Chelsea bounced back from their 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City by putting one foot into the Europa League last 16 with victory over hardworking Malm
The home side made a high-energy start in an electric atmosphere, but Chelsea's first clear chance resulted in the opening goal of the game after half an hour. Pedro's cross found Ross Barkley, who sorted his feet out in time to poke the ball past Johan Dahlin.
Chelsea withstood a short period of
Barkley should have made it 3-0 shortly after, but his shot was too central and allowed Dahlin to make a decent save. Pedro also had an effort deflected narrowly wide as the hosts started to tire.
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But then, from nowhere,
Malmö were visibly exhausted by the end and Giroud nearly took advantage with a late third, but Dahlin kept his side in the tie with another good save.
Key Talking Point
This wasn't a classic Chelsea performance by any means, but they got the job done and restored some confidence after last Sunday's heavy defeat to Manchester City.
Maurizio Sarri will be most pleased by the character of his players to bounce back from that defeat in what was quite a hostile atmosphere, against a team who were p
Starting XI: Kepa (6), Azpilicueta (6), Christensen (5), Luiz (5), Emerson (7), Kovacic (7), Jorginho (6), Barkley (8), Willian (7), Giroud (6), Pedro (7).
Substitutes: Hazard (6), Kante (6), Hudson-Odoi (N/A).
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WORST PLAYER - Andreas Christensen
Christensen was at fault for the Malmo goal, scored by his near-namesake Anders Christiansen, as he was outfoxed too easily by Markus Rosenberg in the build-up. He hadn't been bad up until that point, but it was a costly mistake.
Starting XI: Dahlin (7), Vindheim (6), Nielsen (5), Bengtsson (6), Safari (6), Rieks (7), Traustason (6), Bachirou (7), Christiansen (7), Antonsson (6), Rosenberg (6)
Substitutes: Strandberg (6), Lewicki (6), Gall (N/A)
Both teams are in cup action this weekend. Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, while Malm