Chelsea 0-1 Porto (2-1 aggregate): An amazing goal from Tarimi to no avail as the Blues reach the last four
Posted On April 13, 2021
Mehdi Taremi’s stunning shot in stoppage time was to no avail as Chelsea reached the Champions League semi-finals despite losing 1-0 to Porto.
Chelsea took a giant step into the Round of Four with a 2-0 win at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last week and ended their stint at the same venue on Tuesday.
Porto was devoid of ideas in the dismal quarter-final second leg until Substitute Tarimi gave them the impressive acrobatic strike a ray of hope.
That proved too little, too late, despite Chelsea having clashed with Real Madrid or Liverpool in what would be their first appearance in the Round of Four in the first European club tournament in seven years.
Porto, with striker Sergio Oliveira back on the side, joined across Chelsea on a positive start and Edward Mendy was lucky to get off a bad pass while trying to play from behind.
Mason Mount’s imaginative volley deflected widely and Reese James appeared widely in rare counterattacks from the Blues, with Porto not allowing them to settle.
Corona missed a golden opportunity to reduce the difference in half when he shone high and wide after Ben Chilwell failed to deal with a high ball in the frenzied first half, which the Spanish first division champion outperformed, but failed to test Mindy.
Unmarked Christian Pulisic missed an opportunity to keep the London club out of sight when he failed to make adequate contact with Chilwell’s cross early in the second half.
Wilson Manava blocked Mount’s shot after the flashy midfielder burst into the penalty area, with Chelsea posing a far more attacking threat.
Sergio Conceicao Taremi came after 63 minutes and the striker had half a chance shortly after entering, but he failed to generate enough force at a header that was comfortably saved by Mindy.
Tarimi gave Porto the win for the night with a superb bike shot in the 93rd minute, but the damage was already done.