Chelsea played a snowball of a game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv to notch a win in the Champions League and get one step closer to a return to the group stage. They started slow, got better and better as the game went on and ended in an avalanche of scoring that the hapless Israeli side could not hope to defend against – especially with only ten players following a red card.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv put up a valiant effort, but it wasn’t good enough to get the ball past the defenders or goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who was phenomenal during the second half.
Gary Cahill would notch the first goal to give Chelsea a 1-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Maccabi took advantage of several big mistakes by Eden Hazard to set up scoring opportunities but ultimately came up short.
Chelsea, on the other hand, did not come up short as Willian and Oscar made mincemeat out of the tiring Maccabi defence to add a goal apiece to the Israeli side’s woes.
With Maccabi hoping they could just run out the clock, Kurt Zouma decided to get in on the scoring frenzy as well, and knocked in a header to seal Chelsea’s second consecutive 4-0 win against the Israeli team.
Here are the Chelsea player ratings from their dominating performance against Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Champions League: