Sport Chelsea 0-1 Porto (2-1 agg): Stunning Taremi strike in vain as Blues reach last four
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Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea are flying the flag for the Premier League while Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid remain strong contenders for the top prize this season.Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are flying the flag for the Premier League, while heavyweights Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid remain strong contenders for the top prize.
Mehdi Taremi's stunning stoppage-time volley was in vain as Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the Champions League despite a 1-0 defeat to Porto.
Chelsea took a giant stride towards the last four with a 2-0 win at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan last week and finished off the job at the same venue on Tuesday.
Porto were devoid of ideas in a drab second leg until substitute Taremi's sublime acrobatic strike gave them a glimmer of hope.
That proved to be too little, too late, though as Chelsea set up a showdown with Real Madrid or Liverpool in what will be their first appearance of the last four in Europe's premier club competition for seven years.
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Conceicao has warned his Porto players to be wary of the wounded Blues, who succumbed to a first loss under new manager Thomas Tuchel in the Premier League on Saturday. 'You know that Thiago Silva was sent off in the first half and that the game had a different course,' said Conceicao. © Provided by Daily Mail Porto boss Sergio Conceicao is expecting a vicious Chelsea response after their recent loss 'Chelsea until this last game had been extremely competent, they have not lost a game in the Champions League, they have the second-best defence in the Champions League and also in the English League.
Porto, with leading scorer Sergio Oliveira back in the side, swarmed all over Chelsea in a positive start and Edouard Mendy was fortune to get away with a poor pass trying to play out from the back.
Mason Mount's speculative shot looped just wide and Reece James flashed wide in rare counter-attacks from the Blues, with Porto not allowing them to settle.
Corona wasted a golden opportunity to halve the deficit when he blazed high and wide after Ben Chilwell failed to deal with a high ball in a frantic first half which the Primeira Liga champions had the better of, but failed to test Mendy.
An unmarked Christian Pulisic wasted a chance to put the London club out of site when he failed to make a proper connection with Chilwell's cross early in the second half.
Wilson Manafa blocked a Mount shot after the in-form midfielder surged into the penalty area, with Chelsea posing much more of an attacking threat.
Sergio Conceicao introduced Taremi after 63 minutes and the striker had half a chance soon after coming on, but failed to generate enough power on a header that was comfortably saved by Mendy.
Taremi gave Porto victory on the night with a brilliant bicycle kick, but the damage had already been done.
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Midfielder Mason Mount said Chelsea are going into every game believing they will win after progressing in the Champions League.Mehdi Taremi's spectacular stoppage-time volley snatched a 1-0 victory for Porto in the quarter-final second leg on Tuesday, but Chelsea progressed 2-1 on aggregate at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.