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Olivier Girouds second-half bicycle kick handed Chelsea the advantage in their last-16 Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid as they edged a 1-0 win …
Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea: Olivier Giroud’s sensational bicycle kick gives Blues advantage – Sports Illustrated Chelsea FC News, Analysis and More

Publish date:Feb 23, 2021

Olivier Giroud's second-half bicycle kick handed Chelsea the advantage in their last-16 Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid as they edged a 1-0 win over Diego Simeone's men on Tuesday night.

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It was a frantic start to the game in Romania and within the first minute, Chelsea already received their first blow. Mason Mount was booked for a foul which ruled him out of the second-leg. 

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Chelsea's passing was off as was there defending. The story of the early beginning to the game. Lots of the ball but shaky. Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger failed to deal with a simple in-behind ball, but fortunately Luis Suarez didn't take advantage of the Blues' poor defending. 

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Werner was quiet, but Chelsea offered a glimpse of spark. Mason Mount nutmegged the defender; Werner spun Stefan Savic and fired at goal, but it was comfortable enough for Jan Oblak to parry away his effort six minutes before the break. 

It was a shocking half for Chelsea in terms of quality. They had much of the ball, but as usual couldn't quite do anything with it. Plenty of overhit passes. They looked scared at points.

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Jorginho joined Mount in the book for a foul on Felix, and he is also now out of the second leg.

And in the 71st minute Chelsea went ahead. Olivier Giroud's outstanding acrobatic bicycle kick found the corner and after a lengthy VAR check following an initial offside decision, the goal was awarded. 

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Hudson-Odoi was replaced with 10 minutes to go for Reece James as Tuchel looked to shore his side up defensively to close out the game. But Chelsea continued to push for the second. 

Tuchel made his final two changes three minutes from time as he introduced Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz for Werner and goalscorer Giroud.

And Chelsea managed to hold on to earn an important narrow advantage heading into their second-leg which is currently scheduled to be played at Stamford Bridge.

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A clean sheet, an away goal – it wasn't pretty from the Blues and they were far from their best but they got the job done in Romania. 

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