Willian scored twice and was fouled for two penalties as Chelsea cruised into the Champions League knockout stages with a 4-0 win over 10-man Qarabag at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.

Two penalties and a first-half red card for Qarabag captain Rashad Sadygov helped Chelsea towards a third win from five Group C games to qualify ahead of December’s home clash with Atletico Madrid.

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas converted from the spot, while Willian marked his 200th Blues appearance with two sublime goals.

What they said

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: “This group is showing great character. From the start we faced a lot of problems this season. Our answer was positive, almost always positive. These players show me every day great commitment, great will, desire to fight. We are a really good squad.”Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov: “I was mainly against the red card. Maybe if we were not a small country or small team the decision would’ve been different. Chelsea didn’t need this red card. The decision was a bit harsh.”

Tweet of the match

Star man – Willian

Brought down for the penalty and produced the highest quality moments when he scored Chelsea’s second and fourth goals.

Moment of the match

Willian’s first goal. Fabregas’ pass was flicked on by Pedro into Willian’s path. The Brazilian played the ball to Hazard, who returned it with his heel and Willian finished with aplomb to mark his 200th Chelsea appearance with his 33rd goal.

Data point

Chelsea turned failure into success five seasons ago Chelsea turned failure into success five seasons ago (Nick Potts/PA)

Chelsea have now reached the Champions League last 16 in 14 of their last 15 attempts. The exception was in 2012-13 when the Blues became the first champions to exit at the group stage, only to bounce back by winning the Europa League.

Player ratings

Qarabag: Ibrahim Sehic 7 (out of 10), Maksim Medvedev 6, Rashad Sadygov 4, Jakub Rzezniczak 5, Ansi Agolli 5, Richard Almeida 5, Gara Garayev 5, Donald Guerrirer 5, Michel 6, Mahi Madatov 5, Dino Ndlovu 6. Subs: Joshgun Diniyev (for Madatov, 46) 6, Elvin Yunuszada (for Guerrier, 80) 5, Dani Quintana (for Ndlovu, 85) 5.Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 6 (out of 10), Cesar Azpilicueta 7, David Luiz 6, Antonio Rudiger 6, Davide Zappacosta 6, N’Golo Kante 6, Cesc Fabregas 7, Marcos Alonso 6, Willian 8, Eden Hazard 6, Pedro 7. Subs: Gary Cahill (on for Alonso, 58 minutes) 6, Alvaro Morata (for Hazard, 65) 6, Danny Drinkwater (for Kante, 75) 6.

Who’s up next?

Zira v Qarabag (Azerbaijan League, November 26)

Liverpool v Chelsea (Premier League, November 25)