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Sport Chelsea 1-0 Zenit: Lukaku gets CL defence up and running

02:05  15 september  2021
02:05  15 september  2021 Source:   football365.com

Chelsea 1-0 Zenit: Lukaku gets CL defence off and running

  Chelsea 1-0 Zenit: Lukaku gets CL defence off and running Lukaku's goal was enough to get the European champions over the line on Tuesday night.The Belgian converted captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s hanging far-post cross with a header of stunning accuracy, and that after shrugging aside three touch-tight Zenit defenders.

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CHELSEA ground out a 1 - 0 win against Zenit in their Champions League opener.Romelu Lukaku 's goal was the difference between the sides while Hakim Ziye. But Hakim Ziyech threw his Chelsea future further into doubt with his showingCredit: Reuters. Zenit defended well in the first half with the Blues too sluggish to cut through. But they improved after the break and Lukaku got on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta's inch-perfect cross to head home a smart winner in the 70th minute.

Chelsea have defeated Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 at Stamford Bridge courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku goal to get their Champions League defence up and running.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal © PA Images Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal

The Belgian converted captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s hanging far-post cross with a header of stunning accuracy, and that after shrugging aside three touch-tight Zenit defenders.

However, had Artem Dzyuba slid the ball home for Zenit from mere yards out late on the tie would have harboured a very different hue.

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Romelu Lukaku headed home in the second half to get Chelsea past an awkward Zenit side as they won 1 - 0 . The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. It was Tuchel’s first night game under the Stamford Bridge lights in front of fans and the first time that the stadium had been packed for a European fixture since February of last year. So much has happened since then, not least Chelsea exploding from nowhere to claim their second Champions League in May, and it feels crazy to reflect that the home fans were unable to play any role in it – apart from when 2,000 were allowed in for the

Lukaku headed in Chelsea 's winner. © Reuters. Up to that point, the reigning Champions League holders had labored against a well-organized Zenit team which set up with a low block but offered the occasional threat on the counter attack. Chelsea ’s lack of spark in front of the first full house for a European night at Stamford Bridge since the pandemic will have worried manager Thomas Tuchel, but in the summer acquisition of Lukaku he knows he has a get -out-of-jail card. The big Belgian, 28, has so far looked value for every penny of the club record £97.5 million that Chelsea owner Roman

But Chelsea escaped unscathed, to swipe three important points from the opening Group H encounter.

A belated UEFA individual awards presentation ceremony before kick-off whipped up a victory parade atmosphere in west London.

Thomas Tuchel received his UEFA manager of the year gong for last term, with Edouard Mendy presented his trophy for goalkeeper of the year.

Jorginho finally got his hands on his player of the season silverware too, as the Blues paid reverence to last term’s Champions League triumph.

The visitors ultimately had the most credible half-chance before the break despite minimal possession. Reece James lifted the ball off Claudinho’s toe, however, to ease the danger.

Hakim Ziyech struck Chelsea’s first shot on target shortly after half-time, but it took a mammoth run from Toni Rudiger to lift the crowd.

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Chelsea - Zenit St. Petersburg match report, analysis. Chelsea could once again screw this up with their overly defensive mindset! Dzuba is a colossus in the final third, so if you give him a chance he will take it either with a goal or an assist! He is very intelligent - much more intelligent than Lukaku !

The official site of the world's greatest club competition; get news, statistics and video, and play great games. Chelsea - Zenit UEFA Champions League 2021/22. Stamford Bridge - London.

The Germany defender cantered 70 yards into the Zenit box, before lashing a shot wildly wide. Once the gritty centre-back had found that position, he should truly have hit the target.

But the resolve to run all but the length of the field proved enough to get the home faithful on their feet.

Mateo Kovacic threaded a lovely ball to Ziyech but the Morocco forward could not pick out anyone in the centre of the box.

James then tiptoed around the back of Zenit’s defence but could not test Stanislav Kritsyuk in the visitors’ goal.

As Chelsea pressed and lost an edge of control, Sardar Azmoun almost sneaked through on goal – with Rudiger required to blast away to safety.

Just as the Blues’ nerves started to twitch for a breakthrough though, up popped Lukaku with a fine headed finish.

Azpilicueta’s hanging far-post cross begged to be turned home but still required an inch-perfect contact.

Not even the posse of three Zenit defenders swarming him could deny Lukaku however, with the talisman striker nodding the ball out of everyone’s reach and into the net.

Replacement forward Dzyuba should have found the net when sliding in towards a low centre that left him in a heap with Mendy.

His miss proved the closest Zenit could come to opening up the Blues, with the hosts negotiating the final stages to seal the win.

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