Chelsea worked to a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid which has genuine implications for their Champions League last-16 draw.
The Blues required a win to ensure top spot in Group C however discovered Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak in propelled frame before Saul Niguez gestured in with an exertion that seemed as though it may seal a win for Diego Simeone’s side, themselves requiring points to have any possibility of experiencing.
Roma beat Qarabag 1-0 in the Eternal City, be that as it may, to deny the two groups here, taking out Atletico and giving Antonio Conte cause for worry after his side couldn’t add to Stefan Savic’s own goal.
With English clubs topping four of the other seven gatherings, the way things are Conte’s men would confront Besiktas, Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain in the following round.
The last sides would likely send freeze through Stamford Bridge. PSG dispensed with Chelsea in their last Champions League battle in 2016, yet the Blues have not played Barca since the semi-last prevail upon the Catalans on the way to the title in 2012.
In spite of the fact that Atletico are famously hard to beat, Conte will be worried after Chelsea neglected to score with 17 shots on goal. Such inefficiency won’t help the Italian at long last leave an engraving on this opposition come the new year.
Atletico started with the intensity of a team needing to win, but Fernando Torres’ deflected effort and a lashed Thomas Partey shot cleared the bar in the sum of their efforts.
Lucas Hernandez was destroyer-in-chief whenever Eden Hazard took possession but the Frenchman earned a booking and a warning from referee Danny Makkelie for fouls on the Belgian, which curtailed the rough stuff and allowed Hazard greater room to operate.
Former Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata curled wide and twice tested Oblak, first off-balance from close range and then from an angle, but Hazard ought to have done better when he scuffed harmlessly from 15 yards when picked out well by Tiemoue Bakayoko.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
CHELSEA (3-5-2): Courtois 6; Azpilicueta 6.5, Christensen 6.5, Cahill 6; Moses 6.5, Fabregas 7, Kante 7, Bakayoko 5 (Pedro 64), Zappacosta 6; Morata 7 (Batshuayi 81), Hazard 7.
Goals: Savic OG 75
Subs not used: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater.
Manager: Antonio Conte 6
ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Oblak 7.5; Gimenez 6 (Vietto), Savic 6, Lucas 6, Luis 6; Partey 5, Gabi 6.5 (Correa), Ninguez 7, Koke 6.5; Torres 6.5 (Carrasco 57, 6), Griezmann 6.
Goals: Niguez 56
Subs not used: Moya, Godin, Gameiro, Vrsaljko.
Manager: Diego Simeone 6
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) 6.
Oblak was again put to work by Davide Zappacosta’s low drive as Chelsea continued to dominate to the break and the Blues began the second half with Morata, Hazard and Andreas Christensen going close before Atletico suddenly pounced.
Filipe Luis hit the post from 25 yards, but news soon filtered through that Roma had taken the lead, which led to stern celebrations from Simeone when Saul peeled off Bakayoko to convert Torres’ flick-on inside the six-yard box.