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Chelsea vs Malmo: Champions League – LIVE!


Chelsea will be expecting to get their Champions League group stage campaign back on track as they welcome Swedish side Malmo to Stamford Bridge this evening.

It’s been far from plain-sailing for the defending champions so far, as they scraped past Zenit St. Petersburg in their opener before being beaten by Juventus in Turin prior to the international break.

That result has left the Italians three points clear at the head of Group H, and though the Blues’ fate remains very much in their own hands, given Juve still have to come to west London, Tuchel knows his side cannot afford any more slip ups if they want to finish top and, theoretically, bag an easier last-16 clash.

That starts tonight against a Malmo side who are without a point or even a goal from their opening two fixtures, and who lost 5-1 on aggregate to Chelsea when they met in the Europa League back in 2019.

You can follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below…

Live updates

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63 mins: Looks like Thomas Tuchel is readying a triple change, which is all the subs he’s got left after those enforced changes in the first-half.

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GOAL! Chelsea 4-0 Malmo | Jorginho (p) 57’

Almost identical. Jorginho lifts high, just left of centre, and sends the ‘keeper the wrong way.

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55 mins: Penalty to Chelsea!

Rudiger finds himself in on goal after a lovely little flick from Mount and Larsson bundles into the back of him.

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James Robson is at Stamford Bridge

It felt like Tuchel wanted to use this game to build Lukaku’s confidence. It might end up helping Havertz. There is the opportunity for plenty of goals against this Malmo side, who are there for the taking.

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GOAL! Chelsea 3-0 Malmo | Kai Havertz 48’

Diawara’s first real job is to pick the ball out of the net as Havertz lifts a lovely little finish over him and in off the far post. Good work from Hudson-Odoi, too, to feed Havertz on the overlap.

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KICK-OFF!

We’re back underway, and Malmo have made a change in goal as Ismael Diawara comes on off the bench.

I can only assume Dahlin had an injury problem because without him it would have been three or four.

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Right then, the teams are on their way back out. Can Chelsea finish the job and put a few more past the Swedish side?

The rain, by the way, has very much arrived – it is biblical.

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When he named such a strong side tonight, I’m sure Thomas Tuchel will have been hoping to go a couple of goals up and make some early changes ahead of the Norwich game at the weekend.

In a way, he’s got that…

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Andreas Christensen’s first Chelsea goal has arrived in his 137th appearance for the club. He’s rather thrilled.

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HT: Chelsea 2-0 Malmo

Two goals, but two concerning injuries, too. Half-time at the Bridge.

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