Chelsea did not win again in the Champions League! The “Blues” from London finished 1:1 with RB Salzburg. Thus, Chelsea remain in last place in the group with only one point won.
Chelsea opened the scoring through Raheem Sterling early in the second half. The guests equalized through their big star Okafor in the 75th minute.
The meeting was an official debut for the new manager of the “blues” Graham Potter.
The coach of the London team made three changes compared to the team’s previous game in the Champions League. From the first minute today at Stamford Bridge, Thiago Silva, Cuqureia and Jorginho started, at the expense of Koulibaly, Fofana and Ben Chilwell.
Chelsea took the initiative right from the start. Aubameyang had an opportunity to open early. The Londoner’s new signing shoots high over Koehn’s goal.
In the 9th minute, the guests could shock the hosts. A forward ball caught the Blues defense by surprise, but Kepa was careful, came out and stopped the RB Salzburg attack.
Havertz headed in a good cross from a free kick but his shot was blocked.
In the 21st minute, all the spectators at “Stamford Bridge” applauded the team’s former manager Thomas Tuchel. In the 20/21 season, the German specialist led the Londoners to triumph in the Champions League.
Aubameyang slipped away from his bodyguard midway through the half. Just before he shot past the keeper, a RB Salzburg defender threw himself at the attacker’s feet and knocked the ball off his leg.
In the 40th minute, Chelsea played well. Sterling crossed from the left, but none of his team-mates made the save. The ball fell to Mount, who shot dangerously from the edge of the box but missed the target.
At the end of the half and RB Salzburg looked at the goal of Chelsea. Sesko took it well and fired into the bottom left corner, but Kepa Arrizabalaga was alert and saved the shot.
In the added three minutes of extra time, Chelsea claimed a penalty. Kovacic shot, the ball bounced into the hand of an Austrian defender, but the referee did not rule anything and let the game continue.
Chelsea’s pressure continued in the second half. Right at the start of the half, Raheem Sterling opened the scoring. Mason Mount centers sharply. The defense of the Austrians failed to clear the ball, which fell to Sterling. The winger checked the visitors from RB Salzburg with a nice header.
Despite taking the lead, Chelsea continued to look for another goal. Graham Potter’s players had the chance to decide the match on several occasions, but their shots did not find the target.
Okafor answered for the visitors in the 73rd minute. The RB Salzburg striker headed in a cross, but his shot did not trouble Kepa.
The Austrian champion played well in the center of the pitch. After a few passes, Adamu, who entered minutes ago, received a pass in perspective. Thiago Silva did not intervene well and the attacking player of RB Salzburg passed to the free Okafor. The striker made no mistake from close range and restored parity in the result.
The visitors’ goal defeated the “blues” from London. In the counter attack, Chelsea were awarded a direct free kick on the edge of the penalty area. A set piece followed, but Reece James’ shot went a meter over the bar.
Substitute Hakim Ziyech was left uncovered in the visitors’ penalty area in the final minutes of the match, but his shot was weak and straight into the hands of visitors’ keeper Kön.
In the second minute of added time, Armando Broia shot with all his might from the edge of the penalty area, but without finding the target.
Until the end of the match, Chelsea tried to press their opponent and win, but the defense of Salzburg did not bend and Matthias Jasle’s boys left Stamford Bridge with a point.
CHELSEA – RB SALZBURG 1:1
Chelsea: Kepa, James, Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Cuqureia, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Havertz, Sterling, Aubameyang
RB Salzburgd: Kön, Dedic, Bernardo, Pavlovic, Ulmer, Capaldo, Seiwald, Kjaergaard, Suchic, Sesko, Okafor