Chelsea 1-0 MOL Vidi: Alvaro Morata volley secures unconvincing win

By Haruna Mubarak
Chelsea 1-0 MOL Vidi: Alvaro Morata volley secures unconvincing win
Chelsea 1-0 MOL Vidi: Alvaro Morata volley secures unconvincing win

Alvaro Morata gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over a dogged MOL Vidi at Stamford Bridge to keep up their perfect Europa League start.

Maurizio Sarri's team did not have things all their own way, and both sides had good chances to take the lead before Morata's volley 20 minutes from time.

Emerson Palmieri cleared off the line from Roland Juhasz's header and Morata blazed wide when clean through, but the Hungarian champions refused to be overawed in west London and could have left with a point when Kepa saved well from Istvan Kovacs late on.

But Chelsea's second-half goal leaves them top of Group L with six points from two games and already looking good to progress.


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Emerson's block averted an embarrassing opening for the Blues as he cleared captain Juhasz's header from a corner off the line.

Chelsea responded with an even better chance, when Pedro slipped Morata clean through but with only Tomas Tujvel to beat he fired a couple of yards wide of the near post.

Vidi were never disheartened by Chelsea's long spells of possession and nearly nicked a goal on the break when Loic Nego snuck behind Andreas Christensen as Kepa prepared to gather a ball forward, but his sliding challenge only diverted the ball beyond the far corner.

The visitors went in at the break feeling hard done-by when Boban Nikolov looked to have been clipped by Gary Cahill on the edge of the Chelsea box when clean through, but referee Miroslav Zelinka was unmoved.

Even the introduction of Eden Hazard 10 minutes after half-time failed to spark Chelsea into life, but their best move of the game 25 minutes into the second period did.

Cesc Fabregas spotted a run from Willian into the box and picked him out with a clipped lob, and his glancing header was volleyed into the top corner by Morata, who was visibly emotional after the goal.


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That gave the hosts some extra impetus which they nearly used to net a second, but substitute Ross Barkley headed against the bar from a Hazard free-kick.

Having survived that let off, Vidi pressed forward for an equalizer and were nearly in luck when Istvan Kovacs ghosted behind Fabregas before forcing Kepa into a full-length save - which proved their last chance in their search for a famous result in the capital.

Chelsea travel to Southampton live on Sky Sports Premier League this Sunday from 1 pm

Source: Skysports

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