Lukaku Injury Mars Chelsea Demolition Of Malmo  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea 4 Malmo 0

Romelu LukakuJorginho's double from the spot helped Chelsea romp to a 4-0 win over Malmo in a victory marred by injuries to strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

An otherwise sterling night for the Blues was rocked when Lasse Nielsen's scissor-challenge on Lukaku left the Belgian clutching his knee and after several minutes of treatment he was quickly substituted by Thomas Tuchel, and headed straight down the tunnel.

By the time of his departure the Blues were already two goals to the good thanks to Andreas Christensen's volleyed opener, his first goal in Chelsea colours, as well as Jorginho's spot kick given for that foul on Lukaku, for which Nielsen escaped with only a booking.

Chelsea's injury concerns worsened when their other named striker, Werner, was also forced off before half-time with what appeared to be a hamstring complaint.

Without a recognised striker on the pitch, the makeshift partnership of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz then combined well for the German to add the Blues' third three minutes into the second period, before Jorginho rounded off the scoring with his second from 12 yards after Antonio Rudiger was bundled over in the area by Eric Larsson.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Mendy (7), Rudiger (7), Silva (6), Christensen (7), Azpilicueta (7), Jorginho (9), Mount (7), Kante (8), Chilwell (6), Lukaku (7), Werner (6).

Subs: Havertz (7), Hudson-Odoi (7), Alonso (6), Saul (6), James (7).

Malmo:Dahlin (6), Larsson (4), Nielsen (5), Brorsson (5), Berget (5), Pena (5), Innocent (5), Christiansen (4), Olsson (4), Colak (4), Birmancevic (5).

Subs: Diawara (6), Abubakari (5), Rakip (5), Nalic (5), Moisander (n/a).

Man of the match:Jorginho

Bittersweet night as Chelsea get hopes back on track

Odds of 40/1 for a Malmo victory laid bare the chances of the Swedish champions sending their small but loyal band of supporters home with three points ahead of kick-off, and the visitors, soundly beaten in both of their previous two Champions League games, never looked likely to upset the form book.

The game was less than nine minutes old when Christensen, perhaps Chelsea's least-fancied goalscorer after Edouard Mendy, ended a run of 136 games without a goal by volleying in Thiago Silva's cross with the finesse of a seasoned striker.

There was a strong suggestion Nielsen should have been penalised for bundling over Jorginho in the box on the quarter-hour mark in an incident which left the referee unmoved, but he could not contemplate anything other than a penalty for the defender's scissor-challenge, reminiscent of Pascal Struijk's challenge on Harvey Elliott, on Lukaku.

Ironically the striker's punishment was worse than the perpetrator's with Lukaku forced off minutes later while Nielsen escaped with a yellow card. The Belgian did stay on long enough to watch Jorginho bury the spot-kick past Johan Dahlin, before hobbling over to the sidelines and down the tunnel.

Werner teed up his replacement Havertz for a fine chance which he planted wide before the former, too, was forced off after he pulled up with a hamstring complaint before the break.

Hudson-Odoi was chosen ahead of Hakim Ziyech to replace him and repaid Tuchel's faith three minutes after half-time, driving at the visiting defence before teeing up Havertz to add a third.

Three became four soon after as an increasingly flexible, and eager to attack, Chelsea cut Malmo apart at will. Rudiger stayed forward from an attack and, after pressing captain Anders Christiansen, won the ball back, raced into the box and was felled by Larsson before he could get a shot away, allowing Jorginho to fire in his second of the night from the penalty spot.

Hudson-Odoi, Mount and Jorginho came close to adding a Chelsea fifth as the hosts' intensity remained high to the last kick, but the game was long won - and Tuchel's attentions fast turned to consider what attacking line-up he will be able to field when Norwich visit Stamford Bridge in less than three days' time.

What's next?

Chelsea's next game is back in the Premier League against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday; kick-off at 12.30pm.

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Chelsea Mendy, Christensen, Silver, Rudiger, Azpilicueta (c) (James 65), Kante (Saul 65), Jorginho, Mount, Chilwell (Alonso 66), Lukaku (Havertz 23), Werner (Hudson-Odoi 44)
Subs Not Used Kepa, Bettinelli, Chalobah, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Ziyech
Goals Christensen 9, Jorginho 21 (pen), 57 (pen), Havertz 48

Malmo Dahlin (Diawara 46), Nielsen, Brorsson, Olsson, Berget (Moisander 84), Pena (Rakip 58), Christiansen (c) (Nalic 58), Innocent, Larsson, Birmancevic (Abubakari 46), Colak
Subs Not Used Ellborg, Eile, Bjorkvist, Lindman, Gwargis
Booked Nielsen, Christiansen

Attendance 39,095

Referee Francois Letexier (France)

VAR Alejandro Hernandez (Spain)