LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Fernando Torres of Chelsea (R) celebrates with Raul Meireles as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea and Genk at Stamford Bridge on October 19, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Blues Win A Laugher 5-0

A depleted Racing Genk team goes to Stamford Bridge for a Group E Champions League showdown with almost no hope of a result against mighty Chelsea

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Blues Cruise To 5-0 Win

It's been a long time since Chelsea looked as good as they did on Wednesday against Racing Genk in UEFA Champions League action. Some of that can be chalked up to the opponent. Genk doesn't have the quality to hang with Chelsea and certainly not with as many injuries as they currently have, but the Blues still looked fantastic and the scoreboard showed it in a 5-0 shellacking of their Belgian visitors at Stamford Bridge.

Within 10 minutes Chelsea were in front. Raul Meireles struck from 20 yards and the Blues had the opener. Not long after Fernando Torres got involved when he gathered a good pass from Frank Lampard, got in on goal and slotted his shot past the keeper to double the Chelsea lead. It was just the start of a fantastic match for Meireles, who then crossed for a Torres header that made it 3-0. Branislav Ivanovic headed home a Florent Malouda free kick just before the halftime whistle and the Blues led 4-0. Torres almost got his hat trick in the second half, but his shot from a yard out was saved. The rebound did fall to Salomon Kalou though, who finished into the open net to give the match its 5-0 final scoreline.

The win puts Chelsea atop Group E with seven points, but Bayer Leverkusen are right on their heels with six. Genk is in last place with just one point, while Valencia is third in the group with two points.

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Salomon Kalou Makes It 5-0

Ease up, Chelsea. Racing Genk are beaten and buried. There's no need for more goals. Salomon Kalou added another goal for the Blues to put them up 5-0, furthering the Belgians' pain. This match has been in the bag for a while, but the Blues keep on going. It's almost sad, but Chelsea are doing it by playing some beautiful football so I'll allow it.

The move began with Nicolas Anelka playing a ball out wide to Jose Bosingwa, who was all by himself. Boswinga spotted Fernando Torres running at the front of goal and delivered a beautiful ball right at him. Torres should have finished to complete his hat trick, but he put his shot right at the keeper. That ruined Torres' chance at the hat trick, but not the Chelsea goal because the rebound fell right to Kalou, who had no problem knocking the ball home for the Blues' fifth of the match.

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Chelsea Cruising, Up 4-0

Nobody really expected Racing Genk to give Chelsea much of a match at Stamford Bridge. Well, they haven't. The Blues have completely dominated their Belgian visitors, scoring twice in the first 11 minutes, then adding two more before the break to give themselves a 4-0 lead at halftime. Fernando Torres has been a menace, scoring twice, while Raul Meireles has been at the heart of nearly everything the Blies have had going forward, adding a goal of his own with Branislav Ivanovic adding the last goal.

Meireles made a gorgeous pass to Torres in the seventh minute, but the striker wasted it so he decided to do the scoring on his own a minute later with a strike from 20 yards that found the net. Three minutes later, Frank Lampard slipped Torres in on goal and the Spaniard slotted the ball home to make it 2-0. Torres had one more in him, nodding home from 12 yards on a Meireles cross and Ivanovic wrapped up the first half scoring when he headed home a free kick by Florent Malouda. Poor Genk. This one is over.

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Fernando Torres Scores A Second

That Fernando Torres guys is pretty good...again. The striker has been a pain for Racing Genk from the start and already had one goal to his name. Well, now he has two. Torres hit a great header off of a good ball from Raul Meireles, slipping the ball just inside the far post and putting Chelsea ahead 3-0. This match is in the bag, with just the remaining 63 minutes needing to be seen out only because the laws of the game require it.

The move began with Nicolas Anelka and Meireles down the right. The two combined well to open up Meireles, who was able to turn and cross towards the penalty spot. Torres showed great movement on the play to come from the far side across to the center and get in front of his man. He then snapped an off-balance header towards the far post and boom, Chelsea were up 3-0.

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Fernando Torres Makes It 2-0

Fernando Torres had already wasted one chance in the match so he wasn't about to waste another. An 11th minute goal by Torres has doubled Chelsea's lead and left Racing Genk in their wake. There is almost certainly no way back now for a Genk side that has been depleted by injuries and just does not have the class to match Chelsea's in the UEFA Champions League Group E clash.

A seventh minute chance for Torres went begging when he was in alone on goal, but hit the post from five yards. Four minutes later, with Raul Meireles having already put Chelsea in front, Frank Lampard slipped a pass into the Spaniard and put him in on goal. Torres took the chance confidently, slotting the ball home and putting the Blues ahead 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. It's a welcome goal for Torres, as he continues to try to shake the poor run of form that has haunted him since joining the Blues.

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Raul Meireles Strikes First

It took seven minutes for Raul Meireles to create a great chance for Chelsea, but that went begging so in the eighth minute he decided to score the opening goal. The midfielder hit an incredible long ball to Fernando Torres, but Torres' shot hit the post despite being in alone from five yards so Meireles took matters into his own hands with a strike from distance that has put the Blues in front of Racing Genk.

Meireles gathered a pass rom Ashley Cole a little more than 20 yards from goal. He turned towards goal and for reasons unknown, Genk's defend chose not to close him down. Having been given space, Meireles stepped into the shot, beat the keeper and the Blues were predictably in front at Stamford Bridge.

A win by Chelsea will give them seven points from three UEFA Champions League Group E matches, well on their way to topping the group. Genk look destined to be stuck on one point.

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

Chelsea are likely confident going into their UEFA Champions League match at home against Racing Genk, who are struggling for fitness in the back. They're so supremely confident that Juan Mata and John Obi Mikel are being rested to give some playing time to Nicolas Anelka and Oriel Romeu. Here are the lineups.

Chelsea Lineup (4-3-3): Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole; Romeu, Lampard, Meireles; Malouda, Anelka, Torres

Substitutes from: Turnbull, Mata, Mikel, Ferreira, Kalou, Sturridge, Alex

Genk Lineup (4-3-3): Koteles; Masuero, van den Borre, Ngongca, Hyland; Tozser, Pudil, Buffel; Vossen, Barda, de Bruyne

Substitutes from: Sandomierski, Camus, Ndabashinze, Durwael, Nwanganga, Ogunjimi, Limbombe

Jelle Vossen and Kevin de Bruyne are supremely talented youngsters on the fringes of regular playing time in their national team, so this isn't an inherent cakewalk for the Blues. However, that Genk defense looks less than intimidating.

For more on Chelsea vs. Genk and everything about the Blues in general, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk, 2011 UEFA Champions League: We Ain't Got No History Outlines Genk's Defensive Woes

Racing Genk are an extremely talented side. This is why - and you may have gathered this information on your own - they were able to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately for them, a lot of that talent is injured at the moment. Talented young Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne, a rumored transfer target for Chelsea, is just coming back from injury. Meanwhile, Genk's entire back line is injured. Yes, they don't have any fit defenders. Really. Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History explains.

It's slightly annoying that we didn't succeed in prying Kevin de Bruyne out of Genk's hands on August 31st, both because we'd have yet another lovely little prospect on our hands and we'd probably be able to force their best player to sit these two matches out. Perhaps Chelsea bought their back line, though - there appear to be zero fit defenders travelling to Stamford Bridge with David Hubert, Jeroen Simaeys and Torben Joneleit all staying at home and Nadsen also a huge doubt. Daniel Pudil, ostensibly a winger, has been forced to play at fullback and thus has been blighted with the curse as well.

In other words, the Genk lineup is going to really really weird.

This feels like it's going to be the game where Fernando Torres scores a hat trick and snaps out of his long-term scoring funk. Poor Genk, they're actually a pretty decent side when they're healthy.

For more on Chelsea vs. Genk and everything about the Blues in general, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History.

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Chelsea Vs. Racing Genk, 2011 UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 Preview: Blues Get A Midweek Nap

A depleted Racing Genk team goes to Stamford Bridge for a Group E Champions League showdown with almost no hope of a result against mighty Chelsea

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