After his nice overhead kick discovered the web to interrupt the impasse in a troublesome match, all Olivier Giroud might do was wait.
And wait and wait.
Giroud’s 68th-minute bicycle-kick objective in opposition to Atlético Madrid was initially disallowed for offside and it took almost three minutes for video evaluation to reverse the decision and safe Chelsea the 1-Zero away win within the first leg of the spherical of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Giroud was clearly in entrance of the defenders when he pulled off his acrobatic shot and few Chelsea gamers complained when the linesman raised his flag, however VAR decided that the ball got here from Atlético defender Mario Hermoso as a substitute of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, thus annulling the offside.
“I didn’t know what to consider the objective, I simply targeted on hitting the overhead kick and was happy to see it go at the back of the web, I had no clue about being offside,” Giroud stated. “Mason Mount stated he didn’t contact the ball. Good for the workforce, good for me.”
The outcome saved Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel unbeaten in eight matches since he took over the squad to exchange Frank Lampard.
“Unbelievable outcome, unbelievable objective. Nicely deserved,” Tuchel stated. “It was a really disciplined efficiency — a deserved shutout.”
Atlético was the house workforce however the match was performed in Bucharest, Romania, due to journey restrictions stopping guests from Britain coming into Spain.
The second leg can be on March 17 in London.
Within the different round-of-16 match on Tuesday, Bayern Munich defeated Lazio 4-1 in Italy.
It was the second consecutive loss for Atlético after a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. It was additionally the eighth straight sport wherein the Spanish membership has conceded a objective, extending its worst run with no clear sheet since coach Diego Simeone arrived in late 2011.
“It’s been a troublesome week however we now have to maintain competing,” Atlético midfielder Koke Resurrección stated. “Now we have to boost our heads and attempt to win the second leg. There’s no different choice for us.”
It had been a lackluster match till Giroud’s objective, with neither workforce managing to create many vital scoring alternatives and with the goalkeepers not having to work too laborious. Chelsea managed possession and regarded a bit extra harmful, however each side seemed to be glad with the scoreless draw and didn’t take too many dangers.
“We knew they have been able to endure with eight individuals within the field,” Tuchel stated. “The intention was to maintain the depth excessive. That is what we did excellent. We by no means allow them to breathe or come out for counter-attacks. Now we have a giant reward with this outcome. This is among the hardest challenges to open a protection like (Atlético’s).”
Atlético was outshot by Chelsea and completed the match with no makes an attempt on track.
“We all know the significance of the away objective in Europe so that’s the reason I used to be happy to assist the workforce win the sport,” Giroud stated. “We managed it properly and we have been assured however confronted a fantastic workforce and I believe we have been very dedicated and knew their essential strengths. We handled it, however we now have to remain targeted and full the job.”
Hermoso was attempting to clear the ball from the realm whereas underneath strain from Mount and kicked it backward. Giroud reached up excessive together with his left foot to ship the ball towards the nook previous Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
“The sport was resolve on particulars,” Koke stated. “It didn’t seem like a harmful play however they ended scoring a fantastic objective.”
Mount and Jorginho have been proven yellow playing cards and can miss the second leg due to accumulation of playing cards.
Simeone needed to improvise with midfielder Marcos Llorente for granted again in opposition to Chelsea due to a number of absences on protection, together with Kieran Trippier following an English betting investigation.
The groups had performed within the group stage of the Champions League within the 2017-18 season, with Chelsea successful 2-1 in Spain earlier than a 1-1 attract London. Atlético eradicated Chelsea within the semifinals in 2014.
It was in Bucharest that Simeone received his first title with Atlético, the 2012 Europa League.