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PAOK 0-1 Chelsea: Willian scores winner in Europa League clash
PAOK 0-1 Chelsea: Willian scores winner in Europa League clash



sbobet8888 Chelsea started their Europa League campaign with a comfortable 1-0 win over PAOK Salonika on Thursday. Willian scored the only goal of the game in the seventh minute when he finished from Ross Barkley's pass. Chelsea were dominant and should have won by a greater margin as Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Willian all spurned good chances.

However, the Greek side rarely looked like equalising as Chelsea made a winning start in Group L and continued their perfect start to the season. Playing in the Europa League for the first time since winning the competition in 2012/13, sbobet8888 Chelsea struck early as Barkley played through for Willian and he finished past Alexandros Paschalakis.

The visitors looked comfortable for the rest of the half, controlling possession but missing chances to extend their lead. Morata's frustrating season continued as he missed a close-range header and then shot wide, while Pedro was denied by Paschalakis after a quick counter. The Greek side might have won a penalty late in the half when Barkley tugged at the shirt of a player from a free-kick.

But the incident was not spotted sbobet8888 by the referee and PAOK did not come close to scoring after the break as Chelsea continued to control the game. The only thing lacking was the second goal, with Willian shooting at the goalkeeper and then lashing over from the penalty spot.