Result: Chelsea waste chances to win Champions League opener

Chelsea are pegged back by a resilient Schalke 04 in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League group stage.

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke 04 in the opening game of their 2014/15 Champions League campaign tonight.

Things started well for the home side though and they went ahead in the 11th-minute in hugely controversial circumstances.

Chelseas Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014© Getty Images

Cesc Fabregas seemed to catch Max Meyer with a late challenge, but when no foul was given, Eden Hazard advanced on the Schalke defence and cleverly backheeled the ball into the path of Fabregas, who arrived from the left flank to place a shot underneath the reach of Ralf Fahrmann.

Hazard continued to be a menace and saw a shot blocked in the 19th minute before Didier Drogba and then Nemanja Matic both came close to connecting with efforts.

Schalke's first sight of goal came in the 20th minute, when Sidney Sam tested Thibaut Courtois from 20 yards, but the Belgian stopper was equal to the winger's strike.

Chelsea should have put themselves out of sight by the time the half-time whistle blew, but Drogba guided a free header straight at Fahrmann before Fabregas blazed a simple chance high over the bar.

Courtois made a superb save on the stroke of half time to push away a vicious strike by Kevin Prince-Boateng and Julian Draxler came within inches of levelling for the visitors after nimble footwork inside the area, but Chelsea held on until the break.

The home side continued to squander chances at the beginning of the second half, with Hazard and Drogba both diverting shots off target, and their profligacy in front of goal came back to haunt them when Klaas Jan Huntelaar steered a finish into the bottom corner from 16 yards to level the game up at 1-1.

Schalke's Netherlands striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014© Getty Images

Drogba continued to waste good opportunities and was replaced by Diego Costa with 17 minutes remaining, while fellow summer signing Loic Remy was also brought on by Jose Mourinho.

Remy almost made an immediate impact with a strong drive that was headed off the line by Roman Neustadter before Hazard hooked another chance over the bar, but ultimately Chelsea failed to make their chances count.

Chelseas Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014
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