Champions League - Group G
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Chelsea 2-1 Dynamo Kiev

Chelsea 2-1 Dynamo Kiev
Leading scorer Willian won the match for Chelsea with his fifth goal of the season

Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho as Willian's brilliant late winner gave them a crucial Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho has been suffering, with the defending champions a desperate 15th in the Premier League.

And he looked to be heading for more frustration as Aleksandar Dragovic made amends for his first-half own goal by taking advantage of keeper Asmir Begovic's error from a corner to equalise with only 13 minutes left.

Chelsea's fans - who noisily supported Mourinho throughout - may have feared the worst but Willian responded in style with a spectacular 25-yard free-kick six minutes later.

The win moved the Blues into second place in Group G, three points behind leaders Porto but now with a two-point cushion to Dynamo Kiev.

Mourinho's show of support

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Mourinho praises Chelsea 'reaction'

Mourinho has needed support in these troubled times - and he was among friends as well as receiving very public backing from his family at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese has appeared under siege as he has clashed with authority, receiving a one-match stadium ban and a £40,000 fine from the Football Association after he admitted a misconduct charge relating to his language and behaviour during the recent defeat at West Ham United.

He is also facing legal action from former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro after she was dropped from first-team duties when Mourinho complained she was "naive" for coming on to treat Eden Hazard in their opening game of the season against Swansea.

Mourinho felt nothing but love here, though, as wife Matilde, daughter Matilde Jr and son Jose Jr took their places right behind the dugout to share this tense 90 minutes with him.

If Chelsea's hierarchy were in any doubt about how the club's fans feel about their manager, they received the message loud and clear.

As Mourinho emerged to a huge bank of photographers to take his place in the technical area, his name echoed around the stadium in a resounding show of confidence in the manager who brought the title to Stamford Bridge only six months ago.

It was repeated throughout the 90 minutes and, as the clock ticked down, pretty much every Chelsea fan inside Stamford Bridge got to their feet to sing "Stand Up For The Special One."

Mourinho acknowledged their backing with a polite, almost modest wave - but the support was surely noted in the boardroom.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Mourinho was supported by wife Matilde and daughter Matilde Jr (sitting on the far left of picture)

Willian the inspiration

Mourinho is often accused of not encouraging freedom and flair players - with the decline in Hazard's form given as a prime example.

Willian's form in adversity, and his match-winning brilliance against Dynamo Kiev, disproves that theory.

The 27-year-old Brazil international has been Chelsea's outstanding performer amid their struggles this season, and he was their inspiration once more here.

The attacking midfielder created a succession of chances, driving his side forward and making that decisive late contribution with a magnificent free-kick that flew into the top corner.

As he departed in the closing seconds to be replaced by Gary Cahill, he received a thunderous and fully deserved standing ovation.

Chelsea
Chelsea have scored in 25 straight home games in European competition

Is this the turning point?

Mourinho will hope so but a big Premier League test awaits at Stoke City on Saturday - with Chelsea's suspended manager unable to attend.

Good signs were in evidence as the Blues were combative and resilient throughout and showed great character to bounce back from Dragovic's equaliser.

Mourinho will not get carried away, however, because his defence still looked very frail under pressure and Begovic made a mess of a corner for Dynamo's equaliser.

There is still a long way to go before Chelsea are restored to anything like full working order.

Man of the match: Willian (Chelsea)

Chelsea's match-winner Willian
Outstanding throughout until he was substituted to a deserved standing ovation - a worthy match-winner

What Chelsea need to do

If the Blues take four points from their final two matches, they are assured of reaching the knockout phase.

They visit Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv in their penultimate match, before rounding off the group stage by hosting Mourinho's former club Porto.

Chelsea are three points adrift of leaders Porto, who won 3-1 against Maccabi on Wednesday.

Chelsea

Stats of the day

  • Chelsea are now unbeaten in six home Champions League matches, winning four and drawing two
  • Chelsea have benefitted from four own goals in all competitions this season, with only Willian scoring more (five)
  • Aleksandar Dragovic is the 11th player in Champions League history to score both a goal and own goal in the same game

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Begovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 5Zouma
  • 26Terry
  • 6Baba
  • 7Ramires
  • 21Matic
  • 22WillianSubstituted forCahillat 90+2'minutes
  • 4FàbregasSubstituted forPedroat 79'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forE Hazardat 79'minutes
  • 19Diego Costa

Substitutes

  • 10E Hazard
  • 16Kenedy
  • 17Pedro
  • 18Remy
  • 24Cahill
  • 27Blackman
  • 36Loftus-Cheek

Dynamo Kiev

  • 1Shovkovskiy
  • 24Vida
  • 34Khacheridi
  • 6DragovicBooked at 90mins
  • 5AntunesBooked at 59mins
  • 16SydorchukSubstituted forGarmashat 45'minutes
  • 17Rybalka
  • 10Yarmolenko
  • 29BuyalskyBooked at 72mins
  • 25GonzálezBooked at 26mins
  • 22KravetsSubstituted forRibeiro Moraes Juniorat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Miguel Veloso
  • 8Petrovic
  • 9Morozyuk
  • 11Ribeiro Moraes Junior
  • 19Garmash
  • 20Gusev
  • 23Rybka
Referee:
Pavel Kralovec
Attendance:
41,241

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamDynamo Kiev
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 2, Dynamo Kyiv 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Dynamo Kyiv 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Gary Cahill replaces Willian.

Attempt missed. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv).

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kyiv).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv).

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 2, Dynamo Kyiv 1. Willian (Chelsea) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kyiv).

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kyiv).

Offside, Chelsea. Asmir Begovic tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Oscar.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Eden Hazard replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 1, Dynamo Kyiv 1. Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

Attempt missed. Moraes (Dynamo Kyiv) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Domagoj Vida following a corner.

Attempt missed. Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kyiv) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andriy Yarmolenko with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Vitaliy Buyalsky (Dynamo Kyiv) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Vitaliy Buyalsky (Dynamo Kyiv).

Offside, Dynamo Kyiv. Vitorino Antunes tries a through ball, but Moraes is caught offside.

Foul by Baba Rahman (Chelsea).

Vitaliy Buyalsky (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Yevhen Khacheridi.

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Oleksandr Shovkovskiy.

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Attempt blocked. Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kyiv) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vitaliy Buyalsky.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 4th November 2015

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid431070710
2PSG42115147
3Shakhtar Donetsk410348-43
4Malmö FF410318-73

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd42115417
2PSV Eindhoven42026606
3Wolfsburg42024406
4CSKA Moscow411245-14

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benfica43017439
2Atl Madrid42117257
3Galatasaray411257-24
4FC Astana402228-62

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City43018539
2Juventus42205238
3Sevilla410357-23
4B Mgladbach402226-42

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona431082610
2Roma4121101005
3B Leverkusen4112111014
4BATE Borisov4103411-73

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich4301133109
2Olympiakos43016609
3Dinamo Zagreb410339-63
4Arsenal4103610-43

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto431094510
2Chelsea42117347
3Dynamo Kiev41215415
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv4004111-100

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg4400104612
2Valencia42025506
3KAA Gent411245-14
4Lyon401327-51
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