Chelsea 6 Nordsjaelland 1: match report
Read a match report of the Champions League Group E game between Chelsea and Nordsjaelland at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday Dec 5 2012.
This was a wake of a win. Chelsea fought hard against the dying of their Champions League light, recording their biggest-ever success in the competition but this was the most mournful, hollow and Pyrrhic of victories. Chelsea’s fate was decided 1,700 miles away in Donetsk.
The first holders to fall at the group stage of club football’s leading drama, Chelsea were condemned to the Thursday night sideshow of the Europa League because of events at the Donbass Arena. Juventus beat Shakhtar Donetsk, who finished with 10 points like Chelsea but progressed in second place because of their superior away-goals head-to-head record against Chelsea.