Hakim Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech had not scored in an injury-hit 2020 before swivelling to fire in the third in Krasnodar

Hakim Ziyech scored his first Chelsea goal as Frank Lampard’s side picked up three points in an emphatic Champions League win in Russia.

Ziyech, 27, swept in on his first start for the club to add to goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic as Chelsea returned to goalscoring ways in style.

Back-to-back goalless draws had signalled that Lampard had made strides in sorting out his side’s defence, and while they will face tougher opposition than Russian new boys Krasnodar, the manager will be delighted that his attacking riches also kicked into gear after midfielder Jorginho had missed an early penalty.

Four points from two games is a solid start to their Champions League campaign and despite their run of draws Chelsea have now lost just once in 10 games this term.

Blues back on target

Lampard has undertaken a rebuild of his side and could field around £160m of new attacking talent as Ziyech joined Werner and Kai Havertz in the starting XI.

But, initially at least, the visitors were still guilty of moving the ball too slowly against some spirited and organised opponents.

Werner was lively if underused, and won the early penalty when he was tripped by Kaio. Jorginho stuck with his usual skipping technique, sent goalkeeper Matvey Safonov the wrong way, but hit the base of the post.

Chelsea needed a helping hand to end their 248-minute goal drought and duly got one from Safonov when the 21-year-old goalkeeper made a total hash of dealing with Hudson-Odoi’s scuffed shot, the ball bobbling in.

Lampard’s side were always comfortable but had to endure a sticky spell when Yuri Gazinsky hit the crossbar from a corner. A second penalty, harshly given for handball, was then thrashed home by Werner to shut down any signs of a fightback.

Ziyech, who showed encouraging signs throughout and who should have scored earlier after a great turn, found the bottom corner after good approach play from substitute Pulisic, and the American made it four in the last minute when he drove past Safonov.

Tammy Abraham’s assist for the fourth, and the fact Olivier Giroud remained on the bench, only served to underline the fact that goals should not be an issue for this Chelsea team.

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FK Krasnodar

  1. Squad number39Player nameSafonov

  2. Squad number28Player nameSmolnikov

  3. Squad number4Player nameMartynovich

  4. Squad number31Player nameKaio

  5. Squad number18Player nameChernov

  6. Squad number8Player nameGazinskiy

  7. Squad number52Player nameVilhena

  8. Squad number14Player nameOlsson

  9. Squad number47Player nameUtkin

  10. Squad number6Player nameRamírez

  11. Squad number33Player nameBerg

  1. Squad number74Player nameSpertsyan

  2. Squad number81Player nameSabua

  3. Squad number93Player nameShapi Suleymanov

Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  3. Squad number15Player nameZouma

  4. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  5. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  6. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  9. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  10. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  11. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  1. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  2. Squad number9Player nameAbraham

  3. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  4. Squad number19Player nameMount

  5. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

Line-ups

FK Krasnodar

  • 39Safonov
  • 28Smolnikov
  • 4MartynovichBooked at 75mins
  • 31da Silva Pantaleão
  • 18Chernov
  • 8Gazinskiy
  • 52Vilhena
  • 14OlssonBooked at 22minsSubstituted forSpertsyanat 82′minutes
  • 47UtkinSubstituted forSuleymanovat 74′minutes
  • 6Ramírez
  • 33BergSubstituted forSabuaat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gorodov
  • 67Kutovoi
  • 74Spertsyan
  • 81Sabua
  • 84Litvinov
  • 88Sinitsyn
  • 93Suleymanov

Chelsea

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 15Zouma
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 21ChilwellSubstituted forEmersonat 81′minutes
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forPulisicat 71′minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forKantéat 71′minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forAbrahamat 80′minutes
  • 11Werner
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forMountat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Christensen
  • 7Kanté
  • 9Abraham
  • 10Pulisic
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Tomori
  • 18Giroud
  • 19Mount
  • 24James
  • 33Emerson
  • 40Ziger

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