Champions League: Chelsea vs Malmö 20/10/21 – Full Match Report

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

Andreas Christensen converts first Chelsea goal as Blues destroy Malmö at the Bridge.


Written by Ryan Bellenie


Pre-game:

After suffering defeat in Turin three weeks ago, Chelsea returned to Champions League action as they took on Swedish champions Malmö at Stamford Bridge.


The Blues entered the game looking to build on their good form. Thomas Tuchel had almost a full squad to select from – with just Christian Pulisic missing from the matchday squad.


Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side have played the Blues just twice in history with both games coming in Chelsea’s 2019 Europa League winning campaign.

(credit | BT Sport).


Perhaps to many peoples surprise, Thomas Tuchel named a strong starting eleven for the game with both Thiago Silva and Antonio Rüdiger returning in defence.


First half:

Entering the fixture as scorching-hot favourites, Chelsea didn’t disappoint as they began proceedings by looking dangerous on the front foot.


Romelu Lukaku came close on the 7th minute as his deflected effort was superbly saved by Johan Dahlin, who showed great reflexes to deny the opener.


After testing the Malmö defence with a flurry of crosses, Thiago Silva’s delivery met the movement of Andreas Christensen who volleyed past Dahlin for his first Chelsea goal in 137 appearances.

Despite having an early breakthrough, the hosts continued to pressure the Swedish Champions who later conceded a penalty. Although Jorginho converted his skip-less spo kick, Romelu Lukaku was forced into being substituted following an injury he picked up in the process.


There were later notable attempts from both Ben Chilwell and substitute Kai Havertz, but neither were able to add to the Blues growing tally.


Just before half-time, Timo Werner also received a knock. Just like Lukaku, the German was forced off the pitch with Callum Hudson-Odoi taking his place.

Alongside the unfortunate injuries, Chelsea took a comfortable 2-0 lead into the break.


Second half:

The first half was one-way traffic and based on the opening three minutes of the second – it seemed as if it was going to be even more misery for Malmö.


A brilliant run from Callum Hudson-Odoi was capped off with the 20-year-old finding Kai Havertz, who chipped substitute goalkeeper Ismael Diawara to make it 3-0.

The onslaught later continued, with Antonio Rüdiger picking the pocker of Sergio Peña to move the Blues into a dangerous position. The German defender then found himself bundled to the ground in front of goal, with referee François Letexier pointing to the spot for the second time in the game.


Jorginho converted the penalty with Thomas Tuchel’s side now 4-0 ahead.


With the hosts now home and dry, the Blues began to take their foot of the gas. Diawara was called into action following a cleanly-hit strike from Callum Hudson-Odoi, which was one of Chelsea’s best opportunities for a fifth.


Despite their scoring power, the game finished 4-0 with the reigning European champions taking all three points at the Bridge.

After the whistle:

Following a professional performance, there were no shocks on the cards as Chelsea did what was necessary to clinch three important points against Malmö.


The Blues now sit second in their group behind Juventus, who have won all three of their opening games.


Chelsea will look to keep building on their form as they take on rock-bottom Norwich in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Malmö – who are yet to gain a point or score a goal in the Champions League – will be hoping for better fortune as they return to league action on Sunday against Varbergs BoIS.


Final score:

Chelsea 4-0 Malmö.

- Christensen (9’).

- Jorginho (21’ pen, 57’ pen).

- Havertz (48’).


BBC Sports Player of the match:

Kai Havertz (Chelsea).

Line-ups:

Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rüdiger; Azpilicueta © (66’), Kanté (65’), Jorginho, Chilwell (66’); Mount, Werner (44’); Lukaku (23’).

- Subs: Havertz (23’), Hudson-Odoi (44’), Saúl (65’), James (66’), Alonso (66’).


Malmö (3-5-2): Dahlin (45’); Larsson, Nielsen, Brorsson; Berget (84’), Peña (59’), Innocent, Christiansen © (58’), Olsson; Colak, Birmancevik (45’).

- Subs: Diawara (45’), Abubakari (45’), Nalic (58’), Rakip (59’), Moisander (84’).


Referee:

François Letexier.


Attendance:

39.095.


Possession:

Chelsea (73%) vs Malmö (27%).


Shots:

Chelsea (20) vs Malmö (2).


Shots on target:

Chelsea (7) vs Malmö (0).


Corners:

Chelsea (7) vs Malmö (2).


Fouls:

Chelsea (13) vs Malmö (8).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).

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