Match Report: FC Porto vs Chelsea
By Scott Page
Chelsea put one foot into the Champions League semi-finals with goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell giving them a 2-0 win over a resilient Porto.
Despite a first half in which the Porto pressure stopped Chelsea from creating, the Blues went into half-time with a one-goal lead as Mount cleverly turned Zaidu Sanusi from a Jorginho pass and finished past Agustin Marchesin.
Despite more pressure from Porto, Chelsea survived and nearly scored through substitute Christian Pulisic when he struck the bar with a fierce drive; before Ben Chilwell robbed Jesus Corona after a mistake and rounded Marchesin for a late second.
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This performance shown a much better defensive side to Tuchel’s Blues after the abysmal result on Saturday, as efforts from Corona and Pepe were kept out by Cesar Azpilicueta and Edouard Mendy respectively; although Porto felt they had a shout for a penalty after Moussa Marega went down under the challenge of Azpilicueta, but referee Slavko Vincic said no.
With these two away goals, Chelsea have put themselves in prime position to get to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since the 2013-14 season.