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Chelsea took the lead over Roma through this sublime, curling effort by David Luiz

Chelsea lead 2-1 at half-time.

Image: Mike Egerton

CHELSEA BROKE THE deadlock against Roma at Stamford Bridge with a superb effort by David Luiz, deployed tonight in the Blues’ midfield by manager Antonio Conte.

After an opening spell of dominance by the Serie A side, a Chelsea move seemed to have broken down when Tiémoué Bakayoko was dispossessed at the edge of Roma’s box.

The ball, however, broke free to Luiz, who was promptly urged to shoot by the home faithful. He obliged – or at least he may have obliged: the Brazilian either made a complete hames of an effort on goal or shaped up for a shot only to attempt a disguised pass through the Roma rearguard.

In any case, he conceded possession only for the ball to rebound back to him once more. On this occasion, the swing of his right foot was far more decisive, as he beat his international goalkeeper Alisson all ends up with a powerful, curling effort.

Eden Hazard doubled Chelsea’s lead on 36 minutes with his first Champions League goal of the season before former Manchester City left-back and scourge of the Aviva Stadium Aleksandar Kolarov replied for the visitors.

At half-time, it’s Chelsea 2-1 Roma.

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