Chelsea have crashed out of the Champions League despite beating Nordsjaelland 6-1 at Stamford Bridge and will now drop in to the Europa League.
On a chilly night at Stamford Bridge the atmosphere was decidedly frosty as the Blues’ fans gave Rafael Benitez the cold shoulder for the fourth game in a row.
And even though the Spaniard’s charges finally gave him his first win as manager of the European champions it was to no avail as Juventus beat Shakhtar Donestk 1-0 in their Group E contest meaning both sides will advance to the next stage.
In a crazy six minute spell referee Bas Nijhuis awarded three penalties but incredibly only one was scored.
First the Dutch official awarded the visitors a spot-kick when Gary Cahill was adjudged to have handled in the area but Nicolai Stokholm’s strike was saved.
The hosts were then handed one of their own as Cahill’s header struck Mikkel Beckmann’s arm. Eden Hazard, though, saw his effort from 12-yards stopped by Hansen.
But Hansen couldn’t hold on and his goalline was finally breached when Luiz thundered a penalty beyond him after another handball after 39 minutes.
And goal shy Torres, who hadn’t scored since Chelsea played Shakhtar Donetsk on November 7, ended his drought tucking home a rebound from his own strike from Victor Moses’ through ball to make it 2-0 before half time.
Straight after the break Joshua John snatched a goal for the Danish outfit, flicking the ball past the on-rushing Cech on the left of the six-yard box.
But moments later the Blues restored their two goal advantage as Juan Mata’s free-kick was headed over Hansen and in to the back of the net by Cahill to make it 3-1.
And as the game went on Torres and Mata tapped home close range efforts and Oscar, on as a substitute, fired in to the back of the net to complete the superfluous 6-1 win.
Meanwhile, Manchester United, who had already qualified for the knockout round, lost 1-0 at home to CFR Cluj thanks to Luis Adriano’s long range effort which swerved through the air and flashed in off the post from 30-yards.
And Neil Lennon's Celtic side have also made the last 16 of the Champions League as they beat Spartak Moscow 2-1 at Parkhead thanks to strikes from Gary Hooper and Kris Commons which sandwiched Ari’s equaliser.