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Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea

Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea

    KICK-OFF: 19:45
    VENUE: Olympic Stadium, Kiev
    10/20/2015 12:08:48 AM
    Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea!
    10/20/2015 12:05:23 AM
    10/20/2015 12:07:32 AM
    It's the other game but the Bayern Munich team bus has crashed into a parked car - more on that shortly *stifles laughter*.
    10/20/2015 4:31:29 PM

    Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

    Subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao
    10/20/2015 5:41:50 PM
    Jose Mourinho has made three changes to the Chelsea team that beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge at the weekend. 

    However, the changes have marked numerous positional moves for the Blues, with Kurt Zouma moved from the centre to the right of defence, Cesar Azpilicueta from the right to the left and Gary Cahill into the middle - Baba Rahman drops to the bench after starting against Villa at left-back. 

    The enforced absence of Pedro means that Eden Hazard, who was dropped in a high-profile move on Saturday, returns to the starting XI.

    Nemanja Matic is also back in the side, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek not even making the bench.
    10/20/2015 5:48:21 PM
    The Dynamo Kiev team is also in:

    Aleksandr Shovkovsky, Danilo Silva, Aleksandar Dragovic, Evgen Khacheridi, Antunes, Sergey Sydorchuk, Sergey Rybalka, Andriy Yarmolenko, Miguel Veloso, Derlis Gonzales, Junior Moraes.

    We're really going to struggle with the names tonight - I sincerely apologise in advance.
    10/20/2015 6:05:48 PM
    Jose Mourinho has had a quick pre-game word on some of his tactical selections tonight - he hopes Eden Hazard can win the game for the Blues.

    "He is a phenomenal player," said the Chelsea boss. "We believe in him and we want him to return to his normal game. If possible, win the match for us. Phenomenal player and we believe in him."

    Mourinho added that he opted to start Cahill and Matic because "set pieces are also an important part of the game. 

    "Cahill and Matic are very tall, we need that stability."

    10/20/2015 6:25:29 PM
    20 minutes to go until kick-off now.
    10/20/2015 6:25:39 PM
    The players are out of the tunnel and onto the pitch at the Olympic Stadium, big night for the men in Blue - they have to get a positive result here.
    10/20/2015 6:42:50 PM
    KICK-OFF! Dynamo, all in white,  get us underway - Chelsea are without their white socks but are all in blue
    10/20/2015 6:47:09 PM
    1min: Kurt Zouma gets a first touch at right-back and it's a smart little turn inside to go back to Begovic - confident start by the powerful youngster
    10/20/2015 6:48:13 PM
    3min: Bit of an error by the experienced Shovkovsky there, the 40-year-old (the oldest player in this season's Champions League) hits a pass straight out of play.

    Dynamo are pressing the Blues up really high, desperate to put the Blues under pressure at every moment.
    10/20/2015 6:50:22 PM
    5mins: Despite the pressure Chelsea are looking sharp, lovely little bit of interplay there and a lovely backheel by Matic - Dynamo win it back though and clear. 

    Chelsea win it back and break forward down the left with Hazard, he tries to slide Costa through but it's well cut out. Fabregas then tries a long-range effort but it's easily saved.
    10/20/2015 6:52:15 PM
    8mins: Lightning quick tempo to this one already with both sides really eager to win the ball back. Dynamo not afraid to get physical with the Blues either, every time Ramires or Matic picks up the ball they have players crashing into them. 

    Suddenly Willian finds some room and drives towards goal but, on his left foot, his 20-yard effort is lacking power and straight at Shovkovsky.
    10/20/2015 6:55:01 PM
    9mins: Hazard hits the post! 

    Brilliant play from the winger - he picks the ball up on the left and, as he's done so many times in the past, just cuts inside and hits a curling shot straight away. He beats the keeper but the ball just can't turn enough and it hits the bottom of the woodwork.
    10/20/2015 6:55:36 PM
    11mins: More good play from the Blues down that left - Eden Hazard has started in dangerous mood - he links up with Costa who bursts into the inside channel, and cuts the ball back; but it arrives a little bit too quickly for Fabregas and the Spaniard can only head over.
    10/20/2015 6:58:46 PM
    12mins: Then down the other end Dynamo have an opening, Gonzales cutting the ball back to Veloso but he hits straight at Begovic.
    10/20/2015 6:59:24 PM
    14mins: If you choose to believe the rumours you can see why various teams have been linked with Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko over the past year, he's got two great feet and is comfortable cutting inside or going round the outside. 

    The final ball was just lacking but it's been a good start from him. 
    10/20/2015 7:02:00 PM
    17mins: Big shout for a Chelsea penalty!

    The Blues work it well to the left and Fabregas skips past a tackle, driving into the box, he cuts inside and one man dives in (there doesn't look to be contact) and then there's a clumsy challenge from behind.

    It's not the most clear-cut penalty but those do get given - Fabregas was furious after the challenge. 
    10/20/2015 7:03:06 PM
    19mins: Willian almost does it again - swinging in a deep cross that beats everyone and flies just wide of the post, Diego Costa was close to getting a toe on that as well, very close.
    10/20/2015 7:06:07 PM
    21mins: So unlucky from Nemanja Matic who reads the ball brilliantly to nick it in the midfield and then powers his way forward, holding off two challenges and getting into the box. He has to go with the outside of his right foot to try and find the far corner but he gets it slightly wrong and it flies just wide!

    Great start from the Blues in this match. 
    10/20/2015 7:08:17 PM
    24mins: Just the first slight lull in the game at the moment as Dynamo get back to pressing the Blues up high. 
    10/20/2015 7:11:03 PM
    25mins: Mourinho is just having a word with the fourth official and guess what, he's having a word about the penalty. He's pointing out the number of officials on the pitch (five!) and looks like he's questioning why Fabregas wasn't given that penalty. 
    10/20/2015 7:12:58 PM
    26mins: Chelsea nearly concede now! The left-back Vida bursts forward and cuts the ball back inside to Buyalskiy who fires at goal - it takes a slight nick and goes just wide, Begovic was beaten!

    From the corner Chelsea clear.
    10/20/2015 7:15:43 PM
    30mins: Dynamo well on top now, Chelsea can barely get out of their own half, Vidal and Gonzales are dominating down the left and a deep ball is scrambled away Azpilicueta for a corner - much better from the home side and the Blues need to regroup.
    10/20/2015 7:16:37 PM
    32mins: Chelsea relieve some pressure and manage to find a corner - it's an in-swinger and Shovkovsky looks far from convincing but unfortunately for Chelsea it's gone out.
    10/20/2015 7:20:03 PM
    34mins: Another great counter-attack from the Blues as Ramires bursts forward, finding Eden Hazard, who is now on the right. He does a couple of turns and wins a corner.

    From the set-piece Fabregas swings one out and the header from Cahill is pretty powerful and on target but he's too far out to really trouble the keeper.
    10/20/2015 7:21:47 PM
    37mins: The game has just become a bit scrappy again, Chelsea are definitely on top but they need to take one of these chances - Dynamo look dangerous when they attack.
    10/20/2015 7:25:14 PM
    41mins: Into the last couple of minutes and there's a little bit of frustration creeping across the faces of some of the Chelsea players and their manager Jose Mourinho.

    They're definitely on top but Dynamo are causing them problems and the home side are more than happy to be physical to stop the Blues playing their football. 
    10/20/2015 7:28:38 PM
    43mins: Great run from Eden Hazard all the way from the left to the right, taking a couple of players with him. He cuts back to Zouma but the right-back shows he's playing out of position, rather than swinging in a ball first time or trying to take a player on, he dwells on the ball and then gives it back to Hazard, breaking down the pace of the move.
    10/20/2015 7:30:06 PM
    HALF-TIME: Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 0
    10/20/2015 7:31:52 PM
    We're back at the Olympic Stadium, Chelsea get us back underway.
    10/20/2015 7:48:15 PM
    46mins: Immediately Chelsea are on the attack with Willian flying forward before being tripped about 25 yards out - he looks like he's going to take it as well...

    HITS THE BAR! It is Willian who strikes the ball and it's a brilliant strike - he curls it over the wall and all Shovkovsky can do is watch as the ball cannons back off the woodwork. So unlucky!
    10/20/2015 7:49:11 PM
    48mins: Chelsea camped in the Dynamo half right now, superb start to the second half. 
    10/20/2015 7:51:18 PM
    50mins: Just a bit scrappy again as Dynamo up their tempo.
    10/20/2015 7:54:44 PM
    53mins: Chelsea looking so dangerous on the counter, Eden Hazard has had a superb game. He bursts forward and Chelsea have numbers on the right, but his ball to Fabregas is just slightly to heavy and it takes him a little bit wide - the Spaniard shoots but it's straight at the keeper.
    10/20/2015 7:56:01 PM
    57mins: Chelsea have just conceded some territory in the last five minutes, perhaps they are trying to draw Dynamo in a bit to hit them on the counter where they look really dangerous. 

    Risky strategy, however.
    10/20/2015 8:01:29 PM
    59mins: Little bit better from the Blues who have a sustained bit of pressure after Hazard drives forward. Costa can't dig out a cross but it then comes back to Hazard whose shot is brilliantly blocked over the top for a corner - but nothing comes from it.
    10/20/2015 8:02:26 PM
    60mins: Jose Mourinho certainly cutting a frustrated figure in the technical, he's thrown his arms up a couple of times in the last five minutes.
    10/20/2015 8:03:05 PM
    62mins: Begovic keeps Chelsea in the game from Gonzalez! Yarmolenko turns Ramires inside out and finds the winger inside the box on the left, he cuts inside and fires at goal but it's straight at the Bosnian, who bats it round the post!

    From the short corner it's again Begovic pushing the ball out of danger as Gonzalez whips in a dangerous ball. Warning signs. 
    10/20/2015 8:05:25 PM
    68mins: Backwards and forwards in the last five. Chelsea are looking like the better team but they've not created anything, Dynamo often look panicked but they still look dangerous. 

    This has been a good performance from the Blues but if they end up conceding it will be crisis mode again, not matter how well they've played. 
    10/20/2015 8:11:56 PM
    70mins: Excellent chance for Dynamo! They work it well down the left again and Gonzalez cuts back for the left-back Vida, who is in acres of space in the box. But the long-haired defender can't control his shot and blasts over the top. 
    10/20/2015 8:13:07 PM
    72mins: Chelsea just starting to tire and Jose Mourinho is looking to his bench, Oscar appears to be getting warmed up. 
    10/20/2015 8:15:11 PM
    73mins: Dynamo definitely on top now. Chelsea are really slowing down, dropping deeper and deeper. Gonzalez and Yarmolenko getting more influential, too. 
    10/20/2015 8:16:54 PM
    75mins: It's Cesc Fabregas who makes way for Oscar.
    10/20/2015 8:17:25 PM
    78mins: Chelsea hanging on a little bit now, certainly in terms of possession and territory, even if Dynamo are failing to create anything clear-cut. The Blues are defending well but have lost all of their attacking threat. 

    Nervy 10 minutes coming up. 
    10/20/2015 8:22:19 PM
    81mins: Eden Hazard is still looking the most likely for Chelsea, top performance from him, probably his best and sharpest this season.

    Being dropped seems to have served him well. 
    10/20/2015 8:24:49 PM
    83mins: Chelsea getting a firm grip on the ball after that shaky spell. Looks like they may just settle for a point here, they're not in any great rush to push for a winner. 
    10/20/2015 8:26:44 PM
    85mins: Final five minutes and Dynamo also look like they've settled for a point. They're no longer committing bodies forward either and the pace in the game has really dropped. 
    10/20/2015 8:28:55 PM
    88mins: Real danger for Chelsea! John Terry flies out to head the ball away but as the ball comes back in the Chelsea captain clears straight back to Dynamo player on the right wing - he whips a brilliant ball to the near post and somehow the ball doesn't go in!

    Terry breathes a real sigh of relief!
    10/20/2015 8:33:58 PM
    90mins: Two minutes of injury time and Chelsea are now looking a little bit nervy. They have to hold on. 
    10/20/2015 8:34:37 PM
    91mins: Chelsea burst forward on the counter, Willian from the left cuts inside and whips a shot at goal bit it bounces just wide!

    Almost a winner for the Blues!
    10/20/2015 8:35:54 PM
    FULL-TIME: Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 0 
    10/20/2015 8:36:08 PM
    They didn't get the win but a much better performance from Chelsea, who can count themselves really unlucky not to win that game. The Blues hit the woodwork twice through Willian and Hazard, Matic went close and Fabregas should have had a penalty. 

    Then when they were up against it they defended stoutly, holding on for a valuable point. Much better from the Blues, even if they didn't quite get the win they needed. 

    Stay tuned on the homepage for a full report and player ratings.
    10/20/2015 8:37:57 PM
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