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A 68th minute overhead kick from Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea a massive victory against Atletico Madrid, as the Blues go into the second leg with the advantage.
The goal by Giroud was first ruled out for offside, and it had to take a long wait for VAR to finally decide that it was a goal.
While the wait was on, goalscorer Olivier Giroud had warned Mason Mount that he’d be the one to blame if the goal is ruled out. However, the ball came off Hermoso before getting to Giroud, and thus an offside decision can’t be given.
“I told Mason [Mount] that I was going to blame him if I was denied the goal,” Giroud told RMC Sport.
“Because he touches the ball just before when I can have it and finish before if he lets me, but we are not going to be choosy. I am very happy to see the ball in the net and especially that it is not offside.
“It’s great for me and the team. The wait? With VAR, you have to keep the faith and be patient. It was a long time, but it was an important decision. It’s weird to celebrate three minutes later.”