Champions League: Chelsea beat Zenit with goal from Lukaku and Juventus pass easily by Swedish team

In the next round, on September 29, Chelsea and Juventus face off in Italy for Group H

EFE / EPA / Facundo ArrizabalagaLukaku scored the only winning goal for the English

the current champion Chelsea debuted with victory in Champions League 2021/22 this Tuesday, 14. The triumph by 1-0 in the balanced duel with the Zenit, from Russia, was conquered thanks to Romelu Lukaku, who headed the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge, 23 minutes into the second half. Hired for around R$ 713 million, the Belgian striker returned to the English team after seven years and will justify at the beginning of this second visit to London the high amount invested in him. Chelsea did not find it easy to dispatch the Russians on their debut. It was just a bureaucratic game. The Russian team armed itself to defend itself and come out on the counterattacks, but they were rare. The Brazilians claudinho e Malcom were holders, in addition to Douglas Santos e Wendel. When the score was 0-0, the ex-Bragantino midfielder left Azmoun in front of the goal, but he took too long to finish and was blocked in the penalty area by Rüdiger, who vibrated like a goal.

The English stopped attacking after opening the scoreboard and maintained the advantage until the end, adding three points in the Group H, same score as Juventus, the other key team that won this opening round. The Italian team razed the Malmö in Sweden. With good performance from Dybala and Morata, he won easily, 3-0. All goals were scored in the first half. The Brazilian Alex Sandro opened the scoring at 23, Dybala scored the second with a penalty at 45 and Morata scored the third a minute later to close the account still in the opening stage. Juventus and Chelsea duel in the next round of play that will be worth the lead in the bracket. The match will be in Turin, Italy, on the 29th. Defeated on the debut, Zenit and Malmo don’t add points and will face each other in Russia. Fur Group G, Lille and Wolfsburg drew goalless in France. With that, they both add a point, as do RB Salzburg and Sevilla, who were 1-1 earlier in Spain.

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