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Chelsea thump newcomers Nordsjaelland 4-0 courtesy Mata brace

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juan_mataThe scoreline might not have done justice to Champions League newcomers Nordsjaelland, but Chelsea are unlikely to complain after picking up a rather flattering 4-0 away win that took them to the top of Group E. A first half strike from the reinvigorated Juan Mata put Chelsea on their way before 3 goals in the last 11 minutes sealed the win for Blues in rather emphatic fashion. Mata ended up with a brace while the Brazilian duo of David Luiz and Ramires were the other scorers.

Chelsea made some interesting team selections for the trip to Denmark with Gary Cahill and David Luiz partnering each other in central defence with Frank Lampard returning to the starting eleven as skipper for the night. Jon Obi Mikel dropped to the bench, while Oscar and Mata got the nod in creative midfield roles. Victor Moses also got the nod to start alongside Fernando Torres, thus making his Champions League debut.

Nordsjaelland made a nervy start to the game and were fortunate not to be punished when Oscar had an early strike from distance which skewed wide. Moses was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet early, rising well at the far post to meet Oscar's cross, only for Nordsjaelland defender Okore to make a fantastic block.

Fernando Torres should have put Chelsea ahead not once but twice, once failing to beat the last defender, before latching on to an error from Ivan Runje, but unable to beat the keeper in a one-on-one.

Torres had much better luck when he turned provider, stealing the ball from Adu and playing it through to Lampard, who in turn produced an excellent ball for Juan Mata to slam home in the 33rd minute.

Nordsjaelland had chances of their own to grab an equalizer, but were largely restricted to shots from distance. In form Dutch striker Joshua John had a few sighters, while Nicolai Stokholm forced a good save out of Petr Cech. After a series of missed efforts, John finally tested Cech, who did even better this time to tip the Dutchman's effort onto the post.

However, Nordsjaelland's hopes of getting what would have been a well deserved point were to put to rest by David Luiz' free kick which dipped late and sneaed in off the post. Mata then grabbed his second, tapping into an empty net from some excellent Chelsea build up play before Oscar nabbed yet another assist, this time crossing for Ramires to score Chelsea's fourth.

In the other Group E game Juventus were held to another draw, this time by Shakhtar Donetsk, resulting in the Ukrainian Champions going level on points with Chelsea, but behind on goal difference. Chelsea will have a double header with Shakhtar to look forward to in their next two Champions League outing.

Teams:

FC Nordsjaelland: Hansen, Parkhurst, Okore, Runje, Mtiliga, Adu, Stokholm, Lorentzen (Laudrup 84'), Nordstrand (Ticinovic 65'), John, Beckmann (Christensen 75').

Subs: Villadsen, Christiansen, Christensen, Gundelach, Laudrup, Ticinovic, Petry Andersen.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses (Hazard 85'), Oscar, Mata (Mikel 83'), Torres.

Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Mikel, Hazard, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand.

Score: FC Nordsjaelland 0 - 4 Chelsea (Mata 33', 82', Luiz 79', Ramires 89')

File Photograph Copyright: Ryu Voelkel