Batshuayi bags brace, Chelsea hangs six

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  • Zappacosta scores beauty
  • Batshuayi nabs two
  • Three others score
  • Courtois gets assist

Michy Batshuayi bagged a brace as Chelsea pounded UEFA Champions League group stage debutants Qarabag at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Cesar Azpilicueta also scored for the Blues. Both Zappacosta and Bakayoko added assists on Batshuayi’s goals.

Chelsea had starters Alvaro Morata, David Luiz, Victor Moses, and Eden Hazard on the bench, and only Hazard appeared as a sub.

The Azerbaijan visitors move on to host Roma on Sept. 27, while Chelsea heads to the Vicente Calderon for a date with Atletico Madrid.

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The early lead came Chelsea’s way via corner kick, with Willian pulling the corner to the top of the arc and Pedro spinning the ball through traffic to make it 1-0.

Then Zappacosta made sure Chelsea fans would remember his first start for a while, dashing down the right flank and curling a shot home from outside the right corner of the 18. Courtois played the outlet for an  assist.

Azpilicueta netted 10 minutes into the second half, cued up by Cesc Fabregas’ outside of the boot cross following a short-played free kick from Willian.

Bakayoko turned provider for Batshuayi’s first, while Zappacosta assisted Batshuayi’s second to make it 6-0 in the 82nd minute.

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