Goals; Vidi- Ampadu O.G (32′), Nego (55′)
Chelsea- Willian (30′), Giroud (75′)
Olivier Giroud’s wonder free kick goal was enough for Chelsea to maintain their unbeaten run in the Europa League, as they drew 2-2 away in Budapest against Vidi.
Chelsea weren’t too dominant at the start of the game, after both teams had chances to open the scoring with Vidi having chances through Nikolov and Nego to give Vidi a valuable 1-0 lead. Morata had the best early chance for Chelsea with a header from a corner which evaded Barkley and rolled into Kovacsik’s hands.
But, after a slow but positive start for both teams, Chelsea took the lead in the 30th minute when Willian’s driving run lead to a free-kick in a dangerous position. And from the resulting free-kick, Willian placed his shot on target which evaded Kovacsik in the Vidi goal to give the away side a 0-1 lead in Hungary.
However it didn’t take long for the hosts to respond, as from a corner in the 32nd minute, Juhasz flicked header was inadvertently turned into his own net by Ethan Ampadu to bring the hosts level at 1-1.
Vidi looked the much better side as half-time approached and should have went 2-1 up when Nego’s shot after a lovely free-flowing Vidi move was well saved by Caballero.
Before half-time, Morata picked up a knee injury after an awkward landing from his flicked chance at goal which rolled into the keepers arms, from a Callum-Hudson Odoi’s cross. Giroud replaced the Striker before half-time. Chelsea now only have 1 fit striker going into the busy Christmas period, highlighting the fact that they will need to strengthen in that area in the upcoming January transfer window…
Surprisingly the hosts started the second half better and had an early chance through Stopira which he headed over from a corner. Chelsea then went straight down the other end and Willian had 2 attempts well blocked by Vidi defenders. That End-to-End tempo carried on until the end of the game.
The hosts took a surprise lead in the 55th minute, when Milanov’s cross was met by Nego, who volleyed superbly past the helpless Caballero to give the Hungarian side a 2-1 advanatge in the final game in Group L.
After that goal, it was all Chelsea as they looked to push on an equaliser to stop their unbeaten record in the Europa League ending tonight in Hungary.
Giroud had 2 chances to get that equaliser for Chelsea, but his mistimed attempt and bullet volley both missed the target. Pedro then had a scuffed effort in the 71st minute which rolled just wide of the Vidi goal. It looked like it wouldn’t be Chelsea’s day and that Vidi would record a famous win over the London club in Hungary.
Although in the 75th minute, Giroud’s attempt from a free kick curled and looped over the Vidi defender on his own goal line and in to the top corner to salvage Chelsea a point in Budapest.
Both teams then looked to win the game in the last few minutes, but neither team could find a winner and therefore the game ended in a 2-2 draw which would probably had satisfied both teams, as Vidi got a precious point against a big club, and Chelsea maintained their unbeaten record in Group L. However their 100% winning record in Group L ended tonight in Hungary.
Mixed Fortunes for Chelsea youngsters tonight
Callum Hudson Odoi delivered a very promising performance tonight for the Blues in attack. However, at the opposite end of the pitch, Ampadu didn’t have a great performance tonight after he scored an own goal to level the game up for Vidi.
Chelsea now short on Striking Options
Chelsea only have two established strikers at the club – excluding those out on loan – and they could be down to one depending on the severity of Morata’s injury
Eden Hazard – who was rested for this game – started up front in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City and might be needed to reprise that same role again.
Chelsea Fringe Players fail to impress
Players like Emerson Palmieri, Ross Barkley, Davide Zappacosta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabregas did little to stake a place in the first-choice line-up. Will Sarri use any of these players for the weekend? The only players that could be used by Sarri on the weekend are the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Barkley, but Sarri is more than likely to play a midfield 3 of Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic away at the Amex Stadium on the weekend.
Possession (%) 24 76
Shots 6 18
Shots on target 3 5
Corners 3 11
Fouls 15 14
Manager Comments (Source- Chelsea’s Official Twitter)
Chelsea Manager- Maurizio Sarri;
Maurizio Sarri said at his post-match press conference that he was very happy with his players’ character having gone behind, adding there were however plenty of mistakes from a tactical point of view.
Sarri said that he doesn’t think the injury Alvaro Morata picked up is too serious, but we will find out more tomorrow. The Italian admitted that he was very pleased with the performances of Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi tonight, pointing out the number of changes we made to the team as a whole made it harder for them.
Vidi FC (4-3-2-1)
Kovacsik- 5 (Didn’t make any noticeable saves in the game)
Fiola- 8 (Excellent defending against the likes of Willian and Hudson-Odoi)
Juhász- 7 (Solid defending and got the assists for Ampadu’s own goal with his flicked header)
Vinicius- 6 (For the most parts was solid)
Stopira- 7 (Made good runs going forward)
Nego- 9 (MOTM) (Excellent goal and excellent performance)
Hadzic- 5 (Average)
Nikolov- 6 (Solid)
Milanov- 7 (Got the assist for Nego’s wonder goal)
Huszti- 6 (Contributed to Vidi’s positive attacking performance)
Scepovic- 6 (d=Delivered the cross which eventually lead to Ampadu’s own goal)
Kovács- 5 (Didn’t impact the game)
Hodzic- 5 (Didn’t impact the game)
Patkci- 5 (Didn’t impact the game)
Manager Rating: Marko Nikolic- 7- picked his best side which ended up getting a famous 2-2 draw against Chelsea.
Caballero- 7 (Made a superb save by Nego in the first half)
Emerson- 6 (Good in the attacking sense. But a little suspect defensively)
Ampadu- 5 (Scored an own goal, but other than that, he was average)
Christensen- 5 (Average)
Zappacosta- 6 (Good in the attacking sense like Emerson but was suspect defensively)
Barkley- 6 (Won the free kick which Giroud scored from)
Fabregas- 5 (Slow in the midfield)
Loftus-Cheek- 7 (best out of the midfield 3)
Hudson-Odoi- 7 (Promising glimpses from the youngster)
Morata- 3 (Unfortunate to pick up an injury. But before the injury had such a negative body language and lazy attitude)
Willian- 8 (Excellent free-kick and looked Chelsea’s most dangerous player today)
Giroud- 8 (Scored a wonder free kick but could have had a hatrick)
Pedro- 7 (Wasn’t as good as Willian)
Manager Rating: Maurizio Sarri- 6- Picked a good enough team to win the game. Also gave chances to a few Chelsea youngsters which was a positive.
Position in Europa League table
Chelsea finished this years group stages of the Europa League at the top of Group L, with a points total of 16 points with a goal difference of +9. Vidi failed to qualify for the knockout rounds as BATE claimed second spot after their impressive 1-3 win away in Greece against PAOK today. Vidi had to better the BATE result which was highly unlikely before the kick off due to the fact that they were playing Chelsea. Vidi therefore finished in 3rd place with a reasonable points total of 7 points. They had a goal difference of -2.
Next games for both teams
Both teams are next in League action at the weekend, with Chelsea taking on Brighton away in the Premier League on Sunday at 1:30pm (UK time). Vidi host Ferencvaros in the Hungarian League this Sunday at 7:15 (UK time). Vidi wont be in Europa League action now as they were knocked out. Chelsea on the other hand, will have to wait to see who they will face in the Round of 32. But potential teams that the Blues could face are the likes of Shaktar, Galatasaray, Brugges or Victoria Plzen.
By Danyal Khan
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