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Match Highlights: Chelsea 0 – 1 Porto

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Chelsea reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in seven years despite Mehdi Taremi’s sublime overhead kick giving them a late scare in a 1-0 defeat by Porto, going through 2-1 on aggregate.

Porto were intense in the first half, but lacking in quality in the final third as neither side registered a shot on target until the 66th minute, when Edouard Mendy did well to save and hold sub Taremi’s weak header.

In their home leg, Chelsea were savvy and professional in equal measure as they kept Porto at arm’s length, until the last minute of stoppage time when Taremi produced an incredible, acrobatic overhead kick.

But it was too little, too late, and Chelsea will now play either Liverpool or Real Madrid (Agg: 1-3) in the semi-finals on April 27/28 and May 4/5.

Semi Finals Draws

Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City OR Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid OR Liverpool vs Chelsea

Player ratings

Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Thiago Silva (7), Rudiger (8), James (7), Jorginho (8), Kante (8), Chilwell (7), Mount (7), Havertz (7), Pulisic (8)

Subs: Ziyech (NA), Giroud (NA)

Porto: Marchesin (6), Manafa (6), Mbemba (7), Pepe (6), Zaidu (6), Sergio Oliveira (6), Grujic (6), Uribe (6), Corona (7), Marega (6), Otavio (6)

Subs: Taremi (7), Nanu (6), Evanilson (6), Luiz Diaz (5), Vieira (NA)

Man of the match: Christian Pulisic

Pulisic was brilliant for a side looking to slow the game down and take the sting out of Porto, winning 11 fouls, more than every other Chelsea player combined.

How business-like Chelsea secured passage to semi-finals
This was technically a home game for Chelsea, but the ‘hosts’ looked more like the away side in the first half, holding firm while attempting to break up Porto’s play.

Porto, who had kept five clean sheets in their six group games, desperately needed another here to stay in with a chance, and although the break was on for Chelsea, neither side registered a shot on target in the first 45 minutes.

Porto were incredibly energetic, harrying Chelsea high up the pitch from the first minute, but their only half chance came when Mendy’s poor kick out found Jesus Manuel Corona, whose shot was blocked by the alert Jorginho. Chelsea’s job was half done at half-time.

The Portuguese side, who knocked out Juventus in the last 16 in dramatic fashion, burst out of the traps in the second half again, but Chelsea had a fine chance to extend their aggregate lead on the break as an unmarked Christian Pulisic failed to get a proper connection on Ben Chilwell’s cut-back from 10 yards out.

The first effort on target did not come until the 66th minute through Porto sub Taremi, but his weak header, unmarked from 12 yards out, was well held by Mendy down to his left.

Porto only began to throw the kitchen sink at Chelsea in the final moments, and they were given a glimmer of hope through Taremi’s quite magnificent overhead kick from 12 yards, flying into the top corner past a rooted Mendy from Nanu’s cross.

But the scare only lasted 60 seconds as Chelsea saw out the final stages, with Thomas Tuchel competing in the Champions League last four for the second straight season after being defeated in last year’s final with PSG.

Operation Istanbul remains on course for Chelsea, who were business-like for the majority of the game in Seville, with outstanding performances from Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Pulisic in particular.​

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel:

“I was still nervous because a goal can change anything. Even if it’s a crazy goal, a deflection or a bicycle kick, it can happen all the time no matter how good your defence is.

“I can imagine both games were not the greatest to watch on the television, but it’s very hard to play your best game against Porto.

“Today was the day to hang in, to show all the effort and intensity and team spirit that is needed. I think we deserved a clean sheet again, and this was the key, because when you work hard, sweat a lot, use your body, you cannot be nervous.

“We encouraged everybody to do this, to accept we play hard games like this every three days, and I am very happy because on the sideline it was a very intense, hard fight. A lot of hard work in secret was done, so I am very, very happy.

“It’s a big step to be in the semi-final, it’s a very, very big achievement. We are not used to being there, and once you are there, you play for the final, it’s clear. We take every minute and we need every minute to learn and grow. You cannot improve without these experiences.”

On Mateo Kovacic injury: “It was very sad yesterday in training, Kova had a little hamstring injury, which is sad because he is such an important player, a positive guy with a lot of experience. I think for sure out for the game against City as well.”

 

Opta stats

  1. Chelsea have reached the Champions League semi-finals for the eighth time, more than any other English side in the competition’s history.
  2. Porto have been knocked out of the Champions League knockout stages on 14 occasions, with 50 per cent of those eliminations coming at the hands of English sides.
  3. Jorginho made eight tackles in this match, the most by a Chelsea player in a Champions League game since N’Golo Kante against Barcelona in March 2018 (also 8).

What’s next?

Chelsea now play Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday at 5.30pm, before hosting Brighton in the Premier League on Tuesday at 8pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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Arsenal sent West Brom down with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium as Sam Allardyce suffered relegation from the Premier League for the first time in his career.

The Gunners, 10th in the Premier League table ahead of kick-off and playing for little more than pride after their Europa League exit on Thursday, took the lead when the excellent Bukayo Saka, playing at left-back, crossed for Emile Smith Rowe to volley home (29).

Arsenal doubled their advantage soon afterwards when Nicolas Pepe cut inside from the right flank and curled a stunning effort beyond the outstretched Sam Johnstone (35), but they had some nervy moments after that.

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Player ratings

Arsenal: Leno (6), Chambers (6), Holding (6), Gabriel (6), Saka (9), Elneny (6), Ceballos (6), Smith Rowe (7), Pepe (8), Willian (7), Martinelli (6)

Subs: Lacazette (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6)

West Brom: Johnstone (6), Furlong (6), Bartley (6), Ajayi (6), Townsend (6), Yokuslu (6), Gallagher (6), Phillips (7), Pereira (8), Robinson (7), Diagne (6)

Subs: Robson-Kanu (6), Diangana (6)

Man of the match: Bukayo Saka

 

Opta stats – West Brom’s sinking feeling

  1. West Brom have suffered their fifth relegation from the Premier League, the joint-most by a team alongside Norwich City, whilst Sam Allardyce has been relegated from the top-flight for the very first time in his managerial career.
  2. Arsenal have recorded back-to-back Premier League victories for just the second time in 2021, having previously done so back in January.
  3. Of the five relegations that West Brom have suffered from the Premier League, only in 2002-03 (4) have the Baggies had their relegation confirmed with more games remaining than this season (3).
  4. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 30 Premier League home games against promoted (W25 D5), with their last such defeat coming back in November 2010 against Newcastle.
  5. West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has failed to pick up a single point in his 10 Premier League trips to the Emirates Stadium, with only Harry Redknapp at Old Trafford (15 visits) managing more matches at a single venue without managing to earn at least one point in the competition.
  6. Bukayo Saka’s assist for Emile Smith Rowe’s opening goal was his 19th in the colour of Arsenal since making his debut in November 2018, more than any other player at the club.
  7. Emile Smith Rowe is the fourth player aged 21 or under to score for Arsenal in the Premier League this season (along with Saka, Martinelli and Nketiah) – no team have had more different U21 scorers in the competition this term.
  8. Matheus Pereira is the first West Bromwich Albion player to reach 10 goals in a Premier League campaign since Saido Berahino managed 14 goals back in 2014-15.

Arsenal are back in action on Wednesday when they travel across London to face Chelsea, live on Sky Sports; kick off 8.15pm.

Meanwhile, West Brom face Liverpool next Sunday, also live on Sky Sports; kick off 4.30pm.

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Manchester United once again fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park, meaning Manchester City must wait to be crowned Premier League champions.

City still need three points themselves, or for United to drop three points, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team made it 31 points from losing positions, the most of any Premier League side.

Villa took the lead midway through the first half as Bertrand Traore turned and produced a fine effort into the top corner (24), though questions will be asked of Victor Lindelof’s defending.

Player ratings

Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (6), Konsa (7), Mings (5), Targett (6), Luiz (4), McGinn (6), Barkley (4), Traore (6), El Ghazi (5), Watkins (5)

Subs: Ramsey (5), Davis (NA), Wesley (NA)

Man Utd: Henderson (6), Wan-Bissaka (7), Maguire (6), Lindelof (5), Shaw (7), Pogba (7), Fred (6), McTominay (6), Fernandes (6), Rashford (6), Greenwood (7)

Subs: Cavani (7), Bailly (NA), Matic (NA)

Man of the match: Luke Shaw

Opta stats – United the comeback kings

  1. Manchester United have won 10 Premier League matches after conceding first this season, a record by a team in a single season in the competition. They have also recovered 31 points from losing positions, with only Newcastle United in 2001-02 recovering more in a single Premier League season (34).
  2. Maguire was substituted in the second half, ending a run of 71 consecutive Premier League matches for Manchester United in which he completed 90 minutes. This is the joint-longest such run, alongside Gary Pallister between 1993 and 1995.
  3. Edinson Cavani netted his fifth Premier League goal as a substitute this season, equaling the record in a single season for Manchester United, alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1998-99 and Javier Hernandez in 2010-11.

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What’s next?

Man Utd’s hectic schedule continues with a home fixture against Leicester on Tuesday at 6pm, before hosting Liverpool in their rearranged fixture on Thursday at 8.15pm, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Aston Villa host Everton on Thursday night at 6pm, before going to Crystal Palace at midday on Sunday, both live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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