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UCL: Kovacic’s Goal Hands Chelsea Round 16 Ticket




Chelsea finished first in their Champions League Group after Mateo Kovacic’s goal.

Naija News recalls that the Blues earned a point against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Many thought the draw was undeserving for the London clubs after the Red Devils played their hearts out.

Italian midfielder, Jorginho scored from the penalty spot, and Casemiro equalised with a last-second header.

Red Bull Salzburg’s 40-game home winning streak was broken by two outstanding goals from Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz, and the Blues joined Premier League rivals Manchester City in the knockout round.

In his 197th competitive outing for the club, Mateo Kovacic scored just his fifth goal overall for Chelsea.

Chelsea cannot be overtaken at the top of Group E after Dinamo Zagreb was defeated at home by AC Milan 4-0 later on Tuesday.

After losing 1-0 to Zagreb on September 6 in Croatia to open their European campaign, the Blues dismissed manager Thomas Tuchel the following day.

Under Graham Potter, they have since reacted with three victories and a tie.

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Despite the absence of injured French midfielder N’Golo Kante, French defender Wesley Fofana, English defender Reece James, and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea has not lost in nine games under Potter.