Away goals come to Blues’ aid as they progress to the semis
2020-21 UEFA Champions League quarter finals second leg – Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Chelsea 0 Porto 1 – Chelsea win 2-1 on aggregate
Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea survived a spectacular late strike from Mehdi Taremi as they overcame Porto to ensure a berth in the 2020-21 Champions League semi-finals after a span of seven years.
Porto coming into the second leg with a 0-2 deficit were disappointingly cautious as they hardly threatened the rival goal throughout the game. The Portuguese club who had knocked out Juventus in the last 16 in dramatic fashion, did look intense in the first half but lacked the adequate finish.
They almost scored early on when Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a mess of a back pass from Antonio Rudiger as the ball went straight to opposition winger Jesus Corona, who fortunately for the Blues, was quickly closed down by Jorginho.
Porto burst out of the traps in the second half, but it was the West London outfit who had the first opportunity to extend their aggregate on the break as an unmarked Christian Pulisic failed to connect properly to Ben Chilwell's cut-back from just ten yards out.
Sergio Conceicao's men showed urgency in the dying minutes when Taremi produced an acrobatic overhead kick from Nanu's cross that flew to top corner beating Mendy all ends up to give Porto their lone goal of the tie.
Chelsea starting XI: Mendy (goal), Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic
Subs: Ziyech, Giroud
Porto starting XI: Marchesin (goal), Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu, Sergio Oliveira, Grujic, Uribe, Corona, Marega, Otavio
Subs: Taremi, Nanu, Evanilson, Luiz Diaz, Vieira
Man of the match: Christian Pulisic
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