13th of December 2018

Blues end Europa League group stage on top (2-2)

The spoils were shared in our last Europa League group game as superb set-piece goals from Willian and Giroud lit up an entertaining encounter in Budapest. Pedro performed on the second half replacing Willian at 56' having a hand in Blues' reaction during the final quarter.

Chelsea were already assured of top spot having won five out of five before the game in Hungary, and the quest for a club-record sixth straight European win began well when Willian curled a free-kick in on the half-hour.

But Vidi, who started the night hoping to join us in the round of 32, levelled immediately through an Ethan Ampadu own goal, and they went ahead after the interval courtesy of a stunning volley from Loic Nego.

The Blues built some momentum in the final quarter and it was a textbook free-kick from sub Giroud that drew Blues level.

There were no further goals and BATE Borisov’s victory in Greece means it is the Belarusians who advance in second place.


- Match stats:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Caballero; Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson; Fabregas (c), Barkley, Loftus-Cheek; Willian (Pedro 56), Morata (Giroud 45+1), Hudson-Odoi.
Scorers Willian 30, Giroud 75
Booked Loftus-Cheek 79

Vidi (4-5-1): Kovacsik; Fiola, Juhasz (c), Vinicius, Stopira; Nego, Hadzic (Patkai 85), Huszti (Hodzic 81), Nikolov, Milanov (Kovacs 81); Scepovic.
Scorers Ampadu OG 32, Nego 56
Booked Juhasz 66, Huszti 69, Vinicius 73, Nego 77

Referee Aleksandar Stavrev
Crowd 19,242

- Match report by chelseafc.com


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