Champions League: Chelsea defeat Qarabag to reach last 16

Champions League: Chelsea defeat Qarabag to reach last 16

Champions League: Chelsea defeat Qarabag to reach last 16

'He scores goals, he creates goals, he's got vision, speed, he's direct but his awareness for that little backheel tonight was sensational. Red Card Sadygov (min. 19), Cautioned Rzezniczak (min. 41), Alonso (min. 53), Medvedev (min. 71). "The decision was a bit harsh".

Pedro started the swaggering move with a flick into the path of Willian, who guided the ball to Hazard.

"He's definitely world class", Ferdinand told BT Sport.

Key players for the Blues have stepped up to the plate in recent weeks and provided they can perform in Azerbaijan, they should have no problems against FK Qarabag.

On average this season, Liverpool have allowed their opponents the highest quality goalscoring chances in the Premier League; with their xG against total suggesting that the opposition should be expected to score with 14.6% of their chances.

Yet everything changed in the 20th minute when Willian, trying to latch on to Hazard's slick pass, tumbled under what looked an innocuous challenge from the vastly experienced 35-year-old Sadygov, leading to a lengthy protest and an impromptu Qarabag team meeting before the penalty was taken.

Willian, who had been involved in all four of the goals, then completed the demolition job by riding a challenge and thundering home a 20-metre strike with five minutes left. I do like seeing him in this central role though.

Hazard was nominally Chelsea's central striker but the Belgian playmaker had freedom to roam and it was from a deeper position that he triggered his side's 21st-minute opener. "He is the magic in this Chelsea team".

"I don't want to complain about this situation, ..." But, for now, I'm a Blue. "We know very well what are the qualities of Liverpool", he added.

"After injury sometimes you are feeling not 100 per cent but I am ready to play every game and of course when you are winning games it helps".

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