Champions League: Chelsea and Bayern Munich defeated their opponents Atletico Madrid and Lazio in their first-leg match of the round-of-16 on Tuesday.
Olivier Giroud’s bicycle-kick goal helped Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 (AP Image)
- Olivier Giroud’s bicycle-kick goal saw Chelsea defeat Atletico Madrid 1-0
- Bayern Munich fired 4 goals in their thumping win over Lazio
- Jamal Musiala became Bayern Munich’s youngest-ever goalscorer in Champions League
Chelsea’s newly-appointed manager Thomas Tuchel unbeaten record extended to eight matches after club’s French forward Olivier Giroud’s bicycle-kick goal secured a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in their first-leg match of round-of-16 in Champions League on Tuesday,
The match was a hardly contested one and no team succeeded in breaking the deadlock in the first half. When Giroud’s overhead kick found the net to break the deadlock in a difficult match, VAR came into play and it took 3 long minutes for Chelsea to gain the much-needed lead.
Giroud was clearly in front of the defenders when he pulled off his acrobatic shot and few Chelsea players complained when the linesman raised his flag, but VAR determined that the ball came from Atlético defender Mario Hermoso instead of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, thus annulling the offside.
“I did not know what to think about the goal, I just focused on hitting the overhead kick and was pleased to see it go in the back of the net, I had no clue about being offside,” Giroud said. “Mason Mount said he did not touch the ball. Good for the team, good for me.”
Teenager Jamal Musiala youngest-ever Bayern Munich player to score in Champions League
Elsewhere, German giants Bayern Munich fired past 4 goals to thrash Lazio 4-1 in their first-leg match
Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern the lead after a howler from Lazio before Musiala and Leroy Sané put the defending champion firmly in control at the end of the first half.
Francesco Acerbi netted an own goal at the start of the second half as Lazio’s first appearance in the Champions League knockout stage for 20 years went from bad to worse.
17-year-old Jamal Musiala, who netted the 2nd goal of the match, became the youngest-ever Bayern Munich player to score in the Champions League. Musiala also became the second-youngest player to score in the knockout stage of the competition.
(With inputs from AP)