FT. Chelsea 1-0 Zenit: LIVE updates, reactions, stats, ratings
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Chelsea started their Champions League title defence with a narrow win over Zenit.
It was a game of two halves. The first 45 minutes were an absolute borefest, nothing to write about. The second half was an entertaining watch though.
Chelsea stepped up a gear, started moving faster and this quickly became a problem for Zenit as their low-block defence began to crumble.
Ziyech, James and Rudiger all had chances to score before Lukaku finally broke the deadlock, heading the ball home after a stunning cross by Azpi.
Zenit had a chance to equalise with Dzyuba getting to the ball in the six-yard box but his shot went wide.