- Malmo vs Chelsea ended in a nervy 2-1 win for the Premier League club
- Ross Barkley scored the Blues first away goal in 2019 in the 30th minute
- Olivier Giroud added another but Christiansen scored for Malmo late on
Malmo vs Chelsea ended in a 2-1 win for the Blues as the Premier League side bounced back from their disappointing 6-0 win against Manchester City at the weekend.
Antonio Rudiger, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Gonzalo Higuain were dropped to the bench ahead of their crucial fifth round FA Cup fixture against Manchester United.
The Blues went ahead through an unlikely source Ross Barkley on the half hour mark, as the Englishman was given time and space to control and shoot from a Pedro Rodriguez's cross to make it 1-0
Then in the 58th minute, Chelsea broke loose on the counter-attack as Willian laid a cross across for Olivier Giroud to tap-in to make it 2-0.
Maurizio Sarri's side who faced huge criticisms after humiliating loss at the Etihad, were the more confident and better team over the Swedish club.
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Malmo responded with an 80th minute goal from Anders Christiansen as the Swede showed great composure before applying the finish to throw the tie wide open in the final few minutes.
Chelsea held on as they take a one-goal lead back to Stamford Bridge for the Europa League round of 32 second leg match.
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