In a game when both teams had plenty of chances to score, Chelsea defeated Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 to advance to the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Christian Pulisic and Conor Gallagher were two of the four changes Graham Potter made to the lineup that played Manchester United in a Premier League draw.
After a promising start in which Salzburg forced Kepa Arrizabalaga into a few saves, Mateo Kovacic gave Chelsea the lead with a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box.
After that, the visitors kept up the pressure and nearly added a second goal when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was let through on goal, but Philipp Kohn made a save.
Junior Adamu scored Salzburg’s equaliser after 48 minutes by cushioning a finish past Kepa after being sent through in behind. Salzburg came out for the second half with new life.
Kai Havertz’s long-range shot that deflected off the underside of the crossbar gave Chelsea a chance to respond well and take the lead once more.
Chelsea’s ability to restrict Salzburg’s onslaught after switching to a back four allowed them to finish the match with a crucial win that guaranteed them a spot in the next round of the competition.
The Chelsea midfield excels.
The Blues’ midfield was crucial to their triumph, since this game had the potential to be challenging for them. There were times when Salzburg looked dangerous and had multiple scoring opportunities.
In the middle of the field, Kovacic was unstoppable, effortlessly gliding past opponents, while Conor Gallagher also put on a strong showing. Chelsea always posed a threat because of their inventiveness and drive to advance, even when they sat back late in the game.
The many tactical adjustments made by Chelsea’s new manager throughout the first two months of his tenure have kept the players on their toes. Potter exercises his tactical muscles once more. Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling were used as wing backs in Potter’s initial 3-4-3 formation, which allowed the Blues to find space in the wide areas.
However, in the second half, Potter shifted to a back four to blunt the Salaburg onslaught because the game had become a little too open for his taste. This was successful as well, as Chelsea handled the final ten minutes without incident. Potter keeps showcasing his tactical prowess.
Adamu and Sesko are upcoming superstars.
Red Bull Salzburg is well known for producing some of the top strikers in the league (cough… Erling Haaland… cough… Sadio Mane), and they now have two other up-and-coming superstars in Adamu and Benjamin Sesko.
Sesko was a handful when he came off the bench in the second half, forcing Kepa into an amazing stop with a fierce effort from the edge of the box. Adamu scored Salzburg’s equaliser with maturity beyond his years. Learn to recognise these names from the Champions League.
Final score between Red Bull Salzburg and Chelsea
Final score: RB Salzburg 1 1 2 Chelsea 1 1
Goals: CHE 0–1 Mateo Kovacic: 23 seconds
Junior Adamu scored a goal for RBS to tie the score after 48 minutes.
1-2 CHE Kai Havertz 64 minutes
Chelsea vs. Red Bull Salzburg: Live updates and Champions League highlights
90+6 mins: ALL THE TIME! Chelsea 1 RB Salzburg 2 – Chelsea receives the three points they needed to guarantee their position in the Champions League’s round of 16 thanks to goals from Kovacic and Haverts!
90+4 minutes: Since scoring the second goal, Chelsea has performed admirably. The Austrian champions, Salzburg, have been dangerous and have had opportunities, but the Blues have largely kept Salzburg at arm’s length throughout the game.
90+2 minutes: BOOKING – Kepa is cautioned for idling the clock, and the home crowd is not amused by the Chelsea goalkeeper’s antics.
At the conclusion of the game, there will be SIX minutes of stoppage time.
88 minutes in: Ziyech and Mount are on, while Gallagher and Sterling are off for Chelsea.
Kepa makes a stop in the 87th minute! Sesko’s pass out to the right side gives Salzburg their first chance in a while, but the Chelsea goalkeeper stops Dedic’s attempt at the near post.
86 minutes: BOOKING – Gallagher receives a warning for firing after the referee had blown for a foul.
Since Chelsea’s second goal, Salzburg hasn’t been able to gain any momentum. Disorganization in the game is doing the home team absolutely no favours. However, Chelsea will be pleased with way the game is progressing in the closing moments.
82 minutes in: Kameri on, Adamu off for Salzburg.
80 minutes in: Chelsea is making an effort to lessen the game’s sting, and is succeeding. The play is moving more slowly, and Salzburg must exert a lot of pressure to even approach the visitors. Potter and his players made a wise play.
77 seconds: Wober is off, Ulmer is on for Salzburg.
75 mins: It appears like Chelsea has switched to a back four after the double substitution. They are currently playing in a 4-2-3-1, which shows Potter is trying to stabilise the situation and prevent Salzburg from entering the game again.
Chelsea substitutes Aubameyang, Pulisic, and Azpilicueta at the 74-minute mark. ON
OFF THE LINE at 70 minutes! Kepa was off his line as Pavlovic won a header in the air against him. Before the ball could cross the goal line, Silva cleverly retreated and made the clearance.
Loftus-Cheek and Kovacic are Chelsea’s substitutes at minute 69. ON
Sesko’s goal at 68 minutes! The teenage forward from Salzburg nearly makes an immediate impact when he unleashes a strong shot from the edge of the box, but Kepa makes a diving save, maintaining Chelsea’s advantage.
67 minutes: Sucic is off and Sesko is on for Salzburg.
65 mins: Despite Kohn’s excellent performance for Salzburg this evening, he was defeated twice by two incredible goals, the first by Kovacic and the second by Havertz.
64 min. : SCORE! RB Chelsea 2 Salzburg 1 (64′ – Havertz) – What a goal! Chelsea regains the lead when Havertz rips a finish into the goal! Havertz just got his first Champions League goal away from home!
Aubameyang scores on a cross into the middle with 58 minutes remaining, but it wasn’t an easy one for the Chelsea forward. After a brief delay, Kohn then comes up with a diving save to stop Havertz from scoring.
OFF THE LINE at 54 minutes! With a header from a corner kick, Jorginho undoubtedly believed he had scored, but Salzburg managed to hold on thanks to a goal-line clearance!
AUBAMEYANG was saved after 53 minutes! What a chance for the Chelsea striker to give his club the lead once more, but Kohn reacts fast to make the stop. That is not the first time he has prevented Aubameyang from scoring tonight!
51 mins: Salzburg came out of the locker room fired up for the second half, and it paid off. Remember that this is a team that has gone 40 games without dropping a game at home!
48 minutes: SCORE! RB (48′ – Adamu) Salzburg 1, Chelsea 1 – With the hosts tied, Adamu finishes well to bring Salzburg back to parity! The youthful forward was ready to deflect the shot past Kepa after the ball was played behind Chelsea’s defence!
46 minutes: Declare a penalty! The referee denies Salzburg’s claims that they should have been awarded a penalty kick for Kovacic’s handball inside the penalty area. VAR examines the situation, and no penalty is assessed.
45 minutes in: the second half has begun! Neither team made any adjustments during the interval. Chelsea leads RB Salzburg 1-0 at the moment.
HALFTIME at 45+1 minutes! RB 0–1 Salzburg Chelsea: The difference between the two teams at halftime is Kovacic’s goal, although overall Chelsea has been the superior team. At the very end of the half, Aubameyang had a great opportunity, but Kohn made the save low to his right!
45 minutes: At the conclusion of the first half, there will be one minute of stoppage time.
43 mins: Potter will be happy with Chelsea’s first-half preparation and equipment choices. The away team has the lead and has looked dangerous, but Salzburg has only had a few half-chances.
41 minutes: Salzburg creates a decent opening by moving the ball all the way to the left side of the edge of the box, but Kjaergaard’s shot was a weak effort in the end since he didn’t make a proper connection with it.
At this point in the game for Chelsea, Kovacic has been outstanding. The Croatian midfielder, who also gave his team the lead, is impossible for Salzburg to match.
Havertz with the header at 37 seconds! Havertz was set up for the cross, but Kohn blocks his header! After rising to his highest point to meet the delivery, the Chelsea forward might have performed better with that!
Kepa saves the day with 35 minutes remaining! Sucic moves forward with the ball at his feet, creating a shooting opportunity, but Kepa easily blocks the shot. The home team had a decent opportunity there.
What a chance at 34 minutes! Aubameyang is put clean through on goal by Chelsea as they split Salzburg open, but the striker hesitates, and Kohn steps in to make the save!
33 minutes in: Chelsea is having a strong period of possession, which is lessening Salzburg’s attack. The Blues, who are currently delivering the ideal away performance, made a really wise move with this play.
29 minutes in: Salzburg has gone 40 games—across all competitions—without losing at home. Although it’s difficult to go here, Chelsea have the advantage. That would be sufficient to advance them to the Champions League’s round of 16 if they can cling on.
26 minutes: Chelsea almost scores again! Aubameyang got his head on the corner kick that was put into the box, Kohn saved it, and Havertz was unable to score on the rebound!
23 minutes: SCORE! Chelsea defeat RB Salzburg 1-0 (Kovacic, 23). Chelsea achieves success! The Croatian midfielder Kovacic received the ball on the edge of the box, and he opened up his foot to direct a shot into the far corner of the goal! What an ending!
22 minutes: Salzburg’s defence is very well organised, even when Chelsea has the ball. They are a challenging team to play against.
Salzburg, the reigning Austrian champions, have made the first 20 minutes of this match difficult for Chelsea by pressing hard and keeping the ball well when they possess it.
Over the bar in 15 minutes! Sucic sprints forward from a distance and receives the pass back for a shot, but Kepa was never going to be troubled by that effort as he watched the ball soar over the goal.
12 minutes in: Salzburg is putting good pressure on Chelsea despite Salzburg having grown into the game. Chelsea started the encounter on the front foot. The Blues must be cautious not to provide too much room for the host team in the final third.
9 min: Excellent clearance! As both players engaged in a tussle for the ball inside the area, Chalobah was under intense pressure from Bernardo, but the Chelsea defender gets his head to the ball first to clear!
7 minutes in: Pulisic is now over on the left side and outmuscles his defender as he sprints to the byline. However, the American winger’s attempt to find a Chelsea teammate in the centre is foiled by the clearance.
Kohn makes a save after 4 minutes! When Havertz pounced on an errant header back to the goalie, Salzburg’s defence was on the verge of collapse. But Kohn did just enough to make the save, despite taking a painful blow from the Chelsea forward.
3 minutes: Sterling appears to be playing tonight for Chelsea as a left wing back, with Pulisic on the right. That’s fascinating. Playing as a front two are Aubameyang and Havertz.
1 minute: The game has started in Australia! A spot in the Champions League’s round of 16 is on the line as Red Bull Salzburg takes on Chelsea!
10 minutes until kickoff: Over the past few months, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has experienced an unlikely comeback. At Stamford Bridge, the Spanish player appeared to be done, but he has recently been on fire.
20 minutes until the end of the contest: It will be interesting to see how Chelsea line up for this encounter because Potter likes to chop and alter his lineup from game to game. Is Pulisic going to be a wing back? Is the formation a 3-4-3?
With 35 minutes remaining in the game, Chelsea is coming off back-to-back victories against AC Milan. Remember that the Blues lost to Dinamo Zagreb to open their Champions League run this year. Under Potter, there has been a great improvement!
Sesko is sitting on the bench for RB Salzburg this evening, but the reigning Austrian champions still have plenty of firepower in the form of Adamu and Okafor with 50 minutes remaining. They’ll pose a threat.
Kohn, Dedic, Wober, Pavlovic, Bernardo, Gourna-Douath, Seiwald, Kjaergaard, Sucic, Adamu, and Okafor make up the RB Salzburg starting lineup.
Pulisic starts for Chelsea with 60 minutes remaining in the game! Cucurella, who was hooked in the opening period of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, has also earned a spot in the starting lineup for Chelsea.
Kepa, Chalobah, Silva, Cucurella, Jorginho, Kovacic, Gallagher, Pulisic, Havertz, Sterling, and Aubameyang make up Chelsea’s starting lineup.
75 minutes remaining in the game: The first Champions League match between these two teams at Stamford Bridge ended in a 1-1 draw. Red Bull Salzburg has 16 games across all competitions without a loss. This evening, they are not going to give in to Chelsea!
KO in 90 minutes: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the Red Bull Salzburg vs. Chelsea Champions League match. Can Graham Potter’s team bounce back from Saturday’s discouraging home draw with Manchester United to advance to the Champions League’s round of 16?
Chelsea vs. Red Bull Salzburg lineups
Red Bull Salzburg hasn’t lost in any of their last 16 games in all competitions, and they haven’t lost in the Champions League yet this year. They are the reigning Austrian champions.
Matthias Jaissle must deal with a number of injuries, including those to Justin Omoregie, Fernando, Ousmane Diakite, Nicolas Capaldo, Sekou Koita, and Dijon Kameri.
(4-0-1-3-2) Red Bull Salzburg XI: Kohn (GK) – Bernardo Dedic, Pavlovic, Wöber – Gourna-Douath – Seiwald, Sucic, Kjaergaard – Adamu Okafor
Due to a knee injury, Kalidou Koulibaly was unable to play in Chelsea’s draw with Manchester United and will be out for the Champions League match against Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.
For the Blues, who lack defensive alternatives, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, and N’Golo Kante are also out.
XI for Chelsea (3-4-3): Kepa (GK) – Chalobah (C), Silva (S), Cucurella (J), Kovacic (C), Gallagher (P), and Pulisic (G) – Havertz (H), Sterling (S), and Aubameyang (A).
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