EPL: Chelsea Qualifies For Round Of 16 By Defeating Porto 2 : 0


Chelsea, last night forgot their domestic woes by easing into the Champions League knockout stage with a routine victory which eliminated opponents Porto.

Based on reports by BBC, the Blues enjoyed some luck for the opener as Diego Costa’s low shot was saved by Porto keeper Iker Casillas and rebounded in off Ivan Marcano.

Porto, needing to win to join Chelsea in the last 16, offered little threat.

Willian ensured Chelsea advanced as Group G winners by thumping in a rising shot from 20 yards after the break.

Costa shows he is Mourinho’s cuppa

The Blues created plenty of opportunities in the final 15 minutes, exploiting the space left behind as Porto chased an improbable comeback at Stamford Bridge.

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Eden Hazard struck the post from a tight angle, while recalled striker Costa wasted two clear opportunities as Chelsea threatened a third.

The comfort with which Chelsea negotiated a potentially nervy evening came as welcome relief for manager Jose Mourinho, after a season which has lurched from one calamity to another.

The reigning Premier League champions have struggled domestically, losing eight of their 15 top-flight matches this season to leave them in 14th position.

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