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NK Maribor 1-1 Chelsea

By Sam SheringhamBBC Sport
Maribor celebrate
  • Blues settle for point after Hazard misses penalty
  • Matic cancels out Ibraimi's opener
  • Chelsea extend unbeaten run to 16 matches

Eden Hazard missed a late penalty as Group G leaders Chelsea were held to a draw by unfancied Maribor in the Champions League.

The Slovenian champions, thrashed 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, took the lead through Agim Ibraimi's sublime curler.

But the Blues equalised when Nemanja Matic poked in John Terry's header at the far post.

Hazard was fouled by Mitja Viler to win a penalty, but the Belgian's weak effort was saved by Jasmin Handanovic.

Hazard's rare miss - he has scored 27 out of 30 penalties in his career - summed up a frustrating evening for the Blues, who had been denied an earlier spot-kick for what appeared a foul on Oscar and had a Diego Costa goal wrongly disallowed for offside.

Both had been brought on at half-time as manager Jose Mourinho tried to inject some energy into an under-par display.

The result, combined with Sporting Lisbon's 4-2 victory over Schalke, leaves Chelsea three points clear of the Germans and needing to win one of their remaining two games to guarantee their passage to the knock-out phase.

The Blues also equalled a club record by extending their unbeaten start to the season to 16 matches.

Match facts
Chelsea have not lost a competitive match since the semi-final of last season's Champions League in April
The Blues have won only one of their last six away games in the Champions League
Chelsea conceded for the first time in 230 minutes away from home in the competition

Mourinho, whose side face Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday, made four changes to the team that beat QPR 2-1 on Saturday.

Centre-back Kurt Zouma, brought in for Gary Cahill, should have opened the scoring inside 10 minutes but he headed Cesc Fabregas's dinked cross wide of the near post.

Maribor served early notice of their threat on the break when Tavares weaved through three Chelsea defenders and bore down on Petr Cech, only to over-hit his attempted pass to strike partner Luka Zahovic.

Chelsea responded strongly, as Andre Schurrle fired a shot narrowly wide before Hazard's fierce drive was pushed aside by Handanovic.

Despite Mourinho's tactical re-jig, Chelsea fell behind within five minutes of the restart. Zouma's headed clearance landed at the feet of Ibraimi, whose sumptuous curling shot found the top corner of Cech's goal.

After Costa blazed high and wide, Chelsea were given a huge let-off at the other end when Zahovic side-footed over the bar from three yards after a perfect cross from left-back Viler.

With 20 minutes remaining, the visitors were denied a penalty when Oscar appeared to be tripped by his fellow Brazilian Arghus.

Chelsea's sense of grievance was short-lived. From a Fabregas corner, Terry's downward header presented Matic with the simplest of tap-ins to equalise.

As the Blues pushed hard for a winner, Handanovic made superb saves to deny Hazard and Costa, who then had a goal ruled out for offside.

But Maribor stayed in the game and almost snatched it when Tavares slashed Jean-Philippe Mendy's square pass wide of goal.

In the 85th minute, the outstanding Hazard was tripped by Viler in the box, but Handanovic dived to his left to keep it out and secure a famous point.

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba came in for some rough treatment on his 100th European appearance
Nemanja Matic
Nemanja Matic has now scored in three consecutive away games in the Champions League
Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard has missed two of his four Champions League penalties for Chelsea


NK Maribor

Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Handanovic
  • 30StojanovicBooked at 53mins
  • 26Rajcevic
  • 44Bordignon
  • 28VilerBooked at 85mins
  • 10IbraimiSubstituted forBoharat 90'minutes
  • 70Mertelj
  • 5FilipovicBooked at 36mins
  • 8SallalichSubstituted forN'Diayeat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Morales Tavares
  • 11ZahovicSubstituted forMendyat 73'minutes


  • 1Cotman
  • 4Suler
  • 6N'Diaye
  • 14Mendy
  • 22Vrsic
  • 24Trajkovski
  • 39Bohar


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 5Zouma
  • 26Terry
  • 3Filipe LuísBooked at 24minsSubstituted forSantos do Nascimentoat 56'minutes
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forDiego Costaat 45'minutes
  • 22WillianSubstituted forOscarat 45'minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 11Drogba


  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 8Oscar
  • 13Courtois
  • 17Salah
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 24Cahill
  • 28Azpilicueta
Daniele Orsato

Match Stats

Home TeamNK MariborAway TeamChelsea
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, NK Maribor 1, Chelsea 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, NK Maribor 1, Chelsea 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, NK Maribor. Welle N'Diaye replaces Sintayehu Sallalich.

  4. Post update

    Offside, NK Maribor. Zeljko Filipovic tries a through ball, but Marcos Tavares is caught offside.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, NK Maribor. Damjan Bohar replaces Agim Ibraimi.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Zeljko Filipovic (NK Maribor).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcos Tavares (NK Maribor) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Agim Ibraimi.

  10. Post update

    Penalty saved! Eden Hazard (Chelsea) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Booking

    Mitja Viler (NK Maribor) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Penalty Chelsea. Eden Hazard draws a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Mitja Viler (NK Maribor) after a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Didier Drogba is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Didier Drogba (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Arghus (NK Maribor).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcos Tavares (NK Maribor) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jean Philippe Mendy.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Cesc Fàbregas is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

As It Stood


1Atl Madrid430110379
4Malmö FF410329-73


1Real Madrid4400112912
2FC Basel42026606


1B Leverkusen43017349
3Zenit St Petersburg411234-14


1B Dortmund44001311212


1Bayern Munich44001111012
3CSKA Moscow411259-44
4Man City402246-22


4Apoel Nicosia401314-31


4NK Maribor403139-63


1FC Porto4310123910
2Shakhtar Donetsk4220142128
3BATE Borisov4103219-173
4Ath Bilbao401326-41
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