Chelsea were made to come out of gear the minute Yevhen Khacheridi was on for a foul on Olivier Giroud. The striker then went to assist himself to 2 aims (27, 37) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (59) netted his first senior goal to some rare start until Alvaro Morata (78) scored late .
The result implies while PAOK need to win their game against BATE to stand any chance of qualifying, Chelsea have secured top spot in Group L using a match to spare.
The raucous travelling fans hadn’t tasted defeat in their past two trips to England but had been in for a long night the minute Khacheridi hauled down Giroud if the guy with seven minutes gone\. The referee had no choice but to brandish a \card.
Chelsea: Kepa (7), Zappacosta (7), Christensen (7), Cahill (7 ) ), Emerson (7), Fabregas (7 ) ), Loftus-Cheek (8 ) ), Barkley (7), Pedro (7), Hudson-Odoi (8), Giroud (8 ) ).
Subs: Ampadu (7), Willian (7), Morata (7)
Off Team: Paschalakis (6), Mayıs (4), Khacheridi (3), Crespo (4), Vieirinha (4), Mauricio (6), Shakhov (4 ) ), Wernbloom (3), Jaba (6 ) ), El Kaddouri (3), Prijovic (3).
Subs: Warda (6)
Man of the match: Callum Hudson-Odoi
From this minute on Chelsea laid siege into the goal of PAOK. Giroud had \missed two promising openings prior to straightening his team with a cute left-footed campaign on 27 minutes. Hudson-Odoi – beginning his first game since the Community Shield – smacked off an attempt while Ruben Loftus-Cheek was denied by a fantastic one-handed save by Alexandros Paschalkis.
\Just goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga maintained his position as Chelsea made 10 modifications such as bringing in exciting kid Callum Hudson-Odoi for his first start since August\.
The hosts increased the lead on 37 minutes when Cesc Fabregas and with a pass played in behind for Giroud, that swept home first-time on the volley.
Hudson-Odoi got in off the left wing to his first goal for the club. The exciting 18-year-old took a strike early from 15 yards which caught the goalkeeper unaware.
Hudson-Odoi proceeded to creator about 78 minutes from scorer, before whipping an excellent ball into the box that was powerfully headed home by Morata teasing his guard.
Man of the game: Callum Hudson-Odoi
Chelsea may have discovered a superstar. At just 18 years old, the potential in the boots of this tricky winger is pretty frightening. He revelled in the excess space because of their dismissal and connected with cleverly throughout with Emerson. Their own goals define frontmen and aids, however, and Hudson-Odoi delivered on that front too, striking at one non for the third before setting Morata using a devilishly up precise cross of Chelsea. Let’s hope Chelsea provide him with all the game-time his talent deserves\.
Chelsea are back in action at Stamford Bridge on Super Sunday, where they host Fulham in among 3 derbies on Sky Sports this weekend.