Torres double in vain as Blues crash out
Rafael Benitez finally notched a win as Chelsea boss but was powerless to stop them becoming the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas.
Fernando Torres ended his goal drought in a 6-1 win against FC Nordsjaelland but the European champions were consigned to the Europa League after Juventus won at Shakhtar Donetsk to top Group E.
Torres even scored twice after David Luiz put Chelsea ahead from the spot. Joshua John did make it 2-1 but Gary Cahill, Juan Mata and substitute Oscar ensured the holders at least bowed out with their biggest ever Champions League victory and ended their six-match winless streak, three of which were overseen by Benitez.
Benitez's job against the Group E whipping boys got even easier when Nordsjaelland centre-back Ivan Runje was carried off injured inside five minutes. The visitors almost conceded but Jesper Hansen held Victor Moses' crisp near-post volley from an Ashley Cole cross.
Mikel Beckmann joined the fray before Torres had the ball in the net, chipping Hansen having already been flagged offside. Torres then failed to react to Moses' drilled cross, poked another one-two with Mata straight at Hansen, and fell over attempting an overhead kick.
The visitors tried their luck at the right end through Kasper Lorentzen and Enoch Adu and were rewarded in the 31st minute when referee Bas Nijhuis adjudged Cahill to have handled Anders Christiansen's shot on the edge of the area. Chelsea protested but it did not matter as Petr Cech guessed right to keep out Stokholm's penalty.
Cahill got his revenge when his header from the resulting corner hit the arm of Beckmann but Hazard's weak penalty was also saved. Nijhuis then awarded a third spot-kick for handball moments later when Patrick Mtiliga blocked Mata's shot and this time, Luiz took charge, firing the ball high into the net.
Torres finally found the net in stoppage time, his finish from Moses' ball hit Hansen and rebounded back off the striker, who accidentally trod on the keeper before gobbling up the rebound.
Torres' strike was cancelled out straight after half-time when John got in behind Branislav Ivanovic to lift Lorentzen's ball over the advancing Cech. But Cahill restored the advantage five minutes later when he hung in the air to loop a superb header into the corner of the net from Mata's free-kick.
Five minutes after that, Torres brilliantly finished off a sweeping break by poking in Hazard's cutback. And Chelsea continued to attack as Mata beat Hansen at the second attempt after a one-two with Hazard. Oscar then finished smartly for his fifth Champions League goal in six games but it was goals elsewhere Chelsea and Benitez needed.