Late Zenit stunner denies Chelsea top spot

Group H

Zenit St Petersburg 3-3 Chelsea

Magomed Ozdoev’s 94th-minute screamer consigned a much-changed Chelsea to a damaging 3-3 draw against Zenit St Petersburg as they surrendered top spot in Champions League Group H in Russia.

Timo Werner scored twice as Thomas Tuchel’s side thought they had survived a scare in a thrilling contest in Russia, but Ozdoev pulled a rabbit out of the hat deep into stoppage time to ensure Juventus finished as group winners by virtue of their 1-0 win over Malmo in Turin.

Werner gave the visitors the lead inside 90 seconds when he converted from close range but quickfire goals from Claudinho (39) and Sardar Azmoun (41) in sub-zero temperatures gave Zenit a half-time lead.

Chelsea had been the architects of their own downfall with their lapse defending which will have infuriated Thomas Tuchel, but the Premier League title contenders turned the game on its head as Romelu Lukaku levelled (62) before Werner completed the comeback after a sweeping move with five minutes remaining.

But substitute Ozdoev pounced on Malang Sarr’s headed clearance to rifle an unerring strike into the top corner in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Chelsea were made to settle for second place.

Werner gives Chelsea an early lead.

The result means Chelsea will face a seeded team in the last 16, with the likes of Bayern Munich or Real Madrid potentially awaiting them in next week’s draw for the first knockout stage. Chelsea had the better head-to-head record against group winners Juventus, but finished two points behind them as a result of the two dropped points at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

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