How Chelsea beat Borussia Dortmund despite being down after the first leg and moved on to the Champions League quarter-finals
Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz both scored goals to help the Blues get to the quarterfinals after a rough start.
In their match against Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea came back from being down a goal after the first game to win 2-1 and move on to the semifinals of the Champions League. Raheem Sterling scored in the first half, and Kai Havertz put away a controversial penalty in the second.
Chelsea, the team that won the title in 2021, missed a lot of chances in the first half, just like they did three weeks earlier when Dortmund beat them 1-0 in Germany. Havertz, a player for Germany, hit the wall. In the 43rd minute, England teammate Ben Chilwell sent a pass into the area that went to Sterling.
Sterling’s first shot went high into the air, but after he dodged Marco Reus and tried again, he was able to send his second shot high into the net and tie the game.
Early in the second half, Chilwell sent a pass that hit defenseman Marius Wolf’s outstretched hand. After the Dutch judge Danny Makkelie checked the video assistant referee, he called a penalty. After Havertz’s shot went wide of the goalkeeper’s left post, play went on for a short while before Makkelie got a signal from the video assistant referee that Dortmund players were in the penalty area.
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Havertz took the shot again in the 53rd minute and fired it in the same general direction. This time, though, the ball made it into the goal, which is called a goal.
Dortmund’s first loss was a good sign for Chelsea because they had won their previous 10 games. Since the beginning of the year, Graham Potter’s team had been having trouble getting back into shape.