Chelsea qualify for the Champions League Last 16 in second place. Zenit join the Europa League, after this pulsating 3-3 draw in Russia!
UEFA Champions League holders, Chelsea, wasted the chance to top Group H, as they were held to a 3-3 draw against Zenit Saint Petersburg at the Gazprom Arena on Wednesday.
The result means that Thomas Tuchel’s side finish second, two points behind group winners Juventus, who defeated Malmö 1-0 in the other game.
Chelsea dominated early on, taking a lead after just 90 seconds, when Timo Werner tapped home from point-blank range, following a Ross Barkley corner.
But Zenit fought their way back into the game, with a period of intense pressure on the European Champions culminating in two goals in quick succession.
First, Claudinho found himself unmarked on the post to head in an equaliser on 38 minutes, before Sardar Azmoun added a second just three minutes later after a Malcom through-ball gave him a one-on-one with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Tuchel’s side improved after the break, drawing level once again on 62 minutes, after Romelu Lukaku latched onto a Werner cross, to score his first Chelsea goal since the last time the Belgian played Zenit in September.
Werner then put the visitors back ahead with five minutes to go, smashing a shot past Mikhail Kerzhakov.
However, a stunning injury time half-volley from substitute, Magomed Ozdoev, saw Zenit draw level once again and condemned Chelsea to second place in the group.
Zenit will now look to the Europa League draw, which takes place on the 13th of December. Chelsea will find out who they play in the UCL, on the same day.