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Chelsea, PSG Boost Semi-Final Places in UEFA Champions League

Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0 in Seville in the first leg quarter-final of the UEFA Champions league last night

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored in each half to put the EPL side on the drivers seat ahead of the second leg next week.

PSG also saw off Bayern Munich 3-2 away in the first leg to become the first side to defeat both Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the same season.

Kylian Mbappe scored twice on the night as the holders suffered a rare defeat.

Marquinhos doubled the lead midway through the first half with a neat finish from a great ball by Neymar before ex-PSG striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting headed home to halve the deficit.

Bayern kept up the pressure in the second half and deservedly levelled when Thomas Muller guided in a header from Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick.

However, Mbappe had the final say as he swept a low strike through Jerome Boateng’s legs late on to give PSG a crucial third away goal heading into the second leg.

Chelsea in Command

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for Mount after the encounter.

Tuchel says Mason Mount’s first Champions League goal was a “big step” for the player as his side established a commanding quarter-final lead.

The England midfielder set the Blues on their way to victory over Porto, with Ben Chilwell adding a second to give Chelsea a 2-0 first-leg lead.

Mount has scored three goals in his past four games for club and country, and at 22 years and 87 days, he also became Chelsea’s youngest ever goalscorer in a Champions League knockout match.

“The finish was clinical and excellent from Mason,” said Tuchel. “He has the quality to do this and to do it in a quarter-final is a big step for him and a big help for the team.

“He is a very important player for our squad at a young age. The first goal was very important for us.

“It came in a moment after which we had suffered a lot – the team was too tense. We lacked the freedom. Our game was a bit static.”

‘I’m not here to hide’ – Mbappe up for the big games

Mbappe has now scored eight Champions League goals this season, the joint-most in a single season in the competition by a Frenchman, along with Wissam Ben Yedder in 2017-18 and David Trezeguet in 2001-02.

His double follows his hat-trick in the 4-1 win against Barcelona in the previous round and he said: “Like I said in Barcelona, I love this type of game.

“They haven’t always gone my way and maybe they won’t in the future, but I’m not here to hide. I love this kind of game and being decisive.”

For Bayern coach Hansi Flick, this was his first taste of defeat in the Champions League and he rued the number of missed chances.

“With the chances we had, we could have got a good result despite conceding three goals,” Flick said.

“We don’t like to lose, but the way the team played was top.”

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