Second-half goals by Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi was enough to secure an easy win for Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.
Chelsea started the first-half at a slow pace with the Blues showing little hunger, looking seemingly content with their 2 – 1 victory in the first-leg. But they came out after the interval fired up and what followed was 3 goals in the space of 29 minutes and a Rasmus Bengsston sending off by the referee for two bookable offences.
Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea coach has been placed in doubt and his men did little to help the situation, as the players displayed sloppiness in the early minutes of the first-half. It could have been worse for them had they gone behind but Markus Rosenberg could only scuff his left-footed shot wide.
Cesar Azpilicueta was denied by keeper Johan Dahlin after the Chelsea skipper tried to divert a Willian cross from close range.
The referee sounded for half-time and what followed was a wave of boos from the home section of the stands and that seemed to spur the hosts in the second half.
With 10 minutes gone into the second-half Chelsea took the lead. N’Golo Kante slipped a pass to Willian who fired into the box where Giroud was on hand to tap in.
Malmo’s night all but came to an end when Bengsston received his marching orders and what followed was a sublime free-kick from Barkley which floated into the top corner of the net from just outside the box.
Wantaway teenager Hudson-Odoi joined in on the act with six minutes of regular time left, the Bayern Munich transfer target fired in a low shot from the edge of the box to give Chelsea a 5 – 1 aggregate win and reduce the pressure on Sarri just a little.
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