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Salah left out as Chelsea thrash Maribor to record biggest UCL win
The English club set a new Champions League record for themselves by securing their best-ever win against the Slovenian side Maribor, who stand second in the Slovenian PrvaLiga and third place in Group G with two points.
Chelsea got an early lead in the 13th minute through Loic Remy, who was subbed just 3 minutes later after he scored.
Coming on to replace Remy was Didier Drogba, who scored Chelsea’s last penalty-kick in the 2012 Champions League final to see them win London’s first – and thus far only – UCL trophy. The Ivorian came off the bench to score again from the penalty spot and take the Blues to a 2-0 lead in 23rd minute.
With Chelsea still having full control over the game, John Terry, who had assisted the first goal, came all the way from one box to the other to score Chelsea’s 3rd in the 31st minute.
It was not long into the second-half before Mourinho’s side saw Mitja Viler deflect Hazard’s cross into his own net. Maribor were then awarded a penalty-kick in the 64th minute, but it was denied by the post to keep a clean sheet for the Blues.
A one-side game allowed Mourinho to bring on two of his talented youngsters, the 19-year old Dutch Under-21 captain Nathan Ake and the 17-year-old Solanke, who replaced Fabregas and Oscar respectively; while Salah, who featured late against Crystal Palace over the weekend, remained an unused substitute.
Hazard was on a hat-trick after scoring two more goals for Chelsea, one from the penalty spot in the 77th minute and a beautiful strike just 2 minutes before the final whistle.
In the other match of Group G, Schalke beat Sporting in a 4-3 thriller to keep the 2 point difference between the group’s leaders Chelsea FC.
Chelsea stay in top form as they go tough visitors against their rivals Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday later this week.