Cyprus Mail
Champions League Football Sport

Chelsea lose top spot after 3-3 draw at Zenit

champions league group h zenit st petersburg v chelsea
Zenit St Petersburg's Claudinho celebrates scoring their first goal

Champions League holders Chelsea finished as Group H runners-up after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday.

The result left Chelsea second on 13 points from six games, two behind group winners Juventus who leapt into pole position thanks to a 1-0 home win over Sweden’s Malmo.

Both sides had already booked their last-16 berths while third-placed Zenit will go into the second-tier Europa League after the winter break.

Timo Werner fired Chelsea ahead in the second minute with a tap-in from a Ross Bakley corner before Brazilian Claudinho levelled in the 38th with a glancing header.

Rattled by the equaliser, Chelsea fell behind three minutes later when Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun beat the offside trap and slotted the ball home after rounding goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Romelu Lukaku hit back in the 62nd minute as he stroked the ball into an empty net after a flowing move and Chelsea seemed to have forced the final twist after Werner struck again in the 85th thanks to good work by substitute Christian Pulisic.

The Premier League side were undone, however, by a spectacular equaliser at the death as they failed to clear a cross and late substitute Magomed Ozdoev unleashed an unstoppable volley past Kepa from the edge of the penalty area.

 

Related Posts

Inspired Shapovalov overpowers listless Zverev

Reuters News Service

Kyrgios circus rolls on in Australian Open doubles

Reuters News Service

Barty fends off Anisimova to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Reuters News Service

Last-minute Rashford goal helps Man Utd beat West Ham

Reuters News Service

Villa win at struggling Everton as objects rain down from the stands

Reuters News Service

China’s Beijing to maintain Covid emergency status as Winter Olympics loom

Reuters News Service