Fernando Torres scored twice to help Chelsea take a huge stride towards the Europa League's last four.

Torres stabbed home from close range following David Luiz's clever pass before Victor Moses doubled the lead with a terrific 16-yard finish.

Bibras Natcho's penalty gave Rubin hope after John Terry had handled.

But Torres's header from Juan Mata's cross in the quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge leaves Chelsea well placed to advance.

There is still work to do in the return leg in Moscow for Rafael Benitez's side next week, but this was as good as Chelsea's interim boss could have hoped for after a hectic week of action.

Rubin Kazan have overcome holders Atletico Madrid, Partizan Belgrade, Inter Milan and Levante in Europe's second-tier competition.

Yet this was job done as far as the Blues were concerned on a satisfactory night at Stamford Bridge.

Home sweet home

They might have lost their last three Premier League away matches, but Chelsea have now won five in a row in all competitions at Stamford Bridge

This was Chelsea's third game inside a week yet Benitez's side looked far from jaded as they raced into a 2-0 lead.

Torres, one of six players recalled to the side after Monday's FA Cup victory over Manchester United, stabbed home from close range following Luiz's delightful 16th-minute long pass caused panic inside the Russians' penalty area.

Having eliminated Atletico earlier in the competition, Rubin were looking to become the first team to knock out both last season's reigning Champions League winners and Europa League champions.

Yet they fell further behind when Moses rifled the ball into the roof of the net from 16-yards in the 32nd minute - his second European goal since joining from Wigan Athletic for £9m last August - after more poor defending from Rubin.

Chelsea were in full command of their 56th game of the campaign, as the fourth best team in the Russian Premier League were forced into a damage limitation exercise.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who faced Southampton last Saturday and Manchester United on Monday, had yet to be seriously tested but that was all to change four minutes before half-time.

Terry, an absentee from the starting line-up against United, was harshly adjudged by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi to have handled Cristian Ansaldi's shot inside his own area and Natcho's textbook penalty gave the tie a totally different complexion.

Suddenly, Chelsea had work to do to avoid a difficult night in Moscow.

Mata went close in the 48th minute with a left-foot shot which was saved before Rubin spurned a glorious chance to equalise when substitute Jose Rondon shot tamely at Cech in a great position.

But Torres capped one of his better performances of the season with a goal 20 minutes from time that gives Chelsea breathing space.

It was made in Spain, Mata providing the cross for his international team-mate to nod home his sixth European goal of the campaign after out-jumping the Russian defence.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 04 Luiz
  • 26 Terry Booked
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 34 Bertrand
  • 07 Ramires
  • 08 Lampard
  • 10 Mata (Oscar - 78' )
  • 13 Moses (Hazard - 65' )
  • 30 Benayoun Booked (Marin - 83' Booked )
  • 09 Torres

Substitutes

  • 22 Turnbull
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 19 Ferreira
  • 11 Oscar
  • 12 Mikel
  • 17 Hazard
  • 21 Marin

Rubin Kazan

  • 01 Ryzhikov
  • 02 Kuzmin (Kasaev - 82' )
  • 03 Ansaldi
  • 04 Cesar Navas
  • 76 Sharonov
  • 06 Orbaiz Booked
  • 19 Kaleshin
  • 23 Eremenko
  • 61 Karadeniz
  • 66 Natcho
  • 22 Dyadyun (Jose Rondon - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Arlauskis
  • 25 Marcano
  • 08 Ryazantsev
  • 10 Kasaev
  • 15 Kisliak
  • 55 Gokhan Tore
  • 99 Jose Rondon
Ref: Rocchi
Att: 32,994

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

7 5

Corners

9 3

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:46 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:58

Free kick crossed right-footed by Bebras Natcho from left wing, clearance made by John Terry. Roman Eremenko takes a shot. Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.

90:00 +1:58 Booking

Booking Marko Marin shown a yellow card.

90:00 +1:53

Unfair challenge on Alan Kasaev by Marko Marin results in a free kick.

90:00 +0:37

Alan Kasaev gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.

89:50

The ball is swung over by Cesar Azpilicueta, clearance by Vitali Kaleshin. Effort from outside the penalty box by Nascimento Ramires goes wide right of the goal.

89:32

Vitali Kaleshin concedes a free kick for a foul on Eden Hazard. Eden Hazard takes the direct free kick.

88:31

The ball is sent over by Eden Hazard, comfortable save by Sergei Ryzhikov.

87:40

Cristian Ansaldi produces a cross, blocked by Cesar Azpilicueta.

86:37

The ball is swung over by Gokdeniz Karadeniz.

86:04

Free kick taken by David Luiz.

86:04 Booking

Booking Pablo Orbaiz is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

85:57

Pablo Orbaiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Nascimento Ramires.

84:33

Alan Kasaev is adjudged to have handled the ball. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.

81:47

Sergei Ryzhikov restarts play with the free kick.

81:47 Substitution

Substitution Marko Marin replaces Yossi Benayoun.

81:47 Substitution

Substitution Alan Kasaev is brought on as a substitute for Oleg Kuzmin.

81:47

The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres.

81:10

Corner taken right-footed by Eden Hazard from the left by-line, Cristian Ansaldi makes a clearance. Nascimento Ramires takes a shot.

80:35

A cross is delivered by Frank Lampard, Gokdeniz Karadeniz manages to make a clearance. Corner taken short by Eden Hazard.

80:21

Corner taken short by Eden Hazard.

77:56

The ball is crossed by Gokdeniz Karadeniz, clearance by John Terry.

76:47

Pablo Orbaiz takes the direct free kick.

76:47 Substitution

Substitution Emboaba Oscar is brought on as a substitute for Juan Mata.

76:47 Booking

Booking Yossi Benayoun receives a caution.

76:41

Yossi Benayoun concedes a free kick for a foul on Cristian Ansaldi.

75:08

John Terry challenges Jose Salomon Rondon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bebras Natcho. Gokdeniz Karadeniz is ruled offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

72:57

Centre by Cristian Ansaldi.

69:31

Juan Mata provided the assist for the goal.

69:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Fernando Torres - Chelsea 3 - 1 R Kazan Fernando Torres finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Chelsea 3-1 Rubin Kazan.

69:27

The ball is delivered by Juan Mata,

69:08

The ball is sent over by Roman Eremenko, clearance made by John Terry.

68:15

Jose Salomon Rondon fouled by David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cristian Ansaldi.

66:15

Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, save by Sergei Ryzhikov.

64:38

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, Pablo Orbaiz makes a clearance.

64:38 Substitution

Substitution Eden Hazard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Victor Moses.

63:54

Jose Salomon Rondon takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.

61:42

Nascimento Ramires has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

61:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Juan Mata on Roman Eremenko. Roman Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.

59:55

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Vitali Kaleshin gets a block in.

59:06

Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, John Terry produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

58:36

The ball is swung over by Fernando Torres, Gokdeniz Karadeniz manages to make a clearance.

58:09

Juan Mata fouled by Vitali Kaleshin, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Bertrand takes the direct free kick.

57:18

Cristian Ansaldi delivers the ball, clearance by John Terry.

56:02

Inswinging corner taken by Bebras Natcho from the left by-line, Petr Cech makes a save.

55:26

The ball is delivered by Bebras Natcho.

54:56

The ball is crossed by Roman Eremenko, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

51:16

The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres, Sergei Ryzhikov makes a save.

51:05

Corner from right by-line taken by Juan Mata.

50:09

Juan Mata produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Yossi Benayoun goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

49:46

Victor Moses takes a shot. Cristian Ansaldi gets a block in.

48:52

Juan Mata takes a shot. Save made by Sergei Ryzhikov.

48:36

A cross is delivered by Ryan Bertrand.

47:59

Foul by Gokdeniz Karadeniz on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata, Jose Salomon Rondon makes a clearance.

47:09

Cesar Azpilicueta crosses the ball, save by Sergei Ryzhikov.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jose Salomon Rondon on for Vladimir Dyadyun.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:35

Cristian Ansaldi produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

42:13

Fernando Torres produces a cross, clearance by Roman Sharonov.

40:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Bebras Natcho - Chelsea 2 - 1 R Kazan Placed penalty scored by Bebras Natcho. Chelsea 2-1 Rubin Kazan.

40:31 Booking

Booking John Terry receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

39:59

Cristian Ansaldi takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in. Handball decision goes against John Terry.

38:28

Roman Eremenko takes a shot.

36:16

Inswinging corner taken by Bebras Natcho from the left by-line played to the near post, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

34:39

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Bebras Natcho, clearance by Fernando Torres.

33:24

The ball is sent over by Roman Eremenko, clearance by David Luiz.

31:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Victor Moses - Chelsea 2 - 0 R Kazan Victor Moses scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Rubin Kazan.

31:37

Cesar Azpilicueta produces a cross, Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Sergei Ryzhikov.

31:23

Ryan Bertrand sends in a cross, Cristian Ansaldi makes a clearance.

30:04

Vitali Kaleshin produces a cross, Nascimento Ramires makes a clearance.

28:59

Pablo Orbaiz fouled by David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. Gonzalez Cesar Navas restarts play with the free kick.

28:46

The ball is swung over by David Luiz, clearance by Roman Sharonov.

26:34

The referee blows for offside against Fernando Torres. Bebras Natcho restarts play with the free kick.

24:43

Corner taken by Juan Mata, clearance by Gonzalez Cesar Navas.

23:33

Pablo Orbaiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

23:04

Bebras Natcho takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.

21:32

Juan Mata crosses the ball, Header by Fernando Torres from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

21:14

Ryan Bertrand delivers the ball, blocked by Vitali Kaleshin.

20:57

The ball is swung over by Ryan Bertrand, clearance by Roman Sharonov.

20:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Roman Eremenko. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

19:55

Shot by Bebras Natcho. Save by Petr Cech.

18:30

The ball is swung over by Fernando Torres, Vitali Kaleshin manages to make a clearance.

17:39

Roman Eremenko takes a shot. Nascimento Ramires gets a block in.

15:51

The assist for the goal came from David Luiz.

15:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Fernando Torres - Chelsea 1 - 0 R Kazan Fernando Torres finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Rubin Kazan.

12:15

Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

10:20

Nascimento Ramires takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

8:01

Effort from outside the box by Cristian Ansaldi goes wide right of the target.

5:39

Nascimento Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Eremenko. Free kick taken by Sergei Ryzhikov.

5:26

Centre by Victor Moses, Vitali Kaleshin manages to make a clearance.

2:56

Cesar Azpilicueta produces a cross, Gonzalez Cesar Navas manages to make a clearance.

2:07

Roman Eremenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Nascimento Ramires. Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.

1:35

Nascimento Ramires challenges Roman Eremenko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bebras Natcho takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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