No one expected the Champions League match between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid to be pretty. However, it was thrilling.
Michy Batshuayi’s goal in the 94th minute gave Chelsea a 2-1 win that sent them to the top of Group C.
According to The Guardian match report, the Blues earned the victory. The likes of Tiémoué Bakayoko, Marcus Alonso, and N’Golo Kanté played well all match.
Eden Hazard and Álvaro Morata were also able to play together for the first time. They combined for Chelsea’s first goal, which drew the Blues level at 1-1.
Batshuayi scored shortly after he and Willian were subbed on by Conte.
The victory was important for Chelsea for a couple of reasons. First, it kept them undefeated in group stage play. It also sent a message about Chelsea’s legitimacy: beating Atlético, one of the most successful clubs in Europe in recent years, is not a minor accomplishment.
Atlético’s goal came from an Antoine Griezmann penalty kick. The kick was awarded after David Luiz was caught pulling Lucas Hernández’s shirt on a corner kick.
Atlético almost added a quick second goal, but Thibault Courtois was able to save a shot from Koke and a follow-up from Saúl.
Morata’s goal came at the 60-minute mark. Hazard sent the ball into the area and Morata was there to head it home. The two almost combined for a second goal.
Conte was forced to take Hazard and Morata off in preparation for Chelsea’s critical Premier League match against Manchester City on Saturday. The Blues manager had previously suggested that the City match should have be played on Sunday since the first weekend in October is an international break.
However, the match will be played on Saturday and so Hazard and Morata had to come off. Thus, it was left to Batshuayi to seal the victory in the dying moments.
Roma defeated Qarabag in the other Group C match by a score of 2-1.