Chelsea enjoyed another memorable away night in Europe on Thursday evening, with our 5-0 win at Dynamo Kiev our biggest victory in the Europa League and our joint-second highest away win in a European tournament.
The win in Ukraine secured an 8-0 aggregate triumph against Dynamo, a margin of victory for the Blues surpassed only by the 21-0 triumph against Jeunesse Hautcharage in the 1971/72 Cup Winners’ Cup, when we won 8-0 in Luxembourg and 13-0 at Stamford Bridge.
While the record win against Jeunesse is unlikely to ever be broken, the victory in Kiev does bring to mind some other recent big away wins in Europe for the Blues.
Galatasaray – October 1999
Chelsea were greeted by Galatasaray fans with banners reading ‘Welcome to Hell’ but it was the home team who were made to suffer at the Ali Sam Yen Stadium in a Champions League group--stage clash.
Tore Andre Flo fired the visitors ahead just after the half-hour and added his second early in the second half before the Blues cut the hosts open on the counter-attack with goals by Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Wise and Gabriele Ambrosetti completing a 5-0 demolition.
Lazio – November 2003
After edging Lazio 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League a fortnight earlier, Claudio Ranieri’s side delivered a statement of intent with a 4-0 win in the return match at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.
Former Lazio striker Hernan Crespo gave us the lead with a close-range finish after 15 minutes and the Blues pulled away in the second half following the dismissal of Sinisa Mihajlovic, with Eidur Gudjohnsen, Damien Duff and Frank Lampard all finding the net.
Rosenborg – November 2007
Rosenborg held the Blues to a surprise 1-1 draw at the Bridge in the 2007/08 Champions League campaign, but the Blues were ruthless when we met again on a chilly night in Norway.
Didier Drogba put us in control with a pair of goals in the opening 20 minutes, before Alex’s low free-kick from 30 metres squirmed past goalkeeper Lars Hirscheld to make it 3-0 at the break. Joe Cole duly completed the rout 17 minutes from time, turning the ball in after Hirschfeld had parried a shot by Michael Essien.
Schalke – November 2014
Like Rosenborg, Schalke held the Blues 1-1 at the Bridge earlier in the campaign but they were comprehensively dismantled in the return game at the Veltins Arena. John Terry gave us a dream start by heading home after 86 seconds before a fierce low strike by Willian and an own-goal by Jan Kirchhoff put us 3-0 up at half-time.
Didier Drogba tapped in our fourth in the 76th minute before setting up fellow substitute Ramires to make it 5-0 a couple of minutes later.
Qarabag – November 2017
Baku’s Olympic Stadium, the venue for this season’s Europa League final, holds happy memories for Chelsea after our big win against Qarabag in last season’s Champions League.
The Azeri side hit the crossbar early on but after their captain Rashad Sadygov was sent off, Eden Hazard scored from the penalty spot and then set up Willian to make it 2-0 at half-time. Cesc Fabregas converted another penalty after the interval before Willian got his second with a thunderous drive to make it 4-0.