Chelsea will return to London with two away goals following their 2-0 quarter-final first leg win over FC Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday

Mason Mount scored the first goal on the night with a sensational turn and low drive after a sharp pass from Jorginho Ben Chilwell then rounded the goalkeeper to tap into an empty net five minutes from time to score his first goal in the competition, and give Chelsea a huge advantage halfway through the draw

The Blues had been second-best for much of the game, however, with Porto enjoying the lion’s share of possession and having more chances on goal Pepe forced Edouard Mendy to make a smart save while Mateus Uribe touched the top of the net with a volley In the second half, Moussa Marega saw an incline effort blocked by Mendy, while Luis Diaz threatened with a weak effort that erupted just off the post

Porto were compact and patient without the ball, and difficult for Chelsea to collapse In attack they were dangerous on set pieces and their one-touch play around the box caused problems On the other hand, the Blues seemed rather fortuitous to keep a clean sheet, but above all they were clinical in the last third when it mattered.

Despite the game being played in a neutral venue due to travel restrictions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a classic performance outside of Chelsea They had to endure periods of pressure, but they seized their chance to break the deadlock Les Bleus are only the third team to score against Porto in the Champions League this season

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Chelsea were second behind everything when it comes to set pieces and crosses, which will be of concern to Thomas Tuchel

7 – Chelsea were lucky enough to keep a clean sheet, but Tuchel made them harder to beat He identified that the Kai Havertz-Timo Werner attacking partnership was not working and rightly replaced them

GK Edouard Mendy, 8 – Mendy was alert to avoid a turn in Porto, and he had to make a good stop to his left to refuse a header from Pepe After the break he successfully reduced the angle to block Marega He now has seven clean sheets in eight Champions League games this season

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 5 – The skipper pulled off a big block to deny some goal-related effort just before half-time, and had a good chance of scoring with a header, but overall he had a difficult evening

DF Andreas Christensen, 6 – Back to the side, the center-back continually searched for the cross-field ball at Reece James, but he tended to hit it Apart from that, he read the game perfectly all through long

DF Antonio Rudiger, 6 – Like Christensen, Rudiger was also looking for the cross-field ball, but at Chilwell, and he had little success with him Defensively, Chelsea were beaten in the air too often, especially on set pieces, but Rudiger made some key interventions

MF Reece James, 8 – It was another impressive night for James, who not only had acres of space on the right side, but he also refused to let anything overtake him

MF Jorginho, 6 – The Italy international had a disappointing game and struggled to keep Porto at bay, although he provided a key moment when his perfect thumb pass found Mount for the first goal

MF Mateo Kovacic, 7 – Playing in his 50th Champions League game, he tried to exploit Porto’s high line with a series of over the top passes in the channels, but it was not an effective strategy The pivot Kovacic-Jorginho was sometimes second best

MF Ben Chilwell, 7 – Solid at the back and eager to move forward, Chilwell attempted to stretch a compact Porto midfielder He was pressed by several players throughout and always seemed to find a way out He has well taken his goal and his strike could be crucial in the draw

FW Mason Mount, 8 – Opened the scoring with a superb finish He turned sensational with his first touch, then kicked the ball through the goalkeeper and into the far corner

FW Kai Havertz, 4 – The German striker seemed unsure of his role, confused as to whether he was playing as a striker or as a nondix He had a glorious chance to score on time, and although he was ruled offside, he still missed

FW Timo Werner, 6 – After a calm first half in which he had a few touches, he almost doubled the advantage after the break when his header finished just above the bar Worked tirelessly but had little to show for his efforts

FW Christian Pulisic, 6 – Showed good ability when he entered and retained possession in tight spaces He then hit the crossbar moments before Chelsea added a second

FW Olivier Giroud, 6 – The France World Cup winner started the movement alongside Kovacic who saw Pulisic hit the bar, and Chelsea looked more powerful with him in the lead

MF N’Golo Kante, N / R – Kante brought new energy to the game and was everywhere at once as the Chelsea midfielder looked more and more solid His demise was erratic at times, but his addition was a huge positive

DF Thiago Silva, N / R – The former Paris Saint-Germain captain didn’t seem to be doing too much, but his presence coincided with Chelsea looking much more at ease throughout

MF Emerson, N / R – Got into added time and had little chance to get involved

Porto – Chelsea

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