Chelsea lost 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, despite spending record amounts on new hires, and will need to perform better in the return leg to advance to the Champions League round of 16. Chelsea lost 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, despite spending record amounts on new hires, and will need to perform better in the return leg to advance to the Champions League round of 16. After Chelsea generated and wasted several of the better opportunities, Karim Adeyemi ran the whole length of the field to score the game's sole goal on a quick counterattack. Joo Félix of Chelsea missed a headed opportunity on a corner, and the German team immediately began to counter.As Adeyemi charged down the field, he outran Enzo Fernández, then he went around Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the open goal. Adeyemi took the ball from a clearance at the edge of his own penalty area and required less than nine seconds to score at the opposite end. He performed a backflip in joy. Potter told broadcaster BT Sport, "Overall, we created a lot of opportunities and put a lot of effort on goal. It was a really solid performance from us.Despite the goal we gave up, we were still the side in control in the second half, in my opinion. Regrouping is necessary before attacking the Stamford Bridge match. Only three of Chelsea's nine January additions were permitted to be included in the team for the Champions League, although Félix, Fernández, and Mykhailo Mudryk were all starters and all presented a danger. In a first half in which neither club managed a shot on goal, Félix had the two greatest chances while Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly watched from the stands. Early on, Thiago Silva scored for Chelsea, although he did it with his hand. Félix missed a chance to score and then fired many shots against the goal.
Since the second minute, when only a superbly timed challenge from Nico Schlotterbeck prevented Mudryk from racing through on goal, Chelsea's pace and danger on the break had been evident. Prior to Adeyemi's score on the break, Chelsea increased their pressure early in the second half. Jude Bellingham, 19, the captain of Dortmund, was active as well. Julian Brandt and Adeyemi both found themselves in excellent shooting positions but hesitated, allowing Chelsea defenders to stop their attempts. After missing the whole first half of the season while receiving treatment for testicular cancer, Sébastien Haller, making his European debut for Dortmund, failed to make an impression against the Chelsea defence and misfired on his finest opportunity.
Benfica continue their winning run
Despite losing Enzo Fernández to Chelsea, Benfica is still a strong offensive club. Benfica advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory against Club Brugge on Wednesday. Joo Mário scored from the penalty spot and substitute David Neres added a second goal with two minutes remaining. Throughout the whole game, Benfica players shown their superior technical ability and utilised almost every opportunity to cause danger. They might have left the city of Flanders with even more breathing room, but some early carelessness lost them additional goals. After 51 minutes, Joo Mário gave the visitors the lead, and Neres capitalised on the situation.a defensive blunder to score low and make it 2-0. When you win the first leg of a tie while playing away from home, it's a really strong start, according to Benfica coach Roger Schmidt. With five victories and three draws in their past eight Champions League games, Benfica is now undefeated. The Lisbon club won three straight games in a European tournament for the first time since the 2005–06 season with the triumph against the Belgian champions.
Champions League: Dortmund Beat Slumping Chelsea 1- 0
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