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Published on Oct 03, 2012
 

Mata at the double as Chelsea down Danes 4-0

 
 

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Juan Mata scored twice as Chelsea belied an off-key performance to win 4-0 at competition debutants FC Nordsjaelland on Tuesday and record the first victory of their Champions League title defence.

Having been held 2-2 by Juventus in their Group E opener, Chelsea's campaign is now up and running, but the scoreline disguised the fact that Roberto Di Matteo's side toiled for long periods at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium.

Making their home debuts in the tournament - albeit away from their Farum Park home - Nordsjaelland took the game to the visitors after Mata's 33rd-minute opener and threatened to equalise several times before David Luiz made the game safe 11 minutes from time.

Mata and Ramires added late goals to rubber-stamp Chelsea's first away win in the group phase since a 2-0 success at Spartak Moscow in October 2010.