Chelsea arrange a Champions League showdown with Juventus at Stamford Bridge after claiming their third Group H win away at Malmo.
A dominant efficiency introduced simply the solitary Hakim Ziyech objective. However that was sufficient to go degree on factors with the Italians forward of their match agains Zenit. And there’s now a possible winner-takes-all situation when the 2 sides face after the worldwide break.
Thomas Tuchel made simply three modifications from the weekend win over Newcastle. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcus Alonso changed the first-choice full-back pair of Reece James and Ben Chilwell.
And Ruben Loftus-Cheek additionally got here into the facet for N’Golo Kante.
The Blues acquired on the entrance foot proper from the off. Kai Havertz was quickly within the Malmo field the place he went down after contact, however claims for a penalty had been dismissed regardless of a VAR verify.
A free Loftus-Cheek cross being pounced upon led to the hosts counter-attacking. The break got here to nothing as they regarded to impose themselves on the sport.
Azpilicueta registered the primary shot on the right track for both facet when his low left-footed shot was put huge by Johan Dahlin.
The goalkeeper needed to save once more quickly after. Havertz made waves down the best flank earlier than feeding Ziyech, who noticed his shot smothered.
The Swedish outfit did get ahead themselves as soon as extra and had been claiming for a penalty of their very own when Andreas Christensen tackled Sebastian Nanasi. The referee once more waved play on.
Havertz had a golden alternative to present his facet the lead when Loftus-Cheek performed him by way of one-on-one. His dinked try was under-hit and saved, although.
Regardless of racking as much as 14 makes an attempt on objective, with half of them on the right track, the reigning European champions couldn’t discover a breakthrough earlier than half-time.
They usually survived a scare simply earlier than the whistle. Antonio Colak’s volley sailed simply previous Edouard Mendy’s put up.
Chelsea discovered the goal twice extra quickly after the restart. Dahlin was equal to Ziyech’s and Loftus-Cheek’s efforts, the latter off which he needed to flip over the bar.
Wingers breach Malmo defence
Then lastly the impasse was damaged as Callum Hudson-Odoi broke away down the best wing and performed the ball throughout to Ziyech, who tapped into an empty internet.
The sport died down after the objective till Thiago Silva went near including a second. His glanced header from a nook was cleared off the road on the again put up.
The centre-back then grew to become the primary participant to enter Felix Brych’s guide for committing a foul as Malmo regarded to counter.
Tuchel’s first substitution noticed Christian Pulisic return for his first look since August. He changed goalscorer Ziyech.
Ross Barkley was additionally introduced on by the German supervisor, taking the place of Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea ought to have had a second by way of Havertz. The ahead was once more performed in by Loftus-Cheek, this time receiving a fragile chip which he fired straight at Dahlin.
They noticed out the rest of the match in skilled model to wrap up all three factors.