AC Milan did what they were supposed to Wednesday night by defeating RB Salzburg 4-0. That would open up a scenario where if Dinamo Zagreb could grab a win at Stamford Bridge, they would backdoor qualify for a Europa League knockout round berth in February.
And it looked promising right off the bat as Bruno Petković put Dinamo up inside 10 minutes with a header right in front of the goal. However, Chelsea showed their dominance with two 1st half goals while rattling off six shots on target and 57% ball possession. It would have been pretty cool to see Dinamo beat Chelsea twice in the same campaign but it wasn’t meant to be.
What’s up with Dinamo starting hot in Champions League and then fizzling out? They beat Chelsea 1-0 in their opener this year just as they did in 2019, when they opened up their campaign with a 4-0 win over Atalanta at Maksimir. It would have been completely respectable to finish third in this group, but you can’t expect to do that only grabbing one point from Salzburg.
It was fun while it lasted. Dinamo got a memorable win in Zagreb against mighty Chelsea. Now, back to the HNL they go.