Mislav Orsic
Mislav Orsic has scored 18 goals in European competitions for Dinamo Zagreb

Two-time winners Chelsea began their Champions League campaign with a shock defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

The Croatian champions have a woeful record in this competition – winning just five of 43 games before this meeting – but they stubbornly held on after taking a first-half lead.

The dangerous Mislav Orsic netted the 13th-minute winner, running through from the halfway line and beautifully dinking a finish past the advancing Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Dinamo came agonisingly close to a second but Stefan Ristovski’s thunderous, long-range effort was superbly tipped onto the bar by Arrizabalaga.

Deadline-day signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was handed his Chelsea debut and, although the ex-Arsenal skipper had a goal ruled out for offside, he largely looked off the pace.

Armando Broja replaced Aubameyang just before the hour mark, but the Albanian had little impact in an overall disjointed performance from Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Chelsea launched a late onslaught on Dinamo’s goal and the hosts were relieved to see Reece James’ low shot rattle the foot of the post with five minutes remaining.

Serie A champions AC Milan travel to RB Salzburg (kick-off 20:00 BST) in Group E’s other game.

Tuchel’s century ends on sour note

In the first transfer window under their new owners, Chelsea were Europe’s highest spending club with an outlay close to £300m on new signings this summer.

The Blues, though, look an incoherent outfit and although Tuchel – who took charge of the side for the 100th time against Dinamo – is not yet under pressure, the German will quickly need to work out his side’s problems with hands-on new owner Todd Boehly watching closely.

A solid defensive platform was the bedrock of Tuchel’s success in his first few months at the club, when he led them to their second Champions League title with victory over Manchester City.

But in seven games in all competitions this term, the Londoners have already lost three times and kept just one clean sheet, which came on the opening day of the Premier League campaign against Everton.

Former Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is an experienced Champions League player, but defensive team-mate Wesley Fofana was making his first appearance in the competition.

And the lack of understanding between the pair – who cost more than £100m between them – in the early days of their partnership was apparent for the goal when they both went for a high ball, yet neither got to it.

It allowed Bruno Petkovic to flick the ball on for Orsic, who held off Fofana before advancing on goal and converting with the coolest of finishes.

Arrizabalaga, who started instead of out-of-form number one Edouard Mendy, did not have much to do, but denied Ristovski with a stunning save.

At the other end of the pitch, Aubameyang was given a first start since signing from Barcelona and the 33-year-old striker played in a face mask, having been involved in a violent robbery at his home which left him with a broken jaw.

The signs were good when he ran through early on, but failed to pick out a team-mate with his cutback and struggled to make an impact thereafter.

Chelsea’s general showing was one of slow build-up play which did not do enough to unlock a well-organised and obdurate Dinamo backline.

The visitors chased an equaliser with time running out, but Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved Mason Mount’s first-time strike and Kai Havertz’s header from six yards out was brilliantly blocked by Robert Ljubicic.

It was just Chelsea’s second group stage loss in 18 games, while Dinamo held on for a famous victory.

The perfect start from the Croatians gives them hope of reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time, having failed to do so in all previous seven appearances in the competition.

Player of the match

HavertzKai Havertz

Dinamo Zagreb

  1. Squad number77Player nameSpikic

  2. Squad number10Player nameBaturina

  3. Squad number55Player namePeric

  4. Squad number27Player nameMisic

  5. Squad number99Player nameOrsic

  6. Squad number18Player nameDrmic

  7. Squad number6Player nameLauritsen

  8. Squad number14Player nameLjubicic

  9. Squad number40Player nameLivakovic

  10. Squad number2Player nameMoharrami

  11. Squad number37Player nameSutalo

  12. Squad number13Player nameRistovski

  13. Squad number9Player namePetkovic

  14. Squad number7Player nameIvanusec

  15. Squad number5Player nameAdemi


  1. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  2. Squad number24Player nameJames

  3. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  4. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

  5. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  6. Squad number18Player nameBroja

  7. Squad number17Player nameSterling

  8. Squad number19Player nameMount

  9. Squad number26Player nameKoulibaly

  10. Squad number32Player nameCucurella

  11. Squad number33Player nameFofana

  12. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  13. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  14. Squad number9Player nameAubameyang

  15. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  16. Squad number22Player nameZiyech


Dinamo Zagreb

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 40Livakovic
  • 13Ristovski
  • 37Sutalo
  • 55Peric
  • 27Misic
  • 2MoharramiSubstituted forLauritsenat 76′minutes
  • 7Ivanusec
  • 5AdemiSubstituted forBaturinaat 89′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Ljubicic
  • 9PetkovicSubstituted forDrmicat 90+8′minutes
  • 99OrsicSubstituted forSpikicat 77′minutes


  • 1Zagorac
  • 3Stefulj
  • 6Lauritsen
  • 10Baturina
  • 11Emreli
  • 12Bockaj
  • 18Drmic
  • 20Marin
  • 28Théophile-Catherine
  • 31Bulat
  • 33Nevistic
  • 77Spikic


Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forZiyechat 45′minutes
  • 33Fofana
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 67mins
  • 24James
  • 19MountBooked at 59mins
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forJorginhoat 59′minutes
  • 21ChilwellSubstituted forCucurellaat 71′minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 9AubameyangSubstituted forBrojaat 59′minutes
  • 17SterlingSubstituted forPulisicat 75′minutes


  • 5Jorginho
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 16Mendy
  • 18Broja
  • 20Zakaria
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gallagher
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 32Cucurella

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