It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t easy, but Chelsea has made their way through to the quarter-final stages of the Champions League after coming from behind to defeat Porto 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
However, this didn’t look like a match that Chelsea would win. The Blues sorely missed John Terry especially when Porto easily broke down Chelsea’s defence and scored the opener. Chelsea was extremely lucky to score the equalizer after a long range shot from Arjen Robben was bumbled into the net by the Porto goalkeeper.
In a rare occurrence, Michael Ballack scored the winner for Chelsea with a beautiful volley after being set up by Andre Shevchenko.
While Chelsea got the lucky break they needed to advance in the tournament, they’ll have to play a lot better than that to have any hope of making it into the semi-final.
Chelsea now joins Liverpool, Roma, and Valencia in the quarter-finals. Two out of four English clubs have made it through to the next round. Let’s see if Man United and Arsenal can make it four out of four tomorrow.