Chelsea beats Malmo 1-0 and takes hold in the Champions League

MALMO, Sweden, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Chelsea beat Malmo 1-0 in Sweden thanks to a goal from Hakim Ziyech, but lost the opportunity to lead Group H of the Champions League, as the expected The win never materialized against a very defensive home team that is bottom in the standings.

Chelsea, who beat Malmo 4-0 when they met in London two weeks ago, remain second in the group with nine points, behind leaders Juventus on goal difference.

The Italian team later faces Zenit Saint Petersburg.

The Swedish champions frustrated the visitors in the first 45 minutes, in which goalkeeper Johan Dahlin was a figure of a fierce team that was pushed to defend for long periods.

But Chelsea finally opened the scoring in the 56th minute, when Callum Hudson-Odoy edged out Franz Brorsson and sent a perfect ball to the front of the goal for Ziyech to score what turned out to be the tougher-than-expected goal of a win. expected for Thomas Tuchel’s team. (Reporting by Philip O’Connor. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)

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