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Chelsea beat Porto in Champions League with pair of away goals

Chelsea Beat Porto in Champions League with Pair of Away Goals

Chelsea scored two away goals in a win over Porto to decisively gain the upper hand in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
Mason Mount sacked Chelsea just after 30 minutes in a balanced first half for both teams where he beat Porto goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín with a low line at the far post to lead his side to a 1-0 lead at the pause.
Since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January, Mount has scored five goals in all competitions, more than any other Chelsea player.
“The finish was Mason’s clinical,” Tuchel told reporters after the game.
“He has the quality to do it and making it in the quarterfinals is a big step for him.”
“He has the right attitude to success. He is open and eager to learn.”
“Mason is a key player for us and I am happy that he fits into this role at a young age.”
Mason Mount celebrates after scoring a goal for Chelsea against Porto in the Champions League. Getty Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud replaced Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in the 65th minute as Tuchel’s side looked for a second away goal.
“There were many times we suffered,” Tuchel admitted. “But we accepted it, that’s the way it is at this point. The spirit was good and it’s a great result.”
Porto, who knocked out Juventus in the round of 16, were more adventurous than the Premier League side and had tripled the number of shots, closing in on veteran defender Pepe’s header who was beaten by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who also repelled an effort from striker Moussa Marega.
However, US international Pulisic hit the bar minutes before Ben Chilwell jumped on a Jesus Corona trap, charged into the box and rounded Marchesin to tap into an empty net for Chelsea’s second.
Chelsea retained their third straight clean sheet in UCL play with the win, having failed to allow a goal in the final 346 minutes of European competition since a Krasnodar strike in the 24th minute in the group stage.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. We kept going, we scored the goal in the first half and the second was a good win,” said Mount. “The job is not done. They will fight for the next step and we will have to give everything. We will be ready.”
Porto midfielder Mateus Uribe said his side “left with a bitter taste” after playing so well but failed to give it a shot.
“We weren’t clinical in front of goal, they had fewer chances and scored two goals,” he said.
“They got the result, but we are leaving with our heads held high because of our performance and we believe we can reverse the relationship with our quality players.”
Much like the first leg, the second will be played at Seville’s Sanchez Pizjuan stadium due to coronavirus restrictions on travel between Portugal and England.

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