Soccer-Chelsea meet Porto to reach the semi-finals despite Taremi stunner
© Reuters. Champions League – Quarter-Finals Second Leg – Chelsea – Porto
SEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) – Chelsea reached the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate win, despite added-time Mehdi Taremi winning Porto 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
The substitute was responsible for his team’s only attempt on goal as they chased a 2-0 deficit from last week’s first leg, but he made a strong response in a cage game with his acrobatic goal in added time.
Thomas Tuchel’s team had a good lead after the away game in Seville last week and had to withstand an intense start from Porto in the home game at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, the venue for both games, due to the restrictions of the Portuguese corona virus.
Porto’s Jesus Corona closed Edouard Mendy from Chelsea early on, but could not make optimal use of the goalkeeper’s missed pass. The Mexican winger missed another good chance later in the half when he shuffled past Ben Chilwell in the area and shot over the bar.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic nearly broke the impasse after the break, but Londoners were more focused on keeping Porto at bay.
“We accepted what was needed, it was a tough, tough fight,” Tuchel told BT Sport.
“Maybe it wasn’t so nice to see on TV, but on the sidelines it was a very intense game, a very fast game. It was very difficult to play against them to get out of the pressure but every minute we got it made better and better. ” . “
Taremi’s last goal prevented them from remaining clean, but Chelsea made it to the semi-finals of Europe’s top rivals for the first time since 2014.
Taremi was suspended for the first leg along with top scorer Sergio Oliveira and started the game on the bench after taking a blow in Porto over the weekend in Tondela.
The Iranian striker was introduced in the middle of the second half and immediately gave his team more bite in attack. He was the first player to test Mendy even though his header didn’t have enough poison to hit the goalkeeper.
Mendy was powerless to stop his thunderous volley, but Porto had less than two minutes of added time to find another goal to force extra time and Chelsea held onto their advantage.
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