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90+1min: FULL TIME. Chelsea win!

90min: Barkley tries his luck from a free kick won by RLC, but it’s just high.

87min: Fabregas tries to catch the goalkeeper off his line from the halfway line. Decent effort.

85min: Willian tries his luck after great work from RLC and CHO to get Chelsea into the attack, but Paschalakis equal to it.

82min: Hudson-Odoi goes for goal himself this time, but misses high and wide of the near post.

78min: GOAL!! Morata’s first touch is a header into the back of the net, assisted by Hudson-Odoi, with a nod to Gary Cahill who turned as a rigth back for a moment as well. 4-0, CHELSEA!

75min: Morata’s on to replace Giroud, who winces as his hat-trick chance is gone, but perhaps with a new stake claimed on the starting job. Varela replaces El Kaddouri for the visitors.

74min: Pace of game has really slowed as Chelsea pass the ball around without too much urgency.

70min: Christensen in an awkward fall after an aerial duel requires a bit of treatment. Alonso goes for a job to warm-up in case he’s needed.

68min: RLC continuing to make fools of the orange shirts, gets taken out the top of the penalty area, but no call from the referee.

66min: The rain’s here, and so is Willian for Pedro. Hudson-Odoi switches to the right wing.

63min: Ethan Ampadu makes his season debut, replacing Zappacosta. Ampadu playing right back? Takes less than a minute to win a strong challenge, in true style.

60min: GOAL!!! As scripted, Hudson-Odoi gets on the scoresheet! PAOK fail to clear and he takes a very clever shot to beat Paschalakis at his near post. 3-0, CHELSEA!

59min: Loose touch from Zappacosta almost gifts a chance to the visitors but Pedro’s on hand to help clear. It’s Pedro at the other end then as Fabregas finds him once again. A twist, a turn, but the shot is blocked for a corner. PAOK eventually clear, sort of.

56min: Another tremendous run from RLC as he destroys three but is stopped once again by the outstretched hands of Paschalakis. For once, Chelsea don’t waste the corner as Zappacosta’s long-range second effort flies just wide.

53min: Cahill takes the booking as he cynically hauls down the PAOK winger.

51min: Emerson does a David Luiz and PAOK are in, but the left back recovers in the nick of time to clear for a corner just before Warda could get the shot off.

50min: Wernbloom goes into the book for hacking down Hudson-Odoi. Emerson then wins a corner after some faffing about with CHO. Paschalakis catches easily.

48min: Great skill, strength and close control from RLC before Zappacosta’s latest cross is deflected for a corner. Pedro takes but instead it’s yet another PAOK counter that results from it. Chelsea recover well.

46min: And we’re back underway. No changes for Chelsea. PAOK put on Amr Warda for striker Prijovic.

HALF-TIME: A couple more chances go begging before the referee blows for half-time. Chelsea well in control.

39min: Chelsea find a blue shirt with a corner for once, but Christensen’s first-time volley almost hits the corner flag.

37min: GOAL!! It’s that man Giroud again, this time with a tremendous first-time finish of another Fabregas ball over the top. Wow! 2-0, CHELSEA! (Giroud has now scored Chelsea’s last four goals.)

35min: Another Emerson cross that misses Giroud by a matter of inches!

34min: Leo Jaba rakes his studs down CHO’s Achilles; he seems okay to carry on. Zappacosta meanwhile wins a corner, which is wasted and leads to a PAOK counter. Emerson tracks back to put a stop to it.

32min: Fabregas pings the ball out to Emerson, who launches a glorious cross that just barely misses Giroud’s head.

28min: Hudson-Odoi hits the bar as the high press wins the ball back.

27min: GOAL! At last. Another Fabregas ball over the top; great control from Pedro, who twists and turns and then lays it on for Giroud, who finishes cooly with his left into the far bottom corner. 1-0, CHELSEA!

25min: RLC and Emerson combine this time, but PAOK clear. Pedro then wastes a corner and PAOK counter. And then do nothing with it.

24min: Fabregas finds CHO who finds RLC who almost dances all the way through before a deflection off Giroud results in a goal kick.

22min: Mauricio does a bit of play-acting as Giroud puts a hand on him. Chelsea then waste a corner as well as a follow-up cross from Emerson.

20min: Tremendous save from Paschalakis as his fingertips divert a Loftus-Cheek effort wide of the post. Cahill then heads just wide as well from the ensuing corner.

18min: Chelsea block a three long-range efforts from the visitors, then resume possession. CHO tries to pick out a decent run from Barkley, but it’s too close to the goalkeeper.

15min: Christensen defends well against Prijovic, but Cahill then gifts it back to the opposition. RLC big-boys PAOK’s winger off the ball and Chelsea come forward. Zappacosta’s cross is deflected for a corner.

13min: Hudson-Odoi cuts inside and tries to find the low far corner, but there’s not quite enough curl on the ball and it goes wide. 30 seconds later he tries the same thing, but this time the shot is straight at the goalkeeper.

12min: RLC and CHO combine on the left, but no one’s home to finish off the cross. Chelsea then try the same on the right side, but PAOK defend well and chest it back to the goalkeeper who clears. Chelsea come again.

10min: Another typical Fabregas ball over the top finds Pedro, but his shot flies well over after he’s closed down by Vieirinha.

8min: Fabregas takes the free kick and tries to roll it under the wall, but it misses the near post.

7min: RED CARD! Giroud fouled by the last man after PAOK give the ball away. No arguments from Khacheridi.

5min: Christensen’s turn to give it away, but Kepa’s alert to the danger and collects the ball over the top. Fabregas then launches one over the top for Pedro, who picks his cross that’s just cleared ahead of Giroud & CHO. Hudson-Odoi’s cross then is collected by the goalkeeper.

4min: Zappacosta gives the ball away, Pedro tracks back and is called for a foul in stopping the attack. With some difficulty, the ball is cleared from the ensuing free kick.

2min: Pedro and Zappacosta work a 1-2 but the latter’s low cross is easily cleared. Chelsea establishing early possession. Pedro then wins a corner as his shot is blocked. He takes the corner, but it’s over the head of everyone. Chelsea maintain possession.

KICK-OFF: Without kicking a ball, Chelsea have already won the group, as BATE beat Vidi in the early match. Chelsea get us underway, and aim the usual kick down the left flank for Emerson & Hudson-Odoi and win a throw.

Chelsea need one point to guarantee top spot in Group L of the Europa League group stages, but otherwise the only thing up for grabs today are personal and professional pride.

And perhaps a few first-team minutes for some youngsters, such as Callum Hudson-Odoi, who does get the start after all. Sarri seemed unwilling to give the 18-year-old the start today, but perhaps he heard some of vociferous reaction to it and changed his mind.

In any case, arise, Notorious C.H.O., this is your time. Do us proud! (Nice to see Ethan Ampadu on the bench as well.)

Here we go.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Emerson, Christensen, Cahill (c), Zappacosta | Barkley, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek | Hudso-Odoi, Giroud, Pedro

Substitutes from: Caballero, Alonso, Ampadu, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Morata

PAOK starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Paschalakis | Vieirinha (c), Crespo, Khacheridi, Leo Matos | Wenbloom, Mauricio | El Kaddouri, Shakhov, Leo Jaba | Prijovic

Substitutes from: Rey, Varela, Pelkas, Biseswar, Akpom, Warda, Canas

Date / Time: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 20:00 GMT; 3pm EST; 1:30am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Kristo Tohver

On TV: BT Sport 2 (UK); Univision Deportes (USA); Sony TEN 2 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: BT Sport Live (UK); Univision Deportes En Vivo; B/R Live (USA); Sony LIV (India); Fubo TV (affiliate link — USA only)

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