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Chelsea 6 Nordsjaelland 1 CHELSEA romped to victory last night but suffered the shame of becoming the first Champions League holders to be knocked out in the group stage.

A Fernando Torres (left) double helped Rafa Benitez to his first win as interim boss over the Danish champs. But Juventus beating Shakhtar Donetsk rendered the result academic. Chelsea, winners in Munich seven months ago, had qualified for the knockout rounds in their previous 10 campaigns in the TURN TO PAGE 57

RAFA WINS AND LOSES competition. They will now play in the Europa League for the first time after Christmas.

FFROM BACK PAGE ct awbai s" But last night at Stamford Bridge was the best performance of the brief Benitez reign and it followed a pre-match rallying cry from injured captain John Terry.

"Let's not beat around the bush," said Terry in his programme notes. "No wins in six games is simply not good enough and since I've been here I've not experienced a run like this.

ghl aa "We, as players, have to stand up and take responsibility - sta nd up and stick together. We demand a lot of ourselves and we have to focus on rediscovering the winning habit. Let's show some fight and desire for our club and for the shirt.

"Players will come and go, but what must always remain is the spirit within this club: never give up and fight for every last thing."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 6, 2012
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