6 December 2017
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, won’t be happy with his team’s quality in front of goal after they had to come from behind to earn a draw at home against Atletico Madrid.
The Blues dominated proceedings right from the blast of the whistle but were unable to break the visitors down as they defended in numbers and attacked numbers.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the second half, but not by Chelsea. In the 56th minute, Saul Niguel found himself free at the back post and headed home a Fernando Torres flicked header.
Chelsea immediately went in search of the equalizer but had to wait till the 75th minute for Stefan Savic to turn Eden Hazard’s low cross into his own net. Chelsea could have taken the lead moments later but Alvaro Morata could only find the outstretched leg of the impressive Jan Oblak after Cesc Fabregas’ pass set him through on goal
The game ended 1 – 1 and the result effectively condemned Atletico to the Europa League while Chelsea lost their top spot to Roma who defeated Qarabag 1 – 0.
Elsewhere in Germany, a resurgent Bayern Munich took revenge on Paris Saint Germain, PSG, as they handed the star studded French side their first defeat in Europe this season. The 3 – 1 loss is also PSG’s second in two matches.
Two goals from Corentin Tolisso and one goal from Robert Lewandowski sealed the win for the hosts. Kylian Mbappe had pulled one back for the hosts at 2 – 1.
Manchester United enforced their dominance in their group with a 2 – 1 win over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford. The visitors shocked the hosts late in the first half as they went ahead. But United made their dominance pay in the second half with two well-taken goals in the space of 2-minutes.
In Spain, Barcelona started Lionel Messi on the bench as they brushed aside the visiting Sporting Lisbon. Nelson Semedo’s first goal for his new club and an own goal from Barcelona man, Jeremy Mathieu, sealed a 2 – 0 win for the La Liga leaders.
Real Madrid, Manchester City, Tottenham play today.