An aesthetic aim from Mason Mount on Wednesday helped Chelsea to a 2-0 first-leg win over Porto, whose wasteful ending may have scuppered their hopes of springing one other Champions League upset within the quarterfinals. Mount’s slick flip and shot within the first half would have been painful sufficient for Porto, who had been the higher facet for big spells in Seville however repeatedly lacked the precision to take benefit. Instead, their distress was compounded by Ben Chilwell capitalising on a mistake on the again to attain a late second that gave Chelsea one other away aim and leaves them on the point of the semi-finals.
They had been away targets solely in identify given each these groups had been enjoying within the unfamiliar Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, the place they are going to meet once more subsequent week, simply with the house and away roles reversed.
Porto had been within the house dug-out, wore their house package, had a big membership banner within the empty stand and their anthem was the one which performed out earlier than kick-off.
Chelsea performed the half too, delivering a basic away efficiency of absorbing the stress and hitting their opponents on the counter-attack, their high quality within the ultimate third proving decisive.
Real Madrid may lie in watch for the victors, after they beat Liverpool 3-1 on Tuesday.
“There is a good atmosphere in the dressing room, we are happy but not too happy, excited but not too excited,” mentioned Chelsea’s coach Thomas Tuchel. “We have to have a top mentality and a top performance next Tuesday.”
Mount’s aim makes him Chelsea’s youngest ever scorer within the Champions League at 22 years and 87 days previous whereas Chilwell’s second meant the membership boasted two English scorers in a Champions League sport for the primary time since 2012.
Chelsea’s win additionally goes some approach to easing the shock of Saturday’s 5-2 loss at home to West Brom within the Premier League, which ended Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten begin as coach.
“After losing such a strange game we said the best situation would be to produce a clean sheet straight away and this makes it very precious, this result,” Tuchel mentioned.
Tuchel determined Thiago Silva’s 29 minutes earlier than being despatched off in that sport weren’t sufficient to hone his sharpness, which means Andreas Christensen was picked within the again three.
And Antonio Rudiger additionally returned, regardless of his coaching floor tussle with Kepa Arrizabalaga on Sunday, which Tuchel described as a “serious situation”.
Porto had been thought to be the plum draw, regardless of seeing off Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus within the final 16, their activity made tougher this time by the suspensions of Mehdi Taremi and high scorer Sergio Oliveira.
But they had been the aggressors from the outset, with Chelsea surrendering the ball and the possibilities.
Porto had six photographs to Chelsea’s one earlier than half-time, with Mateus Uribe grazing the highest of the web with an early volley and the superb Otavio nearly catching Edouard Mendy out with a nook, Zaidu Sanusi smashing over the rebound.
Chelsea, although, confirmed them what ruthlessness appeared like when Jorginho fired a move into Mount on the sting of the world inside the fitting channel. Mount took it on his again foot and twisted away from the sliding Zaidu, earlier than firing a cool end into the far nook.
Porto saved coming within the second half and saved lacking too. Moussa Marega snuck in however his shot was saved by the toes of Mendy earlier than Jesus Corona feathered Luis Diaz by way of however he took too lengthy. Diaz curled large after a very good run by Wilson Manafa.
Chelsea absorbed them after which hit them with a ultimate sucker-punch, Mateo Kovacic’s ball excessive miscontrolled by Corona, permitting Chilwell to steam clear, around the goalkeeper and end.
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