Abraham Sets Champions League Birthday Record

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Chelsea got a 2-1 victory over Lille away from home in the Champions League group stage fixture on Wednesday night.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham scored his first ever Champions League goal at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, and it was a 22nd minute strike scored on his 22nd birthday.

The 22-year-old has now joined the list of players who scored on their birthday in the competition as he gifted himself with a good goal against the French side.

Tammy is the second English player to score in the Champions League on their birthday after Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling against Borussia Monchengladbach in December 2015.

Interestingly, Tammy also combined with another English youngster Fikayo Tomori for the goal as he fired past Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignana in the 22nd minute following an excellent cross from Fikayo Tomori. The goal is Chelsea’s first in the Champions League scored and assisted by two English players since March 2012, when Frank Lampard set up John Terry against Napoli.

Chelsea’s next Champions League clash is away to Ajax on October 23.

Chelsea youngsters are living up to the plate this season and Abraham as well as Tomori were impressive at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reserved special praise for defender Fikayo Tomori after his performance in the win over Lille.

Lampard told BT Sport: “It (the victory) feels really good.

“This was a really hard place to come, added to the pressure of not beating Valencia. And it was the first time for a few travelling in Europe.

“Fikayo Tomori was outstanding again. He has to keep on with that.

“Now Ajax have set their stall out in the group. This gives us confidence and points. Now the hard work begins.”

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