Chelsea have become the first English team to lose a Champions League game this season as they were roundly beaten by a clinical Roma.
Chelsea, who had the chance to progress had they won started trailing from 39 seconds, when Edin Dzeko flicked Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross down to Stephan El Shaarawy, who smashed home beautifully from 25 yards.
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata then missed a huge chance to equalize from close range, and Chelsea we’re punished for almost every miss, as El Shaarawy made it 2-0 when ex-Roma defender Antonio Rudiger failed to deal with Radja Nainggolan’s long ball forward
Chelsea, though had more shots – 14 to 13, and also had 51% of the possession completely lost the game, when Diego Perotti cracked home from 20 yards after Chelsea defenders failed to close him down.
Roma should have led 4-0 when Chelsea’s defenders all ran to Dzeko, who managed to square to a totally unmarked Perotti, but he fired over the bar when he should have finished.
The Blues were hugely fortunate that Atletico Madrid’s failure to beat Qarabag – their game in the Spanish capital ended 1-1 – means Chelsea are still likely to qualify for the last 16 from Group C.
After the match, Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte said there is great disappointment about the second-half display because he didn’t see positive things.
Antonio Conte’s side are four points above third-placed Atletico – and a win in their next Champions League game at Qarabag (17:00 GMT on Wednesday, 22 November) will take them through.