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Europa League: Hudson-Odoi Nets First Senior Goal As Chelsea Rout 10-Man PAOK 4-0

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

England’s wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his first senior goal in Chelsea’s 4-0 win against PAOK Salonika in the Europa League on Thursday. The 18-year-old prodigy made his achievement when he struck the ball with a low line from the left corner of the box in the 60th minute, beating PAOK goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis at the near post.

Chelsea academy graduate Hudson-Odoi, who has been at the club since the age of eight, said he felt like “a dream” when he netted the goal at Stamford Bridge. 

Meanwhile, coach Maurizio Sarri felt that the teenager is not yet ready for the Premier League. He said Hudson-Odoi would be the best player in Europe in a couple of years if he is ready to make a difference in the team.

The Blues took the whole of the game in their possession after the visitors were reduced to ten men in the seventh minute. Defender Yevhen Khacheridi was sent off for his inappropriate tackle on Olivier Giroud, who went on to score two early goals (27, 37 minutes).

Substitute Alvaro Morata notched the fourth goal of the game from the first touch of the ball with a close range header, assisted by Hudson-Odoi from the right flank.

Frenchman Giroud, who gave the Londoners a comfortable lead in the first half, has a delighted season as he scored 11 goals in his last 15 starts in European competition.

With this win, Chelsea have secured their top berth in Group L with one more game to play against Hungarian side Vidi. Rest of the three teams, including BATE, PAOK, and Vidi have tough a job ahead as they need must-win games to secure the second spot in the group.