Chelsea tied with Vidi and lost Morata with injury
Chelsea completed the Europa League group stage with an away draw with the Hungarian club, Vidi – 2:2.
Maurizio Sarri’s team immediately established a confident control over the ball but spent the time away from the opponents’ goal without creating a threat. However, the guests’ very first hit on the target was effective. In the 30th minute, Willian perfectly struck the ball around the wall from a free-kick – 0:1.
However, Vidi’s answer was followed almost immediately. Ethan Ampadu, defending his goal during the corner, succumbed to the pressure and made an own goal – 1:1.
The home team could go on a break leading the score but the Blues’ goalkeeper Willy Caballero made a great save at the very end of the half.
The Hungarian side came forward at the beginning of the second half. Loic Nego struck after a good cross from a partner – 2:1. Caballero had no chances to save his team.
The Blues tried to escape from defeat, but it didn’t work. The balance was restored only in the 75th minute, when Olivier Giroud, having replaced injured Alvaro Morata, in Willian’s style scored a free-kick – 2:2.
Chelsea avoided the defeat but didn’t play enough to win. There were enough strong players in the Blues’ composition, but they had obvious problems with motivation for this particular match. Alvaro Morata’s knee injury became the game’s biggest disappointment.
(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)