London’s Chelsea defeated Atlético Madrid 1-0 in the first match of the Champions League 1/8 finals, Trend reports with reference to TASS.
Olivier Giroud scored the ball in the 68th minute with a blow in the fall over himself. First, the referee team canceled the goal, as they considered that Giroud was offside. However, after using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, the judges changed their mind and scored a goal. Giroud is the oldest Chelsea player to score in the Champions League knockout stage, with the French forward scoring at 34 years 146 days.
Chelsea midfielders Mason Mount and Jorginho will be out on the return leg over yellow cards.
The meeting, which was originally supposed to take place in Madrid, has been moved to Bucharest. The change in the venue of the match is due to travel restrictions between countries due to coronavirus infection.
Atlético and Chelsea played their eighth game against each other. In the previous seven meetings, the teams drew three times and won two wins. Atlético and Chelsea last met in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage, when the English side beat their rival on the road and ended in a draw at home.
The return leg is scheduled for 17 March in London.