With Timo Werner setting a new club record with Chelsea’s quickest-ever Champions League goal in our 3-3 draw with Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday, we take a look at the other occasions when the Blues took less than five minutes to get on the scoresheet in the competition.
John Terry – Schalke (a), Nov 2014
Werner’s goal in Russia came after only 83 seconds, eclipsing by three seconds the club mark set by John Terry in a group stage game in Germany seven years ago.
In similar fashion to Werner’s goal against Zenit, our Captain, Leader, Legend struck after the Blues won an early corner, rising rose above the Schalke defence to meet Cesc Fabregas’ delivery with a firm header which found the top corner and sparked a 5-0 win over the Bundesliga side.
Didier Drogba – Valencia (h), Dec 2011
With the Blues needing to beat Valencia in our final group game in 2011/12to seal our place in the last 16, Didier Drogba helped ease the nerves at Stamford Bridge with a goal in under three minutes.
Receiving a lay-off from Juan Mata 10 yards from goal, the Ivorian shaped to shoot with his right, wrong-footing a defender and giving him time and space to fire a left-footed effort into the far corner as we won 3-0 en route to lifting our first-ever Champions League title.
Samuel Eto’o – Galatasaray (h), Mar 2014
Drogba was on the opposite side for Galatasaray’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the last 16 in 2013/14 when another great African striker provided an early spark for the Blues after four minutes.
With the tie delicately poised after a 1-1 draw in Turkey, Samuel Eto’o received the ball from Oscar just inside the box, taking a touch to create space before driving a low shot across goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and into the far corner as we won 2-0 and advanced to the quarter-finals.
Michael Ballack – Fenerbahce (h), Apr 2008
The win against Galatasaray came six years after we beat their great Turkish rivals Fenerbahce in the quarter-finals in 2007/08 thanks to an early strike by Michael Ballack.
The Blues were trailing after a 2-1 loss in the first leg but the German, who had broken the deadlock after five minutes in our 3-0 aggregate triumph over Olympiacos in the previous round, put us in charge in the fourth minute, meeting Frank Lampard’s free-kick with a glancing header into the far corner of the net.
Florent Malouda – Schalke (h), Oct 2007
Florent Malouda showed off some fine footwork before getting a huge slice of luck in the fourth minute of our group game against Schalke in 2007/08.
Cutting in from the left flank, the French winger left Rafinha in knots with an excellent turn before firing a left-footed drive which nicked off the defender and squeezed between the legs of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to break the deadlock in our 2-0 win.
Joe Cole – Bayern Munich (h), Apr 2005
Joe Cole got things going for the Blue in our memorable 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich in the 2004/05 quarter-finals with a deflected strike after four minutes.
Receiving a lay-off from Damien Duff 25 yards out, the mercurial midfielder launched a speculative effort on target which struck the heel of Lucio and completely wrong-footed Oliver Kahn as it rolled into the unguarded corner of the net.