Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea
Against one of the top teams in Europe, what a win for Chelsea!
Michy Batshuayi broke Atletico hearts in the final seconds of the first ever European game inside the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
All this against hosts who had kept clean sheets in 16 of their last 19 Champions League matches and won 30 of their 36 encounters at their former home, the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
If football games like this aren’t dramatic enough, penny for the thoughts of Diego Costa!
With his replacement at Chelsea, former Real frontman Alvaro Morata, returning to Madrid with a goal, all in all it was a painful night for Atletico who had led when Antoine Griezmann fired them in front from the penalty spot.
In becoming the first ever English club to defeat Atletico on their own turf, both the men who Costa left behind had the final say with Morata deftly equalising before Batshuayi converted a well-worked team move just before the full-time whistle sounded.
There’s a real team-spirit in the Chelsea camp and that was so evident as Antonio Conte tactically outwitted his counterpart Diego Simeone, a rare feat in football.
Conte’s men will gather so much belief from this result, while Atletico may begin to ponder how much longer they can compete in the latter stages of this competition without the financial pulling power of the likes of Chelsea and their two Spanish rivals.
Not that Rojiblancos are struggling but they remain a tier below many of Europe’s elite when you assess pulling power.
How they respond to this setback may shape their whole campaign.
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