Chelsea tops Atletico in Champions League with Giroud's bicycle kick goal

Chelsea's Olivier Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League, round of 16, first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea at the National Arena stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

BUCHAREST, Romania — Olivier Giroud's bicycle-kick goal awarded after video review gave Chelsea a 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

It took nearly three minutes for Giroud and his teammates to be able to celebrate the important 68th-minute away goal that was initially disallowed for offside.

Giroud was clearly in front of the defenders when he pulled off his acrobatic shot, but VAR determined that the ball came from Atletico defender Mario Hermoso, thus annulling the offside.

Atletico was the home team but the match was played in Bucharest, Romania, because of travel restrictions preventing visitors from Britain entering Spain.

The second leg will be on March 17 in London.

In the other round-of-16 match on Tuesday, Bayern Munich defeated Lazio 4-1 in Italy.

It was the second consecutive loss for Atletico after a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. It was also the eighth straight game in which the Spanish club has conceded a goal, extending its worst run without a clean sheet since coach Diego Simeone arrived in late 2011.

Chelsea is yet to lose in its eight matches since coach Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at the helm.

It had been a lacklustre match until Giroud's goal, with neither team managing to create many significant scoring opportunities and with the goalkeepers not having to work too hard. Chelsea controlled possession and looked a bit more dangerous, but both sides appeared to be satisfied with the scoreless draw and didn't take too many risks.

Hermoso was trying to clear the ball from the area and ended kicking it backward in a ball dispute with Mason Mount. Giroud reached up high with his left foot send the ball toward the corner of Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Mount and Jorginho were shown yellow cards and will miss the second leg because of accumulation of cards.

Simeone had to improvise with midfielder Marcos Llorente as a right back against Chelsea because of several absences on defence, including Kieran Trippier following an English betting investigation.

The teams had played in the group stage of the Champions League in the 2017-18 season, with Chelsea winning 2-1 in Spain before a 1-1 draw in London. Atletico eliminated Chelsea in the semifinals in 2014.

It was in Bucharest that Simeone won his first title with Atletico, the 2012 Europa League.

Musiala becomes Bayern's youngest ever CL scorer in win at Lazio

ROME — Jamal Musiala became Bayern Munich's youngest-ever goalscorer in the Champions League as he helped his team rout Lazio 4-1 in the first leg of the round of 16 on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old Musiala also became the second-youngest player to score in the knockout stage of the competition when he netted Bayern's second goal. Robert Lewandowski had earlier given Bayern the lead and Leroy Sane put the defending champion firmly in control at the end of the first half.

Francesco Acerbi netted an own goal at the start of the second half as Lazio's first appearance in the Champions League knockout stage for 20 years went from bad to worse. Joaquin Correa scored a consolation for the Italian side, which was woeful defensively.

The return match is March 17 in Munich.

Bayern had made the trip to Rome without several players due to the coronavirus and injuries. That list included Thomas Muller, Douglas Costa, Benjamin Pavard, Serge Gnabry and Corentin Tolisso.

It was the first time Lazio had been in the knockout round since 2000-01 and its return got off to a nightmare start as a dreadful Mateo Musacchio back pass in the ninth minute was intercepted by Lewandowski, who slotted it into the empty net.

Musiala had been handed a surprise start and he doubled Bayern's lead in the 24th as the England youth international was left unmarked to fire into the bottom left corner after Leon Goretzka had flicked on Alphonso Davies' pass from the left.

The game was all but over three minutes from halftime. Lazio goalkeeper Pepe Reina did well to parry Kingsley Coman's attempt after a surging run from the France forward but Sane turned in the rebound.

And Lazio gifted Bayern another goal two minutes after the break when Acerbi turned Sane's cross into his own net.

The only consolation for Lazio was Correa's goal in the 49th. The Argentina midfielder scored a brilliant solo effort as he beat four Bayern players before firing past Manuel Neuer.

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