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Willian hands Chelsea and Mourinho a lifeline as stunning free-kick secures win over Dynamo Kiev


Chelsea hotshot Willian wheels away to celebrate after scoring a stunning 83rd minute free-kick that edged the Blues past Dynamo Kiev

Chelsea Football Club and their troubles have been one of the biggest stories of the entire season. Their curious case is so big, that we here at j4goalposts.co.uk have been covering their ups and downs for the past month. The Blue’s season has mostly been about downs but on Wednesday night, they managed to record a very rare and much needed up. Chelsea finally managed to bag a positive result as they beat Dynamo Kiev by two goals to one. The win came at a crucial time for the team and their manager because anything less than three points from this game would have left them struggling for their Champions League survival.


Aleksandr Dragovic celebrates scoring Dynamo Kiev’s equaliser in the 77th minute of the match

While Chelsea deserve credit for winning the game, a lot of praise must be given to their influential midfielder, Willian. In fact, had it not been for the Brazilian, chances are that Jose Mourinho would have been sunbathing on a beach in Mallorca right around this time. That is exactly how close the Special One was from the sack. It is a well-known fact that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich considers the Champions League as the holy grail. Numerous managers have bit the dust for failing to deliver on the continental stage and there was no reason why Jose Mourinho, possibly their best ever manager, would be handed a different fate.

Odds On Willian To Finish Top Scorer?

Willian is the leading scorer for Chelsea this season (marginally ahead of “own goals”) and UK bookmaker Sun Bets have him as third favourite to finish the season as the top scorer for Chelsea in the Premier League. You can open a Sun Bets account if you want to make this bet (you can also claim the signup offer if you are a new customer). More details of Newscorp who own the Sun Bets company and news can be found at their website.

Although there are more recognised goalscorers at the club such as Costa and Hazard, it’s easy to make a case for Willian if he keeps up his current form. So you could land a winning bet at good odds.

Match Details

Coming to the game itself, one can’t help but deem Chelsea to be very lucky after seeing the manner in which the game progressed. The match got off to a decent start for the home side as Aleksandar Dragović managed to put the ball in the back of his own net on the 34-minute mark. Credit must be given to Willian though for getting in a good position before knocking in a dangerous cross that gave Dragovic no option but to take a chance to clear it. The ball from Willian was fantastic and like any other cross that has been placed in between the last defender and the goalkeeper, Dragovic simply had to make an attempt to play it even though he was facing his own net.


Brazilian international Willian exhibits the perfect body stance as he whips in a 28-yard free-kick straight into the back of the net

Chelsea were the better of the two teams and it would be fair to say that they did deserve the lead even though it wasn’t one of their own who got the goal. It seemed as if Chelsea were finally getting the rub of the green but just when you started to think that, their disastrous form managed to hit them again. In the 77th minute of the game, just 13 minutes from time, Dynamo Kiev equalised and it was Dragovic again who made amends for his own goal in the first half of the match. The Blues were shell shocked but once again, they only had themselves to blame. Their ‘keeper, Asmir Begovic came out to claim a corner-kick but all he could find was John Terry. Both of these Chelsea lads took each other out in rather comical fashion as the ball, undisturbed from its trajectory, landed at the feet of the Kiev defender who wasted no time in smashing the ball into the back of the net.


The entire Chelsea team gather together to celebrate Willian’s late winner

Their lead was squandered and once again, Chelsea were seeing their hopes of qualification get snuffed out. Just as things were getting a bit desperate, up stepped Willian again as he arrowed in a fantastic free-kick from 28 yards out. This winner from Willian meant the world to the Chelsea fans and their manager and this fact was proven by the raucous celebrations that Mourinho broke into as soon as the ball hit the back of the net.

The game ended without any more drama and the Blues managed to climb to second place in the group, giving their hopes of qualification and their manager’s employment status a lifeline.

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