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Porto 0–2 Chelsea

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored their first Champions League goals as Chelsea took a healthy lead from their quarter-final first leg against Porto.

Receiving a Jorginho pass on the edge of the area in the 32nd minute, Mount expertly turned his man before finishing low into the far corner to put Chelsea ahead.

And Chilwell took advantage of a heavy touch from Jesus Corona to stride clear, round the keeper, and tap in a second in the 85th minute.

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With 40% of their goal threat missing through suspension in the form of Sergio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi, Porto still had the better early chances

A dipping volley from Mateus Uribe and a Zaidu Sanusi rebound during a series of corners went close.

However, Mount broke the deadlock with Chelsea’s first attempt on target.

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Porto continued to threaten either side of the half, with Luis Diaz curling narrowly wide early in the second period.  

But Chelsea, who made five changes from the shock 5-2 defeat to West Brom, including a return for Antonio Rudiger after his training ground bust-up with Kepa Arrizabalaga, held onto their lead.

Cesar Azpilicueta headed wide from close range deep into the half, but Chelsea largely had to defend until late on.

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Substitute Christian Pulisic blasted against the bar seconds before Ben Chilwell did add a crucial second ‘away goal’, despite the game being played in Seville.

The last Chelsea manager before Thomas Tuchel to win his first three Champions League knockout games was Roberto Di Matteo who went on to win the competition.

Click here for the report of Chelsea’s victory over Atletico Madrid in the previous round.

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