FC Porto vs. Chelsea – Match Report – April 7, 2021


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FC Porto vs.  Chelsea - Match Report - April 7, 2021

(EFE) – Chelsea put the Champions League quarter-final tie against Porto on track in the first leg with a 0-2 victory at the Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium in Seville.

The London team shot efficiently and scored in the 32nd minute on their only clear chance of the first half and finished the contest in the 85th after a failure by the Mexican Corona, who gave the ball to the fast Chilwell.

The return will be played again in Seville next Tuesday due to travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the first half, Chelsea took the lead in the 32nd minute thanks to a shot inside the box by English international Mason Mount, assisted by Italian international Jorginho.

Mount crossed the ball, which entered glued to the base of a post, and Argentine Marchesín could do nothing.

In this way, the English showed their most effective face against the goal, since in the first half hour there were hardly any clear chances on both sides.

The visitors’ goal made Sérgio Conceiçao’s Portuguese team react, especially in the final minutes of the first half, when Porto was able to draw.

In the 42nd minute, after a corner headed by Pepe, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had to apply himself thoroughly to prevent the ball from entering.

Pepe had her head again a minute later after a center from Brazilian Otavio and in the 45th minute it was the Colombian Uribe who was not successful, after a new assist from Otávio.

In added time in the first half, Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic was able to score with a header after a new cross from Otávio.

At the beginning of the second half, the first chance was for Chelsea, but Timo Wetner was not successful in the header from the heart of the area.

The portly Porto striker Moussa Marega appeared in the 50th minute after being left alone before the goalkeeper, but his shot went to the body of the Senegalese.

Porto began to strike with more insistence and the Colombian winger Luis Díaz was encouraged with two shots from outside the area in the 56th and 57th minutes that did not find a goal.

In 65, Thomas Tuchel was the first to move, bringing in Pulisic and Giroud, replacing Havertz and Werner.

Porto were looking for an equalizer and in the 80th minute Tuchel put in new life with Thiago Silva and Kante, for Mount and Reece James.

Conceiçao made a triple change and the Spanish Toni Martínez, Fabio Vieira and the son of the Portuguese coach, Francisco Conceiçao, entered the field.

However, Chelsea got the tie on track in the 85th minute with a goal from England’s left-back Chilweel.

It was a failure by Corona, who lost the ball to Benjamin Chilwell, who stood in front of Marchesín, dribbled him and scored the second in the Sánchez-Pizjuán.


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