Chelsea 3-3 Roma: Eden Hazard bags brace as Blues battle to Champions League draw

Chelsea 3-3 Roma: Eden Hazard bags brace as Blues battle to Champions League draw

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 through David Luiz and Eden Hazard 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 was 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.

Chelsea marked their Champions League return after last season’s European absence with a 6-0 win over Qarabag and followed that up with an impressive display in winning at Atletico Madrid.

 

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