Chelsea booked their place in the Europa League’s round of 16 with a 3-0 victory over Malmo at Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud’s close-range volley early in the second half gave Chelsea the lead, which was followed up by a sumptuous free-kick from Ross Barkley.
Callum Hudson-Odoi added a third with less than 10 minutes to spare, sealing a 5-1 aggregate victory for the Blues.
Malmo were reduced to 10 men for the final 18 minutes of the match after Rasmus Bengtsson received a second yellow card for a foul on Emerson, leading to Barkley’s free-kick.
Maurizio Sarri’s side included seven changes from the side that exited the FA Cup against Manchester United on Monday night, with Spanish duo Kepa Arrizabalaga and Pedro both missing out through hamstring and stomach injuries respectively.
The Blues will discover who they will face in the next round on Friday afternoon.
Here are how the Blues’ players rated on a night that they failed to impress on during the first half, but one where they showed an impressive second-half transformation in order to reach the next round.
Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero
The absent Kepa didn’t appear to be a huge loss for the Blues and whilst Malmo dominated for parts of the game, particularly in the first half, Willy Caballero was left untroubled. 6
Right-back: Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta was unable to sit out following Davide Zappacosta’s absence through illness. 6
Centre-back: Antonio Rudiger
There were a few tetchy moments for the Chelsea backline to deal with early on, but nothing that the 2014 World Cup winner was really fazed by. 6
Centre-back: Andreas Christensen
Andreas Christensen made the most of his opportunity in search of first-team minutes and he hardly put a foot wrong in place of David Luiz in the side. 6
Emerson’s attacking desire gave him a lot of freedom to overlap Willian, especially in the second half, causing problems for Malmo’s back line. 7
Centre-midfield: N’Golo Kante
In the first half, Kante’s covering of the pitch was truly at its best and in the second, he showed his newly-found attacking capabilities, constructing the move which led to the hosts’ opener. 7
Centre-midfield: Mateo Kovacic
Sarri trusted Kovacic to anchor his midfield with Jorginho not starting the match and in the first half, it nearly allowed Malmo to get back into the tie after an incredibly sloppy pass, which Kante had to make up for. 5
Centre-midfield: Ross Barkley
An average performance from the Englishman, but his second goal in as many Europa League appearances was rather fantastic. 6
Right-wing: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Man of the Match)
Dazzling, a fresh lease of life into the Chelsea side. His goal late on was thoroughly deserved and he showed the class and ability of someone at the peak of their career, not someone who is still playing his first full season of senior football. 8
Striker: Olivier Giroud
Held the play up well and made no mistake in opening the scoring early into the second half with his sixth in this season’s competition with a crisp volley. 6
Willian overcame his own, quiet first half with an enigmatic second. After crating Giroud’s sixth Europa League goal in the space of five matches, his superb long pass created Hudson-Odoi’s second senior goal. He also captained the side in the closing stages after Azpilicueta was ejected. 7
Substitute: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s return to action as a substitute saw him as energetic as ever, combining well with Hudson-Odoi. 6
Slotted back into his own position swiftly following Kovacic’s struggles. 5
Substitute: Ethan Ampadu
Showed no adversity to playing at right-back, despite the role not coming naturally to the Welsh international. 5
By Jonty Colman at Stamford Bridge