Chelsea 2 Dynamo Kiev 1

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 04 November 2015

Willian scored a sensational free kick to give the Blues three valuable points in their Champions League encounter against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge this evening.
The Blues went ahead somewhat fortunately from the head of Kiev's Aleksandar Dragovic before a second half equaliser from the same player pegged back the Blues.
Then up strapped Willian, with the minutes ticking down. Substitute Eden Hazard was founded wide on the left . Free-kick specialist Willian took the game by the scruff of the neck with an inch-perfect right-footed screamer that arrowedi to the back of the Kiev net to send the home fans into delirium.
The Blues are now second in Group G, with seven points, three behind leaders Porto.
An excellent start by the Blues, with Diego Coast forcing a corner in the first mi ute.
From the resultant kick, the ball fell to Ramires, on the edge of the penalty area. It was on target, smacked off the shin of Costa to safety.
The Brazil midfielder followed this up with another pile driver three minutes later which arrowed into the midriff of goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovkovskiy.
Next up was Oscar on eight minutes, but his snap shot was early help by the goalie.
The breakthrough justifiably came on 34 minutes and it was a strike of luck for Chelsea - an own goal.
Excellent start-up play by Begovic to Baba, saw the ball arrowed to the right for Willian. The wide man hit the byline and put in a cross which the unfortunate Aleksander Dragovic headed past Shovekovskiy.
Costa raced through on added time on a counter-attack and appeared to hit the deck under a challenge from have his legs taken from him, but the referee Pavel Kralovec waved play on. Chelsea almost conceded a penalty three minutes into the second half when Serhiy Raybalka raced clear. Thankfully Kurt Zouma stretched out his leg to kick the ball away.
Shovkovskiy was in the right position to snatch a soft Willian header from close range from the goal line and the game ebbed and flowed.
Another penalty for Kiev was turned down on 52 minutes but Zouma chested the ball from a fierce Domagoj Vida shot.
Chelsea had two chances to score on 59 minutes after Willian sent in a fine free-kick, first Matic missed the header from six yards out, the ball fell to Zouma who somehow kicked the ball wide when it was easier to score.
A stupendous left-handed stop by Shovkovskiy prevent the blues doubling the lead on 65 minutes. Oscar's edge of the box curler seemed destined for the back of the net before the stopper sprung to his left to tip the ball around his right post.
A glancing header by Vida from a corner almost notched the Ukrainian's an equaliser, but the ball inched just wide of Asmir Begovic's right post with 15 minutes left on the click.
Inevitably the Boues conceded and with 12 minutes left, Begovic missed a corner. The ball deflected off Matic's shoulder and fell invitingly to Dragovic who smashed the ball home.
Jose Mourinho instantly replaced Fabregas and Oscar for Pedro and Eden Hazard as he went in search of a winner.
Hazard was duly fouled and up stepped Willian to blast home a sensational 25-yard beauty of a free-kick to instantly restored the home side's lead.
From here on in it was game-management time by Mourinho and he duly saw out the remaining minutes without undue pssurefrom the now deflated Ukranians.

 

 

 

Teams: Begovic, Fabregas,Zouma, Baba, Ramires, Oscar, Costa, Matic, Willian, Terry,, Azpillicueta
Subs: Blackman, Hazard,Kenedy, Pedro, Remy, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek

Dynamo Kiev: Shovkovskiy, Antunes, Dragovic, Yarolenko, Sydorchuck, Rybalka, Kravets, Vida, Gonzalez, Buyalskiy, Khacheridi
Subs: Rybka,Veloso, Petrovic, Morozyuk, Moraes, Garmash, Gusev

Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)

 

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