Chilwell Injured As Chelsea Hit Champions League Milestone In Home Win Vs Dinamo Zagreb
Chelsea rounded off their Group E Champions League campaign on a winning after edging Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Blues hit a milestone as they recorded their 100th win in the Champions League.
Chelsea finished as group winners while AC Milan occupied second spot.
Denis Zakaria, who joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus, marked his debut for the Blues with a goal.
However, Graham Potter side suffered a blow as Ben Chilwell suffered what appears to be an hamstring injury.
The London club made the worst possible start as they fell behind in the sixth minute when the Blues defence reacted poorly to a cross and Bruno Petkovic was able to head in from close range.
Chelsea initially struggled to create much in response but a well-worked move brought them their equaliser on 18 minutes, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang backheeled the ball to Raheem Sterling inside the box and he kept his cool to slot in.
Zakaria then marked a dream debut as he drove in a low shot midway through the first half that squeezed over the line despite a defender’s attempt to clear to make it 2-1 on 30 minutes.
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Dinamo needed to win to finish third and go into the Europa League and Edouard Mendy made a good save to deny Bosko Sutalo’s point-blank header early in the second half.
Aubameyang came close to adding a third for Chelsea when he powered a shot against the crossbar and Conor Gallagher was denied late on, but ultimately Zakaria’s goal was enough to seal the win for the Blues.
This came close to being the perfect night for Chelsea but there was late concern as, deep in stoppage time, Chilwell fell to the floor after clutching his hamstring.
He looked understandably frustrated once he was able to get to his feet, but he continued to hold the back of his leg before needing assistance from Chelsea’s medical staff to get off the pitch.
In Group G, Manchester City secured their fourth win with a 3-1 home victory against Sevilla to cement top spot.
And in Group H Paris Saint-Germain beat Juventus, who will feature in the Europa League, 2-1 in Italy.
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