Champions League quarter finals first-leg review; Chelsea take two-goal away advantage

Champions League Match Reports

2020-21 UEFA Champions League quarter finals first-leg review

Porto 0 Chelsea 2 – Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Chelsea bounced back from an ignominious weekend Premier League defeat at the hands of minions West Bromwich to earn a commanding first-leg quarter-final lead over Porto in the 2020-21 Champions League, aided by goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell in either half.

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Porto playing without suspended top scorers Sergio Oliveira and Medhi Taremi fashioned a couple of early chances in the neutral venue of Seville. Andreas Christensen was forced to block a Luis Diaz effort off the goal line before Mateus Uribe brilliantly controlled and volleyed but the ball ended up looping onto the roof of the Chelsea net.

The hosts went very close midway through the first half when Pepe headed the ball back into the six-yard box from Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s hooked clearance off a Otavio corner but Zaidu Sanusi blazed wildly over from close range with a gaping goal in front of him.

But it were the visitors from London who opened the scoring when Mason Mount exquisitely controlled Jorginho’s pass, raced down the right and angled his shot to the far corner with 28 minutes of the game gone.

An alert Mendy prevented Moussa Marega from equalizing following a defensive lapse on the part of Antonio Rudiger as Porto piled on pressure in search of an equalizer.

Porto did have the ball in the Chelsea net on 56 minutes, but Pepe’s goal was disallowed after Chancel Mbemba was caught offside. This was after a Luis Diaz shot whistled inches wide of the post. Cesar Azpilicueta then wasted a glorious opportunity to double Chelsea’s advantage when he headed Reece James’ cross over from six yards.

Substitute Christian Pulisic went even closer when his rasping effort hit the underside of the bar in the 84th minute. Chelsea were now looking to put the game to bed and they did when Chilwell intercepted a stray pass from Jesus Corona, strode into the rival box and coolly slot in after rounding goalkeeper Agustín Marchesin.

With five minutes left for the final whistle, Thomas Tuchel’s men with a two-goal advantage ahead of the second leg tie, seemed to have a semi-final berth very much in their sights.

Having shipped in five goals against West Brom, Chelsea produced a dogged defensive performance to earn a seventh clean sheet from their nine Champions League outings this season.

Porto starting XI: Marchesin (goal), Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu, Grujic, Uribe, Otavio, Corona, Diaz, Marega.

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Subs: Martinez, Vieira, Conceicao.

Chelsea starting XI: Mendy (goal), Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Werner.

Subs: Pulisic, Giroud, Thiago Silva, Kante, Emerson.

Man of the Match: Edouard Mendy

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