Chelsea 1-1 Atleti: Blues finish runners’ up in Group C
Chelsea guided itself into the UEFA Champions League knockout phase on Tuesday after picking up a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.
The result sees Antonio Conte’s group finish atop Group C, while Atleti bail out of the competition after finishing the group stage with seven points.
The Blues’ pressure proved to be too much for Atleti to handle though, with the London side breaking through in the 74th minute via an own goal by Stefan Savic.
It was Eden Hazard’s darting run into the Atleti penalty area and left-footed blast that put Savic in an inopportune position, before he guided the ball into his own net.
Atletico needed a victory to push its way through to the last 16, however, the draw sees the Spanish side into the UEFA Europa League knockout phase.
Diego Simeone’s nabbed a goal in the 56th minute after Fernando Torres’ headed flick gave Saul a wide open look at the net.
Antoine Griezmann had nearly opened the scoring for Atletico just moments in the second stanza, when the French international tested Thibaut Courtois from a free kick.
Atleti keeper Jan Oblak was surely counting his blessings throughout the first half, as Alvaro Morata and Co. gave the Spanish back line fits in the attacking third.
Oblak made a brilliant lunging stop to prevent Davide Zappacosta from finding the bottom corner in the 37th minute, after Cesc Fabregas set up the sequence for Chelsea.
The Blues had their first big chance in the 17th minute, when Morata cleverly spun at the top of the box before unleashing a curling effort that narrowly missed the right corner.