Zenit vs Chelsea, Man Utd vs Young Boys


The Champions League group stage ends on Wednesday night, with much left at stake for a number of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Manchester United have already secured a safe passage to the last 16 after winning Group F, while Chelsea have also moved on from Group H.

But to ensure that they top Group H ahead of Juventus, Thomas Tuchel’s team must win in Russia against Zenit St Petersburg – with the knowledge that something less could see Massimiliano Allegri’s team snap in with a win over Malmö.

The pressure is also on Barcelona to get a result in Germany against Bayern Munich. If they do not, there is every chance that Benfica can secure a place in the last 16 with a victory over Dynamo Kiev – a result that could force Xavi’s team into the Europa League rather than the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Follow below for 90 minutes of surveillance as the plot unfolds.

Zenit 0-1 Chelsea

Werner celebrates his goal / OLGA MALTSEVA / GettyImages

Chelsea’s attempt to win Group H may require victory in Russia against a Zenit team that will want to include confidence in their upcoming Europa League campaign.

The Blues are without a number of players through injuries, while Mateo Kovacic’s positive Covid-19 diagnosis led to another unwelcome distraction for Thomas Tuchel’s preparations.

Despite that, Chelsea were hot out of the traps – Timo Werner netted from close range after just two minutes after Zenit failed with a swinging Mason Mount corner, marking the club’s fastest goal ever in the competition (84 seconds).

Goal: Timo Werner (2 ‘)

Chelsea lineup: Kepa, Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Sarr; James, Saul, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi; Mount, Werner, Lukaku

Juventus 0-0 Malmö

Juventus hope to be able to throw themselves over any mistakes from Chelsea when they look to see Malmö at the Allianz Stadium.

The Old Lady has been far from her best this season, and was defeated 4-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in her latest Champions League outing. However, Juve won the reverse match and have also taken maximum points from both their matches against Zenit and their second match against Malmö – which means that they can top Group H with a fifth victory in six.

Juventus lineup: Perin, De Winter, Bonucci (c), Rugani, Alex Sandro; Bernardeschi, Arthur, Bentancur, Rabiot; Dybala, Cain

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