Chelsea overturned their deficit from the first leg against Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 victory on a special UEFA Champions League (UCL) night at Stamford Bridge, winning 2-1 on aggregate to secure their place in the quarter-final.
Chelsea looked lively in the opening exchanges, although Kalidou Koulibaly and Kai Havertz both missed the target before Die Schwarzgelben’s influence on the pitch grew, with Marco Reus’ free-kick forcing a superb save from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The forward was denied by the post, then had his celebrations halted due to Raheem Sterling roaming offside in the build-up to the German smashing a beauty of a strike in off the underside of the crossbar.
Having provided the ball for the opener, Ben Chilwell delivered a cross that was handled by Marius Wolf to win a penalty within five minutes of the restart.
With Die Schwarzgelben forced to step up their pursuit of an equaliser on the night, Jude Bellingham poked an effort wide and Wolf was denied by Kepa and Niklas Süle’s strike whistled past the post.
Despite Sterling being caught marginally offside again before selflessly teeing up Conor Gallagher, relentless BVB pressure and the game stretching past its alotted six minutes of added time, Chelsea held out to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since October, progressing to the quarter-final on what the Blues will hope can be a transformative night for them under Graham Potter.