Chelsea qualify in style, Agüero gives Man City hope

2014-11-26 06:52

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Classy Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 to power into the last 16 of the Champions League and make it a miserable night for their former coach Roberto Di Matteo.

Captain John Terry headed in a corner after 78 seconds and Willian doubled the lead with a fierce low shot on the half hour as the Group G leaders extended their unbeaten start to the season to 19 games in all competitions.

A Jan Kirchhoff own goal in the 44th minute made it 3-0 and second-half goals from substitutes Didier Drogba and Ramires mean Schalke’s qualification hopes now hang in the balance.

Schalke, who hit the woodwork in the first half, had little to offer against a rampant Chelsea attack as coach Di Matteo lost his first meeting against the team he led to Champions League glory in 2012.

Chelsea clinched top spot in the group with 11 points from five games while the Germans are on five points with one match remaining.

It was the first home defeat for Schalke since Italian Di Matteo took charge last month.

Meanwhile, Sergio Agüero scored a sensational hat-trick as Manchester City stunned 10-man Bayern Munich 3-2 to reignite their hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16.

Agüero scored from the penalty spot mid-way through the first half after Mehdi Benatia had been sent off, only for goals from birthday boy Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski to put Bayern in front at half-time at the Etihad Stadium.

But a mistake from Alonso enabled Agüero to equalise in the 85th minute and six minutes later the Argentine exploited an error by City old boy Jerome Boateng to give Manuel Pellegrini’s side a dramatic victory.

City will now go into their final game away to Roma level on points with the Italian side and CSKA Moscow, meaning they will qualify if they win and the Russian champions fail to win at Bayern, who were already guaranteed to qualify as Group E winners.

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