Chelsea FC opened the door to their first semi-final in the Champions League in seven years. In the quarter-final first leg in Seville, the team of team manager Thomas Tuchel won 2-0 (1-0) despite a by no means sovereign performance at the nominal hosts FC Porto.
Mason Mount (32nd) and Ben Chilwell (85th) scored the goals for the Blues. The second leg in the same place will take place next Tuesday. The winner will face the winner of the duel between record winners Real Madrid and Liverpool FC (first leg 3: 1) in the semifinals.
After the surprising 5-2 defeat in the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Tuchel appealed to his players not to lose their heads. The first defeat in the 15th game under the German coach was still in the clothes of the Londoners.
Porto, the 2004 premier class winners, showed refreshing football right from the start and initially barely let Chelsea develop. Tuchel quarreled audibly in the empty Estadio Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, repeatedly slumped into his upholstered coach seat – and was amazed when his team took the lead with the first good attack and the first shot on the opponent’s goal.
A nice pass from Jorginho into the intersection of the defense was enough, Mount took the ball, turned in one smooth motion and hit the far corner dryly.
Porto, who pulled the tooth in two close games in the round of 16 Juventus Turin and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, stayed on and kept coming up with opportunities against the vulnerable Chelsea defensive association. But Chelsea countered: Christian Pulisic, who was substituted for Werner, hit the crossbar (84th), and Chilwell struck shortly afterwards.
All goals in the video
0:1 Mason Mount (32.)
0:2 Ben Chilwell (85.)
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