Roma go top of Group C after easy win against Chelsea

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Central defender Kostas Manolas, who had come on as a late substitute, nearly became the next Roma name on the score sheet with a bullet header, but Courtois pulled off a spectacular reaction save to deny the Greek worldwide.

Stephan El Shaarawy scored a stunning opener and made it 2-0 10 minutes before half-time.

Antonio Conte's Premier League champions looked in fine fettle having just beaten rivals Tottenham at Wembley while Atleti have been one of Europe's preeminent sides in the past few seasons, reaching two finals and one semi only to be thwarted each time by local rivals Real.

Antonio Conte's reigning Premier League champions would have secured a last-16 spot with a win but that appeared a tall order from the moment El Shaarawy opened the scoring after 39 seconds. The Frenchman's presence would make it a lot less easy for Roma to dominate the centre of the park as they did last time out.

French midfielder N'Golo Kante, who has just returned from a hamstring injury, was left out by Conte, along with Nigerian Victor Moses as Greek defender Kostas Manolas started on the bench for Roma.

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Edin Dzeko's slight touch following a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov set up El Shaarawy to blast in from the edge of the area.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Cesc Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Morata and star player Eden Hazard.

A Tiemoue Bakayoko header looked risky but Alisson dived to clear four minutes before the break. The 24-year old elected to leave a long pass from Radja Nainggolan, assuming it would run on to his goalkeeper, but instead El Shaarawy nipped in and guided the ball home with a deft flick to extend the home side's lead.

Tuesday's match is a landmark for Fabregas, who makes his 100th Champions League appearance in the Stadio Olimpico. A Chelsea win and Atletico Madrid defeat against Qarabağ FK in Azerbaijan is the unlikely scenario that Conte's men are facing tonight if they want an early berth in the knockout stage.

Diego Simeone's team is going through a tough spell and is now four points back of second-place Chelsea with two games to go.

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