Dino Ndlovu’s highly-anticipated return ends in defeat against Chelsea

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The South African was on for 85 minutes as Qarabag’s aspiration to earn a Europa League ticket suffered a setback

Dino Ndlovu returned to Qarabag squad as the Horsemen bowed 4-0 to Chelsea on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old missed out of his side’s 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid following his dismissal when they hosted the Spaniards in Baku.

A win could have boosted their chances of reaching the Europa League after a failed expedition in the Champions League – but defeat to Antonio Conte’s men with goals from Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and a double from Willian mean they will wait till the last day to learn their fate.

Coming into this game, Ndlovu was on target as Qarabag silenced Sumqayit 2-0 in an Azerbaijan Premier League.

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Against the English champions, he was stopped by Antonio Ruediger, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz before he was replaced by Dani Quintana.

The former Cape Town City player has featured 10 times in this season’s Champions League with four goals to his credit.

Qarabag rock the base of Group C with four points from five matches. They face AS Roma in their last game of the competition on December 5.

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