Chelsea summer signings Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech show their worth with impressive displays; midfielder Jorginho misses early penalty as Russian side blown away late on by three goals in final 14 minutes
Wednesday 28 October 2020 20:14, UK
Hakim Ziyech scored his first goal for Chelsea and Edouard Mendy kept his fourth clean sheet in a row in a rampant 4-0 Champions League win over Krasnodar.
Jorginho missed an early penalty for Chelsea in their bid to get their first win in Group E, but Callum Hudson-Odoi got them rolling (37), taking advantage of a howler from Krasnodar goalkeeper Matvey Safonov.
The Russians came out with renewed vigour after the break but a combination of the flawless Mendy and the crossbar, which was rattled by Yuri Gazinskiy, kept Chelsea’s lead in tact.
Timo Werner got that all-important second from the spot (76) after a controversial handball call against Aleksandr Martynovich before Ziyech and substitute Christian Pulisic added gloss to a somewhat flattering scoreline.
Krasnodar: Safonov (3), Smolnikov (6), Kaio (6), Martynovich (6), Chernov (6), Vilhena (7), Gazinski (7); Utkin (6), Olsson (6), Ramírez (6), Berg (6)
Subs: Spertsyan (N/A), Sabua (N/A), Suleymanov (N/A)
Chelsea: Mendy (9), Azpilicueta (8), Rüdiger (7), Zouma (7), Chilwell (6), Hudson-Odoi (6), Jorginho (6), Kovacic (6), Ziyech (7), Werner (7), Havertz (7)
Subs: Pulisic (7), Mount (6), Kante (7), Abraham (N/A), Emerson (N/A)
Man of the match: Edouard Mendy
More to follow…
Chelsea are back in action on Saturday at 3pm with a trip to Burnley in the Premier League before hosting Rennes at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.
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