Wednesday April 7, 2021

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell’s away goals in the first leg put Chelsea in charge of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final game against Porto

Chelsea continue to ride the crest of a wave under Thomas Tuchel after a convincing 2-0 loss to Porto in the first leg of their Seville quarter-final

Porto had their chances in the first half, but it took a moment of magic Mason Mount to open the scoring, the in-form England forward pivoting past Zaidu with a delicious touch before ending low on Agustín Marchesín with his second

The locals had new opportunities after the break, Moussa Marega particularly upset by the speed of Edouard Mendy out of his line, but it was largely the Blues who were the most threatening

César Azpilicueta’s point-blank header completely missed the target and Christian Pulišić’s shot crashed into the bar However, Ben Chilwell did not make such a mistake after catching Jesús Corona in possession and rounding around Marchesín to enter the unguarded net.

“He gave Mount the pass for the first goal and always offered to take the ball Also very good defensively and in the right place everywhere” Cosmin Contra, UEFA technical observer

Porto were the best team for spells, but in the end two defensive misses turned out to be costly Sérgio Conceição’s men were brave and executed their game plan but failed to score They showed they could compete with Chelsea, so the tie is not over They need to be more clinical in front of goal and more focused at the back

A gritty and determined display from Chelsea, lit by two moments of real quality They had to weather a storm for much of this first leg, but they did it superbly, withstanding pressure from Porto Mount’s turn and finish were sublime for the first, while Chilwell’s goal was something special too.A solid performance under sustained pressure and two away goals is just the ticket to the accusations of Tuchel

Chelsea scorer Mason Mount: “I’m delighted that my first goal [in the Champions League] was a big win It was a great performance from all of us It was difficult, we knew it was a very good team They put pressure on us but we defended very well The tie is not over, we have to get into the second game with the same mentality as tonight “

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea coach: “The result is excellent against a very good team from Porto Where many times we suffered but we accepted it We are very happy to come away with this result but this is that at half-time Porto are a proud and emotional club that will not give in “

• At 22 years and 87 days, Mount became Chelsea’s youngest scorer in a UEFA Champions League knockout game

• Porto’s Pepe made his 103rd UEFA Champions League appearance (group stage to final), playing at the all-time list level with compatriot Luís Figo

• Chelsea have kept their own sheets in seven of their nine UEFA Champions League appearances this season

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 at half-table Tondela and the Blues also on the road, although they remain in London to face 12th-placed Crystal Palace The return leg takes place on Tuesday, April 13

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