Chelsea vs Valencia: Rodrigo scores as La Liga side beat Blues 1-0

Chelsea vs Valencia: Rodrigo scores as La Liga side beat Blues 1-0

- Chelsea vs Valencia Champions League clash saw the Premier League side taste defeat in their opening Group H fixture

- Rodrigo scored the only goal that handed the La Liga side maximum points at Stamford Bridge

- While Ross Barkley wasted the chance to restore parity for the Blues just two minutes to the end of the match

Premier League giants Chelsea got their Champions League campaign off to a losing start following their 1-0 defeat to Spanish League side Valencia at Stamford Bridge.

Spain international Rodrigo scored the only goal of the match in the 74th minute and it was all the La Liga side needed to cruise to their first win on the continent this campaign.

The Blues, who played in front of their home fans tried replicating their impressive victory over Wolves over the weekend.

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However, they ended up losing their bright youngster Mason Mount to injury having been rough-handled by former Arsenal star Francis Coquelin.

The attacker was then taken off just after 16 minutes of action as Pedro Rodriguez took his place on the pitch.

Although, Ross Barkley had a chance to restore parity for the London club but his penalty in the 88th minute was denied by the wood work.

Just before half time, Brazil forward Willian fired a long range shot into Valencia's goal post but his effort failed to find the back of the net.

Jasper Cillessen was also very busy to ensure he stopped Marcos Alonso's free kick from crossing his goal line.

Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham, who recently scored his first Premier League hat-trick failed to replicate his form in his side's last game.

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In the second Group H game, Ajax demolished Ligue 1 side Lille 3-0 to kick off their campaign on a bright note.

A goal each from Quincy Promes, Edson Alvarez and Nicolas Tagliafico sealed the victory for last season's semifinalists.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Tammy Abraham has broken Eden Hazard's record after scoring a hat-trick in Chelsea's win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

The 21-year-old struck thrice as Chelsea hammered Wolves 5-2 in a seven goal thriller to get their campaign back on track after a shaky start into the new season.

He has now become the youngest player to score three goals in a single Premier League match - breaking the record Hazard set in 2014.

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