Atletico Madrid 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud Gives Blues Crucial Away Goal

Olivier Giroud was the star of the evening as Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their round-of-16 UEFA Champions League clash.

The Frenchman's sensational overhead kick gave Chelsea the single goal that they needed to win the match which was played in Bucharest.  

The 0-1 victory for Chelsea means that they will be heading into the second leg with a crucial away goal.

It's a narrow lead and anything can still happen, but an away goal is always good to have in your pocket coming into a return fixture.  

Chelsea's new manager Thomas Tuchel is proving that he was the right choice to replace Frank Lampard on the Chelsea bench, as he has now strung together an unbeaten run since taking over a month ago.

The goal was initially ruled offside, but the VAR analysis revealed that the ball had hit Atletico defender Mario Hermoso before Giroud made the spectacular strike in the 68th minute.  

It was an unexpected setback for Diego Simeone's side, who have suddenly found themselves with back-to-back losses in La Liga and the Champions League.

Now, they will have to stage a comeback if they want to reach the quarter-finals.

SEE ALSO | All Jose Mourinho Trophies Listed By Club Till Date

The second leg will be played on March 17 at Stamford Bridge.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago