UCL: Chelsea defeat Dinamo Zagreb as Zakaria grabs debut goal, Chilwell injured
Chelsea midfielder Denis Zakaria scored on his debut as the Blues ended their Champions League Group E campaign with a 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, winning the group and ending the Croatians’ European campaign.
Chelsea finished the group stage with 13 points, three more than runners-up AC Milan, who defeated third-placed Red Bull Salzburg 4-0. Dinamo finished last with four points, two points behind Salzburg.
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Edouard Mendy, starting for the first time under Graham Potter, got off to a terrible start when, seven minutes after Bruno Petkovic gave the visitors the lead with a header, he had to pluck the ball out of the Chelsea net.
The Switzerland international Zakaria gave the Blues the lead on the half-hour mark with a brilliantly placed shot in his first game since coming on loan from Juventus on September 1. Mason Mount had done well to set up the chance.
In a worrying moment for England boss Gareth Southgate, Chelsea fullback Ben Chilwell pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury in second-half injury time, hopping towards the dressing room helped by medical staff as the game finished 2-1.