Chelsea took a big step to the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday. Without Hakim Ziyech, who remained on the bench throughout the game, the Londoners were 0-2 too strong for FC Porto during the first game in the quarter-finals.
Highlights were scarce in the game that was played in Seville because of the corona pandemic. Halfway through it was 0-1 thanks to former Vitessenaar Mason Mount, who saw a hole in the Porto defense and took Chelsea’s first chance with a slide in the far corner.
Mount’s hit was special in several ways. It was his first Champions League goal in fifteen games on behalf of Chelsea and, at the age of 22 years and 87 days, he can call himself the youngest ever goalscorer on behalf of the London club in the knockout stages of the million ball.
In the second half, Chelsea of manager Thomas Tuchel remained the parent party, although Porto was dangerous via Moussa Marega and Luis Díaz. On the other hand, Kai Havertz (miss in promising position) and Christian Pulisic (hit the crossbar) were close to a goal before Ben Chilwell took care of the 0-2: he punished fiddles in FC Porto’s defense.
Thanks to the comfortable win, Chelsea is on course to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014. At the time, the way to the final battle was blocked by Atlético Madrid.
Bayern Munich-Paris Saint-Germain, Wednesday’s other quarter-final match, ended in 2-3. Real Madrid-Liverpool (3-1) and Manchester City-Borussia Dortmund (2-1) were already played on Tuesday. The returns are next week.
One of FC Porto’s chances was not spent on Moussa Marega.
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