FRANKFURT 1-1 CHELSEA | JOVIC (23), PEDRO (45)
Eintracht Frankfurt XI: Trapp, Abraham, Hinteregger, Falette, Da Costa, Fernandes, Hasebe, Rode, Gacinovic, Kostic, Jovic.
Subs: Ronnow, Ndicka, De Guzman, Willems, Torro, Chandler, Paciencia.
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Giroud, Pedro.
Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Alondo, Kovacic, Barkley, Hazard, Higuain.
Serbian Luka Jovic put the hosts ahead on 23 minutes, stooping to head past the outstretched Kepa Arrizabalaga off a cross from compatriot Filip Kostic, the 21-year-old’s ninth goal of the competition and 26th this season.
Both sides are fourth in their domestic leagues, with the Europa League offering an alternative route to next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri left Eden Hazard on the bench until the 62nd minute, preferring to rest the Belgian for the important Premier League games against Watford and Leicester.
- Chelsea leave Eden Hazard on the bench
- 26-goal Luka Jovic starts for the hosts
- Jovic opens the scoring after 23 minutes
- Pedro levels just before the break in Germany