Chelsea vs Zenit LIVE: Latest Champions League updates

Chelsea vs Zenit LIVE: Latest Champions League updates
Follow all the action as the Blues begin the defence of their European crown

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Tuchel on Chelsea Champions League defence

Chelsea begin the defence of their Champions League title with a group stage match at home to Zenit on Tuesday night. Thomas Tuchel’s side have started the Premier League campaign well, winning three of their four games and sitting as one of four clubs on 10 points at the top of the early table. In Europe, they are the side to be beaten this year having triumphed against Manchester City at the end of last term – and with the squad boosted by Romelu Lukaku’s arrival since then, there’s plenty of reason for optimism that they can go deep into the competition once more.

Zenit are not to be taken lightly in Group H, which also contains Juventus and Swedish side Malmo, with the St. Petersburg side having quickly gone top of their Premier League once more, unbeaten in seven at the start of 2021/22. The spine of their team is made up of the likes of former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, Russian international midfielder Daler Kuzyaev and tricky Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun. Brazilian pair Malcom and Claudinho add an attacking threat from midfield, too.

It is Chelsea who remain heavy favourites all the same, with an array of attacking talent available to Tuchel and a well-organised defence in place which has conceded only once so far this season. Follow all the action at the conclusion of Young Boys vs Manchester United:

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Young Boys 0 – 1 Man Utd

69 mins: Corner to Young Boys. Aebischer floats the set piece to the edge of the box and picks out Elia. He attempts to volley a shot first time but spoons it into the air and Ronaldo has to clear the danger. The home side are all over United here.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 19:12
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GOAL! Young Boys 1 – 1 Man Utd (Ngamaleu, 66’)⚽️

66 mins: It’s been coming! Young Boys have been getting themselves in increasingly dangerous positions. United have had to defend wave after wave but finally they’ve been broken open. Elia drives into the right side of the box and hits a low ball into the middle. Ngamaleu squeezes in front of Varane and pokes the ball past De Gea to give the home side the equaliser.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 19:09
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Young Boys 0 – 1 Man Utd

60 mins: Young Boys are starting to get more crosses into the box. Luke Shaw blocks a couple before Elia runs the ball out of play.

United then win a free kick close to the halfway line and Maguire’s long ball goes straight out of play.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 19:06
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Chelsea vs Zenit St Petersburg

Chelsea get their Champions League campaign underway after the conclusion of this match. Here’s their starting XI:

Thomas Tuchel makes five changes to the team that won 3-0 against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Saul Niguez, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi all drop out of the XI.

In come Andreas Christensen, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 19:03
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Young Boys 0 – 1 Man Utd

57 mins: The crowd haven’t stopped chanting and singing since Wan Bissaka got sent off. They’re giving life to Young Boys’ attacking players as Ngamaleu drives into the box. He attempts to work it across the six-yard box and wins a corner.

The corner ball sails over everyone and drops for Elia on the edge of the box. He goes for goal but can’t get over the top of the shot and only manages to spoon it over the goal.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 19:01
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Penalty shout for United!

Young Boys 0 – 1 Man Utd

54 mins: Varane heads another ball out of the box and it’s wonderfully controlled by Pogba in midfield before he squirts it away to Fred. Fred gives it to Fernandes who plays a first time ball over the top up to Ronaldo. The bouncse does for centre-back Camara and Ronaldo is able to sprint into the box. Camara catches up with him, there’s a little shove in the back and Ronaldo goes down. He wants a penalty but the decision goes Young Boys’ way.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 18:58
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Young Boys 0 – 1 Man Utd

51 mins: Dalot concedes a corner but Varane heads it clear from the middle of the box. United look a lot more solid within this new shape with three at the back.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 18:55
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Young Boys 0 – 1 Man Utd

48 mins: It’s been a positive start from Man Utd to this second half. They look confident on the ball despite having one man less. Martins arrives late lunging into a tackle on Fernandes and he goes in the book as well.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 18:53
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Young Boys 0 – 1 Man Utd

Second half: Raphael Varane has come on for Manchester United replacing Donny van de Beek. That change means United will move into a back three with Shaw and Dalot acting as wingbacks.

Young Boys also make a change as Jordan Siebatcheu replaces Christian Sierro.

Michael Jones14 September 2021 18:49
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Sevilla vs RB Salzburg

In the other Champions League early kick off Sevilla are drawing 1-1 with RB Salzburg.

What’s remarkable about this game though is that there’s been four penalties in the first half. Both teams have scored one with Salzburg missing another two!

Michael Jones14 September 2021 18:46

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