Chelsea played Atletico Madrid in Champions League round of 16 first leg in Bucharest on Tuesday night. An outrageous overhead goal from Olivier Giroud handed Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Shortly before 15 minutes, Chelsea had a good opportunity to open the scoring against the leaders of La Liga. But Mason Mount’s whipped-in cross skipped past the goalmouth just outside Timo Werner’s reach. With Angel Correa finding space behind the defense, Atleti hit Chelsea on the counter just before half-time. But Luis Suarez couldn’t deal with the short cross that came his way and the teams went to scoreless halftime.
After 70 minutes, Giroud finally broke the deadlock with a spectacular overhead strike. It was initially ruled out for offside. But when the ball was adjudged to have come off an Atletico player after a video review was given before it was hit into the back of the net. With little ambition or intensity, Atleti played and was unable to manage a single shot on target to bother Chelsea keeper Mendy.
The result means Chelsea have advantage of an away goal going into the second leg on March 17.