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Late Batshuayi goal wins it for the Blues

28/09/2017

Michy Batshuayi's late, late goal, which was scored with the final touch of the match, secured Chelsea a deserved win over Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.

Despite 40 minutes of Chelsea control, Atletico scored first through an Antoine Griezmann penalty.

Alvaro Morata got one back on the hour-mark, set up by man of the match Eden Hazard, before Batshuayi snatched it for the Blues in the final seconds of the game.

For the first 40 minutes of the match, Chelsea were in control. Composed on the ball, and probing in attack, the Blues created good chances for Morata and Hazard, but both dragged their shots wide.

Atletico's penalty came from one of their few attacking chances in the early stages. Koke swung in a corner, which Chelsea cleared, but Lucas Hernández had gone down under the challenge of David Luiz.

Griezmann stepped up to take the penalty and hammered it down the middle, sending Thibaut Courtois the wrong way.

Chelsea came back strongly, creating a chance of their own a few minutes later, but it was Atleti who came closest to scoring another before half-time.

Courtois was called into action to make a good save, but his punch fell to an Atleti player. Thankfully for the Blues, the shot flew just wide.

After the start of the second-half, Chelsea again started to look like the better team, and it wasn't long before they had their reward.

David Luiz pinged a pinpoint 40-yard cross-pitch ball to the feet of Eden Hazard. The Belgian controlled, darted inside and curled a wicked ball onto the head of Morata, who nodded it home.

Cue celebrations in the Blues dugout, but when play resumed Chelsea didn't take their foot off the gas. Cesc Fabregas came agonisingly close to putting the Blues ahead a bare minute later, but was unable to sort his feet out in time and stabbed his shot wide.

Morata then beat the Atleti defence for pace, running onto Hazard's ball but shooting just wide again when one-on-one with the 'keeper.

When the goal came, it was testament to Chelsea's calmness under pressure. After a wonderful flowing move involving N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marcos Alonso pulled the ball back to Batshuayi on the edge of the six-yard box, and the striker touched it home.

The Blues are top of their group after winning both their first two matches, and next host Roma in the Champions League on October 18!

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