Chelsea atoned for their recent poor form by booking their place in the Champions League knockout phase with a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Porto at Stamford Bridge.
Ivan Marcano’s 12th-minute own-goal set the Blues on their way before Willian’s second-half strike capped off a fine performance by Jose Mourinho’s beleaguered side.
The Group G result, coupled with Dynamo Kiev’s victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv, means Chelsea join Manchester City and Arsenal in Monday’s last-16 draw at the expense of 2004 champions Porto, who drop into the Europa League.
Chelsea entered the game on the back of Saturday’s embarrassing defeat at home to Bournemouth, a game which Diego Costa missed following a reported spat with Mourinho.
Mourinho refused to acknowledge talk of his side dropping into the Europa League and reinstated Costa into his starting line-up, against the club with whom he made his name in management.
And Costa, the focal point of an invigorated Chelsea attack, was central to a move which saw the hosts break the deadlock after just 12 minutes.
Having been played through on goal, the Spain international’s low shot cannoned off Porto ‘keeper Iker Casillas and straight into Marcano, who inadvertently ricocheted the ball towards goal.
His defensive partner Maicon tried fruitlessly to prevent the ball from crossing the line but the fifth official confirmed the ball had and the goal was awarded.
Understandably, the breakthrough inspired the hosts who began to show signs of the scintillating form which saw them claim the Premier League title last season.