Olivier Giroud’s gorgeous bicycle kick downed Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening and put Chelsea heading in the right direction for a Champions League quarter-final spot.
The Blues took away a 1-Zero victory from the away leg of their last-16 tie, which was performed in Bucharest, and so they had VAR to thank for giving them a serving to hand.
Giroud’s successful strike got here halfway via the second half, and there was loads of drama concerned.
After a cross into the field was deflected, Giroud produced an outstanding overhead kick from 12 yards which beat Jan Oblak and located the underside nook.
However the purpose was initially dominated out for offside, with Mason Mount deemed to have knocked the ball ahead for his team-mate.
A prolonged VAR assessment then occurred and after three lengthy minites it was adjudged that Atletico centre-back Mario Hermoso had obtained the decisive closing contact – and the purpose was given.
talkSPORT’s commentary staff of Danny Mills and Sam Matterface had been filled with reward for the way in which the officers dealt with the scenario.
Mills stated: “I advised you it was going to should be a world and that’s what it was. The ball popped up and it’s an unbelievable end by Giroud.
“He’s solely touched the ball about 5 occasions this recreation.
“I’ve been very complementary of the officers, they’ve been sharp and on it and it was very troublesome to inform (who touched it).”
Matterface added: “They’ve achieved a terrific job there. That’s how VAR is meant to work. They managed it properly and had been was no confusion. It was fairly clear they had been having an extended dialogue about it.”
It was a decent recreation in Bucharest with Callum Hudson-Odoi a shock identify within the Chelsea beginning line-up.
The England worldwide had lasted solely 31 minutes following his half-time introduction at Southampton on Saturday, however supervisor Thomas Tuchel performed the teenager at proper wing-back.
Chelsea’s evening began on a poor be aware when inside 60 seconds Mount was booked for a foul on Joao Felix, that means he shall be suspended for the second leg at Stamford Bridge subsequent month.
Edouard Mendy nearly contrived to pile extra distress on the guests after a heavy contact within the penalty space however Saul was unable to take advantage of the goalkeeper’s mistake.
However, after early strain from Atletico, together with a harmful Luis Suarez centre throughout the face of purpose, the Premier League facet began to dominate possession and a long-range effort from Marcos Alonso represented the primary shot heading in the right direction from both facet.
It was routine for Atletico goalkeeper Oblak, who had gone seven matches with out a clear sheet and was compelled into extra strenuous motion six minutes earlier than the break as Timo Werner’s strike from a decent angle was properly saved.
Goalless on the interval, Diego Simeone would have been the happier of the 2 managers with quite a few absentees together with England full-back Kieran Trippier attributable to suspension.
Not lengthy after Suarez noticed an effort deflected vast by Andreas Christensen, Joao Felix fired an overhead kick off track following Cesar Azpilicueta’s poor headed clearance in an indication Atleti had been set to be extra adventurous on this half.
Jorginho grew to become the second Chelsea participant to be dominated out of the second leg within the 64th minute when he introduced down Joao Felix, and a draw seemed the most probably consequence.
However Giroud had different concepts and produced his gorgeous end on 68 minutes.
It was Giroud’s sixth purpose within the Champions League this season and provides the Blues an enormous benefit heading again to their dwelling floor subsequent month.