Chelsea FC 2-0 Borussia Dortmund LIVE! Champions League Result, Match Stream, Latest Reaction, Updates Today
Chelsea picked up the biggest win of Graham Potter’s reign as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
After a run of three wins in 16 games and trailing 1-0 after the first leg in Germany, the pressure was on for the Blues to produce a performance that turned the tie and potentially their season around. They did just that, making it back-to-back wins for the first time since October.
What this means for the rest of the campaign and Potter’s time in west London remains to be seen, but Raheem Sterling equalized before Kai Havertz, at the second time of asking, scored from the penalty spot to end Dortmund’s ten-game winning streak. run and send Chelsea through to the last eight in the competition they won two years ago.
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Just when Chelsea looked down and out, they showed the world why they deserve to be at Europe’s top table.
This was the night where the endless rallying cries from Graham Potter, his players and the Chelsea hierarchy turned into something more.
Borussia Dortmund, 10 wins in a row, came to Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 lead and expected by most to beat a team with just two wins in 12. Yet they were sent packing from the Champions League, deservedly so.
Potter is often criticized for his behavior on the touchline but looked revitalized tonight. He willed his team on, asking for every referee’s decision and shouting instructions to his players.
Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full report here!
Potter’s thoughts after the match…
“There was a fantastic feeling in the dressing room. We have been through a tough period and this competition means a lot to us. We wanted to progress and get into the last eight and that sets us up for the next few weeks.
“It was important that we put pressure on them and get the audience with us. It is not easy to do because they are a top team that plays with confidence.
“Credit to the players they gave it their all and over the two games I thought we deserved to go through.”
Decisions pay off for the Chelsea boss…
Havertz: We want to continue
“I don’t know what I was thinking, but the referee let me take the penalty again. I was a little nervous, but I scored. I tried to wait and watch the keeper and the other one was a little easier.
“The last two weeks were hard, we lost a lot of games. Tonight was important, this is a big tournament and it’s the last trophy we can win.
“We showed character and that we want to continue.”
Big moment for Potter
Graham Potter pumps his fist into the Matthew Harding End, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
Is this the turning point? It feels like it’s in at Stamford Bridge at least, and at least Chelsea have something to look forward to and build towards.
Ben Chilwell 9
Set up Sterling’s goal, won the penalty and made a goal-saving challenge at the other end. Set part delivery was also on point in a brilliant display.
Raheem Sterling 7
Finished emphatically to break the deadlock after blowing two one-on-ones earlier – albeit from offside positions – in the first half.
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Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge
An outstanding performance in which Chelsea rediscovered a connection with the fans, kept the season alive and eased some of the enormous pressure on Graham Potter.
Chelsea aren’t quite done yet.
FT: Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (agg 2-1)
Chelsea are through to the Champions League quarter-finals!
Not particularly pretty in the second half, but they don’t care one bit. Goals from Sterling and Havertz send the Blues through.
Biggest night in Potter’s time in charge.
90+6 minutes: It should be. Wolf decides to clean out Chilwell and it’s as obvious a free kick as you’ll see. Doesn’t stop the Dortmund man from complaining.
Bellingham then has a couple of attempts to drag Chilwell to his feet. Left back doesn’t really appreciate that.