On a night of high drama at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz were enough to see off the German side and ease the pressure on Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.
The game started at a frenetic pace, with both sides looking to take the initiative. Dortmund had the first chance of the game, with Erling Haaland firing a shot just wide of the post. Chelsea responded with a flurry of attacks, but were unable to find a way through the Dortmund defence.
The Blues finally broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute, when Sterling latched onto a pass from Mason Mount and fired a low shot past Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki. The goal was a huge boost for Chelsea, and they almost doubled their lead shortly afterwards, but Burki was equal to Timo Werner’s effort.
Dortmund had a chance to equalise just before half-time, but Haaland’s effort was blocked by Kurt Zouma. The second half started in much the same way as the first, with both sides looking to take the initiative.
Chelsea had a great chance to double their lead in the 57th minute, but Werner’s effort was saved by Burki. The Blues finally got their second goal in the 68th minute, when Havertz fired a low shot past Burki.
The goal was enough to secure Chelsea’s place in the quarter-finals, and the Blues held on for the remainder of the game to secure a 2-0 victory. The win was a huge boost for Tuchel, who has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks.
The victory was also a huge boost for Chelsea’s hopes of winning the Champions League this season. The Blues will now face Porto in the quarter-finals, and will be hoping to continue their impressive run of form.