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Chelsea v Milan Live Commentary, 06/10/22

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3 - 0
CHE
MIL
W. Fofana (24)
P. Aubameyang (56)
R. James (62)
Stamford Bridge

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
Chelsea leapfrog Milan in Group E to move into second place while the Italians drop to third. Chelsea host Wolves in the Premier League and Milan play Juventus in Serie A before the reverse fixture next week.
Chelsea started the game on the back foot with Milan doing much of the attacking, but it was the hosts who took the lead. Silva began piling the pressure on the Milan defence after winning multiple headers from corners before Fofana scored from a rebound after Tatarusanu parried the ball in the box. Chelsea were in control of the game after taking the lead and played with a lot more confidence following the goal. Aubameyang scored his first goal in the Champions League since the 2017/18 season as he tapped home James' cross in the 56th minute. James then got a goal of his own to make it 3-0 as he finished brilliantly at the near post to secure all three points for Chelsea.
90' + 2' FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 3-0 AC MILAN
90' There will be a minimum of two additional minutes.
89' Chelsea are seeing this game through well and Milan are not threatening to take the clean sheet away from the hosts.
87' James is the youngest player to ever score and assist for Chelsea in the same match in the Champions League, aged just 22 years and 301 days.
85' Broja is holding the ball up well for Chelsea and is helping them keep possession in the Milan half.
83' Milan are trying to find space in the Chelsea half but are struggling to break down the midfield line of Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek, and Jorginho.
81' Chelsea are now dominating possession and forcing Milan to retreat towards their own box. The tempo of the match has significantly decreased.
79' Loftus-Cheek has won possession eight times for Chelsea today and no one has made more interceptions than him so far (3).
77' Milan are passing the ball very sloppily and making it easy for Chelsea to defend and regain possession.
A. Broja
R. Sterling
Chelsea
75' Broja comes on for Sterling to play in the striker role for Chelsea.
K. Havertz
M. Mount
Chelsea
74' Havertz replaces Mount on the wing for Chelsea as they look to continue to control the game.
T. Pobega
I. Bennacer
Milan
73' Pobega replaces Bennacer as the midfielder was on a yellow card.
D. Origi
O. Giroud
Milan
73' Origi replaces Giroud to lead the Milan frontline for the last 20 minutes.
Brahim Díaz
Rafael Leão
Milan
72' Diaz comes on for Leao in the Milan attack as Milan look for a consolation goal.
Thiago Silva
Yellow Card
Chelsea
71' Silva receives a yellow card after taking Leao down with a poor challenge.
70' Chelsea are playing very comfortably now. They do not seem to be threatened by the Milan substitutions and are passing the ball around well.
68' Leao drives past Silva and Chalobah and puts in a low cross towards Giroud but Koulibaly cuts the cross out.
Jorginho
M. Kovačić
Chelsea
66' Jorginho comes on for Kovacic to help Chelsea retain possession in the midfield.
C. Gallagher
P. Aubameyang
Chelsea
65' Gallagher comes on for goalscorer Aubameyang and Chelsea look to keep a clean sheet in this game.
M. Gabbia
R. Krunić
Milan
65' Gabbia replaces Krunic in the Milan midfield to try and help Milan get back into this game.
A. Rebić
C. De Ketelaere
Milan
64' Rebic replaces De Ketelaere in the Milan attack.
63' Milan are trying to increase the pressure on Chelsea and are pushing more players forward.
R. James
Goal
Chelsea
62' GOALLLL!!! 3-0 JAMES!!! Sterling plays James in behind on the overlap, the full-back takes one touch to set himself before finishing into the roof of the net!
R. Sterling
Assist
Chelsea
62' The ball comes to Sterling after good build-up play from Mount and Chilwell. He sees James on the overlap and the defender finishes brilliantly to make it 3-0.
61' CHANCE! Mount does well to play James in on the right side. Sterling is wide open in the middle but James' cross is at an awkward angle for the forward to finish.
60' Chelsea are controlling this game well and not letting Milan settle on the ball and try and find a way back into the match.
58' Milan have won just one of their 20 away European matches in England (D7 L12), a 1-0 win at Old Trafford against Man Utd in February 2005. Their only other win in England (excluding Penalty Shootout) was in the 1963 European Cup final against Benfica, winning 2-1 at Wembley.
R. James
Assist
Chelsea
56' The initial cross from Chilwell is overhit, and it goes out to James. The right-back has plenty of time to measure his cross but puts the ball on a plate for Aubameyang to score.
P. Aubameyang
Goal
Chelsea
56' GOALLLL!!! 2-0 AUBAMEYANG!!! Aubameyang doubles the lead for Chelsea with a tap-in from six yards out! James has time to pick out a good cross, Tomori misses the ball and Aubameyang finishes past Tatarusanu.
55' James wins the ball back for Chelsea and plays Sterling down the wing for Chelsea. Sterling tries a first-time pass to Aubameyang in the middle but it is cut out by Tomori.
53' This half is starting a lot more evenly than the first period did but Chelsea are still looking more likely to create a good chance to score.
51' Mount's cross from a free-kick is poor but Chalobah does well to stretch his body and try an overhead kick. His attempt is too powerful and flies over the bar.
49' Milan are playing the ball around with patience as they wait for a mistake in the Chelsea backline.
47' Mount and Sterling combine well of the left side of the box but Sterling cannot get on the end of the final return pass as Kalulu and Bennacer shield the ball away from him.
46' Giroud gets the second half underway for Milan!
Chelsea will be pleased to enter the break ahead but know that their one goal is probably not enough to win this game. Leao has looked the most lively for Milan and is getting the better of James on most occasions. He will be essential for Milan if they want to get a result in this game.
Chelsea started the game on the back foot with Milan doing much of the attacking, but it was the hosts who took the lead. Silva began piling the pressure on the Milan defence after winning multiple headers from corners before Fofana scored from a rebound after Tatarusanu parried the ball in the box. Chelsea were in control of the game after taking the lead and played with a lot more confidence following the goal. Krunic had Milan's best chance of the game right before the end of the half after Leao passed to him in the six-yard box, but he could not place his shot past Kepa in the Chelsea goal.
45' + 5' HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 AC MILAN
45' + 4' BIG SAVE! Krunic has the opportunity to equalise from five yards out after Leao beats three people and lays it off to him, but Kepa makes a good reaction save to keep it level.
45' + 2' HUGE CHANCE! Mount wins the ball deep in the Milan half and plays Sterling through. Aubameyang is with Sterling and waiting for a pass so he can score into an empty net, but Sterling dribbles for too long and loses possession.
45' There will be a minimum of four additional minutes.
44' Leao drives past James on the left-wing for Milan and attempts to beat Chalobah too, but the defender ushers the ball out of play.
F. Tomori
Yellow Card
Milan
42' Bennacer is the third Milan player to receive a booking after he pulls Sterling to the ground.
41' Milan are struggling to play with the same tempo of passing that they were earlier in this game. Loftus-Cheek is running the midfield and leading Chelsea well in attacks alongside Kovacic.
M. Kovačić
Yellow Card
Chelsea
39' Kovacic goes into the referee's book for a late challenge on Giroud.
T. Chalobah
W. Fofana
Chelsea
38' Chalobah comes on for goalscorer Fofana in the Chelsea defence after a knee injury for the Frenchman.
37' Fofana waves to the bench as he can no longer continue with his injury.
35' Fofana comes back onto the pitch after the physios treat his leg injury.
34' Fofana is down and receiving treatment on the pitch.
33' OFFSIDE! Aubameyang flicks the ball in behind for Mount and the Englishman lobs the goalkeeper, but he was offside in the build-up!
31' Chelsea have only lost two of their 13 home European matches against Italian opponents (W8 D3), with both defeats coming in the Champions League: 1-2 vs Lazio in March 2000 and 0-1 vs Inter in March 2010.
29' James receives the ball on the right-wing and cuts the ball back to Mount on the edge of the box, but Kalulu blocks the shot well.
28' Chelsea are passing and moving with a lot more confidence since taking the lead and forcing more mistakes from their opponents too.
26' Milan are trying to increase the pace of the game but Chelsea are rising to the challenge and making it a tense battle in the middle of the pitch.
R. Loftus-Cheek
Assist
Chelsea
24' Loftus-Cheek manages to get the important touch following Tatarusanu's save and he guides the ball to Fofana, who scores the opener.
W. Fofana
Goal
Chelsea
24' GOALLL!!! 1-0 FOFANA!!! Fofana gets his first goal for Chelsea to put them ahead in this game! Silva wins the header from the corner but Tatarusanu saves his effort. The ball then rebounds its way to Fofana in the six-yard box and the defender finishes well.
22' CHANCE! Mount takes the free-kick and finds Silva with the cross, but Tatarusanu tips the header over the bar!
22' Chelsea win a free-kick in a good position after a handball from Ballo-Toure.
20' Fofana tries to dribble out from the back but Giroud tackles the defender. Leao receives the ball but Silva makes a great sliding challenge to win the ball back.
18' Chelsea have the opportunity to counter-attack after Mount wins the ball back. James tries to find Aubameyang at the back post with a cross but his delivery is too weak.
16' Sterling uses his body well to shield the ball from Tonali and regain the ball. Neither team has been able to find a good chance in the opposition box so far.
F. Ballo
Yellow Card
Milan
15' Ballo-Toure receives a yellow card after a late foul on James.
14' Milan are trying to slow down the play before quickly increasing the pace to try and catch Chelsea out but the hosts are defending deep.
12' Chelsea are pressing very high up the pitch and Kovacic wins the ball back in a good position. They try to find Aubamenyang with a lofted pass in behind but Tomori sees the ball out for a goal kick.
10' Chelsea are enjoying more of the ball now but struggling to find the final pass needed to create a goal-scoring opportunity.
R. Krunić
Yellow Card
Milan
8' Krunic receives a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Loftus-Cheek.
6' SAVE! Tatarusanu makes a great diving save low to his left to stop a long shot from Mount. The Chelsea forward takes his effort first time and places it really well but the goalkeeper is equal to it.
4' De Ketelaere draws a foul from Koulibaly in the Chelsea half. Tonali swings in the free-kick but Chelsea clear their lines.
2' Krunic wins a free-kick for Milan in the middle of the pitch after a foul from Mount. Milan are settling on the ball first in this game.
1' Aubameyang gets the game underway for Chelsea!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
This is the first time Chelsea and Milan have met in the Champions League since the 1999-2000 first group stage, with both games ending in draws, including a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.
Potter makes two changes to his Chelsea side that started on the weekend as Koulibaly and Loftus-Cheek come in for Havertz and Jorginho. Stefano Pioli brings Krunic, Kalulu, and Dest into the starting 11 for Milan from their last fixture.
SUBS: Matteo Gabbia, Brahim Diaz, Tommaso Pobega, Antonio Mirante, Andreas Jungdal, Antonio Gala, Andrei Coubis, Ante Rebic, Divock Origi.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Sergino Dest, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Fode Ballo-Toure; Ismael Bennacer, Sandro Tonali; Rade Krunic, Charles de Ketelaere, Rafael Leao; Olivier Giroud.
SUBS: Edouard Mendy, Jorginho, Conor Gallagher, Armando Broja, Marcus Bettinelli, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Marc Cucurella, Trevoh Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta, Denis Zakaria, Kai Havertz.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly; Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling.
Milan are currently top of Group E with four points as they picked up a point against Salzburg and beat Zagreb 3-1. They also secured a very late win on the weekend as 93rd and 96th minute goals from Fode Ballo-Toure and Rafael Leao respectively helped them beat Empoli 3-1.
Chelsea are yet to win in the Champions League this season after a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their opener and a goalless draw to RB Salzburg at home. They did manage to pick up some momentum under new manager Graham Potter as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Conor Gallagher.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League clash between Chelsea and AC Milan.