Chelsea put one foot in the semi-final of the Europa League with an impressive 3-1 win against Rubin Kazan.
Cheslea played well in the game and enjoyed a good performance from the much-heckled Fernando Torres who scored two goals.
Rafael Benitez had made six changes to the side that beat Manchester United in the FA Cup. These players were refreshed and looked ready to win. Yossi Benayoun was impressive on one of his rare starts and Fernando Torres exuded confidence. He spearheaded the attack and was worthy of his Man of the match title.
The first goal came on the 16th minute when David Luiz gave an excellent long ball which Torres and two defenders came for. Torres was the first to react and immediately slotted the ball home while sitting down.
Rubin sparked a counter attack when Bebars Natcho's shot on goal was parried away by Petr Cech.
Chelsea were controlling the game and it was almost certain that another goal on Chelsea's part would happen. The next goal came after Kazan failed to clear a cross from Torres and Victor Moses took advantage, volleying the ball beautifully into the back of the net.
John Terry then welcomed Kazan back in to the game. Rubin Kazan’s Christian Ansaldi unleashed a shot that hit the Chelsea's skipper's hand. The referee administered a booking for Terry and a penalty for the Russian side – a penalty that was converted.
Frank Lampard played a part in the third by releasing Juan Mata down the left, who gave a sublime cross to Fernando Torres, who's thumping header went straight in like a bullet.
With a two-goal advantage going in to the second leg it looks like Chelsea will reach the semi-finals. However, the away goal gives the Russian side a glimmer of hope.
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