Chelsea 1-1 Atlético Madrid

Saul Niguez

Chelsea face the prospect of meeting either Barcelona or Paris St-Germain in the Champions League last 16 after they were held to a draw by Atletico Madrid and missed out on top spot in their group.

As it stands, Turkish side Besiktas are the only other possible opponents for the Blues in the knockout stages.

Chelsea had dominated until the opening goal, with Alvaro Morata going close and Eden Hazard almost weaving through the visiting defence.

But Saul Niguez escaped the attentions of Tiemoue Bakayoko to plant home a header from Fernando Torres’ near-post flick-on after 56 minutes.

Chelsea piled forward as time ebbed away, and Stefan Savic turned Eden Hazard’s cross into his own net as the pressure told.

But, with Roma beating Qarabag in the Italian capital, Chelsea could not find the second goal and the victory needed to regain the lead in Group C.

Chelsea’s knockout equation

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte might well say that his side will need to beat the best anyway to lift the trophy.

Spartak Moscow or Sevilla may yet become possible opponents if Wednesday evening’s matches change the standings in Group E, where Liverpool currently lead the way.

But the unsettling prospect of taking on either free-spending PSG or five-time champions Barcelona over two legs hung over Stamford Bridge at the final whistle.

Chelsea had plenty of chances to leap-frog back over Roma in the group with Morata and substitutes Willian and Michy Batshuayi all missing glorious chances in a frenetic final 15 minutes.

Against Besiktas, whose last taste of Champions League knockout football was in the 1992-93 season, such attacking invention should be enough.

Whether it would undo one of the continent’s superpowers is far less clear.

The end of the road for Atletico

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For Atletico Madrid, the draw marked the end of a curiously weak Champions League campaign.

The damage had been done to the Spanish side, semi-finalists last season and runners-up in two of the last four, long before this creditable point however.

Draws at home and away to Azerbaijani underdogs Qarabag earlier in the campaign ultimately left them with too much ground to make up as they finished four points shy of Roma and Chelsea.

The club’s new Wanda Metropolitano stadium will instead host Europa League football in 2018. Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, currently ineligible because of a ban on Atletico registering new players, will be available by then.

His new club, toothless at Stamford Bridge, could do with his trademark snarl. Antoine Griezmann, who has scored seven goals in an underwhelming campaign, lurked wide and dropped deep, but rarely threatened.

Instead it was strike-partner Torres, on the return to the club where he scored 46 goals in 172 games, who provided the more telling touch, setting up Niguez’s goal before departing to a standing ovation from both sets of fans.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 27Christensen
  • 24Cahill
  • 15Moses
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 7Kanté
  • 14BakayokoSubstituted forPedroat 64′minutes
  • 21ZappacostaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forWillianat 73′minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 9MorataSubstituted forBatshuayiat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Caballero
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 3Alonso
  • 6Drinkwater
  • 11Pedro
  • 22Willian
  • 23Batshuayi

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 24GiménezSubstituted forViettoat 79′minutes
  • 15Savic
  • 19HernándezBooked at 16mins
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 5Partey
  • 14GabiSubstituted forCorreaat 78′minutes
  • 8Ñíguez
  • 6Koke
  • 9TorresSubstituted forCarrascoat 57′minutes
  • 7Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 1Moyá
  • 2Godín
  • 10Carrasco
  • 11Correa
  • 16Vrsaljko
  • 17Vietto
  • 21Gameiro
Referee:
Danny Makkelie
Attendance:
40,875

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Eden Hazard is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Antoine Griezmann tries a through ball, but Ángel Correa is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Jan Oblak tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

Foul by Victor Moses (Chelsea).

Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Victor Moses (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Foul by Victor Moses (Chelsea).

Yannick Carrasco (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Álvaro Morata.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Luciano Vietto replaces José Giménez.

Attempt missed. Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Saúl Ñíguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Ángel Correa replaces Gabi.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by José Giménez.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by José Giménez.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Goal!

Own Goal by Stefan Savic, Atlético de Madrid. Chelsea 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Davide Zappacosta.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Jan Oblak tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jan Oblak (Atlético de Madrid) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro.

Attempt blocked. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Moses.

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jan Oblak.

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yannick Carrasco.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Tiemoué Bakayoko.

Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea).

Lucas Hernández (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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