Slavia Prague vs Chelsea Report – Chelsea Match Report
Marcos Alonso scored a header late on to hand Chelsea a 1-0 win at Slavia Prague in the first leg of the Europa League last-eight tie. With an away win and an away goal scored, the Blues do have an upper hand going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge next week.
Maurizio Sarri made some changes to the usual line-up and his under-strength side struggled for rhythm for most parts of the game. Eden Hazard came on around the hour mark and brought more mobility to the play.
Antonio Rudiger produced the first shot on target in the 59th minute, moments after Hazard’s arrival. The Belgian began linking up the play in the final third and posed a genuine threat to the Slavia Prague defence.
Willian came close to breaking the deadlock, but his shot went narrowly wide after a neat one-two with Olivier Giroud.
Kepa made one good save in the second half to keep the score level as the home side looked dangerous in short spells.
In the 86th minute, Willian’s terrific cross from the right wing found Alonso in the box. The latter timed his run perfectly and headed the ball in to hand Chelsea a huge advantage going into the second leg.
All in all, not a perfect performance from Chelsea but a win away from home in Europe is always commendable.
Here’s how their fans reacted after the game: