Willian scored a stunning free-kick as Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev 3-0 in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro had given Chelsea the lead in the first-half and the Spaniard missed a number of key chances that could have made the first-half end in a more comfortable result. The second-half was a different ballgame as the Ukrainians gave Chelsea a difficult game. Their intensity and desire to win the ball made it difficult for Chelsea to perform.
While the game was beginning to get scary for Chelsea fans, Willian scored a very good free-kick in the 65th minute that stunned Denys Boyko in goal. The goal eased the pressure on the team before Callum Hudson-Odoi made it three late in the game.
Speaking about the free-kick, Willian who spent six years in Ukraine know Dynamo very well and he was pleased to score against his old foe. The Brazilian said: “I am happy with the goal but more with the result.
“We played well but we need to be more clinical, in the first half could have been three-nil up but we are there and did the job and have to go to Kiev to finish the job.
“I like to play against Dynamo since I was at Shakhtar Donetsk. It was a nice goal and the same as when I scored against Kiev two or three years ago.”
On next week’s second leg, the Brazilian added: “The game is not finished. It will be difficult and we want to go there and win the game there as well.”
Chelsea return to Premier League action this weekend with Wolves making the trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Chelsea are beginning to pick back form at the right time as the race for top four intensifies. Chelsea are currently sixth on the table but have a game in hand, and a victory in that game will take the Blues to fourth spot.