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“Amazing”, “Has to start”: Rising Chelsea star wins over some fans in 2-0 win vs Malmo + Match report

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Chelsea vs Malmo Report: Chelsea FC Match Report

Chelsea beat Malmo by a scoreline of 3-0 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate to progress to the next stage of the Europa League. They began this crucial tie with their usual share of possession. While they did get on the ball a lot, there was no real threat on the Malmo defence early on at Stamford Bridge.

A few minutes into the game, the away team started to come back into the game. The Blues were extremely sloppy on the ball and despite constant orders from Maurizio Sarri on the sidelines, their shabbiness continued. 

Malmo kept on plugging away and created a few clear chances to score but were unable to finish. For all the big names in Chelsea’s team, they were getting schooled by the European minnows.

Later into the game though, Chelsea began to control possession again and using the right flank as their main weapon, they attacked the Malmo defence hard. Teenage sensation Callum Hudson-Odoi was tearing the Malmo defenders apart with his blistering pace and intricate footwork.

In spite of all the effort from both sides, neither had anything to show for it. Chelsea’s attack lacked an edge but they did dominate possession. Over the whole half, they didn’t create a single clear-cut opportunity.

Chelsea kept pushing but were unable to create anything meaningful and as this game headed into half-time, it looked like one that was heading towards a stalemate. Despite Chelsea’s big names, Malmo did look more likely to open the scoring in the first half.

In the second half, Chelsea continued to dominate the ball but Malmo still looked a threat on the counter-attack and for all their positive forward work, they didn’t really create anything until the 55th minute.

A quick Chelsea counter sprung through N’Golo Kante, who charged at the Malmo defence before playing it wide to Willian. He then smashed it across goal and Olivier Giroud was on the spot to tuck it in to make it 1-0 to the home side.

As Chelsea continued to pile on the pressure, Malmo’s resilience finally broke down and the Blues were able to pass the ball through them at will and this paid off in the 74th minute.

They got a free-kick on the edge of the area and surprisingly, despite the presence of Willian, it was Ross Barkley who stepped up to take the kick. He curled a beautiful shot over the wall to make it 2-0 to the Blues.

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In the 84th minute, Willian spread the play out to Hudson-Odoi on the opposite flank. He drove into the Malmo box before unleashing a venomous shot that caught the goalkeeper off guard and suddenly, it was 3-0 on the night and that’s how this game of two halves ended.

Here’s how some relieved Chelsea fans reacted to this impressive home victory:

Nikhil Vinod

As Le Professeur famously said, If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all. Diving and play-acting is a crime and is destroying the beautiful game. Massive sports enthusiast with a special affection for football. Sports Management graduate from Coventry University, UK.

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