Chelsea needed to make do with second place in Group C, as Atletico Madrid held them to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, whereas Diego Simeone’s males will discover themselves taking part in Europa League soccer after ending third within the group.
Saul Niguez opened the scoring for the guests in opposition to the run of play earlier than a Stefan Savic personal purpose introduced Chelsea again into the sport, however the Blues discovered Jan Oblak in spectacular kind and could not discover the essential winner.
Atletico settled into their possession-based recreation early, searching for the essential purpose that they wanted if they’d any likelihood of qualifying, whereas their hosts regarded compact figuring out it was the job of the Madrid facet to take the initiative within the ultimate recreation of Group C.
Nonetheless it was Chelsea had the primary actual likelihood of the sport by means of Alvaro Morata, the Spaniard curling his effort simply huge of the publish with Oblak decreased to a spectator.
Morata quickly had one other likelihood to open the scoring after some positive play from Victor Moses, the wing-back wriggling his manner into the penalty space earlier than reducing the ball again to the striker, however Oblak was down neatly to save lots of earlier than palming away one other try from the previous Actual Madrid participant moments later.
Regardless of all of Atletico’s possession, it was Chelsea who regarded the extra possible facet to open the scoring, with Diego Simeone hoping his facet may discover a innovative to their play by means of their key man Antoine Griezmann, who had appeared on the periphery of the sport within the first third of the sport.
Antonio Conte’s facet regarded the higher crew and will’ve been a few targets in entrance had the Slovenian stopper Oblak not been in spectacular kind, blocking a Davide Zappacosta drive from the sting of the world having seen it late by means of the our bodies in entrance of him in what proved to be the final significant try of the half.
The second half introduced the primary save that a largely redundant Thibaut Courtois needed to make, though holding out Griezmann’s free kick was a easy matter for the Belgian.
In the meantime one other Belgian for Chelsea, Eden Hazard, regarded his damaging greatest, jinking previous Atletico defenders earlier than seeing his deflected effort drifted simply huge of the publish earlier than Morata was once more denied by Oblak from the ensuing nook.
For all of Chelsea’s play, the guests virtually stole the lead courtesy of former Blue Felipe Luis. The left-back was afforded an excessive amount of house within the fringe of the world and crashed his strike off Courtois’ publish with Koke solely discovering the grateful palms of the Chelsea goalkeeper together with his headed follow-up.
Chelsea did not heed the sooner warning and shortly discovered themselves a purpose down although, one other former participant Fernando Torres flicking his header from a nook to the far publish, leaving an unmarked Saul with a easy header to take a significant lead in opposition to the run of play.
The purpose appeared to stun Chelsea who had been now going through the prospect of ending second within the group having initially began the evening in prime spot.
Chelsea continued to probe nonetheless and will’ve equalised, though Andreas Christensen did not hit the goal together with his diving header from simply six yards out, whereas Morata was once more denied by Oblak on the purpose line with assist from Jose Gimenez, as Simeone’s facet put their our bodies on the road to maintain their slender lead.
Their lead quickly disappeared as Chelsea discovered an equaliser. The ball fell to Hazard from a nook, who discovered house within the space earlier than firing his effort throughout the six yard field, which the unlucky Stefan Savic deflected previous a helpless Oblak.
One virtually grew to become two for Chelsea moments later as Morata was performed by means of one-on-one in opposition to Oblak, however but once more the Slovenian stood agency to win his newest twin in opposition to the pissed off Spaniard, with Chelsea now within the ascendancy to attain a second.
Wonderful possibilities got here and went for the substitute Willian of Chelsea and Griezmann of Atletico Madrid as each groups looked for a late winner.
The winner virtually got here for Chelsea, as substitute Michy Batshuayi watched his effort drift agonisingly huge of the Oblak’s far publish, with Conte’s males needing a purpose to qualify as group winners.
That proved to be the ultimate likelihood within the recreation because the curtain fell for full-time, seeing Chelsea end second within the group and 2014 and 2016 runners up Atletico Madrid having to accept a spot within the Europa League.