'Changed the game': Some Chelsea fans absolutely loved their substitute's cameo display in 3-3 Zenit draw

Chelsea recorded a 3-3 draw away to Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday evening – and some Blues fans on Twitter showered their player Hakim Ziyech in praise after his cameo performance from the bench.

The Blues were involved a dramatic draw in midweek on their trip to Russia. It means Thomas Tuchel’s side finish second in the Champions League group stages, so they’ll be drawn against a group winner in the last-16 of the European competition.

Chelsea, who had eight changes to their XI from the weekend defeat to West Ham, raced into an early advantage against Zenit when Timo Werner tapped the ball in on the goal-line in the second minute.

However, the visitors saw their grip on the game fade during the first half. Claudinho and Sardar Azmoun were both on the scoresheet for hosts Zenit to give the Russians a 2-1 lead going into half time.

Romelu Lukaku’s equaliser just past the hour mark ended his own goal drought before Werner’s second in the 85th minute appeared to have clinched three points. However, Zenit found their third goal in stoppage time with a strike from Magomed Ozdoyev from outside of the box.

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Chelsea fans applaud Ziyech

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media were left really impressed with Ziyech’s contribution against Zenit.

The attacking midfielder was substituted on in the 65th minute and produced some skilful moments on the ball.

For example, the 28-year-old was involved heavily in the build-up to Werner’s goal. Also, the left-footed playmaker looked busy in possession and sprayed a long-range pass at one stage to Werner.

Ziyech’s form lately has taken an upward turn and it’s why he must have a strong argument to be back in the starting line-up in the weekend’s Premier League match at home to Leeds United.

He’s often divided opinions within the fanbase, but is certainly a popular figure in recent weeks.

Here are some Chelsea fans praising the Moroccan tonight:

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.