UCL: Chelsea, Roma Draw In Thriller, PSG Run Rout As Messi joins Ronaldo In European 100-Goal Club
Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea battled to a 3-3 draw with Roma to stay top of Champions League Group C.
Chelsea had surrendered a two-goal lead to trail 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining after former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko’s quick-fire double.
But Hazard headed in to prevent Antonio Conte’s side slipping to a third straight loss for the first time under the Italian’s stewardship.
Hazard’s first goal of the season followed David Luiz’s opener but Aleksandar Kolarov halved the deficit before Dzeko’s delightful volley and free header within seven second-half minutes. Chelsea were second best, but Hazard headed in Pedro’s cross to give the Blues seven points ahead of the trip to the Eternal City on October 31.
The Blues were seeking a response to successive Premier League losses to Manchester City and Crystal Palace which have left the champions nine points adrift ahead of Saturday’s fixture with Watford. The Blues did not get the win they craved, but will have been boosted by the way they fought back after ceding the initiative to Roma.
Pedro crossed and Hazard found himself in space to head into the bottom corner. Roma might have claimed a deserved victory, but Dzeko headed wide at the near post.
Elsewhere in Belgium, Paris Saint Germain maintained a clean sheet with a fantastic 4-0 win away to Anderlecht. Kilian Mbappe opened scoring less than three minutes into the game, Edison Cavani douvbled the lead, Neymar made it 3-0 while Angel Di Maria completed the rout as the game ended 4-0.
Lionel Messi has become the second player to reach 100 goals in UEFA club competition, taking 21 fewer matches than Cristiano Ronaldo, who achieved the feat in April.
The Argentina star went into the match having netted 96 in the Champions League and three in the UEFA Super Cup, and he brought up his continental century with a free-kick at Camp Nou.
Dimitris Nikolaou, whose own-goal let Barca open the scoring, scythed Messi down on the edge of the area and Olympiacos goalkeeper Silvio Proto could not prevent him making it 2-0, parrying a curling effort into the roof of the net.
Lucas Digne soon made it three, on the end of a Messi assist, with Ernesto Valverde’s men coasting despite Gerard Pique’s red card shortly before half-time.
Messi scored the first of his 100 in November 2005 in a 5-0 hammering of Olympiacos’ great rivals Panathinaikos, whom he has since gone on to score another three times against.
Rashfored scored the only goal as Manchester United defeated Benfica 1-0 in Portugal, while CSKA Moscow fell 0-2 to FC Basel of Switzerland in another thrilling encounter. German champions, Bayern Munich thrashed Celtic 3-0 in Munich.
Champions League results:
CSKA 0-2 FC Basel
Benfica 0-1 Man United
Anderlecht 0-4 PSG
Bayern 3-0 Celtic
Chelsea 3-3 Roma
Qarabag 0-0 Atletico
Juventus 2-1 Sporting CP
Barcelona 3-1 Olympiakos