Match report as Zenit St Petersburg deny Chelsea to secure top spot in Champions League Group H and seeding position in the last 16; Timo Werner had scored twice with Romelu Lukaku also on target in topsy-turvy game in Russia
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 on Wednesday.
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.
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When is the draw for the last 16?
The Champions League last-16 draw takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, December 13.
The last-16 ties will be split across different weeks, with the first legs taking place on February 15-16 and February 22-23.
The second legs are then on March 8-9 and March 15-16.
Chelsea host Leeds at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League (kick-off 3pm); Zenit visit Dynamo Moscow at 11am on Sunday.
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