an unfamiliar left-back role as Ryan Bertrand dropped to the bench.

Huntelaar (knee) and Farfan (groin) were sidelined for the hosts, but they did welcome back midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jermaine Jones along with goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand.

Torres was another player recalled to Chelsea's line-up and he took less than two minutes to make his presence felt, turning sharply in the box and unleashing a shot that was deflected for a corner.

And the Spain striker opened the scoring three minutes later when Frank Lampard’s corner was flicked on by Branislav Ivanovic and the former Liverpool striker stooped unmarked at the back post to head home.

Schalke started to get into their stride and marauding right-back Atsuto Uchida burst into the Chelsea penalty area but blazed high and wide at full stretch after 26 minutes.

Boateng stung Petr Cech's palms with a long-range drive seven minutes before half-time and from the resulting corner the Chelsea keeper had to be alert once again to tip over Roman Neustadter's towering header.

Torres was unfortunate not to double Chelsea's lead five minutes after the break when he met Lampard's inviting free-kick with a glancing header that struck the bar.

The 29-year-old then got on the end of another Lampard corner but headed wide at the far post from close range before Cech palmed away a shot from Benedikt Howedes at the other end.

Howedes had another great chance but headed wide after 66 minutes and he was made to pay when Chelsea extended their advantage three minutes later.

Schalke were caught in possession in midfield and Chelsea broke sharply, with Oscar racing down the right and finding Torres, who took a touch to round Hildebrand before slotting into the empty net.

And Hazard added a third three minutes from time when he raced through on goal and produced a clinical left-foot finish into the far corner.

Chelsea are now level with Schalke in Group E after Basel drew 1-1 with Steaua Bucarest in Romania.



FC Schalke 04

34
Timo Hildebrand
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
2.50
22
Atsuto Uchida
Defender
2.50
32
Joel Matip
Defender
2.50
7
Max Meyer
Midfielder
78′
2.00
9
2.00
10
Julian Draxler
Midfielder
2.50
11
Christian Clemens
Midfielder
2.00
13
Jermaine Jones
Midfielder
48′ 71′
2.50
15
Dennis Aogo
Defender
3.00
33
Roman Neustädter
Midfielder
67′
2.50

Chelsea FC

3.50
1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
3.00
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
54′
3.00
26
John Terry
Defender
3.50
28
3.00
7
Ramires
Midfielder
87′
3.00
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
2.50
11
Oscar
Midfielder
68′ 83′
2.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
87′ 88′
4.00
9
3.00
14

Substitutes

1
Ralf Fährmann
Goalkeeper
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2
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5
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6
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23
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8
Leon Goretzka
Midfielder
78′
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28
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Substitutes

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23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
David Luiz
Defender
83′
 - 
23
2.50
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
72′
 - 
22
Willian
Midfielder
 - 
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
 - 
29

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Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In BST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2