Moments of brilliance put Chelsea in dominance over Porto


Chelsea took pole position to advance to the Champions League semi-finals after scoring two vital away goals in their win against FC Porto.

Fresh out of their first defeat under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea sought to find their way into the contest. A cautious 10-minute open saw little creation on either side, but Porto quickly showed that they couldn’t be underestimated.

A break to the right saw the ball brought back to Luis Diaz. After taking a touch away from goal, the Colombian saw his low shot blocked by Andreas Christensen up close.

Mateus Uribe then showed great technique to make a volley towards the goal from the edge of the box. His shot was true, but failed to dive back in time as it grazed the roof of the net.

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The odds continued to flow in one direction as Edouard Mendy did well to score a dangerous turn under the crossbar. The ball eventually fell to left-back Zaidu Sanusi, although the resulting effort was blocked.

As the half-hour approaches, Chelsea had yet to register their first attempt at a clash. Mason Mount quickly remedied the slow start.

Jorginho was allowed to move freely in midfield before choosing the scorching mount.

The England international’s first touch to turn behind the defender was sublime before ending low and hard in the lower corner.

Being behind did not deter the Portuguese side, although neither Pepe nor Marko Grujic could find a way to pass Mendy at the end of the first half.

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The second half started as the first ended as Porto remained in the ascendant.

Moussa Marega found himself behind Antonio Rudiger to catch a precise ball, but the excellent Mendy was again there to frustrate the Portuguese team.

Chelsea finally started to look dangerous as Porto threw bodies forward in numbers. Cesar Azpilicueta found a meter of space on a free kick, but failed to find the target with his effort to the head from four meters.

Thomas Tuchel shuffled his deck in attack with Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud replacing Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

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Pulisic came within a hair’s breadth of scoring a vital second away goal, but saw his scratched practice crash into the woodwork.

It didn’t matter, as moments later Ben Chilwell capitalized on a defensive error to put the Blues in a dominant position.

The left-back ran towards the goal and got around the goalkeeper with ease before tapping into the empty net to double his advantage.

With their West Brom debacle firmly in the rearview mirror, Chelsea sawed off the final minutes to secure a 2-0 away win.


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