It was too much punishment for Porto, who deserved at least the draw and ended with two goals against and a tie that escapes, almost sentenced in a traumatic end with a goal from side Chilwell that did not leave the explanation of the match on the scoreboard. Chelsea was not superior. Of course, he defended well and hit hard in attack.
Just after half an hour of the game, the English team seemed desolate, anchored to its defensive solvency, but without more resources in attack than the appearance of a sharp team. Porto was concerned about that tusk, the ability of the rival to respond to a mistake. He tried to minimize them, to end all their attacks, to have them at least die as far from Marchesin as possible. That is why the slap came without them seeing it coming and leaves the tie on track for the British team, which is looking into the semifinals, a height that has not reached since seven years ago Atlético eliminated them on the way to Lisbon.
OportoMarchesín, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu Sanusi, Wilson Jancó (Francisco Conceição, min. 82), Luis Díaz, Jesús Corona, Otavinho (Fabio Daniel Vieira, min. 82), Mateus Uribe, Marko Grujic and Moussa Marega ( Martínez, min. 82) Chelsea Edouard Mendy, Rüdiger, A. Christensen, Azpilicueta, Jorginho Frello, Ben Chilwell, Reece James (Thiago Silva, min. 79), Kovacic (Emerson, min. 91), Timo Werner (Christian Pulisic, min. . 64), Kai Havertz (Giroud, min. 64) and Mason Mount (Kante, min. 79) Goals0-1 min. 31: Mason Mount. 0-2 min. 84: Ben Chilwell. Referee Slavko Vincic Yellow cards Mbemba (min. 62) and Marko Grujic (min. 78)
It so happened that after much impact the Portuguese team took a break without the ball. Chelsea managed to collect passes and Porto sought accommodation in the retreat. But suddenly Mount appeared and with targeted control dismounted a six-man defensive line. The trick had the magic of simple things, the shot was at the height of the construction.
Chelsea scored and the advantage seemed stark. In a tie that elucidates his two games at Sánchez Pizjuán, he acted as a visitor, an anomaly in strange times. In the same scenario and with the same teams, the goal weighs more depending on the day it is scored. And Porto forced more. Chelsea scored in his only shot in three-quarters of an hour
Porto's arguments were worthy, but Chelsea are a bone. So far in the Champions League, Rennes and Krasnodar have barely scored. Two goals conceded in nine games alert to a defensive excellence embodied by guys like Azpilicueta, Christensen and Rüdiger, defenders with lifelong values, those who prevailed in their trade before they were sent to other negotiators, guys who enjoy the defensive sacrifice. Even so, Porto rebelled. And finished. Uribe's volley sniffed the crossbar shortly after kickoff, Otavio forced Mendy into a psychedelic corner kick worth an Olympic goal. Luis Díaz was able to tie at the edge of the hour when his team was already struggling to cover spaces. The goalkeeper combo was generous in the effort and knew how to get together to deny the rival every time they were steered by the ball, until the final error that Chilwell punished shortly after Pulisic finished off the crossbar in another inattention.
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