It was an Eleventh hour steal for Chelsea, almost twelfth in truth, as they left it late to nick all three points at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The game that received so much limelight, not least because of the Diego Costa saga involving both parties, was dominated by Chelsea for most parts, but it was Atleti who would take the lead on the verge of halftime, as David Luiz took the ‘football is a contact sport’ mantra too far on Lucas Hernandez, and Antoine Griezmann made no mistake from the resulting penalty. Chelsea hit back midway through the second period, Alvaro Morata heading home Eden Hazard’s cross, and just when it looked set for a draw, Michy Batshuayi popped up on 93 minutes to tuck home the Blues’ winner. That result leaves Antonio Conte’s men top of Group C with two wins from two, while Atletico have a solitary point.
Well at least the Spaniards weren’t Bayern Munich, as the Bavarians were dismantled at Paris Saint-Germain by three goals to nil. Dani Alves scored the first, Edinson Cavani got the second, and the third was put in by Neymar, and yes, Cavani and Neymar celebrated together (well Neymar’s goal at least).
Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku scored a brace as Manchester United dispatched CSKA Moscow with consummate ease, while Benfica left Basel with a 5-0 thrashing (you didn’t read that wrong), and Barcelona were made to sweat in Lisbon, but managed to leave with the points against Sporting.
Basel 5-0 Benfica
CSKA Moscow1-4 Manchester United
PSG 3-0 Bayern Munich
Anderlecht 0-3 Celtic
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea
Qarabag 1-2 Roma
Sporting CP 0-1 Barcelona
Juventus 2-0 Olympiacos