Chelsea weathered an early onslaught to defeat Porto 2-0 and take a huge step towards qualifying for Champions League semifinal. Despite Chelsea’s poor performance, goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell ensured the Blues will take a two goal advantage into the second leg next week.
Porto started the game with a very high intensity and put Chelsea under immense pressure, as the Blues struggled to have a decent possession. There were early warning signs for Chelsea as Uribe’s volley just skimmed the top of the net.
The hosts almost took the lead in the 24th minute when Otavio caught Mendy out from the corner. However, the Chelsea goalkeeper was alert to push away the ball into the mix, only to see Sanusi volley over from three yards out.
Chelsea took the lead against the run of play in the 32nd minute with their first shot on target through Mason Mount. The England international produced a sublime skill to take Jorginho’s pass into his stride and lashed home his effort into the bottom-left corner. Pepe went close to equalising for Porto in the final minutes of the half, but saw his headed effort from a corner pushed away by Mendy.
The second half started with both sides having decent chances, as Timo Werner headed over from 6 yards out, and Marega saw his effort well saved by Mendy. The Blues were lucky to hold on to their lead as Diaz’s curled effort from the edge of the box went fractionally wide of the post with Mendy well beaten.
Chelsea were denied their second goal by the woodwork in the 84th minute when Pulisic’s shot from the right cannoned off the bar. The Blues eventually scored their second goal a couple of minutes later through Ben Chilwell, who robbed the ball from Corona and rounded off the goalkeeper to pass it into an empty net.
Porto might feel disappointed to not have scored at least a goal with their impressive performance. The Blues returned to winning ways after a heavy defeat to West Brom, and take a crucial two goal advantage into their second leg game.