Malmo 0-1 Chelsea FC LIVE! Ziyech goal - Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Malmo 0-1 Chelsea FC LIVE! Ziyech goal - Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today

Chelsea beat Malmo 1-0 in Sweden thanks to a Hakim Ziyech strike but an expected glut of goals never materialised against the defensive-minded hosts in Champions League Group H on Tuesday.

Chelsea, who hammered Malmo 4-0 when the sides met in London two weeks ago, remain second in the standings, level on nine points with leaders Juventus, who meet Zenit St. Petersburg later on Tuesday. Malmo remain bottom without a point.

The Swedish champions and current league leaders frustrated their visitors in the opening 45 minutes as goalkeeper Johan Dahlin mixed up some superb saves with a few hair-raising spills as his side were forced to defend for long periods.

Chelsea finally made the breakthrough in the 56th minute as Callum Hudson-Odoi out-paced Franz Brorsson and played a perfect ball across the face of the goal for Ziyech to slam home what proved to be the winner in a game that turned out to be tougher than expected for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Match highlights

  • How to watch the match live in the UK

  • Chelsea team news: Tuchel missing several key stars

  • Goalless at half-time: Analysis

  • GOAL! Ziyech puts Chelsea in front

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Catch our recap of a win for the Blues with our match report.

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Check out how James Robson rated the Chelsea players in tonight’s win.

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James Robson at Eleda Stadion

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An important win for Chelsea. They simply couldn’t afford to drop points with Juve up next.

Credit goes to Tuchel for the switch that made all the difference, but they really did make this harder work than necessary against such limited opposition.

Full time! Malmo 0-1 Chelsea

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90+3 mins: Job done! Ziyech’s second-half strike earns a third win of the group stage for the Blues.

Over to you, Juventus...

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90+1 mins: Jorginho wins a useful foul in his own half. Mendy and Silva take their sweet time over the kick and rightly, too.

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90 mins: Malmo do get the chance to fire in a cross from a set-piece and Silva heads clear after a nervy moment for the visitors.

Can the Swedes snatch a famous point?

They have three added minutes.

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88 mins: This game is thoroughly in drift mode, a tired Malmo simply unable to launch one final, plucky assault on Mendy’s goal. For now, at least.

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85 mins: Chelsea win the ball back in the Malmo half and Silva thinks of venturing into the box - instead, no risks are taken and the ball goes out for a throw.

Here come Larsson and Birmancevic off the bench, for Berget and Rakip.

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82 mins: A pause for treatment after a whack on the face for Berget.

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80 mins: Loftus-Cheek in the book for cleaning out Rakip, who saw that lunge coming from the next timezone.

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78 mins: Save!

Havertz is set through on goal once more and Dahlin wins the battle. It was a lovely ball from Loftus-Cheek and Havertz perhaps just waits too long to fire off his shot.

James Robson at Eleda Stadion

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Good to see Pulisic back on the pitch at last. He hasn’t played for Chelsea since the opening game of the season and the hope is the amount of time they have given him to get over his ankle injury will see him put a run of games together.

He has already been involved in his first few minutes on the pitch. A good showing in the final 15 here might see him start on Saturday

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76 mins: Both subs are involved quickly although Malmo can snuff out any chance of a shot on goal.

Into the closing stages now as Chelsea fans consider how they feel about a possible 1-0 win at the side who had conceded 11 and scored none in their opening three group games.

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73 mins: Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi, who combined for the goal, come off for Pulisic and Barkley.

Malmo bring on Nalic for Nanasi.

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71 mins: Pulisic and Barkley will get a runout for the final 20 minutes, the American last featuring for the Blues in August.

Just before the change, Ziyech and Havertz failed to make a good passing move work and Dahlin’s goal went untroubled. The manager didn’t look too impressed with that...

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68 mins: Close!

The set-piece sees Silva’s header cleared off the line!

Malmo bring it away and the defender cynically ends the attack, earning a yellow card.

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67 mins: Havertz is still hustling and a nice ball by Rudiger wins a corner via the forward.

It’s not been a stellar display to show Tuchel why he needs to start up front every week.

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64 mins: Plenty of confidence about Chelsea since the goal but they’re hardly steamrolling the Swedes.

In fact, it’s Malmo enjoying some possession with Rakip firing over from range.

James Robson at Eleda Stadion

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Safe to say the tactical switch worked with both wingers combining for the goal.

Tuchel has shown he’s more than happy to make early changes if it is not going right. On this occasion it was a matter of switching the players on the pitch and how it paid off.

That was a sumptuous cross from Hudson-Odoi and a cool finish from Ziyech.

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58 mins: Former Norwich winger Olsson replaces Rieks and Pena is off for Lewicki as Malmo respond to that opener.

It was a really sweet, swift move by the Blues. Hudson-Odoi’s cross had all the pace and accuracy it needed.

GOAL! Malmo 0-1 Chelsea | Ziyech

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57 mins: A lovely counter-attack!

Hudson-Odoi and Havertz combine for the youngster to cross perfectly for Ziyech, waiting at the far-post for an easy finish.

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56 mins: Close!

Nielsen technically handles it onto his face and the ball bounces inches wide. Not a penalty with his arm up by his chest, but a lucky escape nonetheless for the Malmo captain.

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55 mins: Here come the visitors...

Loftus-Cheek stings the fingertips of the goalkeeper after a tricky swivel beats two defenders.

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53 mins: A chance to ease the pressure as Chelsea win a corner up the other end.

Ziyech’s in-swinger is headed clear though and Dahlin palms away his second attempt.

James Robson at Eleda Stadion

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Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi appear to have swapped sides this half. Not sure if that is temporary or not. Hudson-Odoi was quite quiet in the first-half.

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51 mins: Silva takes the safe option and rolls a Colak cross out for a corner. It’s the hosts having the better of it since the break.

The cross reaches Rieks who scoops out a volley that goes wide.

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49 mins: Frankly sublime work-rate from the Malmo midfielders to swamp Hudson-Odoi, now out wide right, again. The hosts have come out juiced-up for the second period.

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47 mins: The ball is robbed off Hudson-Odoi on the right wing and Malmo come forward, demanding a fall after Rakip goes down near the area.

The midfielder stays down after kicking the underside of Silva’s boot, the Brazilian having won the ball.

Second-half! Malmo 0-0 Chelsea

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We are back underway in Sweden!

Can Chelsea grab a winner?

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Elsewhere in the Champions League, the other early kick-off has RB Salzburg level at Wolfsburg.

The Germans led through Ridle Baku early on but a Max Wober strike made it 1-1, with a draw underlining Salzburg’s status as surprise Group G leaders.

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The Blues on top in the majority of the stats at the break - albeit not the most important one.

14 shots to two, seven on target to zero, five corners to zero, 74 per cent possession...

No goals.

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James Robson at Eleda Stadion

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Colak was having verbals with Rudiger before suddenly switching on a just volleying wide. He wasn’t happy with Rudiger’s challenge moments before. What a response that would have been.

Half-time! Malmo 0-0 Chelsea

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45+1 mins: That’s the short added time up and we are all square at the break...

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45 mins: Close!

Well, Chelsea escape after a lovely Pena dink over to Colak.

The Croat, whose head knock produced the stoppage that Pena played from on the drop ball, hits the half-volley first time and it goes just wide.

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42 mins: In the meantime, Innocent defuses the pressure by going down under Jorginho to win a useful foul.

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39 mins: BT Sport’s feed isn’t exactly enjoying the best time of it, fortunately James in Sweden will be able spot anything that is clouded by multiple shots overlaid onto one another!

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38 mins: Chelsea keeping more of a foot on the ball as the break approaches, gently probing and almost forging an opening for Hudson-Odoi.

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35 mins: Alonso once again finds himself with a chance to break the deadlock, after Dahlin once again flaps at the ball!

A cross beats the keeper, but the Spaniard’s driven effort back in doesn’t.

James Robson at Eleda Stadion

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The number of times Alonso finds himself in the centre-forward position...

Tuchel may prioritise at mean defence, but it is not for lack of attacking intent from a front five, that generally includes the wing-backs.

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32 mins: More chances for the visitors...

Christensen launches a speculative effort that is spilled and almost turned home by Alonso.

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30 mins: There have been plenty of balls into the box and chances for a more streetwise striker to peel off his man and fire in a first-time shot on the turn.

This game would really suit the disruptor striker, someone who can hold up the ball and suck in defenders while also being direct when needed.

If only Chelsea had some sort of record signing available...

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28 mins: Chance!

That was the best opportunity for Chelsea as Jorginho and Loftus-Cheek set away Havertz with some lovely through balls.

Havertz just doesn’t take the shot soon enough and the ball loops harmlessly away as he bears down on Dahlin.

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26 mins: Just to emphasise the point, the hosts have only enjoyed 25 per cent of possession.

Yet a break leads to Nanasi taking the ball in the area and he once again hesitates, before going down weakly.

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25 mins: Chalk up another shot for the Blues... Ziyech the latest to have an attempt blocked.

Nine shots in just over a quarter of the game have been fired on Dahlin’s goal.

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23 mins: Malmo’s defence has actually been pretty solid so far.

Azpilicueta’s dart into the area is cleared for a corner and the delivery is good, into the six-yard box, and yet dealt with.

James Robson at Eleda Stadion

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Malmo have looked like getting behind Chelsea’s defence on a couple of occasions. There is certainly enough of a threat to keep Chelsea honest at the back.

At the other end it has just been a bit too sloppy on occasions from Chelsea. Loftus-Cheek is pushing high, along with Alonso to give Malmo little room to breathe when under pressure.

A bit more quality and a goal will surely come.

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21 mins: Ziyech breaks free down the right and his cross is cleared straight back to him, the Moroccan firing off a shot that Dahlin gathers at the second attempt.

This is leaning more and more towards a Chelsea goal...

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19 mins: Close!

Another corner for the Blues finds the highly-rated Ahmedhodzic in the area and Loftus-Cheek takes aim from range, curling just over and a touch wide.

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18 mins: Havertz goes down again in the area, drawing a waved finger from the referee and boos from the vocal fans behind the goal.

The German had a fair grip of Ahmedhodzic’s shirt himself and went down too easily.

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16 mins: Ziyech is the latest to test Dahlin’s resolve and the keeper does well to divert his near-post effort for a fresh corner.

Recycled into the area, Loftus-Cheek goes close with a smart header nodded across the face of goal.

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13 mins: Christensen and Rudiger have license to roam forward and join the attacks as Chelsea look to overload the bank of five sat along the home team’s 18-yard line.

Alonso’s wander leads to Azpilicueta finding room for a shot in the area, which is tipped wide when it should have been held.

James Robson at Eleda Stadion

17:56 , Marc Mayo

Tuchel said he expected a good atmosphere inside Malmo’s stadium tonight and it is certainly lively.

The home fans have not stopped singing from the moment the teams came out. It doesn’t seem to have had much of an impact on Chelsea, though, who have dominated possession from kick off.

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10 mins: The visitors looking more confident in attack and suddenly Malmo break, Nanasi hesitating on his shot and seeing it bounce off a defender for Mendy to claim.

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9 mins: A first shot of the game comes from Hudson-Odoi after a sweet right-to-left move.

The Malmo defence is back quickly and a block ends the threat.

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6 mins: The hosts aren’t afraid to put a foot in of their own while Chelsea hold possession in their own half.

A physical contest so far, Loftus-Cheek concedes a foul for upending Innocent.

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5 mins: It was Ahmedhodzic who got a clear foot on the ball as Havertz wound up a shot, leading to him kicking the defender’s leg and going down.

VAR agrees, play continues.

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4 mins: As with the reverse fixture, Malmo have ditched their usual 4-2-3-1 for a five-man midfield to match the Blues.

A first chance to Chelsea to get a foot on the ball leads to Havertz asking for a spot-kick after going down in front of Brych.

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2 mins: Havertz leading the line for Tuchel’s traditional 3-4-2-1 tonight and Chelsea are bustling the Malmo defenders early on, with the ball worked forward slowly by the hosts.

Kick-off! Malmo 0-0 Chelsea

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After the knee and a quick check of Mendy’s net, Havertz gets the ball rolling.

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Azpilicueta undertakes the dignitaries with referee Felix Brych and we’re ready to go!

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Here come the teams...

Reminder!

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Here’s how to watch tonight’s clash...

TV channel: Tonight’s match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 5pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the game either on their website or through the BT Sport app.

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Ten minutes until kick-off!

Who will be the hero for Chelsea tonight? The Blues haven’t lost consecutive Champions League away games since November 2012...

Get to know the Eleda Stadion

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A trip to Scandinavia may create thoughts of the Arctic Circle and frosty nights for travelling fans but Malmo is actually one of Sweden’s southernmost cities.

Therefore tonight’s game will be played at a relatively mild 9°C.

Opened in 2009, the venue holds 21,000 fans for European nights and was awarded the prestigious Stålbyggnadspriset prize - for innovative use of steel in constructions. Fancy that.

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James Robson at Eleda Stadion

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Malmo form guide

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How are the Swedes getting on? Well, a win over title rivals AIK last week helped them top the Allsvenskan, which they lead by a single point.

It is a busy title race with only four points between the top four ahead of the final four matches.

In Europe, it is a trickier state of affairs with three defeats while scoring zero goals and conceding 11.

Croatia international Antonio Colak is pushing for the Swedish league’s top scorer crown with Anders Christiansen their top assist maker.

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Christian Pulisic is back in the Chelsea squad for potentially his first club appearance since August, with Covid-19 and then an ankle injury keeping him out of action.

Being restricted to the bench means another chance for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech to stake their case, should the American make the XI on the weekend.

The Malmo team:

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Malmo XI: Dahlin; Ahmedhodzic, Nielsen, Brorsson; Berget, Pena, Innocent, Nanasi, Rieks; Rakip, Colak.

Subs: Ellborg, Larsson, Moisander, Lewicki, Olsson, Malik, Birmancevic, Gwargis, Nalic, Eile, Diawara.

Here’s how the Blues line up!

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Chelsea XI: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Havertz.

Subs: Kepa, Betinelli, Chilwell, James, Chalobah, Sarr, Barkley, Saul, Pulisic, Vale.

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Not long until Tuchel’s line-up is announced...

How much will the Blues boss rotate his side?

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Thomas Tuchel is confident in his team’s ability to grab all three points tonight.

Speaking ahead of the game, the German stated: “We know what it takes to have good results and the effort that we put into it. We know what we have to do for it, that makes us confident.

“At the same time that sets the standards that you need to set at every single math and that’s the same tomorrow.

“It is a Champions League away game and we want to win. We are confident enough to say it, we know what it takes. It’s on us to deliver.”

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The Evening Standard’s prediction

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Having run out 4-0 winners at Stamford Bridge last month, it would be incredibly unlikely to see Chelsea lose this.

While the makeshift frontline Tuchel has been forced to deploy recently hasn’t always looked entirely convincing, the likes of Ben Chilwell and Reece James have proved palpable goal threats of late, allowing Chelsea to navigate what could have been a difficult period without both Werner and Lukaku.

Chelsea to win 2-0.

Team news within the hour...

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Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Chalobah; James, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Chilwell; Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Pulisic

Chelsea team news

15:47 , Marc Mayo

Mason Mount missed the win over Newcastle on Saturday through illness and it is unclear how long the England midfielder will be out for, although Tuchel seemed to suggest it wasn’t overly serious and not Covid-related.

Mateo Kovacic recently picked up a hamstring injury and joins Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku on the sidelines.

Christian Pulisic could play some part after recovering from an ankle injury, or else be held back with Burnley in mind on Saturday.

How to watch

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Reminder that tonight’s game is the early kick-off - starting at 5.45pm GMT.

TV channel: Tonight’s match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 5pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the game either on their website or through the BT Sport app.

Good evening!

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Welcome to a huge clash between Chelsea and Malmo in the Champions League!

Can the Blues continue their push to the last-16? Or will the Swedes spring a huge surprise in tonight’s early kick-off?

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