Torres treble sparks Chelsea

Crisis, what crisis ... Fernando Torres celebrates one of his three goals against QPR (Getty)

A hat-trick by Fernando Torres has helped Chelsea to a 6-1 thumping of Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League.

Torres scored twice in a first half that saw Chelsea 4-0 up in the 25th minute at Stamford Bridge, with Daniel Sturridge taking just 46 seconds to open the scoring and Chelsea captain John Terry on target as well.

Spain striker Torres completed his treble in the 64th minute.

Florent Malouda made it 6-0 in the 80th minute before Djibril Cisse scored for QPR six minutes from time.

Victory took Champions League finalist Chelsea up to fifth place, two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, which was due to play relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers later in the day, and just a point behind fourth-placed Newcastle.

Only the top four clubs at the end of the Premier League season are due to qualify for next term's Champions League, although that number will be reduced to three if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in this season's final.

Defeat left QPR above the relegation zone on goal difference alone, with two games of the season left.

For Chelsea, which overcame the handicap of having Terry sent off to record a remarkable 2-2 draw away to champion Barcelona in midweek that saw it into the Champions League, this west London derby win capped a memorable week.

It also set them up in style for Thursday's match against Newcastle United, which precedes Chelsea's FA Cup final clash against Liverpool at Wembley next weekend.

Source AFP