Krasnodar 0 Chelsea 4 – Three late goals helps Blues thrash Krasnodar

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UEFA Champions’ League Group E – Krasnodar vs Chelsea – Wednesday, 28 October 2020 – Matchday 2 of 6 report

Krasnodar 0 Chelsea 4

New signing Hakim Zayech got his first goal as Chelsea blew away Russian side Krasnodar 0-4 in a Group E clash of the Champions’ League.

Frank Lampard with an emphasis on full-out attack to break a 248-minute goal drought, went ahead by featuring £160m worth of talent in the form of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech in the starting XI.

But the visitors to Krasnodar Stadium came under some pressure from their hosts initially and a Chelsea goal seemed still elusive until it was gifted to them in the 37th minute.

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Goalkeeper Matvei Safonov made a complete mess in dealing with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s shot as the ball bobbed in.

The Blues were nevertheless not troubled too much despite Yuri Gazinsky hitting the crossbar from a corner.

The London club could have gone ahead much earlier with the lively Werner winning an early penalty when he was tripped by Kaio Pantaleao inside the area.

Jorginho took the spot-kick sending Safonov the wrong way but his shot hit the base of the post. Apart from that, the Blues seemed to pose little threat upto well into the second half till Aleksandr Martynovich’s handball gifted them a second penalty.

The decision seemed harsh as the ball deflected off the Krasnodar defender’s thigh onto his slightly outstretched arm. Werner blasted home emphatically to make it 0-2 for the visitors 76th minute.

Ziyech who could have been on the scoresheet early in the game, but ultimately found his first goal with his new club when he turned brilliantly to find the bottom of the net only 3 minutes after Werner’s penalty.

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Christian Pulisic added flattery to the scoreline from a Tammy Abraham assist, getting the Londoners’ fourth of the evening by slotting a shot home at the near post and silencing an otherwise raucous crowd of 11,000 at the Krasnodar Stadium.

The Blues moved to the top of Group E table with 4 points, same as Sevilla who are on identical points but down a place owing to an inferior goal average.

For Chelsea, it was a rare run of three successive clean sheets across all competitions for which they have their new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to thank.

Krasnodar starting XI:

Safonov (goal), Smolnikov, Kaio, Martynovich, Chernov, Vilhena, Gazinski; Utkin, Olsson, Ramírez, Berg

Subs: Spertsyan, Sabua, Suleymanov

Chelsea starting XI:

Mendy (goal), Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Zouma, Chilwell, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Ziyech, Werner, Havertz

Subs: Pulisic, Mount, Kante, Abraham, Emerson

Man of the match:

Edouard Mendy

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