Chelsea miss out on group win
Chelsea missed out on the group win in the Champions League at the last minute on Wednesday. The titleholder got in the last group game against FC Zenit in the absolute final phase the 3-3 around the ears, so that the Premier League club as number two continues in the million ball and is a possible opponent of Ajax in the eighth finals.
The already placed Chelsea started as the leader in the group at the last group game and thus had everything in their own hands, while FC Zenit as number three of the group was already condemned to the first knockout round of the Europa League.
Without bench-sitter Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea had an energetic start in St Petersburg, where Serdar Gözübüyük was the referee. Werner tapped in after two minutes from a corner kick by Ross Barkley, which meant only his fourth goal of the season.
Even before half-time, FC Zenit turned the deficit into a lead. Claudinho dived the ball in the 38th minute behind Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, after which Sardar Azmoun neatly played the Spanish goalkeeper over three minutes later: 2-1.
Chelsea made a perfunctory impression in Russia, but came alongside after more than an hour of play. Romelu Lukaku had the ball for the tap-in after good preparatory work by Werner, who seemed to have scored the winning goal in the 85th minute. In the fourth minute of extra time it was still 3-3 by a beautiful volley from Aleksandr Erokhin in the cross.
Chelsea miss out on group win
Thanks to the late draw, Chelsea continues as number two of the group in the Champions League and the number three of the Premier League is a possible opponent of Ajax in the eighth finals. In the last sixteen, the eight group winners take on the eight th2s. The draw for this is next Monday at 12:00.
Standings in group H Champions League
- 1. Juventus 6-15 (+4)
- 2. Chelsea 6-13 (+9)
- 3. FC Zenit 6-5 (0)
- 4. Malmö FF 6-1 (-13)
Juventus wins and takes group victory
Juventus had to win at home against the already eliminated Malmö FF and hope for a misstep by Chelsea in Russia to still go to the eighth finals of the Champions League as group winner.
The current number five of the Serie A succeeded by the Swedish club with 1-0 over the knee. The only goal of the match was scored by Moise Kean, who struck in the eighteenth minute. Chelsea miss out on group win
Matthijs de Ligt remained on the bench at Juventus for the entire match. The Orange international was rested by coach Massimiliano Allegri. The defender has been a regular base player at the Italian record champion in recent weeks.
After Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, Juventus is the seventh group winner in the Champions League. Later in the evening, Lille OSC, RB Salzburg, Sevilla and VfL Wolfsburg will decide in group G who will be the last number one to go through to the eighth finals.
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