Champions League - Group H

Juventus 1-0 Chelsea: Federico Chiesa gives Juventus win over Blues in Champions League

By Phil McNultyChief football writer
Chiesa scored his second goal of the season for Juventus

Chelsea suffered a disappointing Champions League defeat as Federico Chiesa's strike 10 seconds after the interval gave Juventus victory in Turin.

Juventus have been struggling domestically, but were able show enough of their old guile and quality to overcome the holders in a fiercely-contested Group H encounter.

Chiesa had already threatened on the break when he flashed a shot across the face of the goal in the first half.

But he gave Juve the perfect start immediately after the break when he finished high past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy.

Federico Bernardeschi missed an open goal to double Juve's advantage and Chelsea's frustrating night was summed up when striker Romelu Lukaku missed two big opportunities to earn them a point, heading over when well placed and then shooting off target with an angled drive when he should have scored.

Kai Havertz, who scored the goal that won the Champions League against Manchester City in Porto, then wasted a glorious chance when he headed over with the last action of the game.

Night of frustration for Chelsea

We struggled to find our rhythm and keep the belief - Tuchel

Chelsea came up against a familiar barrier of Juventus resistance as they suffered back-to-back defeats, having lost at home to Manchester City on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel's side dominated possession in the first half, but were unable to carve out any clear openings, with Juventus occasionally threatening on the break when Chelsea were careless in possession.

And they faced an uphill task once the lively Chiesa caught Chelsea napping with that emphatic finish right at the start of the second half.

It allowed Juventus to show that familiar defensive resilience, led by a masterful performance from their peerless captain Leonardo Bonucci.

Tuchel used five English substitutes - Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Trevoh Chalobah - in an attempt to spark the Blues into life.

And even though this was hardly a vintage performance and Juventus keeper Wojciech Szczesny was not forced into a serious save, Tuchel will feel Chelsea should have capitalised n a frantic closing phase when they were finally able to apply some concerted penalty-area pressure.

The service into Lukaku was poor all night, but the striker had two chances when he should have at least hit the target, directing an inviting cross from Hudson-Odoi over, and failing to test Szczesny with another attempt he normally cashes in on.

The drama continued right until the final whistle when Havertz headed over, but this was not Chelsea at their best.

They remain in a strong position in their group and should still qualify, having already beaten Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge.

But Tuchel and his players will feel they have wasted an opportunity against a Juve side who have been out of sorts in Serie A as returning coach Max Allegri has made a slow start to his second spell in charge.

The Italians, still coming to terms with life after Cristiano Ronaldo, will feel rejuvenated by this victory, while Chelsea will know they can do much better - yet could still have come away with a point.

Player of the match

HavertzKai Havertz

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  1. Squad number22Player nameChiesa
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  2. Squad number18Player nameKean
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  3. Squad number44Player nameKulusevski
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  4. Squad number4Player namede Ligt
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  5. Squad number27Player nameLocatelli
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  6. Squad number20Player nameBernardeschi
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  7. Squad number11Player nameJu Cuadrado
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  8. Squad number19Player nameBonucci
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  9. Squad number14Player nameMcKennie
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  10. Squad number3Player nameChiellini
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  11. Squad number30Player nameBentancur
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  12. Squad number12Player nameAlex Sandro
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  13. Squad number25Player nameRabiot
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  14. Squad number6Player nameDanilo
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  15. Squad number1Player nameSzczesny
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  1. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
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  2. Squad number4Player nameChristensen
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  3. Squad number16Player nameMendy
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  4. Squad number21Player nameChilwell
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  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
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  6. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
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  7. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
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  8. Squad number9Player nameLukaku
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  9. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
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  10. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
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  11. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
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  12. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi
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  13. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek
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  14. Squad number18Player nameBarkley
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  15. Squad number14Player nameChalobah
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  16. Squad number3Player nameAlonso
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Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Szczesny
  • 6Danilo
  • 19Bonucci
  • 4de Ligt
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 30BentancurSubstituted forChielliniat 83'minutes
  • 27Locatelli
  • 25RabiotSubstituted forMcKennieat 76'minutes
  • 11Ju CuadradoBooked at 89mins
  • 20BernardeschiSubstituted forKulusevskiat 65'minutes
  • 22ChiesaSubstituted forKeanat 77'minutes


  • 2De Sciglio
  • 3Chiellini
  • 14McKennie
  • 18Kean
  • 23Pinsoglio
  • 24Rugani
  • 36Perin
  • 44Kulusevski


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 4ChristensenSubstituted forBarkleyat 75'minutes
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 65mins
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 62'minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forChalobahat 62'minutes
  • 8Kovacic
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 18minsSubstituted forChilwellat 45'minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 22ZiyechBooked at 61minsSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 62'minutes
  • 9Lukaku


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 11Werner
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Barkley
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Chilwell
  • 31Sarr
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Juventus 1, Chelsea 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Juventus 1, Chelsea 0.

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    Attempt missed. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Giorgio Chiellini.

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    Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Juventus).

  7. Booking

    Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) is shown the yellow card.

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    Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Trevoh Chalobah.

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    Attempt missed. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Giorgio Chiellini.

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    Attempt blocked. Thiago Silva (Chelsea) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

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    Kai Havertz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).

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    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Matthijs de Ligt.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Giorgio Chiellini replaces Rodrigo Bentancur.

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    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

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    Attempt blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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    Attempt blocked. Moise Kean (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.

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    Offside, Chelsea. Callum Hudson-Odoi tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

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    Thiago Silva (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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