Morata injured as Chelsea draw final Europa League group game

Chelsea lost striker Alvaro Morata to a knee injury as they drew with MOL Vidi in a Europa League dead rubber.

The Blues, who had already won Group L to reach the last 32, made 10 changes although Willian, Morata and Cesc Fabregas were among the starters.

Willian opened the scoring with a free-kick before Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu headed into his own net.

Loic Nego put Vidi ahead with a fantastic volley but Olivier Giroud scored a stunning free-kick equaliser.

Morata hurt his knee while shooting from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross late in the first half and had to be replaced by Giroud – who is now the Blues’ only fit striker.

Boss Maurizio Sarri says he does not think the injury is too serious, with an update expected on Friday.

The Blues had won their opening five Europa League games, and are joined in the knockout stages by Bate Borisov, who beat PAOK Salonika in the other game. Vidi could have qualified – but needed to better the Belarusian side’s result.

Source: BBC

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