Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz help Blues into last eight by beating a very on-form Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (2-1 agg) as The Blues completed an incredible turnaround at Stamford Bridge to seal their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Rahem Sterling and Kai Havertz put two goals against Dortmund in the return leg, which helped the London club progressed thanks to 2-1 on aggregate.
Chelsea 2-0 Borussia Dortmund – Game Highlights
Borussia Dortmund were the most in-form in Europe’s top 5 leagues, but that was before they came to face Graham Potter’s Chelsea.
The Blues handed the Bundesliga side the first defeat of 2023, in a game that they could not score for the first time in almost 4 months.
Former Man City striker Sterling missed a couple of chances in the first half, but he was the one who broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute.
Sterling did not hit the ball with his first touch from Ben Chilwell’s cross back, but his second effort worked as he slammed the ball into the roof of the net to put the host on lead.
Second half opened brightly for Chelsea with an early penalty after Marius Wolf’s arm blocked Chilwell from crossing.
Havertz, who had two of the best chances to score in the first half but failed, stepped up to face Alexander Meyer in the post.
The German striker hit the post and looked pretty much like he was haunted by the curse that he had never scored against Dortmund in his career.
However, referee ordered a re-take as a Dortmund player allegedly encroached, this time, Havertz sent Meyer the wrong way as he doubled the lead for Chelsea.
Apart from the attackers, the Blues’ backline with Koulibaly, Cucurella and goalkeeper Kepa were in excellent form to help their side stand still without conceding.
It was Dortmund’s first defeat since club competitions stopped prior to the World Cup, having won 10 in a row heading into this game, and was Chelsea’s second win in a week as Graham Potter looks to turn their fortunes around.
- Chelsea have now progressed from five Champions League knockout stage ties after losing the first leg, the joint-most of any team in the competition’s history (Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid also five).
- Borussia Dortmund have lost their last six away games against English sides in the Champions League, since beating Arsenal 2-1 in October 2013.
- Chelsea scored more than once in match for the first time in 13 matches in all competitions, since beating Bournemouth 2-0 in the Premier League in December.
- Sterling’s opener for Chelsea was his 20th home goal in the Champions League, the first English player to reach this particular milestone. Of all players to have scored at least 25 goals in the competition, only Robin van Persie (80%) and David Trezeguet (79%) have scored a higher share at home than Sterling (74% – 20/27).
- Havertz’s penalty goal was Chelsea’s ninth consecutive successful penalty in the Champions League, since Jorginho hit the woodwork against Krasnodar in October 2020.
- Chelsea boss Graham Potter has become just the second English manager to win five games in a single Champions League campaign, along with Bobby Robson at Newcastle in 2002-03.
Graham Potter’s side would love to bring the momentum back to the league as they are facing Leicester City on weekend, before the draw to know who they are set to clash in the Champions League’s best eight round.