Eden Hazard rescues Chelsea after Roma roar back at Stamford Bridge

18 October 2017 08:54

Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea battled to a 3-3 draw with Roma to stay top of Champions League Group C.

Hazard’s first goal of the season followed David Luiz’s opener but Aleksandar Kolarov halved the deficit before fellow former Manchester City player Edin Dzeko scored twice.

But Hazard headed in to prevent Antonio Conte’s side slipping to a third straight loss for the first time under the Italian’s stewardship.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko bagged a brace
Edin Dzeko bagged a brace (Tim Goode/PA)
Chelsea looked on course for a comfortable victory when Eden Hazard made it 2-0 but Roma – spearheaded by Bosnia and Herzegovina international Dzeko – battled back to take a precious point back to the Italian capital. The striker smashed in a superb second Giallorossi goal before grabbing another with a predatory header from Aleksander Kolarov’s whipped free-kick.

Moment of the match

David Luiz opened the scoring with a sumptuous strike from distance but his goal was eclipsed in the second half by Dzeko. The former Manchester City man peeled off Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen before connecting perfectly with Federico Fazio’s chipped pass to crash a volley into the roof of Thibaut Courtois’ net and level the contest at 2-2.

Data point

Ratings

David Luiz scored a stunning goal
David Luiz scored a stunning goal (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 7, Cesar Azpilicueta 5, Andreas Christensen 5, Gary Cahill 6, Davide Zappacosta 6, Cesc Fabregas 6, David Luiz 7, Tiemoue Bakayoko 6, Marcos Alonso 6, Eden Hazard 8, Alvaro Morata 6. Substitutes: Pedro (for Luiz, 57) 6, Antonio Rudiger (for Zappacosta, 77) 5, Willian (on for Hazard, 80) 5.

Roma: Alisson 6, Bruno Peres 5, Federico Fazio 7, Juan Jesus 5, Aleksandar Kolarov 7, Radja Nainggolan 7, Maxime Gonalons 6, Kevin Strootman 6, Gerson 5, Diego Perotti 6, Edin Dzeko 8. Substitutes: Lorenzo Pellegrini (for Gerson, 74) 6, Alessandro Florenzi (for Strootman, 83) 6, Stephan El Shaarawy (for Perotti, 88) 5.

Who’s up next?

Chelsea v Watford (Premier League, October 21)

Torino v Roma (Serie A, October 22)

Source: By PA Sport Staff


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