Chelsea vs Vidi LIVE: plus Europa League scores and updates for rest


After winning on the opening night of the Europa League, Chelsea were looking to maintain their 100 per cent start in Europe when they host Vidi.

The Blues were massive favourites to build on their 1-0 win at PAOK as they welcomed the Hungarian side to Stamford Bridge looking to stretch their unbeaten run this season to 10 matches under Maurizio Sarri.

Elsewhere, Rangers were also in action, hoping their entertaining 2-2 draw at Villarreal would provide the platform for them to grab victory when they hosted Rapid Vienna at Ibrox among the 8pm matches.

Relive all the action here with MATTHEW SMITH.

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A win’s a win, and Chelsea stay unbeaten in Europe.

See you next time.

What a night for Steven Gerrard.

A Vienna free kick is cleared, Candeias chases it down and forces a defensive error, then flicks to Morelos who runs the ball on and tucks a finish under the keeper.

Three points go to Glasgow.

Rangers’ 10th game in Europe this season, and they will stay unbeaten. But can they hang on for a 2-1 win?

Job done.

Free kick headed clear by Morata, the eventual hero of the night for Chelsea. They are nearly there.

Three minutes added time at Stamford Bridge, and Vidi have a chance from a free kick on the right after a silly Zappacosta foul.

Maurizio Sarri is not a happy man, complaining to his bench as Chelsea continue to puff.

He would very much take 1-0 here.

Alvaro Morata has another chance, but fires a shot right across the face of goal from a tight angle on the left.

Slammed into the top right corner by right back James Tavernier. Wild celebrations ensue, not least by Steven Gerrard.

Mario Sonnleitner clatters Morelos with a sliding tackle – clear pen.

And there nearly was the equaliser! Sub Istvan Kovcas cuts in from the right and strikes with the outside of his boot, Kepa gets down well and makes the save one handed, before Moses cleans up the pieces.

This could be an edge final five for Chelsea.

Milanov and Hadzic are replaced by Hodzic and Patkai, as Vidi seek an unlikely equaliser.

Last 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge – the Blues look well set at 1-0, although one more goal would make everyone relax rather more.

At half time in the Rangers match, ex-midfielder Paul Gascoigne made a popular appearance. Today it was announced he has been inducted into the Scottish football hall of fame.

The veteran Szabolcs Huszti off, Hungarian international Istvan Kovacs is the first man off the bench for Vidi.

Real backs to the wall now for Vidi, free kick on the left byline curled in by Hazard – headed onto the crossbar by Barkley, the keeper stranded.

Nearly game over there.

Willian off, Victor Moses on.

Ejaria almost puts the home side ahead – a brilliant save by Strebinger stops his header hitting the back of the net.

Almost 2-0, Hazard waltzes through the defence, but as he pulls it back to Barkley, the Englishman slips. He gets a shot away, but it is deflected behind.

Vidi will have to make sure the floodgates don’t open.

At last!

Fabregas gets far too much time and space to play a lofted ball into the box, Willian flicks it on with his head, and Morata hooks it past the goalkeeper.

A lovely, instinctive finish from six yards there for Morata – not the goal of a striker on such a poor run. Proof there is some innate talent in there somewhere.

Really good through ball by Emerson, but Morata cannot get a shot away allowing Vinicius to make a covering tackle.

Chelsea’s 15th corner of the night, and it is just as unsuccessful as the rest.

Alvaro Morata has been in a running battle with Vidi defender Juhasz all night, and has been in the referee’s ear about it.

Apparently he says too much, as he has been booked for dissent.

A frustrating return from injury for Loftus-Cheek is over, Ross Barkley replaces him.

Villarreal, surprisingly held at home by Rangers, last time out, are on path to recover with an impressive result of their won – they lead 2-1 at Spartak Moscow.

This is turning into anything other than a home banker for Chelsea.

Milanov bursts forward from midfield, and wins a corner despite having minimal support from team mates.

Chelsea clear, but there is real restlessness at Stamford Bridge.

Morelos is up and running at Ibrox, a good sign for Steven Gerrard. He’ll want his main forward to be fit and firing to find a second goal tonight.

Back at Stamford Bridge, Vidi make a rare visit to the Chelsea area, but Milanov skews a shot horribly high and wide.

Still 1-1 in Rangers v Rapid Vienna, but the home side are looking lively. Ryan Kent beats three defenders but cannot find a team mate with his cut back.

Problem now though – Alfredo Morelos is down and looks in some distress.

Defensive midfielder Anel Hadzic gives away a free kick on the right corner of the box, which Hazard will swing in – too much power, out for a goal kick.


Szabolcs Huszti is the second man booked tonight for Vidi.

The photos don’t make pretty reading for the ref.

KIERAN GILL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Eden Hazard coming on. Entire stadium is roaring. Main man is here.

Sarri sends for the cavalry. Eden Hazard is coming on.

The ineffectual Pedro is replaced. Huge ovation from the home crowd for the Belgian.

…whipped in, Morata can’t get his head to it and it goes behind for the umpteenth Chelsea corner.

Again, Vidi defend well.

The pattern has resumed in this second half – Chelsea playing the ball around the edge of the area, Vidi’s flat back seven keeping them at bay.

However Loftus-Cheek has won a free kick on the right wing…

First effort of the second half is for Vidi, Nego stinging the palms of Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea not out of the blocks in the second half yet.

Second halves in London and Glasgow are about to start.

The stats show Chelsea have been well on top – but there is still no way through Vidi yet.

For more stats and facts, check out our exclusive MATCH ZONE service here.

And the Rangers fans are enjoying every second so far.

KIERAN GILL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: A Lionel Messi-esque run by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, that. Skins Anel Hadzic, then Roland Juhasz, then is brought down by Paulo Vinicius. Should be a penalty in my opinion.

Group G

Rangers 1-1 Rapid Vienna

Spartak Moscow 1-1 Villarreal

Group H

Apollon Limassol 0-0 Marseille

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Lazio

Group I

Malmo 0-0 Besiktas

Sarpsborg 1-0 Genk

Group J

Krasnodar 0-1 Sevilla

Standard Liege 2-1 Akhisarspor

Group K

Jabonlec 1-2 Dynamo Kiev

Group L

BATE Borisov 0-3 PAOK Thessalonki

Chelsea 0-0 Vidi

An abysmal first 40 minutes followed by a manic five.

Vienna led through Berisha sweeping home, but Morelos – who earlier clashed heads with Mateo Barac that left the Vienna defender covered in blood and ended his night – responded immediately.

A surprise scoreline at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea being held by the bottom seeds in their pool.

Alvaro Morata missed the best chance of the half, and both sides had good penalty appeals rejected.

All to play for.

The first two shots on target of the night in Glasgow have both yielded goals.

Veton Berisha put Vienna ahead with a close range finish – there looked like there was an offside in the build-up – but Alfredo Morelos responded immediately by finishing off a sweeping move.

Now Vidi have a decent shout for a penalty, Cahill sliding in on Georgi Milanov. Could have gone either way, but the referee says no.

Chelsea then head up the other end, but Zappacosta shoots straight at the keeper.

Almost embarrassment for Chelsea here – Christensen tries to shield a long ball back to Kepa, but the keeper tells the defender to get rid even as the ball bounces into his six hard box.

Nego almost gets around with a toe to it, but the Chelsea defence just about deal with it.

Loftus-Cheek beats one man, two, three – goes down, looks like a foul, but no penalty. The replays show full back Stopira bundled the England international over.

Vidi get away with one, and still Chelsea are held.

If you’re wondering about a lack of updates on Rangers – there has been one shot in the opening 40 minutes. That’s why.

Successive corners for Chelsea, but the ball comes out to Zappacosta who wellies it into the top tier from 25 yards.

Not too impressive from the Premier League side.

Heart in mouth moment as Chelsea keeper Kepa slides out to gather a through ball, but his momentum takes him into striker Marko Scepovic and his head catches the forward’s knee.

Kepa is left flat out, but is able to get up and continue.

Cross from the right – Zappacosta is getting plenty of joy – is missed by two Vidi defenders but Kovacic cannot react and the ball bounces off his shins and away.

More frustration for Chelsea.

Quick stat – Chelsea have completed 250 passes so far, Vidi 49.

The only stat that matters, however, is that the score is goalless.

Hungarian PM Victor Orban is watching in the stands – he comes from the same town as Vidi and is a fan.

Vienna defender Mateo Barac is left with blood pouring down his face after a collision with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.

He goes down the tunnel for treatment, he will surely need stitches.

Loftus-Cheek wins a free kick 35 yards out central, which Willian floats into the box. Morata – as he falls to the floor – tries to hook it goalwards put can’t get it on target from eight yards.

An eighth attempt of the game already for Chelsea, but it just isn’t happening yet.

Chelsea dominating possession, but the Hungarians are remarkably disciplined – no holes in that defence.

Pedro eventually tries a curler from distance, straight into the midriff of keeper Tomas Tujvel.

Tall striker Andrija Pavlovic flicks a header wide across Allan McGregor’s goal – the closest either side has come in a game of few chances so far in Glasgow.

KIERAN GILL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: The Steve Gerrard song being belted out at Stamford Bridge, just as Alvaro Morata fluffs his lines.

Maurizio Sarri turns around and makes a face that suggests he’s not even surprised. Us neither. Morata has to use tonight as a confidence booster. 

That was a real head in hands moment for the Chelsea staff, fans and players – Morata had to score, it was a simple chance.

Loftus-Cheek has a go from 30 yards but slices it well wide.

Vidi will be very happy with this so far.

Alvaro Morata’s current mindset seems to be ‘I will never score another goal ever again’ – and this was a particularly bad example.

He gets free of the defence, the Vidi keeper goes down early and Morata goes for the dink, but somehow paces it wide of the left post.

Another blow to the fragile confidence of the £70m man.

Still 0-0 at Ibrox, Rangers competing with Rapid Vienna in a very even game.

In Chelsea’s group, PAOK are already 2-0 up at BATE Borisov.

First booking of the game – Loic Nego literally rips the shirt from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s back and gets a yellow card.

Loftus-Cheek has to go to the technical area and get a new top – one without a massive hole in the back.

The chances are starting to pile up for Chelsea. Pedro outmanoeuvres the defence and plays in Willian, but he cuts back on his left when he had the chance to shoot on his right.

The eventual shot is blocked, and the corner comes to nothing.

Loftus-Cheek wins the ball back on the left wing, and plays in Emerson, who sets off on a jinking run and slaloms through three Vidi defenders.

Suddenly he’s one-on-one with the keeper – but slams his shot over the bar. A defender’s effort.

Hmm, this is less good by Vidi. They push too many men forward for the second corner, and a poor defensive header by Roland Juhasz sets up a Blues counter attack.

The ball is played to Willian, but he takes too much time and gets closed down, eventually skewing his shot well side.

Excellent interplay down the right for Chelsea, but Zappacosta’s low cross is behind Morata and is cleared.

Vidi take the chance to break, and only a sliding tackle by Cahill stops the cross and gives away a corner. Dangerous delivery, which Emerson has to head over his own bar.

Vidi proving they will be no pushovers here.

Vidi are happy to get all 11 men behind the ball and defend here, clearly they only have one point in mind rather than three.

Chelsea having to bide their time.

KIERAN GILL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Love this Vidi kit. Pinstripes. Lovely.

Fifty seconds in and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri gets a telling off from the fourth official for stepping outside of his area to shout something. 

Fairly full house at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have never lost a single home European match, excluding qualifiers, in a competition other than the Champions League. They haven’t lost a home European game full stop since 2013.

It will take something to end that record tonight. The hosts are seeing all of the ball in the opening minutes.

Underway at Stamford Bridge and Ibrox

KIERAN GILL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Hungarian fans in fine voice. Biggest cheer of the line-ups was for Eden Hazard… who is on the bench.

In England and Scotland…

Chelsea XI: Arizzabalaga; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Fabregas, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Willian, Morata

Vidi XI: Tujvel; Fiola, Juhasz, Vinicius, Stopira; Hadzic; Nego, Huszti, Milanov, Nikolov; Scepovic

Rangers XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Worrall, Goldson, Flanagan; Coulibaly, Arfield, Ejaria; Candeias, Kent, Morelos

Rapid Vienna XI: Strebinger; Muldur, Barac, Sonnleitner, Potzmann; Schwab; Ivan, Murg, Ljubicic, Berisha; Pavlovic

Arsenal have beaten Qarabag 3-0 in Azerbaijan, with three players grabbing their first goals for the club – Sokratis from close range, Emile Smith Rowe with a slid finish, Matteo Guendouzi with a strike from distance.

Less good news for Brendan Rodgers though – Celtic led 1-0 at half time away to Red Bull Salzburg, but conceded thrice in the second half to lose 3-1; a miserable evening compounded with a red card for James Forrest.

Elsewhere, Milan also came back to win 3-1, at home to Olympiakos, having trailed with 20 minutes to go.

Now, attention turns from Azerbaijan and Austria to London and Glasgow…

Not for this excited young fan.

Kick-off in 15 minutes.

If the senior Blues side can do half as well as their U19 counterparts this week, Sarri will be a very happy man.

Chelsea underlined their ambition to win th UEFA Youth League for the third time as they smashed Molde 10-1 in their opening match on Wednesday afternoon.

Both Billy Gilmour and Daishawn Redan netted hat-tricks in the rout of the Norwegian side at their Cobham training ground as club legend John Terry watched on.

Charlie Brown scored twice, George McEachran notched the tenth goal and there was also an own goal as the hapless visitors were put to the sword.

You can read the full match report here.

Chelsea remain unbeaten in all competitions this season, and will look to keep their 100 per cent Europa League record going tonight.

They won 1-0 at PAOK Thessalonki in their opening game, and could have had plenty more to add to Willian’s seventh minute strike.

Anything less than another three points tonight for Maurizio Sarri’s men will not be acceptable, you fell. Kick-off is less than half an hour away.

Salzburg have turned it around and now lead Celtic 3-1 having trailed 1-0 – and the Scots have had James Forrest sent off – while Milan have also come from behind against Olympiakos, Patrick Cutrone then Gonzalo Higuain making it 2-1.

Arsenal are still two to the good away to Qarabag – you can follow that game live here.

Perhaps the most eye-catching score from the 5.55pm starts is Milan trailing Olympiakos 1-0 at the San Siro.

Just over 20 minutes left in that one.

Group G

Rangers v Rapid Vienna

Spartak Moscow v Villarreal

Group H

Apollon Limassol v Marseille

Eintracht Frankfurt v Lazio

Group I

Malmo v Besiktas

Sarpsborg v Genk

Group J

Krasnodar v Sevilla

Standard Liege v Akhisarspor

Group K

Jabonlec v Dynamo Kiev

Group L

BATE Borisov v PAOK Thessalonki

Chelsea v Vidi

As you will no doubt be aware, Arsenal and Celtic are among the 5.55pm kick-offs tonight, with 58 minutes gone in both their games.

Teenage talent Emile Smith Rowe has just scored his first senior goal to make it 2-0 to the Gunners away to Qarabag, while Celtic have been pegged back away to Red Bull Salzburg. 1-1 in Austria.

You can follow both those games live here.

A talking point from Gareth Southgate’s squad today was the absence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The midfielder was part of the World Cup 23, but misses out this time due to a lack of minutes for his club.

Loftus-Cheek has found his progress stymied by the loan signing of Mateo Kovacic and the big money acquisition of Jorginho, however he gets a chance tonight to show Southgate what he will be missing, as he starts for the Blues.

Die Start-1️⃣1️⃣ für heute! Anpfiff ist um 21 Uhr. #SCR2018 #RFCSCR

The left back starts on the bench tonight, understudy Emerson getting a run-out.

Steven Gerrard tweaks the side which lost at the astonishingly named Tony Macaroni Arena at the weekend – Borna Barisic and Kyle Lafferty out; Jon Flanagan and Ryan Kent are in.

There are two differences to the side which drew at Villarreal incidentally – Barisic and Andy Haliday miss out, with Flanagan and another Reds loanee, Ovie Ejaria, given a chance to make their mark on the Europa League.

🆕 Your #RangersFC team for tonight’s @EuropaLeague match against @skrapid.

Only Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mateo Kovacic and Willian retain their starting places from the side which drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Saturday. Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen, Alvaro Morata and Pedro, who came in for the opening win at PAOK, are all back in European action.

Eden Hazard is poised on the bench in case of emergencies, as is Ross Barkley, while Ethan Ampadu makes the 18 – but no Hudson-Odoi…

Our starting 11 for today’s game! #CHEVID

While our main focus tonight is on Chelsea, we will also be bringing regular updates on Rangers tonight. Steven Gerrard’s men play Rapid Vienna in their first home fixture in the group stage.

It has been a mixed start to the season domestically for Rangers, and they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Livingston on Sunday.

However they started their Group G efforts with a very impressive 2-2 draw in Villarreal, and a win tonight would make qualification for the last 32 a realistic goal.

Apologies for the pun, but hopefully we will see 17-year-old striker Callum Hudson-Odoi in action tonight for the Blues.

He’s a special talent impressing in the reserves league, but has only had fleeting glimpses of the first team thus far.

With Mount getting an England call-up after being sent out on loan, surely Hudson-Odoi will follow the same path – maybe in January? For now, he must play the waiting game.

Ross Barkley is back in the international fold after being selected by Gareth Southgate for his 25-man squad ahead of a Nations League double header with Croatia and Spain.

Barkley will feel vindicated, having said this week: ‘My performances for Chelsea show I am capable of being in the squad. I’ve played a lot of minutes and I’m ready to be called up.’

Barkley’s figures in the Premier League this season? Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots on target 2. Hmm. He should start tonight though.

Also in the squad is teenage talent Mason Mount, currently impressing in the Championship with Derby on loan. Another point in favour of the Chelsea academy.

Here come the Blues! 👊 #CHEVID

Chelsea’s opponents tonight are the Hungarian champions, hailing from the city of – deep breath – Szekesfehervar, in the west of the country.

Until last year, they were known as Videoton, and do have some European pedigree – they reached the 1985 UEFA Cup final, beating Manchester United in the last eight, before being defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid on aggregate.

In their opening fixture in Group L, they lost 2-0 at home to BATE Borisov.

It’s unlikely that the Hungarian champions will evoke the Caesarian spirit and come, see and conquer at Stamford Bridge tonight – but surprises do happen.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will be looking for a clear win in the Europa League, as well as some minutes for fringe squad players and young talent.

Welcome to our live text coverage of this Group L match. Kick-off is at 8pm, team news will be in shortly.


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