Hazard Rescues Stuttering Chelsea

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Eden Hazard rescued Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Champions League group stage after a dominant Roma had fought back from two goals down to lead in a pulsating game at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard scored in each half, heading in to level from Pedro’s cross with 15 minutes to go to keep the Blues top of Group C.

The Belgium forward had given Chelsea a two-goal lead in the first half after David Luiz scored a wonderful opener.

But the Serie A side fought back, with Aleksandar Kolarov scoring before Edin Dzeko netted twice in six minutes.

It was the first time a Conte side has conceded three goals in a Champions League game, and it could have been more as Dzeko headed wide late on following his superb double.

But, ultimately, Chelsea remain top of the group after three games, as they again dug out a result – having scored a 94th-minute winner against Atletico Madrid last time out in Europe.

Conte has Hazard to thank for that, with the Belgian first putting the Blues into a two-goal lead with a smart finish from a deflected Alvaro Morata shot and then guiding a header beyond goalkeeper Alisson after Roma’s fantastic response.

Key Opta facts:

– Roma have never won an away game against English opposition in the Champions League (D3 L6).
– Eden Hazard scored his first Champions League goals since March 11th 2015 versus PSG – 952 days ago.
– Hazard’s two goals were more than he had managed in his previous 14 games in all competitions for Chelsea (1).
– This is the first time that a team managed by Antonio Conte has conceded three goals in a Champions League game.
– Chelsea have scored four goals from outside the box in the Champions League this season, more than any other team.
– Roma have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 23 away games in the Champions League.

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