Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Match Report

Ziyech and Emerson’s goals take Chelsea into the Champions League quarter-finals after a dominant 2-0 victory.

Chelsea cruised to the quarter-finals after beating Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge and 3-0 on aggregate.

Despite being without Mason Mount, whose been their best player this season, they dominated Atletico.

The Blues are heading to the last eight for the first time in seven years.

Chelsea had a great first half going 1-0 up within the first 45 minutes.

The only worrying moment Chelsea faced came in the 25th minute when Atletico nearly won a penalty. Luis Suarez played a pass back to Yannick Carrasco who tried to get in behind Cesar Azpilicueta.

The pass didn’t have enough power on it and Mendy was able to collect it.

However, Azpilicueta put his hands on Carrasco who went down as a result. Chelsea was fortunate to not give away a penalty and Azpilicueta was fortunate to not receive a red card.

VAR did not even give it a look as it wasn’t a clear and obvious error from the referee.

Chelsea’s first goal came in the 33rd minute through Hakim Ziyech. A great counterattack from the Blues earned them a crucial goal.

Timo Werner started it off with great press. He deflected a cross and the deflection was headed to Havertz by N’Golo Kante.

Havertz played a good ball in behind to Werner who got away quickly with his pace. He spotted Ziyech arriving in the box and played the pass. Ziyech put the ball under Oblak’s legs to make it 1-0.

Chelsea 1-0 Atletico Madrid (Hakim Ziyech)

First-half: Chelsea 1-0 Atletico Madrid (2-0 on aggregate)

Chelsea’s first chance of the second half would come to Werner. A good pass from Ziyech found him in behind the Atletico defence.

Unfortunately, he got the ball a bit too wide and could only shoot it across goal, where he was met by a good save from Oblak.

Chelsea’s next chance was at the edge of the box through Ziyech, whose been having a great game. He put the ball on his left and his shot forced Oblak to make a save, and earned Chelsea a corner.

Atletico Madrid finally had a decent chance in the 75th minute. Joao Felix found space in the box and attempted to send the ball in a dangerous area.

The pass across goal was pushed out by Mendy though, and Kante made sure that the ball couldn’t be recovered by Atletico.

Atletico finally got a good chance at the 80th-minute mark. Felix shot was deflected by Azpilicueta who tried to block it and it nearly deflected in the bottom corner.

It went just wide for a corner fortunately for the Blues. That corner led to another corner that would only harm Atletico.

Stefan Savic was shown a straight red card for elbowing Antonio Rudiger in the box. Rudiger also had a great game, as did most of the Chelsea players.

Felix had Atletico’s last chance when he collected the ball inside Chelsea’s box and managed to cut inside for a shot. However, it was a shot the keeper should be saving and did.

Tuchel brought on Emerson Palmieri for Havertz and Chilwell for Alonso in the 92nd minute. A change that was probably made to bring on fresh legs and defenders to protect the lead actually led to their second goal.

Chelsea had a counter-attack in the 93rd minute led by Christian Pulisic. He had the option of Kante and Emerson and chose Emerson.

He scored with his first touch of the game and confirmed Chelsea’s place in the quarter-finals.

Chelsea 2-0 Atletico Madrid (Emerson Palmieri)

Full-time: Chelsea 2-0 Atletico Madrid (3-0 on aggregate)

Man of the Match: N’Golo Kante

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