Chelsea scored two away goals in a win over Porto to take a decisive lead in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
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Mason Mount fired Chelsea ahead just after 30 minutes in a balanced first half for both teams, beating Porto goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín with a low line drive at the far post to put his side on a 1-0 lead at the break.
Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud replaced Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in the 65th minute when Thomas Tuchel’s side looked for another away goal.
“There were many moments where we suffered,” Tuchel admitted after the match. “But we accepted it, that’s the way it is at this point. The spirit was good and it’s an excellent result.”
Porto, who beat Juventus in the last 16, were more adventurous than the Premier League team and had tripled the amount of shots and came closest with a header from veteran defender Pepe, who was knocked away by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who also repulsed an attempt by striker Moussa Marega.
However, the American international Pulisic hit the bar minutes before Ben Chilwell jumped on a bad trap by Jesus Corona, charged into the box and rounded Marchesin to tap into an empty net for Chelsea’s second.
Chelsea kept their third straight in a row in UCL games with the win after not allowing a goal in the last 346 minutes of European competition since a 24-minute strike from Krasnodar in the group stage.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. We kept going, we got the goal in the first half and the second ensured a good win,” Mount said. “The job is not done. They are fighting for the next leg and we will have to give everything. We will be ready.”
Porto midfielder Mateus Uribe said his team “left with a bitter taste” after playing so well, but without taking their chances.
“We were not clinical in front of goal, they had fewer opportunities and scored two goals,” he said.
“They got the result, but we leave with our heads held high because of our performance and think we can turn a draw with our quality players.”
Like the first leg, the second is played at Sevilla’s Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium due to coronavirus restrictions on travel between Portugal and England.