UEFA Champions League

Champions League: Chelsea 4 – 0 Malmo

Chelsea thrashed Malmo in the Champions League but lost strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner to first-half injuries.

Andreas Christensen volleyed the Blues ahead from Thiago Silva’s cross for his first goal for the club.

Lukaku was fouled – and injured – for a penalty which Jorginho scored, and Werner then pulled up while running.

Kai Havertz dinked home Chelsea’s third and Jorginho added another spot-kick for the European champions, who are second in Group H behind Juventus.

All the same this felt like a night when Chelsea had to let rip, to offer proof that they can be exciting as well as efficient. It was not an occasion that called for a patient approach. Chelsea had to seize the initiative from the start; they had to thrill the crowd.

They were not up against much. Malmö looked out of their depth in their first two outings in this competition, conceding seven and scoring none in defeats to Juve and Zenit St Petersburg, and their manager, Jon Dahl Tomasson, was not holding out much hope of an upset. Tomasson knew that the Swedish champions were likely to lose and although they deserved credit for trying to exert a high press during the early stages, it was not long before they were being pinned back by Chelsea’s attacking swarm.

With Mason Mount moving intelligently and repeatedly threatening to prise the visitors apart, Chelsea could have killed the game in the first 10 minutes. Ben Chilwell, a rampaging force from left wing-back, headed over from a Jorginho cross and there was another addition to Werner’s bulging portfolio of hilarious misses when he stabbed wide from six yards after being picked out by Lukaku, who also saw a deflected effort acrobatically turned over by Johan Dahlin.


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