Champions League

Torres stars in Chelsea rout

2011-10-19 22:49
Fernando Torres (AP)

London - Fernando Torres ended his Champions League goal drought in emphatic fashion as the Chelsea striker's double inspired a 5-0 demolition of Genk at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Torres had gone 875 minutes without scoring in Europe's elite club competition, a miserable run that dated back to April 2009 when he scored for Liverpool against Chelsea.

But the Spaniard finally got back on track with two clinical finishes against the woeful Belgian champions.

Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles opened the scoring with his first goal for the club, but it was Torres who took centre-stage with his brace.

Branislav Ivanovic added the fourth goal just before half-time and Salomon Kalou completed the rout in the second half.

Torres, who now has four goals in his last four appearances, will be back on the sidelines on Sunday as he serves the final game of his domestic suspension when Chelsea face QPR.

But the much-maligned forward has done all he can to ensure he returns to the team after that ban.

His efforts ensured Chelsea remain top of Group E, one point ahead of second placed Bayer Leverkusen, after the biggest win of boss Andre Villas-Boas's reign which equalled the club's largest ever Champions League victory.

Genk arrived in west London ravaged by injuries and Villas-Boas clearly felt Chelsea could take all three points without being at full strength as he rested John Terry and Didier Drogba, while Juan Mata dropped to the bench.

Chelsea threatened immediately and Torres timed his run perfectly to meet a Meireles pass, but with just goalkeeper Laszlo Koteles to beat he scuffed a tame shot against the posts.

Fortunately for Torres, the Belgians looked terrified whenever Chelsea crossed the halfway line and it wasn't long before the Blues were ahead.

Meireles was granted acres of space to advance towards the Genk penalty area in the eighth minute and, as the Belgians naively continued to back off, the midfielder took advantage with a fierce shot from 25 yards that flashed past the flat-footed Koteles.

Genk's lack of awareness at the back was exposed again in the 11th minute when Torres increased Chelsea's lead.

Frank Lampard clipped an incisive pass towards Torres and Genk's back-four parted like the Red Sea as the Spaniard ran clear on goal, took two touches to settle himself and dispatched a cool finish beyond Koteles.

Torres was a constant danger and he drifted out to the left flank before cutting back inside to whip over a low cross which Florent Malouda pushed wide and moments later surged past two defenders to lash just over.

After months of misery, Torres must have been licking his lips at the sight of such accomodating opponents and he grabbed his second goal in the 27th minute.

When Meireles curled over a cross the Genk defence stood statuesque as Torres met the delivery with a glancing header into the far corner.

Ivanovic bagged the fourth goal in the 42nd minute when he headed home from Malouda's in-swinging free-kick and even Genk's lurid pink kit couldn't hide the blushes of Mario Been's side as they trooped off at half-time.

Chelsea had no need to extend themselves after the break but they kept Koteles busy with efforts from Malouda and Bosingwa before substitute Kalou made it five in the 73rd minute.

Jose Bosingwa crossed from the right and Kalou was on hand to tap in after Koteles blocked Torres's initial effort.

Collated Champions League results on Wednesday:

Group E

At Leverkusen, Germany

Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 2 (Schurrle 52, Sam 56) Valencia (ESP) 1 (Jonas 24)

At London

Chelsea (ENG) 5 (Meireles 8, Torres 11, 27, Ivanovic 42, Kalou 73) Genk (BEL) 0

Group F

At Marseille, France

Marseille (FRA) 0 Arsenal (ENG) 1 (Ramsey 90)

At Piraeus, Greece

Olympiakos (GRE) 3 (Holebas 8, Djebbour 40 Modesto 79) Borussia Dortmund (GER) 1 (Lewandowski 26)

Group G

At Donetsk, Ukraine

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 2 (Silva Willian 15, Silva Luiz Adriano 45) Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) 2 (Shirokov 33, Faitzulin 60)

At Oporto, Portugal

Porto (POR) 1 (Hulk 13) APOEL Nicosia (CYP) 1 (Jose Almeida 19)

Group H

At Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona (ESP) 2 (Iniesta 10, Villa 82) Viktoria Plzen (CZE) 0

At Milan, Italy

AC Milan (ITA) 2 (Ibrahimovic 33, Boateng 70) BATE Borisov (BLR) 0


Group A

At Naples, Italy

Napoli (ITA) 1 (Badsuber 39-og) Bayern Munich (GER) 1 (Kroos 2)

At Manchester, England

Manchester City (ENG) 2 (Marchena 43-og, Aguero 90+3) Villarreal (ESP) 1 (Cani 4)

Group B

At Moscow

CSKA Moscow (RUS) 3 (Doumbia 29, 86, Cauna 76) Trabzonspor (TUR) 0

At Lille, France

Lille (FRA) 0 Inter Milan (ITA) 1 (Pazzini 21)

Group C

At Basel, Switzerland

FC Basel (SUI) 0 Benfica (POR) 2 (Cesar 20, Cordoza 75)

At Bucharest

Otelul Galati (ROM) 0 Manchester United (ENG) 2 (Rooney 64-pen, 90+2-pen)

Group D

At Madrid

Real Madrid (ESP) 4 (Benzema 19, Khedira 47, Lloris 55-og, Sergio Ramos 81) Lyon (FRA) 0

At Zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 0 Ajax (NED) 2 (Boerrigter 49, Eriksen 90)

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