Chelsea score vital Champions League win
Chelsea move joint top of Group G in the Champions League after a comfortable 4-0 win at Maccabi Tel Aviv this evening.
Gary Cahill poked home the opener after his initial header was saved, before ex-Chelsea player Tal Ben Haim was sent off for a wild lunge on Diego Costa.
Willian added a second from a free-kick, before headers from Oscar and Kurt Zouma wrapped up the win.
Dynamo Kiev’s win against Porto means Chelsea need a point in their final group game to reach the last 16.
The Blues, level on 10 points with Porto and two ahead of Dynamo Kiev, host the Portuguese side at Stamford Bridge on December 9.
Mourinho believes his side is beginning to get its confidence back after a dismal start to the season but, despite taking an early lead through Cahill, it took until the 73rd minute before the Blues made the game safe.
For all their patient build-up Chelsea fell short in final third, prompting Mourinho to cut an increasingly frustrated figure on the touchline.
Willian, who was always dangerous from set-pieces, enabled Mourinho to breathe easy and from then on the fight evaporated from the hosts, allowing Oscar and substitute Zouma to add gloss to the scoreline.
In the end, it was a comfortable win, but Mourinho will know his side will need to show more in their crucial clash with Porto to ensure they get the result they need to progress.
Meanwhile Arsenal’s Champions League hopes are still alive after they eased to a 3-0 victory against Dinamo Zagreb at Emirates Stadium today.
The Gunners needed to win and hope that Bayern Munich beat Olympiakos to ensure that a victory by two goals – or by a margin of one if they score three goals – in Greece in their final group game would send them into the knockout phase.
Bayern fulfilled their part of the bargain and Arsenal had no trouble with a Dinamo side who beat them in the earlier fixture in Croatia.
Man of the match Mesut Ozil headed them in front after 29 minutes and Alexis Sanchez added a second four minutes later before the Chile forward rounded off a fine second half move to give Arsenal the convincing win their superiority deserved.
Lionel Messi finished off a 27-pass move and Luis Suarez scored a great volley as Barcelona celebrated Champions League Group E qualification with a 6-1 victory over Roma.
Suarez tapped home the opener and then Messi finished off a sublime move, before Suarez volleyed in his second.
Gerard Pique made it 4-0 from close range and Messi poked in another.
Adriano smashed in after Neymar had his penalty saved before Edin Dzeko headed in the consolation in stoppage time.
Former Manchester City forward Dzeko also headed over from close range and had a penalty saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Ten-man Bayern Munich secured their place in the Champions League knockout stage with a comfortable 4-0 win over Group F rivals Olympiakos.
The German champions scored three times in the first 20 minutes with Douglas Costa drilling in the first.
Robert Lewandowski fired in the second and it was 3-0 when Thomas Muller tapped in from an Arjen Robben header.
Holger Badstuber was dismissed for a foul on Brown Ideye before 19-year-old Kingsley Coman headed in the fourth.
Pep Guardiola’s side have 12 points with one match to play at Dinamo Zagreb, while Greek club Olympiakos, in second place on nine points, will definitely progress to the last 16 if they take a point against Arsenal at home and may do so even if defeated.
Other results: BATE Borisov 1, Bayer Leverkusen 1; Porto 0, Dynamo Kiev 2; Zenit St Petersburg 2, Valencia 0; Lyon 1, KAA Gent 2.