The current champion of the Champions League and of Club World Cup he became strong at home and set foot in the quarterfinals. The Chelsea won 2-0 at Lille at Stamford Bridge for the first leg of the round of 16 thanks to goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic. Thus, those led by Thomas Tuchel they will go to the second leg of 3/16 in France with the advantage.
Chelsea set foot in the quarterfinals. EFE/EPA/Andy Rain
The first half started with everything, without giving respite. The two teams came out with the idea of pressing and attacking. Thus, at 8′, Kai Havertz, who had already warned twice, opened the scoring with a header after a great corner executed by Hakim Zyech. The German’s goal is Chelsea’s earliest in a Champions League knockout stage match since 18 March 2014when Samuel Eto’o scored in the round of 16 after 4 minutes against Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge.
Havertz with Rudiger and Ziyech in Chelsea’s 1-0 draw. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
After the 1-0, the locals had the chance to increase the score at the feet of Havertz, again, and Mark Alonso, but could not specify. On the other hand, the visit, commanded by the Portuguese Renato Sanchezhad approaches to the rival goal, although it did not generate greater danger to the goalkeeper Mendy.
Pulisic and Thomas Tuchel. EFE/EPA/Andy Rain
The second half was much the same as the first: a back-and-forth match. Same aggressiveness and speed to attack from both sides, but leaving spaces in the defense, something that the Blues knew how to take advantage of it better than the Dogos. At 63′, Kante led the English team against and assisted Pulisic, who subtly defined before the goalkeeper Jardim came out and made the final 2-0.
WHEN IS THE RETURN?
After this great game in London, the key will be defined on Wednesday, March 16 at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium, in three weeks. It is worth clarifying that in the Champions League the away goal rule no longer applies, a detail to take into account.
The goals of the match
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Chelsea won in London and set foot in the quarterfinals