Krasnodar 0 Chelsea 4: Ziyech scores on first start as Blues cruise in front of watching Abramovich

Krasnodar 0 Chelsea 4: Ziyech scores on first start as Blues cruise in front of watching Abramovich

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH made an appearance in the crowd to watch £33million signing Hakim Ziyech score on his full debut for Chelsea.

Frank Lampard's team were already in control with goals from Callum-Hudson Odoi and a penalty from Timo Werner before Ziyech and Christian Pulisic pounced to the delight of their Blues team-mates.



At 0-0, Jorginho missed his second successive penalty and while it was a scrappy performance, Lampard will be relieved to get the win due to the draw with Sevilla the previous week.

And equally, it is never a good thing to only manage a point or suffer a defeat in front of the boss.

 So Lampard would have known it was  good to manage a victory in front of Abramovich who was among the 11,000 especially-distanced fans.

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Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy helped his team with a decent early save from Daniil Utkin after Kai Havertz lost possession.

And while they had not offered much up front, Lampard’s team let their hosts off the hook courtesy of Jorginho’s latest penalty miss.

Turkish referee Ali Palabiyik pointed to the spot after Werner was clipped by Brazilian defender Kaio and Jorginho delivered a hop and a skip before planting the ball against the left post.

Fortunately for Russian keeper Safonov, it rebounded against his back while Werner’s follow up was blocked by Aleksandr Martynovich

Krasnodar’s players surrounded their keeper and congratulated him but he knew absolutely nothing about it.


Jorginho had scored eight successive penalties before his miss against Liverpool last month. And we will never know whether he would have taken Chelsea’s second penalty as he was off the pitch.

After the penalty save, Krasnodar were not so happy with the 21-year-old keeper when he somehow allowed Hudson-Odoi’s badly-struck shot to squeeze through his body..

Yet the goal came after a fine passing move, which also saw Hudson-Odoi involved in the build-up, and at least Chelsea then discovered some more confidence.


But Chelsea then lost control in the second half and Krasnodar improved. Yuri Gazinski struck a half volley effort against the bar and Chelsea clearly needed a second goal.

Ziyech wasted a good chance after Havertz carried the ball from his own half while Mendy saved Chelsea again by pushing away a shot from Marcus Berg.

With 20 minutes left. Lampard introduced three subs with Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic all arriving.


And soon after, Pulisic’s shot struck the thigh and then hand of Martynovich with the referee once again pointing to the spot.

It was harsh on Martynovich who was also booked and Werner hammered the ball into the top corner.

Ziyech was then rewarded for his hard work by blasting a shot through two defenders with 10 minutes left for 3-0.

To end a miserable night for keeper Safonov, Pulisic threaded the ball through his legs for 4-0 after good work on the right from sub Tammy Abraham.



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