The surprising Porto team challenged Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the C1 quarter-finals on Wednesday evening.
Fallen from Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo in the round of 16 of the C1, this Porto team could no longer count on the element of surprise when it came to challenging the Blues of Thomas Tuchel, favorites of this confrontation.
What about the truth on the ground? The latter saw the Blues open the scoring with a player who has been as much unity under Frank Lampard as under Thomas Tuchel since the start of the season and who is none other than Mason Mount.
Thus, at the hour of play, Mount took advantage of a service from Jorginho to achieve a sublime control of the left foot in order to eliminate Zaidu Sanusi and then achieve a grazing shot from the winning right and which allowed the Blues to open the scoring. in this indecisive part.
An opening of the mark slightly against the course of the game for Mount’s first goal in the Champions League. Indeed, Porto had dominated the first period and the Lusitano club had even found the cross on a daring direct corner signed Otavio from the left side in the 24th minute. 1-0, it was nevertheless the score at rest in favor of the visitors.
The locals had not yet said their last word in the second act and Luis Diaz tried, around the hour mark, a curled right foot near the opponent’s area, but did not manage to frame his attempt.
Ten minutes later, a Moussa Marega slightly pushed in the back by Cesar Azpilicueta fell into the box and demanded a penalty. After video analysis, the referee did not flinch and Sergio Conceição, the Porto coach, received a yellow card at the edge of the pitch for showing his anger.
Maus Tuchel’s men, authors of a match full of control, especially in the defensive grid, were biding their time.
And 5 minutes from the end, while Porto pushed hard to equalize, Ben Chilwell sealed the fate of the match by bringing the score to 2-0 with a magnificent rush, during which he played Corona, ahead of Mbemba, dribbling Marchesin from the right and scores in the empty goal.
Mass was said after this demonstration and Chelsea made an excellent operation with the Dragons for the return match.