Two goals from Samuel Eto'o helped Chelsea to a comfortable 3-0 Champions League victory over Schalke on Wednesday night.

The Cameroonian international put the Blues ahead in bizarre fashion on the half-hour before doubling the lead shortly after the break.

A Demba Ba volley seven minutes from time sealed the three points for Jose Mourinho's side, who now sit three points clear of their German opponents at the top of Group E.

Schalke started brightly but goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand handed Chelsea the lead after 30 minutes.

The German stopper dallied on the ball, allowing Eto'o to charge down his clearance - the ball ricocheting into the unguarded net.

The Chelsea forward's second was scored in more conventional fashion. A flowing counter attack led by Willian drove at the heart of the Schalke defence, before the Brazilian shifted it right to Eto'o.

Darting into the box, the former-Inter Milan star cooly finished low past the keeper into the far corner.

Ba struck next neatly on the turn from close range inside the final minutes.

The win sees Chelsea stretch their lead at the top of the group to three points, and Mourinho's side can guarantee their place in the knock-out round with a win in their penultimate game against Basel in Switzerland on November 26.

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