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Malmo 0-1 Chelsea: Ziyech strike the difference as Chelsea pile pressure on Juventus
Malmo 0-1 Chelsea: Ziyech strike the difference as Chelsea pile pressure on Juventus

Malmo vs Chelsea 0-1 :  Chelsea, the reigning Champions League champions, advanced to the last 16 of the competition with a hard-fought triumph over Malmo in Sweden.

Chelsea announced a solid line-up for their match against the defending Swedish league winners, with Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the front three.

At the Elana Stadion, the Blues have controlled possession and territory, but Malmö has done well to hold on until halftime.

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After a frustrating first half, the Blues took the lead when Hakim Ziyech converted a wonderful cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi at the back post.

Thiago Silva came close to adding a second, but Anel Ahmedhodzic cleared his glancing header off the line.

 

Hakim Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech

Thomas Tuchel’s side put on another magnificent defensive effort, denying Malmo a single shot on target.

Chelsea leads Group H with nine points after four games, three points ahead of Juventus, who qualified for the last 16 with two games to spare after defeating Zenit St Petersburg.

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Chelsea were without injured strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner once more, while Mason Mount is still recovering from an illness that forced him to miss the game against Newcastle.

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However, United States midfielder Christian Pulisic made his first club appearance since August, coming on as a second-half replacement after a two-month layoff due to an ankle injury.

Tuchel was also pleased with his defense’s performance, which was their 10th clean sheet in 17 games across all competitions.