Chelsea Chelsea Porto charge and in Mount 0-2 : put Chilwell Blues
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 20:00:00 +0100
First-leg away goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have put Chelsea in charge of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Porto
Wednesday 7 April 2021
First-leg away goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have put Chelsea in charge of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Porto.
Chelsea continue to ride the crest of a wave under Thomas Tuchel after a convincing 2-0 defeat of Porto in the first leg of their quarter-final tie in Seville.
Porto had their first-half chances but it took a moment of Mason Mount magic to open the scoring, the in-form England forward swivelling past Zaidu with one delightful touch before finishing low across Agustín Marchesín with his second.
The home side had further opportunities after the break, Moussa Marega most notably thwarted by Edouard Mendy’s speed off his line, but largely it was the Blues who were the more threatening.
César Azpilicueta’s close-range header missed the target altogether and Christian Pulišić’s thumping shot crashed against the bar.
However, Ben Chilwell made no such mistake after catching Jesús Corona in possession and rounding Marchesín to slot into the unguarded net.
“He gave the pass to Mount for the first goal and was always offering to take the ball.
Also very good defensively and in the right place throughout.”
Cosmin Contra, UEFA Technical Observer
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Porto were the better team for spells but ultimately two defensive lapses proved costly.
Sérgio Conceição’s men were brave and executed their game plan but failed to score.
They showed that they can compete with Chelsea, so the tie is not over.
They have to be more clinical in front of goal and more focused at the back.
A gritty and determined display from Chelsea, lit up by two moments of real quality.
They had to weather a storm for much of this first leg but they did it superbly, standing strong against the Porto pressure.
Mount’s turn and finish was sublime for the first, while Chilwell’s goal was also something special.
A solid performance in the face of sustained pressure and two away goals are just the ticket for Tuchel’s charges.
Mason Mount, Chelsea goalscorer: “I’m delighted my first [Champions League] goal came in a big win.
It was a big performance from all of us.
It was difficult, we knew they were a very good team.
They put pressure on us but we defended very well.
The tie’s not over, we’ve got to go into the second game with the same mentality as tonight.”
Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea coach: “The result is excellent against a very good Porto side.
There where many moments where we suffered but we accepted it.
We’re very happy to go away with this result but it’s only half-time.
Porto are a proud and emotional club who will not give in.”
• Both Mount and Chilwell scored their first ever goals in the UEFA Champions League.
• At 22 years and 87 days old, Mount has become Chelsea’s youngest goalscorer in a UEFA Champions League knockout match.
• Porto’s Pepe was making his 103rd UEFA Champions League appearance (group stage to final), moving level on the all-time list with fellow countryman Luís Figo.
• Chelsea have kept clean sheets in seven of their nine UEFA Champions League games this season.
• César Azpilicueta was captain of Chelsea for the 150th game.
• Mateo Kovačić was making his 50th UEFA Champions League appearance, group stage to final.
Porto: Marchesín; Manafá (Francisco Conceição 83), Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu; Corona, Grujić, Uribe, Otávio (Toni Martínez 83); Luis Diáz, Marega (Fábio Vieira 83)
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; James (Thiago Silva 80), Jorginho, Kovačić (Emerson (90+2), Chilwell; Mount (Kanté 80), Havertz (Giroud 65), Werner (Pulišić 65)
Both teams are in league action on Saturday, with Porto away to mid-table Tondela and the Blues also on the road, albeit staying in London to take on 12th-placed Crystal Palace.
The second leg takes place on Tuesday 13 April.
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Ben Chilwell capitalised on a late error to give Chelsea real hope of reaching the semi-finals as his strike made it 2-0 against Porto
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Thomas Tuchel had referred to defeat against West Brom, his first since becoming Chelsea coach, as a “slap in the face” and four days later his team might have been hit even harder in Seville.
Porto though couldn’t land the punch they kept trying to throw and in the end it was Chelsea who delivered what could well prove the knockout blow, close now to a first Champions League semi-final in seven years.
For much of the night Chelsea had held on to a slim lead given to them by Mason Mount’s superb goal after half an hour.
And then with four minutes left at the Sánchez-Pizjuán, Ben Chilwell took advantage of Jesús Corona’s dreadful control to dash into the area, across Wilson Manafá, round the goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín and roll the ball into the net to end it.
The match and maybe the tie.
Porto could barely believe it.
A 2-0 defeat would have been painful enough anyway, but this was at “home”, and for much of the night they had played like they were too, on the front foot and racking up more than a dozen attempts on Chelsea’s goal.
There was no reward, just greater punishment, while Chelsea may feel that they largely defended well, César Azpilicueta in particular.
Porto occupied the right-hand dugout, a modest “Campeão” (Champions) banner was stretched across the south end, a couple of bars of their anthem were played before Tony Britten took over, and of course they wore blue and white.
Chelsea appeared in the same pink kit they wore here on Olivier Giroud’s grand night against Sevilla.
But the most significant thing about Porto being the home team was of course that when Chelsea scored just after the half-hour it carried the extra weight of an away goal.
It was a fine strike too, Chelsea stepping beyond the pressure to which they had been subjected until then and Jorginho finding Mount by the right corner of the area.
With Zaidu Sanusi drawn in, he turned superbly, spinning beyond the defender with one smooth touch, and hit the ball hard and low in by the far post beyond Marchesín.
Already considered the weakest team left in the competition, the absence of Sérgio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi deepened that assumption and so too did a comically bad early free-kick routine.
Yet what followed made a lie of that, even if as time passed it was hard to avoid the conclusion that Porto lack something of what Chelsea have in abundance: a certain knowhow, efficiency and decision.
Both goals were testimony to that.
With Otávio and Corona going at Chelsea, Zaidu coming from deep and Mateus Uribe appearing in and around the area, Porto certainly made sufficient chances to have led before they trailed.
First Luis Díaz saw a shot blocked by Andreas Christensen, then Uribe’s volley skimmed the top of the netting and a moment later Zaidu slipped as he was preparing to deliver, deep in Chelsea’s area.
Édouard Mendy then pushed out Otávio’s corner, curling in under the crossbar, only to see Pepe head to Zaidu who somehow volleyed over from close range.
Chelsea had escaped then, a moment later when Mateo Kovacic had to prevent Díaz dashing clear, and again when the ball got caught under Otávio’s feet as he combined with Manafá and got free in the area.
Even after Mount had scored, Porto kept pressing, Azpilicueta reaching to deflect wide from Corona and Mendy saving Pepe’s header.
Next Uribe, all quick footwork, dribbled through but found Antonio Rüdiger closing down the shot.
At half-time it was 8-1 in shots to Porto but 0-1 on the scoreboard.
When Chelsea worked a chance for Timo Werner at the start of the second half it was almost the first time he had been seen, and it didn’t signal a shift.
Porto still carried the weight of the game.
A lovely Manafá pass curled through the right channel to put Moussa Marega through but his shot was saved by Mendy.
And a clever angled ball from Corona found Díaz heading towards goal, but Azpilicueta was across quickly.
And then Díaz’s shot bent just wide.
Soon Chelsea had to scramble off the line, although the referee had spotted a foul first.
Next Marega couldn’t get a clean enough connection on the turn and then he tumbled under a challenge from Azpilicueta, the penalty shouts greater than Porto’s belief that it really was.
Those were borne perhaps of frustration and the realisation that they lacked a little quality and clarity.
Which is natural enough when arguably your best two attackers are absent.
That was illustrated again when Díaz couldn’t control in the Chelsea area and, even more cruelly, when nor could Corona on the edge of his own.
Chilwell was away to hand Chelsea a huge lead to take into the second leg on Tuesday: same time, same place.
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