Chelsea secured a vital victory over Qarabag in the Champions League, to book a place in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, but it was not all about the win that means we top the group after five games, but also how it extends a beautiful stat in the competition.
Eden Hazard opened the scoring to begin a rout after 20 minutes into the game, and soon after Cesc Fabregas added a second. Willian scored two later on to secure a 4-0 victory in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The win against the Group C minnows means Chelsea have now progressed from the group stages of the Champions League 14 times out of 15 appearances, as captured by Opta Joe on Twitter.
14 – Chelsea have booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 14th time in their last 15 appearances in the competition. Routine.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 22, 2017
Antonio Conte pointed out how big this game was in the entire season, and it seemed even he may not have understood how a win over Qarabag will help his side extend an amazing stat in their history.
Chelsea now turn attentions to the Premier League game against Liverpool.