ZILINA (Slovakia) (AFP) Nicolas Anelka scored twice for Chelsea to help the English champions breeze past MSK Zilina 4-1 on Wednesday in their Champions League opener. Michael Essien opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a low shot after an Anelka pass from the left wing. In the 24th minute, Anelka beat Zilina keeper Martin Dubravka with a low shot across the box after Florent Malouda had chipped the ball superbly over the MSK defence. Anelka silenced the home crowd four minutes later, making it 3-0 with an easy rebound after Chelsea captain John Terry had hit the crossbar with a powerful header from a Malouda corner. Malouda then almost made it 4-0 but his shot from 10 metres out, which was heading for an empty net, was deflected wide by Zilina skipper Mario Pecalka. Zilina, making their debut in the tournament, created few scoring chances throughout the game. A long-range shot from their Bosnian midfielder Admir Vladavic was saved by Chelsea keeper Peter Cech shortly before half-time and Babatounde Bello then headed wide. Daniel Sturridge scored a fourth for Chelsea in the 48th minute from a break, beating Dubravka and Pecalka after a neat pass from Yossi Benayoun. The first half was fantastic, said Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti. We played very well on the counter-attack. We had a lot of chances. It was a fantastic performance. The second half was different. We had a good control of the game. We are doing very well. We are in a good moment. We started well in the Premier League and in the Champions League - everything is okay now. Zilina pushed for a consolation goal as the game progressed, with Vladavic missing narrowly from 16 metres in the 49th minute. Their effort was rewarded 55 minutes into the game. Tomas Oravec scored after Branislav Ivanovic and Cech got into a terrible tangle. I lost a cross in the floodlights, but I dont want to make excuses. It was my fault, Cech said. Oravec added: Chelsea capitalised on all their chances at the beginning and then it was tough to play against a team like that... it was naive to think we could equal them. Chelsea took their foot off the gas and coach Carlo Ancelotti could afford to send on youngsters Josh McEachran, Gael Kakuta and Patrick Van Aanholt for a rare taste of European action. We have an important squad. We want at this moment to use all the players, said Ancelotti who was without the suspended Didier Drogba, the injured Frank Lampard and the rested Ashley Cole. Chelsea showed their strength, we just couldnt keep pace with them, said Zilinas Czech coach Pavel Hapal. Ita pity we couldnt score one more. The result is a lesson for us, but Im not disappointed. In the next round of Group F matches on September 28, Chelsea will welcome Marseille, who lost to Spartak Moscow 1-0 on Wednesday with a late own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta. Zilina go to Moscow on the same day. Shakhtar edge out Partizan Shakhtar Donetsk shrugged off the loss of influential Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho to defeat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in their Champions League Group H opener. Croatian international Darijo Srna scored the only goal from a direct free-kick on 71 minutes to give the Ukraine side another home win over the Serbs, having defeated them 4-1 in the Europa Leage last season. Fernandinho will miss the entire group stage after breaking his leg at Obolon Kyiv on Friday. Despite that setback, Shakhtar were still too good for a Partizan side who are unbeaten in 37 Serbian Super League matches.