Chelsea began their Champions League defense with a win, as Romelu Lukaku finally broke through Zenit St Petersburg’s tenacious resistance at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku, a £97.5 million summer transfer from Inter Milan, has already proven his goal threat in the Premier League, scoring his first goal for Chelsea against Manchester City in the competition they won for the second time in June.
Chelsea were made to work hard by Zenit, but after the break, Thomas Tuchel’s team picked up the tempo, with Lukaku breaking the deadlock when he headed in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross at the far post in the 69th minute.
The hosts deserved to win, but Zenit had a golden opportunity to equalize late on when substitute Artem Dzyuba slid wide from six yards as he attempted to turn in Sardar Azmoun’s cross.
Source: BBC Sport