In Wednesday's Champions League action, Benfica took care of business sealing a 2-0 victory over Club Brugge while Chelsea fell 1-0 to Dortmund despite hitting the post twice in the match. It was an end to end match between two sides that don't play much defense but Dortmund's keeper Gergor Kobel made seven saves while his post did the rest of the work.
It was all that the Black and yellow needed as following Felix's second chance off the post, Karim Adeyemi went coast to coast for one of the goals of the tournament so far. Scoring in his third consecutive match for Dortmund he couldn't be finding form at a better time while Chelsea's issues of not finishing their chances continued.
The Blues won the xG battle 2.13 to 1.41, taking 21 shots in the match but it wasn't enough to turn over Dortmund. Enzo Fernandez likely could've made a tactical foul to stop Adeyemi but if it turned into a red card, it also could've seen Chelsea lose the match 2-0 or worse. It's the little things that plague Chelsea but when this is a common issue, those little things become large.
Brugge only made two mistakes but when you're an underdog facing Benfica that's something that you can't afford. Goncalo Ramos was fouled by Jack Hendry in the box for a penalty and Joao Mario just squeaked in his penalty to score the opening goal. Benfica struggled to get an insurance goal but then that was gifted to them too as David Neres dispossessed a defender and slotted the ball past Simon Mingolet to go up 2-0 two minutes from time.
Brugge's form since the World Cup has been brutal with the club only winning one of 11 matches since the break and facing Benfica, it's clear to see why. New manager Scott Parker's seat is likely already getting warm and before long the team could be looking to appoint their third manager of the season. While there's a chance to overturn this result away to Benfica, it's unlikely that the Belgian club will come back from two goals down. Benfica will want to be more clinical moving forward as this isn't a performance that would suffice against stronger teams but you can only play who is in front of you.
- Borussia Dortmund 1,. Chelsea 0
- Club Brugge 0, Benfica 2