Football: Acrobatic Giroud gives Chelsea advantage over Atletico

Football: Acrobatic Giroud gives Chelsea advantage over Atletico

Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg - Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
Chelsea's Olivier Giroud scores his side's first goal in their Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Atletico Madrid at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania, on Feb 23, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Stefan Constantin, Inquam Photos)

BUCHAREST, Romania: A spectacular Olivier Giroud overhead kick gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's (Feb 23) Champions League last-16 first leg in Bucharest.

The French striker broke the deadlock in the 68th minute with an outrageous bicycle kick which was flagged offside but eventually given following a lengthy VAR review as the ball had come off Atletico's Mario Hermoso before Giroud hit it.

Joao Felix had attempted an overhead effort earlier in the second half but missed the target in one of few chances for Atletico, who were forced to play their home leg over 3,000km from Madrid due to Spanish restrictions on arrivals from Britain to control the spread of COVID-19 infections.

Chelsea looked more likely to find a second goal than Atletico did an equaliser, but Thomas Tuchel's side will be without Mason Mount and Jorginho in the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Mar 17 as they will be suspended after being booked.

Source: Reuters/kg