Chelsea’s successful rematch
Chelsea scored its fourth victory in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night. Graham Potter’s team defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2:1 in front of their home crowd.
- Chelsea avenged Dinamo Zagreb’s 0:1 defeat in the first meeting between the two teams
- For The Blues, this is the fourth consecutive win in the Champions League group stage
- Dinamo finished the Champions League competition in last place in the Group E table
An effective response from The Blues
Chelsea approached Wednesday’s meeting in a comfortable position, as it had already secured first place in the group. However, she had one goal – to get revenge on her rivals for their defeat in the first match. Dinamo, on the other hand, before the first whistle had a chance to end the competition in third place and continue its European Cup adventure in the Europa League. However, it needed a win at Stamford Bridge and Milan’s defeat against Salzburg to do so.
The meeting in London started brilliantly for the visitors from Zagreb, who took the lead in the 7th minute. Bruno Petković got to the ripped ball after a centering pass from the right side of the pitch and from close range gave no chance to Mendy. Chelsea’s answer came in the 18th minute. After a pass from Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, Raheem Sterling received the ball in the penalty area, deceived a defender and hit the goal with a confident shot near the post.
In the following minutes, Chelsea continued to attack, and in the 30th minute went into the lead. At that time Denis Zakaria, to whom the ball went to him at the twelfth meter in the penalty area, played a starring role. The hosts’ midfielder put the ball in the net with a confident strike.
In the second half, the initiative still belonged to Chelsea, who calmly controlled the events on the pitch and looked for opportunities to deal their rivals another blow. In the end, however, the 2:1 score held until the final whistle of the referee.