Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi proved there is life after Diego Costa as Chelsea fought back to win 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.
Costa, whose return to Atletico was completed on Tuesday, watched on as Chelsea responded from David Luiz’s needless concession of a penalty scored by Antoine Griezmann.
Former Real Madrid striker Morata headed in Eden Hazard’s cross for his seventh goal in eight games for Chelsea before Batshuayi struck with the final kick of the game to give the Blues two wins from two Champions League Group C games.
Tweet of the match
Eden Hazard. The Belgium playmaker, starting for the second time this season after his broken ankle, dazzled at times. Honourable mentions for Morata, midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Moment of the match
It had looked like being Luiz’s concession of the penalty until Batshuayi, whose goal at West Brom in May delivered the Premier League title, tucked in Marcos Alonso’s cross.
It was the first time Atletico had lost at home to English opposition in 12 matches after six wins and five draws.
Player ratingsAtletico Madrid: Jan Oblak 7 (out of 10), Juanfran 6, Filipe Luis 6, Lucas Hernandez 6, Diego Godin 6, Thomas Partey 7, Koke 7, Saul Niguez 7, Antoine Griezmann 6, Yannick Carrasco 6, Angel Correa 6. Substitutes: Fernando Torres (for Carrasco 69min) 6, Nicolas Gaitan (for Correa 70) 6, Jose Maria Gimenez (for Partey 77) 6.
Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 6, Cesar Azpilicueta 8, David Luiz 5, Gary Cahill 7, Victor Moses 6, Tiemoue Bakayoko 8, N’Golo Kante 8, Cesc Fabregas 6, Alvaro Morata 8, Eden Hazard 8, Marcos Alonso 7. Substitutes: Michy Batshuayi (for Morata 83) 7, Willian (for Hazard 83) 6, Andreas Christensen (for Fabregas 86) 5.
Who’s up next?
Chelsea v Manchester City (Premier League, September 30)
Leganes v Atletico Madrid (LaLiga, September 30)