UCL review: Blues, Roma share spoils as Barcelona ease past Olympiacos

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It was an entertaining affair at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea and Roma called a truce in a thrilling contest.

The Blues opened the scoring early on in the first half, David Luiz reacting first after his own initial pass was blocked, and he found the right-hand corner with a curling shot.

Roma had the better of the first half but were guilty of lacking ruthlessness in the final third, and they paid the price once again as the half wore to a close, Eden Hazard winning possession in midfield, before being in the right place to finish off from Alvaro Morata’s deflected effort.

Chelsea were cruising, but they’d be pegged back almost immediately, Aleksandar Kolarov with a decisive run, and his shot, with the aid of a deflection, flew past Thibaut Courtois. And with 20 minutes left of the game, the Giallorossi turned the game on its head,l through an Edin Dzeko double, first a sublime volley, then a header from a Kolarov free-kick, taking them from 2-1 down to 2-3 up.

Chelsea were staring down the possibility of recording three straight defeats for the first time since 2006 in the face, but Hazard would get them out of jail, his cushioned header from Pedro’s delivery with just over 10 minutes to go was enough to snatch a point. The result leaves Chelsea top of the group with 7 points, two points ahead of Roma in second.

Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain’s MCN attack were all on target in their 4-0 win at Anderlecht, while Atletico Madrid failed to get past Qarabag in the early kick-off, and Benfica goalie Mile Svilar made history by being the youngest goalkeeper in the competition, but the Belgian’s error was the difference between his side and Manchester United in a 1-0 defeat.

There was also a win for Barcelona, as Los Cules saw off Olympiacos thanks to a Leo Messi free-kick and a Lucas Digne strike, but saw their defender Gerard Pique get sent off in the first half.

Results

Benfica 0-1 Manchester United
CSKA Moscow 0-2 Basel
Bayern Munich 3-0 Celtic
Anderlecht 0-4 PSG
Chelsea 3-3 Roma
Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Barcelona 3-1 Olympiacos
Juventus 2-1 Sporting CP

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Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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