Match Report: Chelsea Draw Salzburg 1-1 In UCL

Chelsea Draw Salzburg 1-1
Chelsea Draw Salzburg 1-1

Chelsea got off to life under new Coach, Graham Potter, with a 1-1 draw at home to Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) on Wednesday night.

The first-half produced no goals, but, the second certainly saw goals and excitement from both sides.

Chelsea took the lead through Sterling in the 48th minute, but Salzburg responded to going behind by leveling the scores through Okafor in the 75th minute.

Despite numerous chances that fell Chelsea’s way, Potter’s side were unable to get the all important winner and so the game ended in a scored stalemate.

In the 4th minute, the first glimmer of chance fell Chelsea’s way but the ball fell awkwardly high for Aubameyang, who blazed high.

In the 9th minute and Kepa saved Chelsea from a very deadly situation by coming way outside his penalty box to nod away to safety a lofted ball by Salzburg.

It was all Chelsea now as James left his market dead with a feign in the 29th minute, allowing the ball roll past and then racing to cross for Aubameyang, but the delivery was just way ahead of the Gabonese striker.

Play had to be stopped in the 36th minute onwards as the Referee’s radio communication became faulty and had to be corrected.

After the restart, Mount came close in the 39th, but his shot from just outside the box went agonizingly wide.

Sesko came close for Salzburg with a shot that was surely destined for the right bottom corner until Kepa, goal for Chelsea, smartly parried away.

In the 3rd minute of stoppage time, Chelsea has a shout for a penalty when Kovacic’s header in the box was handled by the opposition player. The referee waved it aside and VAR agreed with him.

0-0 was how things ended in the first 45minutes with both teams going back to the dressing room.

Before the start of the second-half, Salzburg made a change, with the 19yr old Gourna replacing Kjaergaard.

Chelsea, them, went in front in the 48th minute when James played Mount through on the byline and his sumptuous whip of a cross was missed by everyone until it met Sterling on the left, who struck the ball sweetly into the bottom right corner of the Salzburg goal.

1-0 to Chelsea in Graham Potter’s first game in charge.

Salzburg attempted a reply but striker, Sesko, saw his shot go wide inside the box.

Chelsea almost got their second of the night through Aubameyang, but Salzburg’s Bernardo blocked the shot for a corner, which was later cancelled due to Aubameyang being adjudged to be offside.

Chelsea made a double change in the 66th minute with Broja and Loftus Cheek replacing Aubameyang and Havertz.

Broja almost made an instant impact when he cleverly made himself available for a through ball, bit his shot was blocked, the referee calling for offside anyway.

There was an injury scare for Thiago Silva in the 68th minute but the Brazilian shook off the knock.

In a bid to get an equalizer, Salzburg made a double change of theirs, bringing on Junior Adami for Sesko and Kameri for Sucic.

Salzburg’s best chance of the game fell to Okafor in the 73rd minute, but his glancing header was comfortably gather by Kepa.

Okafor was not to be denied 2minutes later as he tucked home a cross into the box through the legs of Azpilicueta and the grasp of Kepa in goal.

VAR checked and the goal stood.

Loftus Cheek led Chelsea’s instant response but was brought down just outside the penalty area in the 77th minute by Pavlovic

Double yellow cards were subsequently shown to Pavlovic and Adamu for their heavy protests.

Another double change for Chelsea in the 81st minute saw Kovacic and Azpilicueta make way for Gallagher and Hakim Ziyech.

Chelsea almost got ahead in the 83rd minute when Broja’s lightening pace into the box saw him receive the ball from Sterling before putting in a delightful cross for Ziyech which was thwarted by the Salzburg goalie.

All attacking options were sought by now as Chelsea threw on Pulisic in place of Sterling in the 84th minute.

Sekou Koita replaced the goal scorer for Salzburg, Noah Okafor in the 85th minute.

Chelsea kept searching for that all important winner and came close when Mount delivered a teasing cross to the far post only for Ziyech to nod straight at the opposition’s goalie.

Chelsea went narrowly close in the space of 2minutes within the 4minutws additional time, first, Broja shooting just over the bar and Ziyech tamely hitting straight to the Keeper.

1-1 was how things ended at the end of 90minutes, Chelsea winless so far in this year’s UEFA Champions League.

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