GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Fernando Torres scored twice as a clinical Chelsea won 3-0 at Schalke to replace the German club at the top of Group E in the Champions League on Tuesday.
On his 100th start for Chelsea, Torres scored with a simple header after being left unmarked at the far post to meet Branislav Ivanovic's flick on from a corner in the fifth minute.
Torres effectively sealed the result on a counterattack in the 69th, and Eden Hazard wrapped up the scoring three minutes from time on another breakaway.
"The score is too high. It's very, very annoying to concede so early," said Schalke coach Jens Keller, who rued the "three, four missed chances."
"A team like Chelsea doesn't allow more," he said.
Steaua Bucharest drew 1-1 at home with Basel in the other group game, meaning Schalke is second behind Chelsea on goal difference.
Chelsea had been playing catch-up after starting the group with a surprise defeat at home to Basel.
"It was an important victory for us," said Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, who won the Champions League at Schalke's stadium with Porto in 2004.
"I told the players after the Basel match that the performance was garbage and we had to correct it, and we have with two consecutive victories away from home," Mourinho said.
Schalke failed to really trouble Chelsea's compact defense despite dominating possession, with Jose Mourinho's side content to sit back and defend the early lead.