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Chelsea Rides Luck With 2-1 Win Against Porto

arjen robben Chelsea Rides Luck With 2 1 Win Against PortoIt 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.

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2 Responses to Chelsea Rides Luck With 2-1 Win Against Porto

  1. Kartik says:

    Porto can feel hard done by the result. They certainly looked the more dangerous side, but this is exactly the reason Chelsea brought in Sheva and Ballack, so despite all the criticism both have taken, they came through when they were most needed.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a load of rubbish. How can Porto have looked threatening when they only had two shots in the first half and one blocked effort in the second (not even an off-target one). Chelsea had 16 shots on goal and there was only going to be one winner from the half hour mark onwards?

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