Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, despite losing 0-1 to Porto, this evening, Tuesday, in the second leg of the quarter-finals at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville.
The only goal of the match was scored by Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi, knowing that the first leg, which was held at the same stadium, ended with Chelsea’s 2-0 victory, scored by Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.
Chelsea will play in the semi-finals, with the winner of the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid, and they will meet tomorrow evening, knowing that the first-leg match at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium has ended with the royal victory (3-1).
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel relied on the way of playing (3-4-3), as Brazilian Thiago Silva led the backline, along with Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger.
On both ends of the stadium were Reese James and Ben Chilwell, and German Kai Havertz played the role of the imaginary striker, and around him Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.
On the other hand, Porto coach Sergio Conceicao resorted to the method of play (4-3-3), where the backline was from Wilson Manava, Chancellor Mbemba, Pepe and Zaido Sanusi.
Matthews Uribe played the focal point, and Marco Grujic and Sergio Oliveira moved around him, while Musa Mariga played the role of the outspoken striker between Corona and Otavio.
The first serious opportunity in the match came in the seventh minute, when Pulisic passed the ball to Mont, who fired from the outskirts of the penalty area with a ball that bounced off the defense to a corner that did not bear fruit.
Porto responded in the 11th minute when Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy tried to clear the ball, to go by Tiktico, who shot it directly to bounce from Jorginho next to the goal.
Porto was the party with the most possession of the ball, but he struggled to pose a real danger to Chelsea’s goal, and Pulisic passed the ball to James, who shot wide.
And there was a chance against Chelsea to open the scoring in the 27th minute, but German Kai Havertz preferred to pass to Monte instead of shooting on the goal, so that the defense cut his ball.
Corona got rid of Chilwell, before preparing the ball for himself and shooting over Chelsea’s goal, and the next minutes passed quietly in the midst of a defensive bloc for Chelsea, to end the first half with a draw (0-0).
The scenario remained the same at the start of the second half, and Monte passed the ball on the left side to Chilwell, who reversed it in front of the goal without Pulisic being able to follow it into the net.
Mont got the ball on the left side, to shoot it towards the goal, but Manava turned it into a corner, and Porto made an offensive substitution, through which Iranian Mahdi Tarmi participated in.
Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi left an immediate impact when he hit a header from a distance, and Senegalese goalkeeper Edward Mendy intervened to control it in the 65th minute.
But the second half of the second half was literally monotonous, as Porto was not able at all to lead Chelsea’s goal, at a time when the London team settled with relying on sparse counterattacks.
Chelsea made his first substitution in the 86th minute, with Hakim Ziyech entering the place of Mont, and moments after Marquesin confronted Pulisic alone in stoppage time, Taremi scored a fabulous goal through a beautiful scissor.