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El Chelsea se convirtió en el primer equipo inglés en perder un partido de la Liga de Campeones esta temporada, ya que fue derrotado por una Roma clínica.

The Blues would have progressed with a victory, but trailed within 39 seconds when Edin Dzeko flicked Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross down to Stephan El Shaarawy, who smashed home from 25 yards.

Alvaro Morata missed a huge chance to equalise from close range, and El Shaarawy made it 2-0 when ex-Roma defender Antonio Rudiger failed to deal with Radja Nainggolan’s long ball forward.

Chelsea had more shots – 14 to 13 – but were three behind when Diego Perotti cracked home from 20 yards after Blues defenders failed to close him down.

Roma should have led 4-0 when Chelsea’s defenders all ran to Dzeko, who managed to square to a totally unmarked Perotti, but he fired over when he should have finished.

The Blues were hugely fortunate that Atletico Madrid’s failure to beat Qarabag – their game in the Spanish capital ended 1-1 – means Chelsea are still likely to qualify for the last 16 from Group C.

Antonio Conte’s side are four points above third-placed Atletico – and a win in their next Champions League game at Qarabag (17:00 GMT on Wednesday, 22 November) will take them through.

La Roma, quinta en la Serie A, ahora lidera el grupo por un punto.

Chelsea get it wrong at the back – again and again

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Stephan El Shaarawy took advantage of a defensive mix-up to double Roma’s lead

Chelsea had hoped midfielder N’Golo Kante would be able to return from the hamstring injury which has kept him out for a month, but he did not feel fully fit and was left out.

And how the Blues missed him. David Luiz started in midfield in the reverse game – a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago – but played in defence at the Stadio Olimpico. Centre-back Gary Cahill replaced Davide Zappacosta from Saturday’s win over Bournemouth, meaning a reshuffle with Cesar Azpilicueta moving to the right.

They actually should have been 1-0 up within 21 seconds – when Pedro shot straight at Alisson Becker – before El Shaarawy scored the sixth quickest Champions League goal of the past decade, following good work from ex-City pair Kolarov and Dzeko.

Chelsea had plenty of shots – but rarely looked like scoring, with the lively Hazard forcing two saves and shooting wide. Morata also missed a sitter and Marcos Alonso forced a good diving save with an effort from the corner of the box.

Pero los Blues estaban llenos de errores en la parte de atrás. Deberían haber concedido cuando Luiz cometió un error en la línea media y El Shaarawy jugó en Dzeko, cuyo disparo fue detenido.

They trailed 2-0 when Rudiger, a summer signing from the Italian side, let Nainggolan’s pass bounce and El Shaarawy took advantage to score past the onrushing Thibaut Courtois.

Things did not improve when Antonio Conte brought on Willian for captain Cahill, moving Pedro to the right – and the Spaniard let Perotti go past him with no other defenders shutting the Argentine down before he smashed in the third.

They were lucky not to concede again with defending resembling football seen on five-a-side pitches – or school yards – across the world. All three Chelsea centre-backs ran to Dzeko – with two men free in the centre but Perotti got it wrong.

Courtois denied Kostas Manolas’ header with a good reaction save as Chelsea were just glad to get off the pitch at the end.

Morata luchando por la confianza

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Alvaro Morata only had 26 touches – missing two chances – before being withdrawn

El delantero del Chelsea Morata tuvo otra tarde decepcionante frente a la portería.

El delantero español de 25 años, fichaje veraniego del Real Madrid por 60 millones de libras, había marcado siete goles en sus primeros ocho partidos en el fútbol inglés.

Pero ahora son seis partidos seguidos sin anotar y fue reemplazado por Michy Batshuayi con 15 minutos para el final.

At 1-0, he missed a glorious chance to score. Kolarov’s clearance hit Pedro and landed at Morata’s feet six yards out. The Spaniard was not expecting the ball and blazed well over.

He only had two shots on a quiet night – dragging a shot wide from just outside the box after a one-two with Hazard.

Former England defender Phil Neville – at the Stadio Olimpico for BBC Radio 5 live – said: “Morata missed two really good chances at Bournemouth on the weekend and he’s not scored for five games [before today].

“I just wonder if his confidence has been knocked. He had to score that.”

¿Qué es lo siguiente?

Could Morata be in danger of losing his place for Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United at 16:30 GMT? Roma go to Fiorentina at 14:00 GMT that day.

Man of the match – Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma)

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Ex-Manchester City player Aleksandar Kolarov was impressive at left-back – having a hand in El Shaarawy’s opener and assisting Diego Perotti’s third. He had 13 more touches than anyone else (92)

Match stats – Fabregas reaches landmark

  • The other 16 games involving English clubs in this season’s Champions League have seen them win 12 and draw four.
  • El Chelsea ahora no ha ganado en sus últimos seis partidos como visitante contra clubes italianos en la Liga de Campeones (D1 L5).
  • Esta fue solo la tercera vez que el Chelsea pierde un partido de la Liga de Campeones por un margen de tres o más goles. Los dos anteriores fueron 5-1 en Barcelona en abril de 2000 y 3-0 en Juventus en noviembre de 2012.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy’s opening goal was the first time that Chelsea have conceded in the opening minute since 1 December 2013 when Jay Rodriguez netted after 13 seconds for Southampton.
  • Este gol también fue el más rápido que el Chelsea haya concedido en la Liga de Campeones y el más rápido anotado en la competencia 2017-18 hasta ahora.
  • Cesc Fábregas hizo su aparición número 100 en la Liga de Campeones en este partido, convirtiéndose en el quinto más joven en alcanzar este hito (30 años, 180 días).