Roma outclass Chelsea 3-0
Stephan El Shaarawy scored two impressive goals and Roma outclassed Chelsea for a surprisingly one-sided 3-0 win in the Champions League yesterday that prevented the English Premier League champions from advancing with two rounds still to go.
Roma replaced Chelsea atop Group C with eight points, one more than the London team.
The Blues fell behind almost immediately.
El Shaarawy's first goal came after only 40 seconds for Roma's fastest ever goal in Europe.
Edin Dzeko's slight touch following a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov set up El Shaarawy to blast in from the edge of the area.
El Shaarawy scored his second in the 36th by latching on to a forward pass from Chelsea's summer transfer target, Radja Nainggolan. The Italy forward stabbed in a shot between two defenders.
Defender Antonio Rudiger who recently transferred from Roma was to blame, hesitating just long enough to let El Shaarawy onto the ball.
Diego Perotti got Roma's third with a long-range screamer midway through the second half then wasted a wide open chance at another by firing high after an excellent setup from Dzeko.
It was an entertaining and open match like the 3-3 draw between the teams in London two weeks ago but this time Chelsea couldn't find a way past Roma's in-form goalkeeper Alisson.
The Brazil international denied Chelsea forwards Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez on chance after chance.
Chelsea will need to regroup quickly with Manchester United and Jose Mourinho visiting Stamford Bridge on Sunday.