Chelsea moved a step closer to booking their place in the Champions League knockout stages as Hakim Ziyech’s 56th-minute strike was enough to secure a 1-0 victory over Malmo in southern Sweden.
Ziyech impressed as he made a case for more regular starting opportunities, scoring his first goal since the European Super Cup win over Villarreal in August as he tucked home from close range after good work from Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Malmo had lost their previous six Champions League games by an aggregate score of 28-0 so it was a very resolute display against the European champions, who still have work to do in order to qualify for the last 16.
Johan Dahlin twice denied Kai Havertz from point-blank range either side of the interval but the result means another victory for Chelsea without conceding.
Since Thomas Tuchel took over, they have conceded just 23 goals in 46 games, five in one game against West Brom. The Blues are three points behind leaders Juventus in Group H after the Serie A club beat Zenit St Petersburg later on Tuesday night.