Nemanja Matic’s header 34 mintes into the game , gave the blues a narrow win as they defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Portugal
Matic who spent 3 years in Lisbon, with Sporting’s rivals Benfica before returning to Chelsea in January headed home a Cesc Fabregas cross in the 34th minute
Chelsea wastefulness kept Sporting in the game and Marco Silva had them drilled to break at pace and numbers. Thibaut Courtois was a bystander for much of the first-half but alert to save from Islam Slimani when he needed to be. Pressure was eased by Matic, when the Serb found space in a crowded goalmouth to apply a firm header to a free-kick delivered by Cesc Fabregas and looped over Patricio into the far corner.The visitors took the lead in a half totally dominated by the visitors.The Hosts however came out strong and were looking to threaten Chelsea’s 1 goal advantage , the visitors however held on and recorded their frst win in the Champions League this season.
The result sees Chelsea bounce back from their draw with Schalke at Stamford Bridge on matchday 1, while Sporting, who had previously lost just one of nine home fixtures against English opposition, will rue the end of an unbeaten run at the Estadio Jose Alvalade that stretched to 16 matches in European competition .
Mourinho stressed that it was vital for them to win this match after their opening day draw against Schalke and now they have their destiny in their own hands ,‘It’s understandable, no problem,’ said Mourinho. ‘It is a young team, young players, a big match for them. There was some frustration because we controlled most parts of the game. The game was hard but correct.’
Sporting summoned some quality in the second half. They were spirited and much more threatening and almost found a way back into the game. Nani crashed his best chance into the site-netting from an angle and curled another close, while Montero flashed a header wide.
Chelsea survived the scares and are well placed to win the group. ‘We can control our destiny,’ said Mourinho. ‘We play two games against Maribor and if we manage six points that would be 10 and job done.
Chelsea are now well placed in their group ,with 4 points from 2 games and qualification can almost be certainity with 2 games against Slovenian outfit Maribor still remaining and Sporting yet to Visit Stamford Bridge