Christian Pulisic, pictured in a friendly vs. Arsenal, found a way to get the ball to a teammate on Tuesday. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Christian Pulisic again made the most of a rare start for Chelsea this season, setting up the game-winning goal for the Blues in a UEFA Champions League win on Tuesday.

Kai Havertz drilled home the decisive score in the 64th minute, lifting the English Premier League side to a 2-1 win over Red Bull Salzburg and into the knockout round at Red Bull Arena in Salzburg, Austria.

After securing only one point in its first two UCL matches, Chelsea has won three successive matches in the competition, with one group game remaining.

Pulisic was part of the scoring sequence of Chelsea’s opening goal by Mateo Kovacic in the 23rd minute as he helped the visitors win back possession in the box. The ball came to Kovacic, who finished with his left foot.

Junior Adamu equalized for the hosts early in the second half.

Midway through the second, U.S. men’s national team standout helped the snap the tie. He ran toward the right side, notice there were three defenders and dropped the ball off to Havertz, who fired from outside the area for the winner, which went in off the underside of the crossbar past goalkeeper Philipp Köhn.

It was Pulisic’s eighth assist of his UCL career.

Pulisic, considered the U.S.’s best player, hasn’t seen much playing time for Chelsea this season. The Americans need the forward at the top of his game of they are to advance out of the group stage. The USMNT meets Wales in its World Cup opener in Qatar on Nov. 21.

Prior to kickoff, the Red Bull fans gave the late team owner Dietrich Mateschitz an ovation. Mateschitz, who also owns the New York Red Bulls, passed away at 78 on Saturday.