Chelsea Wins At Last

Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in their Uefa Champions League Group G clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.  Aleksandar Dragovic scored a goal either side of half-time, one for his team and one for the opponents before Willian sealed the victory for a nervy looking Blues team in the closing minutes.  The London club now moves up to second in the pool standings.

Jose Mourinho’s men were eager to produce a positive start and attacked with intent from the kick-off.  The first attempt on goal came from Ramires, the Brazilian was picked out in space, 30 yards from goal and decided to have a go, but saw his effort deflected comfortably into the hands of Oleksandr Shovkovskiy.  At the other end Kiev offered very little up front and had to wait until the 32nd minute before their first shot at goal; a desperate Andre Yarmalenko effort that went high and wide.

With 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Brazilian winger, Willian found space down the right wing before whipping in a dangerous ball into the box that was turned in by Dragovic, handing the Blues a deserved 1-0 half-time lead after a dominant first half performance.  Despite being on the back foot for most of the first stanza, Dynamo showed more threat in the second period, whipping balls into the area from either flank, and carving out scoring opportunities. 

With 12 minutes of the match remaining, Dragovic equalised for the visitors after Asmir Begovic failed to deal with a Yarmalenko corner.  The Stamford Bridge crowd had been silenced and it looked as though it would be another disappointing result for Mourinho before Willian produced a moment of magic, curling a free kick into the top left-hand corner from 30 yards out to put the hosts ahead for a second time with less than 10 minutes remaining. 

Substitute Eden Hazard had a chance to seal the victory in the dying minutes but lashed his effort into the side netting and the match would end 2-1.

Teams:

Chelsea: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba Raman, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Diego Costa.
Subs: Blackman, Hazard, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek. Coached by: Jose Mourinho

Dynamo Kyiv: Shovkovskiy, Vida, Khacheridi, Dragovic, Antunes, Sydorchuk, Rybalka, Yarmolenko, Buyalskiy, Gonzalez, Kravets.
Subs: Rybka, Miguel Veloso, Petrovic, Morozyuk, Junior Moraes, Garmash, Gusev. Coached by: Syrjay Rebrov