Chelsea face daunting Champions League tie after last-gasp Zenit St Petersburg goal despite Kepa Arrizabalaga and Timo Werner heroics as Blues finish second in Group H


Chelsea face a daunting last-16 tie in the Champions League as a dramatic 3-3 draw with Zenit St Petersburg left them second in Group H.

Timo Werner scored twice and Romelu Lukaku ended his goal drought, while Kepa Arrizabalaga delivered a sensational display as a sub-par Blues thought they grabbed a late win.

Chelsea were denied at the death

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Chelsea were denied at the death

But an unbelievable injury-time equaliser from Magomed Ozdoyev denied Thomas Tuchel’s side top spot in the dying moments of the group stage

With Juventus beating Malmo in Group H’s other fixture, it’ll be Ajax, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the last-16 for Chelsea.

Claudinho and Sardar Azmoun put the hosts in front after Werner’s opener, before Lukaku levelled things up.

Werner, who also created the equaliser, survived a close VAR check to put Chelsea back in front, but Ozdoyev ensured the Blues leave Russia disappointed.

And despite conceding three goals, Kepa was among the only reasons Chelsea didn’t lose, deliverin three spectacular saves.

On Zenit’s last-gasp equaliser, Matt Holland told talkSPORT: “Kepa has been imperious tonight, but he is powerless to stop this.”

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