Premier League News: Juventus-Chelsea 1-0: Chiesa’s electric moment gives victory

    Federico Chiesa stunned Chelsea early in the second half and gave Juventus a 1-0 win in Wednesday’s Group H Champions League match.

    Chelsea failed to assert their dominance of the ball in the first period and just 10 seconds after the restart, Chiesa took Juve ahead at the Allianz Stadium.

    The reigning champions continued to struggle forward and a trio of substitutions shortly after the finish failed to blow them up in life.

    Juve felt comfortable seeing a win that gave a significant boost to their hopes of entering the round of 16 as group winners.

    Chelsea exposed themselves to counter-attacks by giving the ball away – Chiesa fired a shot just wide after grabbing a loose pass from Mateo Kovacic and rushed forward on 20 minutes.

    Despite controlling possession for the entire opening period, the Blues had no joy in concentrating their attacks in the middle of the pitch.

    Juve started the recovery in an explosive way, with a great shot by Chiesa deflected slightly by Antonio Rudiger before beating Edouard Mendy.

    Tuchel sent Callum Hudson-Odoi, Trevoh Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek onto the field and Chelsea would have fallen further behind in the 64th minute if Federico Bernardeschi had managed to turn a cushioned pass from Juan Cuadrado from six yards into goal.

    Chelsea moved on to a back four and continued to push for the goal, but Romelu Lukaku failed to take his best chance under pressure from Leonardo Bonucci.

    A late appeal for the guests’ handball was deemed insufficient for a penalty by the VAR and Kai Havertz sent a timed header as Juve went three points clear of the top of the pack.

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    Chelsea doesn’t seem to like traveling to Italy in the Champions League. The last five matches on Italian soil in the competition have ended in defeats, a series that dates back to 2009-10.

    The defeat to Juve means that the Bianconeri have defeated the holders of the European Cup / Champions League title on seven different occasions: only Real Madrid (11) have achieved more wins.

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    Chelsea were caught sleeping after half-time and Chiesa’s goal became Opta’s first-half second-half goal in Champions League records.

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