Drama at the end as Zenit snatch a point and deny Chelsea top spot in Group H, as Juventus edge Malmo 1-0.
FULL-TIME: It’s all OVER….Zenit 3-3 Chelsea
94′ MIN: Erokhin nets in injury time to level things up here in St. Petersburg. As it stands, the Blues will finish second behind Juventus.
SIX MINUTES of added time!!!
85′ MIN: It’s a brace for Werner as he scores his second goal on the night, with Christian Pulisic being the assist provider.
GOOOAAALLLL!!! (Timo Werner)
85′ MIN: Meanwhile in Turin, Juventus still leads 1-0 over Malmo and WILL finish top of Group H as things stand.
82′ MIN: Juventus make a second change as Juan Cuadrado comes on for Federico Bernadeschi.
75′ MIN: Another double substitution for Chelsea as Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez are OFF while Kai Havertz and Marcus Alonso are ON.
65’MIN: Chelsea make a double substitution as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley both make way for Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.
The Blues have EQUALIZED and it is the big Belgian Romelu Lukaku who brings Chelsea level off an assist by fellow strike partner Timo Werner.
62′ MIN: Zenit 2-2 Chelsea (Lukaku)
The second half has commenced, with Chelsea trailing Zenit 2-1.
46′ MIN: The Old Lady makes their first substitution as Alvaro Morata comes on for Paulo Dybala. Second half underway!
At the Turin Stadium, the opening half sees Juventus lead Malmo 1-0.
Chelsea have conceded seven goals in their last four matches, as much as they have let in their previous 19 encounters.
HALF-TIME: The hosts take a 2-1 lead going into the break. Chelsea won began the game brightly must now come up with a response in the next 45 minutes.
The Blues lose the ball in midfield as Sardar Azmoun beats the offside trap, rounds Kepa Arizzabalaga to slide home. After VAR checks, the goal is allowed to stand as it was adjudged that Christensen played Azmoun onside.
The Russians have turned it around!!!
41′ MIN: Zenit 2-1 Chelsea (Sardar Azmoun)
Poor marking from Chelsea sees Claudinho head in Douglas Santos’ cross from the left.
38′ MIN: Zenit 1-1 Chelsea (Claudinho)
Meanwhile….at our other match centre, Juventus have taken the lead through Moise Kean off a delightful assist from Federico Bernadeschi.
18’MIN: Juventus 1-0 Malmo (Kean)
Timo Werner puts the Blues in front. Mason Mount’s corner is helped on to the path of the German by Danish international Andreas Christensen, as Werner slots into an empty net.
2′ MIN: Zenit 0-1 Chelsea (Werner)
We are underway………..
Juventus have lost four of their last nine matches across all competitions.
Juventus line-up will see Argentine forward Paulo Dybala and Moise Kean partner upfront in attck, while Leonardo Bonucci will be the man to rely on in the heart of defence.
The Old Lady of Turin will take on already-eliminated Swedish outfit Malmo in their last group match. The Bianconeri are through to the knockout rounds but can still pip leaders and current defending champions Chelsea to the top spot – if they better whatever result the Blues might play out in their own fixture.
JUVENTUS VS MALMO:
Blues gaffer Thomas Tuchel has tweaked his squad, following last weekend’s 3-2 defeat away to West Ham United in the Premier League. The German tactician has made eight changes to the Matchday line-up, with Belgian hitman Romelu Lukaku starting for the first time since he got injured.
Also, strike partner Timo Werner, midfielder Mason Munt and right-back Reece James are all in the Starting XI.
The Blues will file out in a 3-4-2-1 formation in tonight’s encounter.
Holders Chelsea are back in action tonight as the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League group stages comes to a close. The Blues face Russian opposition Zenit in their final group game needing to match Juventus’ result, in order to top the group.
ZENIT VS CHELSEA: