Match Info – Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund Highlights
Chelsea produced a magnificent performance to overcome Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, with goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell securing a 2-0 win on the night and a 2-1 victory on aggregate, earning the Blues a spot in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
The atmosphere was electric as Borussia Dortmund’s fans created a sea of yellow smoke in the away section, but their joy was short-lived as Julian Brandt was forced off the field due to injury just five minutes into the game, and despite a few early chances for Chelsea, it was Dortmund who looked more dangerous on the attack, with Marco Reus coming close to breaking the deadlock with a brilliant free-kick that was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
As the first half progressed, Chelsea continued to push forward with Havertz in fine form. Despite hitting the post and having a goal ruled out for offside, he kept working hard and eventually got his reward. Sterling, who had been wasteful earlier, redeemed himself with a well-taken goal to equalize just before halftime and give the Blues the momentum going into the second half.
44 – Since his debut in the competition in September 2014, Raheem Sterling (44) has been involved in more Champions League goals than any other Englishman (27 goals, 17 assists), while only Wayne Rooney (30) has ever netted more in the competition amongst his compatriots. Lion. pic.twitter.com/3V1tpBaj4i
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After a frenetic opening, the second half started with a bang as Ben Chilwell’s cross was handled by Marius Wolf, leading to a penalty for Chelsea that was initially saved by Alexander Meyer but retaken due to encroachment and converted by Kai Havertz, putting the Blues ahead on aggregate and putting pressure on Dortmund to find a goal to stay alive in the tie, but despite their efforts, they were unable to find a way past Kepa Arrizabalaga and the Chelsea defense, who held on for a hard-fought 2-1 aggregate win and a place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea’s gritty defensive display in the dying minutes of the match saw them hold off a resurgent Borussia Dortmund side, with Conor Gallagher’s blocked shot in the dying seconds of injury time epitomizing their dogged determination to progress to the quarter-finals. While Dortmund will rue their missed chances and succumbing to their first defeat this year, the Blues will hope this victory under Graham Potter is a sign of things to come.