UCL: Chelsea beats Dortmund to reach quarter-finals
Kai Havertz’s retaken penalty helped Chelsea move into the Champions League quarter-finals as they overturned a one-goal deficit from the first leg to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate.
Havertz sent his initial effort against the post after Marius Wolf was penalised for handball but a re-take was ordered due to encroachment and the Germany international held his nerve, picking the same spot and converting at the second attempt (53).
Raheem Sterling had earlier levelled the tie on aggregate with a powerful strike from the centre of the box from Ben Chilwell’s cut-back (43) following a positive start by the hosts at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, buoyed by Saturday’s much-needed 1-0 win over Leeds in the Premier League, came into the game having only scored twice in their previous seven games but finally found some cutting edge in front of goal, the victory keeping their European dream alive and relieving some of the pressure on head coach Graham Potter.
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For Dortmund, the decision to award Havertz’s penalty and then allow him to retake it left a bitter taste. “It is a yard or two away,” said midfielder Jude Bellingham of the handball. “That in itself was disappointing, but the fact they had a retake is a joke.
“For every penalty with such a slow run up there is going to be encroachment by people running into the box by a yard or so, but that’s the game. They’ve made the decision. We have to live with it.”