An outrageous overhead goal from Olivier Giroud handed Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in their Champions League round of 16 first leg in Bucharest on Tuesday night.
The result gives Thomas Tuchel’s side the advantage of an away goal going into the second leg on March 17 as they seek a spot in the UCL quarterfinals.
Chelsea had a good chance to open the scoring against the La Liga leaders just before 15 minutes, but Mason Mount’s whipped in cross skipped past the goalmouth just out of the reach of Timo Werner.
Atleti hit Chelsea on the counter just before half-time with Angel Correa finding space behind the defence, but Luis Suarez couldn’t deal with the short cross that came his way and the teams went to the break scoreless.
Giroud finally broke the deadlock before 70 minutes with a spectacular overhead strike that was initially ruled out for offsides, but after a video review was given when the ball was adjudged to have come off an Atletico player before it was hit into the back of the net.
Both Mount and Jorginho were shown yellow cards in the match and will be unavailable for Chelsea in the return leg due to card accumulation.
The match had been relocated to Bucharest after travel restrictions between the UK and Spain due to the coronavirus ruled out playing in Madrid.