Ziyech winner in Malmo moves Chelsea closer to last 16

Chelsea's Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech (2nd R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammates during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Malmo FF v Chelsea FC in Malmo, Sweden on November 2, 2021. 


Reigning champions Chelsea moved closer to the last 16 of the Champions League with a hard-fought win over Malmo in Sweden.

After being frustrated in the first half, the Blues went ahead when Hakim Ziyech converted at the back post following an excellent cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Thiago Silva nearly grabbed a second but his glancing header was cleared off the line by Anel Ahmedhodzic.

It was another masterful defensive display from Thomas Tuchel's side, who denied Malmo a single shot on target.

Chelsea's Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech (L) and Malmo's Nigerian midfielder Bonke Innocent vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Malmo FF v Chelsea FC in Malmo, Sweden on November 2, 2021.


Chelsea have nine points from four matches in Group H, the same total as Juventus, who face Zenit St Petersburg at home on Tuesday evening (20:00 GMT).

If the Russians lose in Italy then Chelsea would only need a draw at home to Juventus on 23 November to qualify for the last 16 with a game to spare.

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