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Krasnodar vs. Chelsea, Champions League: Live blog; highlights it happened: live blog, updates, highlights, lineups, etc.

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Match two of our Champions League group stage journey has taken us to the faraway lands of Krasnodar, where the locals (including a one-third capacity crowd of 10,000 in attendance!) will be celebrating their first ever group stage home match (for 12-year-old FC Krasnodar — not even a teenager yet!).

So it’s all gravy for them. Chelsea meanwhile could certainly use a win.

Lampard has selected a strong lineup, with a bit of rotation up front, including the first start for Ziyech. Antonio Rüdiger makes his first appearance of the season as well.

Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be wearing the abhorrent third kit. In front of the owner!

Here we go!

Krasnodar starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Safonov | Chernov, Kaio, Martynovich (c), Smolnikov | Vilhena, Gazinski | Ramirez, Utkin, Olsson | Berg

Substitutes from: Gorodov, Sinitsin, Kutovoi, Spertsyan, Sabua, Litvinov, Suleymanov

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Mendy | Chilwell, Zouma, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta (c) | Kovačić, Jorginho | Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Ziyech | Werner

Substitutes from: Caballero, Žiger, Christensen, Tomori, James, Emerson, Kanté, Pulisic, Mount, Abraham, Giroud

Date / Time: Wednesday, October 28, 17.55 GMT; 1:55pm EDT; 11:25pm IST (8:55pm local time in Krasnodar)
Venue: Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR; on pitch); Massimiliano Irrati (ITA; VAR) — first Chelsea match for either

On TV: BT Sport 3 (UK); Galavision (USA); Sony TEN 2 (India); SuperSport Maximo, Canal+ Sport 5 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: BT Sport Live (UK); CBS All Access, TUDNxtra (USA); Sony LIV (India); DStv Now (NGA) — if you’re in the US and you don’t want to subscribe to CBS because you’re not over 60 and/or don’t like Star Trek, you can also watch through Fubo TV, for which we have an affiliate link. That said, CBS does offer a free trial, and they will be carrying the Champions League for the next several years, so you might as well get used to their lack of actual television coverage. (The main CBS channel will be showing daytime soaps and local news, while CBS Sports Network will be showing a “whiparound” NFL Red Zone-style nonsense. Thanks, CBS!)


Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.

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