Chelsea FC: Player Grades from the Genk Champions League Match

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Chelsea FC: Player Grades from the Genk Champions League Match
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Chelsea secured their spot atop of Group E on Wednesday with a convincing 5-0 win over group minnows Genk. The Belgium side seemed out manned from the start as Chelsea started the scoring only eight minutes in when Raul Meireles unleashed a dipping shot from 25 yards out that found the bottom right corner.

Minutes later Frank Lampard found Fernando Torres on a through ball into the box. The forward, whose struggles have been well documented, took advantage of the rest forced upon him by his Premier League suspension as he slotted the ball around the Genk keeper, effectively ending the game before it really had began.

Torres would get his second of the night with a glancing header directed into the side netting after being set up by a delectable Meireles cross.  With only minutes to go in the first half, Chelsea earned a free kick. Florent Malouda stepped up to the ball and delivered a cross into the box. Branislav Ivanovic was able to get his head to it and gave the Blues a comfortable 4-0 lead before the whistle.

Torres would have a flurry of chances in the second to give him his first hat trick in over two years, but it was not to be. Instead he would put a tap in off another Meireles cross into the hands of the Genk keeper. The power was enough to create a rebound which Salomon Kalou put home for the final goal of the match.

Genk is not the best of sides Chelsea has or will face, but you can only beat the team you play. They were expected to win with ease and did so convincingly. A result like this may not seem like much on paper, but it does much for confidence as they head into tougher challenges.

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