Chelsea 1 Zenit St Petersburg 0 LIVE REACTION: Lukaku nets winner as Champions League holders make winning start

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CHELSEA started their Champions League title defence with a house victory in opposition to Russian facet Zenit.

Romelu Lukaku as rapidly as as quickly as additional proved to be the excellence, heading dwelling from a pinpoint Cesar Azpilicueta cross contained in the second half.

  • Final rating: Chelsea 1 Zenit 0

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  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 22:38

    GOODBYE FROM THE BRIDGE

    One-nil to the Chelsea! This season’s Champions League promoting advertising and marketing marketing campaign has begun inside the same methodology as the last word ended.

    While tonight’s slender victory isn’t going to be celebrated as wildly as May’s closing triumph, the way in which during which by which the holders dug out a distinct segment day win will please Thomas Tuchel and his acolytes.

    Romelu Lukaku as rapidly as as quickly as additional did the job he was launched as soon as extra for, scoring the decisive objective when all completely totally different routes regarded futile.

    So the Champions League holders are up and dealing for 2021-22, tomorrow it’s going to be the flip of the overwhelmed finalists. Manchester City’s dwelling fixture with RB Leipzig is one among eight group video video video games on the agenda, and it is doable you may observe all the motion with us correct proper right here.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 22:27

    KEEPING IT CLEAN

    Thirteen? Unlucky for some, probably, nonetheless not Edouard Mendy.

    The Chelsea goalkeeper survived an damage scare contained in the warm-up this night to care for his tenth Champions League clear sheet. The spectacular milestone has been launched up in merely 13 appearances since he joined the membership.

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  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 22:23

    THOMAS NEVER DOUBTED

    Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has expressed his delight on the dedication confirmed by his gamers to interrupt down a resilient Zenit Saint Petersburg facet.

    “It was not irritating, it was extremely efficient in opposition to a extraordinarily sturdy opponent.

    “We needed to work actually arduous to have excessive ball recoveries which we did. We launched an infinite depth to the sport, and we tried to care for the depth excessive, on and off the ball, nonetheless it actually took time.

    “We struggled to create probabilities and pictures inside the primary half. The second half was a bit simpler for us to look out little area, and uncover these moments to shoot and create probabilities.

    “It was a deserved win, but it was hard work.”

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 22:03

    H-ERE WE GO

    Favourites to top of the range ahead of a ball was kicked, Juventus and Chelsea already uncover themselves on the extreme of Group H after matchday one. However, whereas the Blues laboured to their dwelling success, Juve cruised to victory in Sweden with their closing objective coming courtesy of former Chelsea ahead, Alvaro Morata.

    • Chelsea 1-0 Zenit
    • Malmo 0-3 Juventus
    Credit: UEFA.COM
  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:59

    FULL TIME STATS

    Chelsea created little at Stamford Bridge, nonetheless when you might have a finisher of Romelu Lukaku’s calibre, there’s regularly an opportunity. The striker scored the sport’s solely objective from his solely attempt on the right track this night.

    Credit: UEFA.COM
  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:55

    FT: CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    The Champions League holders start their defence with a win in Group H, nonetheless they needed to work arduous for it. Against a disciplined Zenit facet, the Blues huffed and puffed with out pleasure till Romelu Lukaku continued his vibrant start to life as soon as extra on the Bridge by rising highest to go dwelling Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:51

    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!
    THE FINAL WHISTLE IS BLOWN!

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:51

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    90+4. An glorious kind out from Douglas Santos denies Romelu Lukaku a second objective that may have sealed the parts in type.

    The striker regarded in objective following a fast Chelsea counter, just for the Zenit captain to execute arguably the difficulty of the night time with the sport’s final act.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:49

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    90+3. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s reward for his slapdash performances on mortgage at Fulham final season is a Champions League cameo.

    The midfielder comes on for Mason Mount.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:49

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    90. Four minutes of extra time are signalled by the fourth official.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:48

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    89. On commentary, Ian Darke parts out that Zenit’s solely earlier win in England was in opposition to Bradford at Valley Parade contained in the Intertoto Cup.

    *Insert no matter occurred to Bradford/the Intertoto Cup remark correct proper right here*

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:46

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    88. The final rolls of Sergei Semak’s cube. Andrei Mostovoy and Danil Krugovoi are on, Claudinho and Yaroslav Rakits’kyy go off.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:44

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    87. Just a couple of minutes preserve, and Chelsea nonetheless lead nonetheless solely by one objective.

    And as everybody is aware of, when it is just one objective, one factor can occur.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:43

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    85. Rudiger continues to reinvent himself as a marauding winger as he goes on one totally different surging run down the left.

    This time, he slips in Chilwell on the overlap, nonetheless the substitute’s cross is in the reduction of out by a panicked Zenit defence.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:42

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    83. The lesser-seen Ben Chilwell. The defender is on for Marcos Alonso as Thiago Silva replaces Cesar Azplicueta.

    Zenit have furthermore made a change, Kirill Kravtsov has come on for Daler Kuzyaev.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:39

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    80. Dzyuba! Must be! Wide!

    Three fast passes and Azmoun finds himself in on the appropriate, and his first time present seems good for his strike companion sliding in.

    Dzyuba will get his foot to the low cross, nonetheless with out the pliability necessary to take it earlier Mendy. Instead the attempt trickles broad, and the striker crashes into the house goalkeeper.

    An huge likelihood for the huge man to equalise, nonetheless Chelsea survive.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:36

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    79. Ben Chilwell warms up and appears set to play his first minutes of soccer since final season.

    So clearly that is the cue for Alonso to level off his expertise by twisting earlier two defenders and firing a shot merely broad.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:34

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    77. It seems the corporate are going to take an extra direct route now following the introduction of Dzyuba.

    The 33-year-old is an absolute unit up entrance.

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    Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:32

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    75. A double substitution from Zenit, and Sergei Semak is clearly chasing the equaliser.

    The massive man, Artem Dzyuba, is on to companion Azmoun, and as nicely as on is the Russian worldwide, Aleksandr Erokhin. Off go Wendel and Malcom.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:30

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    72. Mount virtually provides a quickfire second, nonetheless makes an strive one flip too many in his need to look out area to shoot inside the world.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:29

    CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

    69. Romelu Lukaku has his first Champions League objective for Chelsea!

    The striker as rapidly as as quickly as additional reveals his value merely when it regarded as although his facet had run out of concepts to interrupt down a cussed Zenit outfit.

    Cesar Azplicueta carried out his half, delivering a scrumptious deep cross from the appropriate, and there was Lukaku, peeling off his marker on the as soon as extra put up, to go delicately down and former Stanislav Kritsyuk.

    The Champions League holders are off and dealing!

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:26

    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!
    ROMELU LUKAKU BREAKS THE DEADLOCK!!

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:25

    CHELSEA 0-0 ZENIT

    68. Another glimpse of the Zenit menace on the counter.

    Azmoun fails to handle a fast cross ahead, nonetheless Wendel follows up and takes sight. He unleashes a protracted differ roller that is plucked out of the air by Mendy,

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:24

    CHELSEA 0-0 ZENIT

    66. More stress. More corners. Again, Alonso fails to get his deliveries away from the Zenit goalkeeper.

  • Sam Dymond14th Sep 2021, 21:23

    CHELSEA 0-0 ZENIT

    64. Chelsea protect pushing and probing. The sport is being carried out virtually fully contained in the Zenit half.

    The dwelling facet even drive only a few corners which have Kritsyuk flapping the ball away from the hazard.

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