As it happened: Chelsea scrape draw in Europa League semi-final first leg
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As it happened: Chelsea scrape draw in Europa League semi-final first leg

Follow live text commentary of Eintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea in the 2019 Europa League semi-final first-leg at the Commerzbank-Arena. Kick off is set for 20:00 BST.

Dominic Scott-Bone


Well, that's all from us. Thanks for joining in and following along. You can catch all Blues news on the Vavel Chelsea section as they will have to, quickly, switch their focus back to the race for top four. 


Full-Time: 1-1

That’s game over for the first-leg between Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea. 


The Blues will go to Stamford Bridge full of confidence with that away goal from Pedro.


90+4’ - Game is petering out now with tired legs causing misplaced passes all over the place. 

Chelsea will push one last time for a winner.

90+1’ - Foul by Giroud in Eintracht’s penalty area.


Jetro Willems will now replace Gacinovic.

90’ - There will be five minutes of added play. 


Not what the home side would’ve wanted.

90’ - Chelsea are by far the fitter side this evening. Eintracht are finding it difficult to keep up with play, but are holding on at the minute. 
89’ - Pedro fouls Jovic on the by-line. 

Chance for Eintracht to find a winner. 


87’ - Still no goals in this second-half as it remains 1-1. I’m sure Sarri will be the happier of the two managers with that all important away goal. 

86’ - Pedro has gone down injured, but he’ll be alright. Not much contact involved in that challenge. 

What A Miss!

85’ - It’s a corner for Eintracht which finds the head of Abraham who is unchallenged and should score, but his header goes high over the bar. A let off for Chelsea.


So Close! 

81’ - Da Costa finds some space and crosses dangerously to the back post towards Gonçalo Paciência who’s unable to stretch goalwards.  

Another Save By Trapp

77’ - Hazard’s inswinging free-kick is met by Luiz’s near post run who flicks his header straight at Trapp. He probably should’ve done better.


Saved By Trapp!

75’ - Loftus-Cheek’s shot is saved by Trapp who stood firm and resolute. The midfielder spun one Eintracht player and then forced his way through two more challenges. 

74’ - Giroud is causing some problems for the back three of Frankfurt. The Frenchman wriggled away from Hinteregger and crossed in well, but there was no one advancing into the penalty area. 
72’ - Hazard seems off the pace tonight.  Abraham stops him from advancing towards goal, but the Frankfurt defender dives audaciously in front of the referee.
71’ - Important interception from Fernandes who stops Chelsea from finding a way through. 
69’ - The game seems to have settled down now. Most of the play being focused in the middle of the park. 
66’ - A possible penalty shout for Chelsea. Giroud spins Hinteregger and the Austrian clumsily tackles the Frenchman. Nothing given by the ref. 
64’ - It could’ve been a goal for Eintracht. Luka Jovic, who has been brilliant domestically and in Europe, didn’t see the run of Fernandes which would’ve seen a certain one-on-one with Kepa.
62’ - Hazard is now on! This should spark Chelsea into life.

59’ - David Luiz shapes up for the resulting free-kick and forces a finger tipped save from Trapp which then hits the bar. 


Yellow Card

58’ - It’s a poor challenge from Hasebe who fouls Willian from behind. 


57’ - A chance goes begging for Willian once again. The Brazilian continuously looks to cut inside at every opportunity and it’s dealt with easily by Trapp. 


Shinned By RLC

54’ - What a chance for the Blues midfielder. A poor effort in the end after it balloons off of his shin and over the bar. 

52’ - There is no commentary from BT Sport at the minute following a power issue, so make sure you continue to read this live blog for all your updates.
51’ - There will be at least a couple of minutes added on at the end for this altercation. Both midfielders are now up and playing which is good to see. 


Jorginho looks to have come off the worst and is bandaged up. 

49’ -  Clash of heads. Jorginho and Rode have both gone up for a header and there will be a stoppage in play. 

Second-half gets started

46' - The second period is underway. Just how long will Maurizio Sarri wait before implementing Eden Hazard? Or will he keep the Belgian fresh for the weekend?


Half- Time: Eintracht 1-1 Chelsea

There’s the whistle and courtesy to Pedro Chelsea walk in with that crucial away goal and on level terms in Germany.


It’s A Beauty (Pedro)!

45’ - It’s 1-1! And what did I say... Chelsea looked like they were going to score and they have. 


Pedro receives a pass from Loftus-Cheek, shifts the ball from right to left and fires the ball with his left-foot into the bottom right-hand corner. 

Close For RLC

42’ - Loftus-Cheek shoots and it’s gone the other side of Trapp’s goal to that of Pedro’s earlier effort. Chelsea coming closer with every attack.



41’ - Gacinovic wins a header over Christensen and thinks  he’s been fouled by the Dane. He definitely wasn’t, so why he hasn’t continued his run I do not know... He was through on goal!

38’ - Giroud goes down in the Eintracht penalty area and looked to be fouled. But, it was the Frenchman himself who fouled Hinteregger.
37’ - Rode whips in the delivery with great pace and it’s so close to finding Falette at the back post, but a Chelsea flick turns it away for a corner. 

34’ - Nothing comes from that corner and Eintracht counter only for Jorginho to foul Jovic in an awkward position. 
33’ - Loftus-Cheek drives with conviction towards the Eintracht defence and finds Willian who’s deflected shot goes out for a corner. 

Penalty Shout

32’ - It’s a rather lame penalty shout it has to be said. Giroud flicks on and it hits Hinteregger, but it’s certainly not a handball. 


A Note On That Goal 

I’ve been deliberating this one for around ten minutes now and I’m sure Kepa should be saving Jovic’s header. If that was David De Gea I’m sure it would’ve been brought up. 

29’ - David Luiz’s over the top through ball is a poor one and evades the on-rushing Kante and into Trapp’s gloves. 

So Close!

27’ - Pedro mis-controls just outside the box but strikes well towards Kevin Trapp. The ball shaves the post and goes out for a goal kick. 

26’ - Neither Chelsea full-back can deal with the wing play from Kostic or Da Costa. The latter has been fouled once again from the despairing Emerson. 

Goal for Eintracht (Jovic)!

23’ - Jovic whips another in and he’s been causing mayhem for Azpilicueta all evening. The cross finds Jovic seven yards out and he heads the ball in off the post and past Kepa. Game on!

20’ - Dangerous free-kick was whipped in by Kostic from the resulting free-kick towards Abraham who struck a left-footed shot way over Kepa’s crossbar.

Yellow Card

19’ - The first yellow card of the game is awarded to Chelsea’s Christensen, and what a horrendous tackle it was on Rode. He’ll have to be careful now.

18’ - Once again it’s Da Costa. The wing back is having so much freedom on that right-hand side and Emerson is struggling to deal with him in every attack. 


Luckily for Chelsea, it was a rather poor cross from the Eintracht man towards Luka Jovic. 

15’ - Da Costa robs Loftus-Cheek of possession and crosses to Kostic on the edge of the area. But his strike came to no avail.
15’ - It’s still 0-0 here and not many chances have been created. 


Only the one shot from N’Golo Kante who struck wide.

13’ - Kostic with a rather misjudged volley as Eintracht attack once more. 


The ball went no where near Kepa and Azpilicueta dealt with the situation easily. 


Nutmeg so sweet!

10’ - Loftus-Cheek with a super nutmeg on Chelsea’s left-hand side but his switch of play had too much on it for Pedro. 

9’ - Frankfurt are looking to play out the back here. Will be interesting to see whether Chelsea let them play this way. 
8’ - Foul on Emerson by Fernandes in Chelsea’s defensive half. 
7’ - Dangerous attack from the hosts. Ball whipped in from the left but Da Costa couldn’t quite reach the cross and the ball has gone out of play. 
6’ - Foul by Kante. The Frenchman and Jorginho teamed up on Rode but fouled the Eintracht midfielder in the process. 
5’ - Strong tackle from Hinteregger on Loftus-Cheek. The Austrian was taking no prisoners there. 

No Hazard

2’ - Really surprising to not see Hazard out there to start this one. 


Good start from Chelsea though, they are the team on the front foot. 


2’ - Azpilicueta wins a corner for Chelsea.



1' - We're off! The visitors get us underway.


That Frankfurt wall of noise looks and sounds absolutely unbelievable!



Andreas Christensen has indeed replaced the injured Rudiger like we thought. 


Willian has recovered from his knock versus Manchester United and starts. 


Chelsea team

It looks like the usual 4-3-3 for Chelsea this evening. Olivier Giroud will spearhead the attack and will be out there looking to add to his 10 Europa League goals which has earned him top spot in the competition’s charts.


Eintracht Team News

Trapp, Falette, Fernandes, Jovic, Kostic, Gacinovic, Hinteregger, Rode, Abraham, Hasebe, Da Costa.


Chelsea Team News

Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Willian.




Countdown To Kick-Off - Eintracht vs Chelsea

That's all your pre-match build up for now. Join us at around 19:00 BST for the confirmed starting XI's before the action gets underway. See you soon!

Hütter On Chelsea Threat

"I can’t tell you how hard it will be, but the fact is that Chelsea are the strongest, we have played Marseille, Lazio and Inter or are great team. We are looking forward to playing them in the semi-final and we will try to reach the second leg in a good situation."

Sarri On Eintracht

"I respect Frankfurt. They have played against big teams and are a dynamic team with a great intensity and physically with the same characteristics as Prague, but the quality is better, especially offensive. So it will be difficult to get to the final."

Sarri On Rudiger's Replacement

"Christensen has played about 25 matches, I am sure he is ready to play in every match. The only problem is the number. I am confident with Andreas, because he is ready. He has played important matches very well."

Eintracht Frankfurt Team News

Eintracht are without one of their key players this evening in Ante Rebic. The Croatian has been a stalwart in Hütter's side after a superb World Cup last summer, but picked up yellow cards in both quarter-final legs against Benfica which keeps him out of contention. 


Mijat Gacinovic missed the German side's draw with Hertha Berlin following a muscular complaint, but the Serbian, who has five Europa League assists, should be fit for tonight. 

Chelsea Team News

Chelsea will be without Antonio Rudiger after he sustained a knee injury against Man United which will keep him out for the season. 

Pedro could get the nod over Willian to build on his Europa League form, as the Brazilian was also forced off at Old Trafford following a dangerous Marcos Rojo challenge. 

Key Players

You can probably guess who needs to turn up tonight for the Blues, and will be key if he does so. Although he has played just 213 minutes in this competition, Eden Hazard was once again fantastic against Man United and took the Man of the Match award. It will be vital that he's in the swing of it tonight. 

For Eintracht, Luka Jovic is shaping up to be one of the hottest European properties around. With a leaky Chelsea defence, the Serbian will be looking to continue his goalscoring form with 25 goals already this season. 

Hunt For Top Four

As well as meeting in this semi-final, both clubs sit at fourth spot in the Bundesliga and Premier League. 


Chelsea are fighting for Champions League football and its in their hands to do so with two games left to play versus Watford and Leicester. 


And although the Bundesliga's fourth position doesn't guarantee qualification into the group stages, Eintracht are in a sound position to have a chance of making it to the qualifying rounds if they hold on in their remaining five games. 

Last Time Out

The previous game-week saw draws for both Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea in their respective leagues. 

There was nothing to split Eintracht and Hertha Berlin at Commerzbank-Arena as ​Adi Hütter' side were held 0-0. 

The Blues faced a top four clash with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon and were gifted an equaliser by David De Gea. The Spaniard (sort of) made up for his earlier woes and stopped Gonzalo Higuain from finding a winner in the final minutes of play. 

The First Meeting

This will be the first meeting between these two clubs. But let's have a look at their previous European records...

In all European competitions Eintracht have lost just once to English opposition. This was a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1967/68.

In their last 10 European meetings against German sides, Chelsea have lost just one game. Their last two results away in Germany have also been successful, beating Schalke on both occasions in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Previous European Outings

This is Eintracht Frankfurt's first European semi-final since the 1979/80 season. As it happens, they went onto win the UEFA Cup that year after defeating fellow German's Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach in the semi-finals and final respectively.

Chelsea however have been somewhat a constant in Europe over the past 15 years. No club has appeared in more semi-finals than the Blues since the start of the Roman Abramovich era. This fixture will mark their ninth European semi-final appearance.


Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of yet another Europa League clash as Eintracht Frankfurt welcome Chelsea in the semi-finals of the competition. Kick off is set for 8 pm BST and we'll have all the pre-match build-up and match action as it happens courtesy of Dominic Scott-Bone. Stay tuned!

Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of yet another Europa League clash. It's the semi-finals and Eintracht Frankfurt host Chelsea at Commerzbank-Arena. Kick off is set for 8pm BST and we'll have all the pre-match build-up and live match action as it happens courtesy of Dominic Scott-Bone. Stay tuned!