Porto suffered a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg. Mason Mount opened the scoring before Ben Chilwell capitalised on an individual error to score in the 85th minute. 

Sérgio Conceição’s side created chances at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium and will be disappointed to give away a cheap goal in the closing stages. The Dragons have a mountain to climb in order to overturn the deficit in Sevilla next week.

Chelsea 2-0 Porto 

Chelsea monopolised possession and made Porto chase the ball in the opening ten minutes. The Portuguese club found their feet however, Luis Díaz seeing his shot blocked and Mateus Uribe firing over the bar. 

Porto sustained the pressure with a succession of corners, Zaidu Sanusi blasting over from close range.

The Blues reasserted their authority and took the lead in the 32nd minute. Jorginho’s pass found Mason Mount who produced a moment of class, turning and beating Zaidu before firing past Agustín Marchesín. 

Porto fought back once again with César Azpilicueta blocking a shot from Jesús Corona. From the resulting corner Pepe’s header was saved by Édouard Mendy. 

The second half started with Timo Werner heading Mount’s cross over the bar. Moussa Marega got past Antonio Rüdiger at the other end with his shot from a tight angle saved by Mendy. 

Díaz shot narrowly wide but it was Chelsea who went close to extending their lead. 

Rüdiger’s shot was saved but only as far as Timo Werner, he squared to Kai Havertz who fired wide under pressure from Pepe.

Thomas Tuchel made his first changes in the 65th minute as Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud came on for Werner and Havertz.

Porto had two half hearted penalty claims denied as the match began to get heated. Marko Grujic was booked before Tuchel made two more changes in the 80th minute, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kanté replacing Reece James and Mason Mount. 

It was Sérgio Conceição’s time to make changes in the 83rd minute with Wilson Manafá, Otávio and Moussa Marega making way for Fábio Vieira, Francisco Conceição and Toni Martínez.

In the 85th minute they were 2-0 down. Pulisic rattled the crossbar but less than 60 seconds later Ben Chilwell capitalised on an error from Corona, racing clear and rounding Marchesín before finishing into an empty net. 

Late goal a brutal blow

Porto showed that they are not far behind Chelsea who have been thriving under Thomas Tuchel. The Dragons would have fancied their chances overturning a 1-0 deficit but conceding a late goal was a brutal blow.

Conceição’s decision to move Corona to right-back back fired as his error allowed Chilwell to race clear and score.

The Dragons will be stronger with Sérgio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi available in the second leg, but it’s a big ask to turn the tie around against a defensively solid Chelsea side. 

The Blues have conceded more than one goal only once in Tuchel’s 16 matches in charge. That came against West Brom on Saturday after they were reduced to 10 men in the 29th minute. 

What’s next?

Porto travel to Tondela as they try to overturn an eight point deficit behind Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga.

Chelsea take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as they attempt to climb into the Premier League top four. 

The return leg will take place in Sevilla next Tuesday at 8pm BST.

By Matthew Marshall

 

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FC Porto should play its games in the US with this roster, are they Portuguese? They should be FC Porto from Mexico City. One Portuguese player in the starting 11. Sad to see my father's dear Porto play with only foreigners. I wonder if FC Porto...

FC Porto should play its games in the US with this roster, are they Portuguese? They should be FC Porto from Mexico City. One Portuguese player in the starting 11. Sad to see my father's dear Porto play with only foreigners. I wonder if FC Porto is only developing the young Portuguese players for the EPL and to not use them at FC Porto. We have a very good U21 team and you wonder what is going on here. Yes they got results, but at what cost????

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9 of the 23 players on the roster yesterday were Portuguese. It would have been 10 if Sergio Oliveira was not suspended. So maybe you should take it easy with the hyperbole.

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Chris - yes on the roster but do they play? Seriously do they play? Wait they play for the Wolves over in England. Now in regards to the hyperbole, lets put this in perspective, I assume you are a Porto fan, but not a Portugal fan, correct....

Chris - yes on the roster but do they play? Seriously do they play? Wait they play for the Wolves over in England. Now in regards to the hyperbole, lets put this in perspective, I assume you are a Porto fan, but not a Portugal fan, correct. Because the FC Porto academy is producing wonderful players for other teams. Can you admit that.

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I was using your specific word: roster.

By that measure, as I said, Porto are actually doing a lot. Benfica for example, had a total of 4 Portuguese players on their total roster last game. Sporting for their part had 11.

So Porto is...

I was using your specific word: roster.

By that measure, as I said, Porto are actually doing a lot. Benfica for example, had a total of 4 Portuguese players on their total roster last game. Sporting for their part had 11.

So Porto is definitely closer to Sporting in that respect. Now, you want to change the parameters of your initial statement. That is a different story.

Am I unhappy that Porto let Jota go without trying to hold on to him after the loan?
Am I unhappy that they sold Ruben Neves 3 seasons too soon?
Am I unhappy that they loaned away Quieros?
That they sold Dalot?
That Andre Silva is playing at Frankfurt instead of cementing a legacy at Porto?
That they loaned Danilo away for no reason whatsoever?

...of course.

I have long been unhappy with the way Porto have done business since Pinto da Costa's son managed to get Antero Henrique ousted. I think Henrique did a lot of great work at the club, and Pinto Jr. has been pocketing a lot of the money for himself.

Take the Porto team this season. I think we have the best 11 in terms of individual quality but then there is a steep drop-off in quality on the bench. Would I like to see us retain Portuguese youth players? Yes. Would I like the club to invest money back into the club instead of the personal accounts of Pinto and co.? Of course.

But that doesn't mean that we have no Portuguese players on the roster as you originally said. Are we getting the most out of them? Well, that is a different story and the real discussion point, in my opinion.

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Well said. In my family you are either FC Porto or not part of the family. Simple. So I ask - what does FC Porto stand for, why do we pay our dues, why do our youth and that of other Portuguese clubs are sold before the diapers come off, are we...

Well said. In my family you are either FC Porto or not part of the family. Simple. So I ask - what does FC Porto stand for, why do we pay our dues, why do our youth and that of other Portuguese clubs are sold before the diapers come off, are we here to make money or are we here to develop players to win trophies? I don't know Chris, it's hard for me to see this current FC Porto team and be passionate about this club or any one player. Do I root for the team yes of course, but am I passionate? NO.

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I agree with a lot of your points, but I think we always have to support the club. For me, as I'm sure for you, Porto is about my family connection. A connection to my Father and that side of the family. And now, to my kids, who sport the blue...

I agree with a lot of your points, but I think we always have to support the club. For me, as I'm sure for you, Porto is about my family connection. A connection to my Father and that side of the family. And now, to my kids, who sport the blue and white when there's a big game on.

There will always be something to complain about or criticize. Conceicao has gotten us back to trophies but his lack of sportsmanship often gets on my nerves. That said, he has slowly turned me into a fan, even if I think his tactics are not always the best.

I'd still rather support my club proudly, than be a plastic fan of an oil club like Man City or PSG and pretend to be proud while my club ruins all that is good in football and instead props up corruption and money laundering. So, in that respect, I will always be passionately in support of FCP.

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We are from the NORTH....

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Come on now, 2-0 is harsh on Porto and its obvious Porto have weak backs and no teeth up front. Marega is just taking up space.

Chelsea are not looking good, they just capitalized on the 2 chances they had. Should have kept Diago Dalot and this...

Come on now, 2-0 is harsh on Porto and its obvious Porto have weak backs and no teeth up front. Marega is just taking up space.

Chelsea are not looking good, they just capitalized on the 2 chances they had. Should have kept Diago Dalot and this might not have happened. Hoping for the best in the return leg as Chelsea are not even close to some unbeatable side. Tuchel is being prematurely praised but thats English media for you, wait until they turn on him as well.

I am sure you both remember it used to be way worse under the Julien Loopysticky, they referrred to Porto and Puerto!

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If Marcelo was one of our backs, Porto would have won 5-0, guaranteed.

In all seriousness, Dalot was let go early, for sure, but I think Zaidu is actually an excellent player. He made a big error, no question, but he has been one of Porto's...

If Marcelo was one of our backs, Porto would have won 5-0, guaranteed.

In all seriousness, Dalot was let go early, for sure, but I think Zaidu is actually an excellent player. He made a big error, no question, but he has been one of Porto's breakout players this season along with Oliveira (arguably broke out last season, but is Porto's best player), and Marchesin.

Zaidu is obviously not going to replace the offensive output or set-piece precision of Alex Telles, but aside from the error against Chelsea, he has almost never put one foot wrong all year.

Manafa isn't bad, but I've never taken to him. I feel he's our version of Andre Almeida: not great, but good enough most of the time. Would be nice if Puerto invested some of the Champions League earnings into quality reinforcements as well as the youth academy. But I honestly doubt it. We have some real issues with the administration.

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