Chelsea took the lead against Malmo as they beat the home side by a narrow 2-1 score in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday. Trouble coach Maurizio Sarri’s men overcame the Allsvenskan side in a nerve cracking game at Swedbank Stadion.
Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud in either of the half time eased some pain days after the Blues suffered a 6-0 humiliating defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
Barkley had trouble controlling a curl from Pedro in the deep after thanks to Malmo defender Pierre Bengtsson’s made an error. But he managed to slide into the net from a close range in the 30th minute.
But the goal of the match came from Giroud in the 58th minute. The Frenchman flicked with his back heel from a cut from Willian in the left flank to become the first Chelsea player to score in four successive games in European competition since Victor Moses in May 2013.
Malmo won’t calm down a bit as they kept attacking in front of lively home crowd, finally received a crucial goal as Anders Christiansen netted for the team in the 80th minute.
Sarri, who is facing sack after their worst defeat in 28 years at Etihad Stadium, said they played with confident after the Malmo tie.
With the win in Sweden, Chelsea ended Malmo’s unbeaten home run in Europe since they were defeated 5-0 by PSG in November 2015.