Chelsea Secured Its Spot For Round of 16 After Defeating Malmo in Champions League Clash

Second-half goal was scored by Hakim Ziyech’s to give Chelsea a narrow victory over Malmo to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

Chelsea beat Malmo 1-0 away on Tuesday to secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The comfortable 4-0 win in the last three games has seen the Eleda Stadion hold on to the attacking power of injured Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, as well as the injured Mason Mount.

Hakim Ziyech won the early part of the second half after being selected by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Despite controlling 74 per cent of possession in the first half, Chelsea found it difficult to make their way through the Malmö defense, with speculative efforts from Ziyech and Andreas Christensen and a shot on turn from Cesar Azpilicueta close to breaking the lock.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Jorginho of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Ben Chilwell after scoring their team’s fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge on October 20, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Malmo was seen as a threat as Antonio-Mirko Colak sent a loud shot after Sergio Pina’s clever ball was picked up.

Rubin Loftus-Cheek started his first Champions League match in six years, flipping Johan Darling’s hand wide and hitting Johan Dahlin’s hand before being pushed by Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea equalized in the 11th minute of the second half when Hudson-Odoi, who jumped from right to right, crossed the ball from Ziyech to make it simple at home.

Thiago Silva’s improvised effort was thrown off the line when Chelsea sought a second, which Kai Havertz really should have fired when he crossed Dahlin’s goal but failed to open the ball under him.

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