Chelsea cruise past Rennes

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CHELSEA swept to a 3-0 win over 10-man Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday after Dalbert was sent off for conceding two first-half penalties converted by Timo Werner.

  The Brazilian defender was booked for tripping Werner in the penalty area in the ninth minute, then received his second yellow card just before halftime when a shot by Tammy Abraham struck Dalbert’s leg and ricocheted up onto his outstretched arm.

  Werner, seemingly now on spot-kick duties ahead of Jorginho, dispatched both penalties to give Chelsea a two-goal lead by halftime, and Abraham added the third goal in the 50th minute.

  Chelsea’s second straight win in Group E kept the English team in first place, courtesy of its superior goal difference over Sevilla, and on course for a place in the knockout stage. Rennes looks to be battling with fellow competition newcomer Krasnodar for third place and a spot in the Europa League’s last 32, with both on one point.

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  Chelsea was without Germany playmaker Kai Havertz, who was self-isolating after contracting the coronavirus.

  Tammy Abraham rounded out the scoring for the hosts after Timo Werner had netted twice from the penalty spot, with Rennes’ Dalbert conceding both spot-kicks.

  The defender was booked on both occasions, and his resultant first-half sending-off had the visitors up against it in the latter period.

  Here’s how each player got on in the Group E meeting.

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