Premier League side Chelsea and French giants, Paris St Germain (PSG) have both booked their spots in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Chelsea hung on to reach the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate win; despite Mehdi Taremi’s stunning overhead kick in added time handing Porto a 1-0 victory on Tuesday.
The substitute had been responsible for his side’s only attempt on target as they chased a 2-0 deficit from last week’s first leg. But he provided an emphatic response in a cagey game with his acrobatic strike deep into added time. Thomas Tuchel’s side had a healthy lead from last week’s away game in Seville. However, Chelsea had to withstand an intense start from Porto in their home leg back at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium; the venue of both games due to Portugal’s coronavirus restrictions.
Porto’s Jesus Corona closed down the Chelsea keeper, Edouard Mendy early on. But he failed to make the most of the keeper’s botched pass.
The Mexican winger missed another good chance later in the half; shuffling past Ben Chilwell in the area only to blast over the crossbar. Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic each came close to breaking the deadlock for Chelsea after the interval. But the Londoners were more focused on keeping Porto at bay.
Also, PSG reached the Champions League semi-finals despite a 1-0 home defeat by holders Bayern Munich, on Tuesday, as they progressed on away goals.
This was after a 3-3 aggregate result in a thriller that was on a knife edge until the final whistle.
Bayern striker, Eric Choupo-Moting scored the only goal before the interval. But it was not enough to overturn the German side’s 3-2 loss in last week’s first leg. Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG side, who struggled at times in Munich, had the clearest chances; but lacked efficiency, with Neymar hitting the woodwork twice and Kylian Mbappe’s speed proving tough to handle, but with no end product.
PSG kept their composure in a nerve-wrecking finale to book a last-four spot against Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund; who play on Wednesday, as they aim to reach the final for the second year in a row in their third semi-final appearance.