• September 19, 2021

Exclusive: ‘Majestic’ Romelu Lukaku header sees Chelsea edge past Zenit St Petersburg as Blues make winning start to Champions League defence

 Exclusive: ‘Majestic’ Romelu Lukaku header sees Chelsea edge past Zenit St Petersburg as Blues make winning start to Champions League defence


Romelu Lukaku proved his worth once again by netting a brilliant winner for Chelsea in their 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.

Starting their defence of the trophy, the Blues were made to fight for three points against the stubborn Russian champions.

Lukaku stole the headlines again

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Lukaku stole the headlines again

It was a fearsome header

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It was a fearsome header

The win came courtesy of their £98million summer signing, who netted his fourth goal in as many games since returning to Stamford Bridge.

After 69 minutes without a chance, Cesar Azpilicueta tossed the ball into the box, and Lukaku converted a stunning header.

“Lukaku rises majestically, leaps beautifully and then powers that past the goalkeeper,” former Chelsea striker Andy Townsend said on commentary.

“He has had his back to goal for 70 minutes.

Lukaku continues to pay back his Chelsea record fee

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Lukaku continues to pay back his Chelsea record fee

The Stamford Bridge crowd are delighted to have him back

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The Stamford Bridge crowd are delighted to have him back

“Sometimes you’ve just got to take a chance and put it in there.

“Chelsea have been trying to find a solution and trying to pass, pass, pass.

“Every now and then, just get it in there and ask the best player to sense something, feel something, and go and make it happen.

“That’s exactly what the main man has just done.”

Zenit had frustrated Chelsea

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Zenit had frustrated Chelsea

Zenit allowed Chelsea possession, but they were comfortable until the goal and often effective on the break.

Substitute Artem Dzyuba very nearly equalised late on when the striker narrowly poked wide from close range.

But just like against Aston Villa, Thomas Tuchel’s side found a way to win without being at their best.





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