Timo Werner and Kai Havertz combined to create Ziyech’s goal of graft and guile as Chelsea sunk 10-man Atletico 2-0 in the last-16 second leg in west London, and 3-0 on aggregate. Emerson Palmieri drilled home late on to gloss the score and seal a fine victory, after Diego Simeone’s Atletico had seen Stefan Savic sent off late on for elbowing Toni Rudiger.
Ziyech’s first goal in 20 Chelsea appearances proved enough to settle an absorbing contest, where N’Golo Kante and Rudiger excelled for the hosts. Boss Thomas Tuchel has required just 51 days at the Stamford Bridge helm to qualify for the Champions League quarters – a feat that had last been achieved by the Blues in 2014.
Former PSG manager Tuchel has pulled off quite the extended Chelsea honeymoon period, trading the muddled for the resolute, and overseeing 13 matches without defeat.
The Blues’ last five Champions League campaigns petered out at the last-16 stage, but Tuchel’s blueprint and his man management has paid immediate dividend.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid highlights
Missed the game? Here are the highlights courtesy of BT Sport…
Chelsea player ratings
Plenty of impressive performances out there tonight, but who gets your man of the match award?
‘Chelsea are serious contenders’
After watching on from the Stamford Bridge stands tonight, Chelsea correspondent now says the Blues have to be considered as serious contenders to go all the way in the Champions League.
Ziyech: ‘We had control’
The Chelsea goalscorer told BT Sport: “Some difficult moments in the game but for most of the time we had it under control. It was an important goal and I had to wait a long time for it.
“It is always good when you go 1-0 up, especially when you make it by yourself. Timo’s delivery was good as well.
“It was a bit like seeing how the game would go for 10 minutes and after that we had control. We did well.
“They didn’t create a lot. We can be happy about the performance. Hopefully it will be a good opponent for the last eight.”
Thiago Silva goes wild
Just watch the Chelsea defender’s brilliant celebrations from the stands after that late Emerson goal…
James Robson at Stamford Bridge
What a night. What a performance from Chelsea. No one can argue they are not serious contenders for the Champions League after that performance.
The leaders in Spain between twice in two games, no goals conceded. Roll on the draw for the quarters.
Full-time! Chelsea 2-0 Atletico Madrid (3-0 agg.)
That’s it – what a performance from Chelsea!
GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Atletico Madrid (3-0 agg.) | Emerson, 93 mins
Chelsea counter three on one, Kante feeds Pulisic and Emerson finishes across Oblak with his first touch!
Late changes for Chelsea to waste time as Emerson and Chilwell replace Havertz and Alonso.
Save by Mendy!
91 mins: Best chance for Atletico as they go long, Joao Felix takes down the knock-on and blasts at goal, but Mendy tips high for a corner.
Saul heads the corner, but can’t turn it goalwards.