Willian scored his sixth freekick of the season as Chelsea took a step closer to qualification from Group G of the Champions League with a 4-0 thrashing of Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Gary Cahill, Oscar and Kurt Zouma scored Chelsea’s other goals.
However, Dynamo Kyiv’s shock 2-0 win at Porto means Chelsea must avoid defeat to the Portuguese side on the final matchday at Stamford Bridge to qualify for the round of 16.
Maccabi started the brighter of the two sides, with Dor Peretz and Eli Dasa both missing early opportunities to take the lead, before the visitors settled into the game.
Chelsea came close to taking the lead when Oscar set up Cesar Azpilicueta following a one-two, but the defender dragged his effort narrowly wide, while Cesc Fabregas saw an effort from distance go well over the bar.
Jose Mourinho’s side took a deserved lead on 20 minutes through Cahill, who rose highest at a Willian corner to head straight at Maccabi Tel Aviv keeper Predrag Rajkovic, only for the England centre-back to hit the rebound into the net.
Maccabi Tel Aviv were reduced to 10 men on 40 minutes when former Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim kicked out at Diego Costa following a tackle.
After the break the hosts looked the more threatening despite their man disadvantage, and could have found a shock equaliser on 50 minutes Gal Alberman released Dasa, only for Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to intercept the attack.
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