REPORT: Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea

REPORT: Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea

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Chelsea secured a 0-0 draw in their third Champions League Group G game against Dynamo Kiev, despite hitting the woodwork twice in Ukraine. 

The Blues started Hazard on the right wing as they looked to return to winning ways at the Olimpiskiy Stadium, against a Kiev side who remain unbeaten thus far having now won one and drawn two. Jose Mourinho’s side have now won just one of their last five games in all competitions.

The Blues started strongly, with Hazard, who was on the bench for Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa last Saturday, striking the post after some good footwork outside the box after 10 minutes.

The home side continued to remain quiet upfront as the visitors then had a strong penalty shout. Fabregas worked his way into the box before going down after a challenge from Serhiy Rybalka, but Slovenian referee Damir Skomina waved away appeals.

But despite the much-improved showing from Mourinho’s men, Serhiy Rebrov’s side had their best chance of the half just before the half hour mark, Vitaliy Buyalskiy hitting a rasping shot which deflected wide off the toe of John Terry.

The Ukrainians finally started to grow into the game as the half drew to a close, but neither side could force a goal before the end of the first half.

Chelsea started the second period in the same way they did the first, with Willian seeing a 25-yard freekick hitting the underside of the crossbar as the visitors pushed for an opener.

However, the Blues struggled to continue their first half pressure, as Kiev almost hit them hard on the counter attack. Andriy Yarmolenko beat two men, before slipping a lovely pass into the run of Derlis Gonzalez, who forced Asmir Begovic into a strong save at his near post from a tight angle.

Despite the pressure, neither side could force a breakthrough as Chelsea remain in third in Group G, with FC Porto moving to the top of the group after a 2-0 win against Maccabi Tel Aviv.