Chelsea qualify for Champions League semifinal

Chelsea became the first English club to qualify for Champions League semifinal despite their 1-0 defeat to FC Porto. Porto struggled to breach a resolute Chelsea defence, as they had to wait until the stoppage time to score a goal after they were restricted to just two shots on target.

Chelsea were pinned back early by Porto’s high and intensive press forcing their defenders into wayward clearances. Edouard Mendy was relieved to see Jorginho block Corona’s shot out for a corner after passing straight to the Porto midfielder. Corona missed a decent chance to punish Chelsea after being one-on-one with the goalkeeper, as the midfielder blazed his volley well over the bar after beating Chilwell at the edge of the box.

Tuchel’s side were content not to have possession of the ball, and relied on their midfield to fall back for defensive duties. Both teams couldn’t register a single shot on target heading into the break as Chelsea looked comfortable with their two goal advantage from the first leg.

Chelsea had a couple of chances early in the second half through through Pulisic and Mount, but neither caused any trouble to Porto’s goalkeeper. Porto had their first shot on target in the 65th minute through Taremi, who saw his headed effort into the bottom-right corner saved comfortably by Mendy.

Both teams cancelled each other out defensively, as Chelsea started to defend deep as the clock ticked down. Pulisic missed the chance to finish off the tie in the stoppage time after failing to round the goalkeeper. The American’s lack of finishing was punished at the other end by Porto as Taremi scored a spectacular over-head kick to pull one goal back.

The goal however proved to be a mere consolation as Chelsea held on to reach the semifinal, where they could face Liverpool or Real Madrid.

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