Stunning free-kicks from Willian and Giroud salvage point for Chelsea at Vidi
14th December 2018

Having rested a hatful of first-teamers, the Blues set about completing their Europa League group stage with a sixth win out of six.

And after a scrappy start, it was Willian who produced the moment of magic to break the deadlock.

The Brazilian star whipped a stunning free-kick into the bottom corner from 20 yards as Chelsea's quest for a 100 per cent group record got off to a flyer.

But Vidi equalised almost immediately as, under two minutes later, Ethan Ampadu nodded the ball into his own net from a dangerous corner.

The Blues suffered another blow just before half-time too, as Alvaro Morata was taken off with what looked like a nasty knee injury.

Things went from bad to worse too early in the second-half, as Loic Nego volleyed a sublime shot past Willy Caballero after a quickfire Vidi counter-attack.

Substitute Olivier Giroud hit back for Chelsea though with 15 minutes remaining as he rifled in an unstoppable free-kick to equalise.

It was the Frenchman's fourth goal in as many Europa League games this season.

Despite huffing and puffing for the final few moments, Chelsea – despite their 80 per cent possession – failed to break the deadlock and 2-2 it finished.

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