Watch: Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger saves a certain goal with brave tackle

Antonio Rudiger heads the ball

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger saved a certain goal during their Champions League win over Zenit Saint Petersburg with an impressive tackle. 

Rudiger had an eventful night as Chelsea played their first Champions League match in front of a packed Stamford Bridge since 2019.

The defender had one Franz Beckenbauer-esque run that almost resulted in a goal of the season contender.

And the Germany international made a crucial intervention at the other end of the field to ensure that Chelsea got their campaign off to a winning start.

In a sudden attack by Zenit, Sardar Azmoun slipped away from Cesar Azpilicueta and found himself through on goal with only Edouard Mendy to beat.

It looked like a certain equaliser until Rudiger closed him down from the side and prevented a certain goal-scoring opportunity.

Rudiger and Chelsea are currently in negotiations over an extended contract, with PSG and Real Madrid monitoring the situation in case the defender leaves the club next summer.

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