Chelsea vs Zenit LIVE: Champions League result, final score and reaction

Tuchel on Chelsea’s defense in the Champions League

Romelu Lukaku’s precise header saved Chelsea’s opening game as a Champions League holder in a 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg.

Belgian hitman Lukaku has scored his third goal in two games and his fourth for Chelsea since his £ 98million transfer from Inter Milan.

Converted captain Cesar Azpilicueta, 28, suspended the cross from the long post with a stunningly accurate header, and that after dismissing three Zenit defenders who were tight to the touch.

Chelsea worked in front of a resolute and regimented Zenit, for much of the game, risking limping to a disheartening draw.

But then Lukaku stood up, highest of all, to nod his head and transform the night entirely. Relive all the action below:

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Romelu Lukaku secures Chelsea start to Champions League defense

The forward made the difference again, with the 1-0 victory over a resilient Zenit St Petersburg ensuring his title defense started with a bit of flourishing and celebration rather than a disappointing draw.

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 10:03 PM

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Chelsea vs Zenit result: player ratings as Romelu Lukaku scores Champions League winner

Thomas Tuchel’s side were not at their best and struggled to break through Zenit’s deep and purposeful defense in an austere first half.

But despite struggling to create many clear openings, the pressure from Chelsea was finally revealed to Romelu Lukaku who rose to the top to meet Cesar Azpilicueta’s center and ensure his team a perfect start in Group H.

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:57 PM

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Lukaku leads Chelsea to defeat Zenit

Romelu Lukaku was on the scoresheet again for Chelsea as the Blues snuck their way into a tough game with Zenit St Petersburg to win 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku continues his great form which has made him one of the top scorers in Europe.

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:54 PM

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Full time: Chelsea 1 – 0 Zenit Saint Petersburg

90 + 4 minutes: It was a difficult night for Chelsea. The Zenits were solid, they were well drilled and they were difficult to take apart. It took a good shot from Azpilicueta to find Lukaku in the box and the tall man continued his fine form and found the back of the net. They organized the last minutes well and took the three points.

The European champions start their 2021 Champions League campaign with a victory.

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:51 PM

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Chelsea 1-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg

90 + 2 min: Chelsea see the off-game well. Keep the ball and not let Zenit enter their own half. Mason Mount is kidnapped and Ruben Loftus-Cheek runs away.

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:49 PM

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Chelsea 1-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg

90 mins: Chelsea lead by a nil as we head into added time at Stamford Bridge. Four minutes from that. Young Boys scored late against Manchester United earlier, can Zenit do the same against Chelsea?

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:46 PM

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Chelsea 1-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg

87 minutes: late changes for Zenit St Petersburg. Andrey Mostovoy and Daniil Krugovoy replace Claudinho and Yaroslav Rakits’kyy.

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:45 PM

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Chelsea 1-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg

84 minutes: Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are kidnapped by Thomas Tuchel whom Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell have brought. Mendy needed a break from this collision with Dzyuba, but he can keep playing.

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:39 PM

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Chelsea 1-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg

81 min: chance! Zenit almost equalize! Erokhin hits the ball into the box as Azmoun penetrates behind Chelsea’s back line. The forward hits a low pass into the six-yard penalty area and Dzyuba gets a toe on the pass. Mendy closes it and they collide, but not before the ball passes the post.

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:38 PM

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Chelsea 1-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg

78 minutes: Close! Mount takes the ball off the left side as Alonso drifts into the box. Mount brings him back to the back wing but moves to his left and fires a bit off the back post!

Michael jonesSeptember 14, 2021 9:36 PM

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