Graham Potter and his men locked horns with Dortmund in the second leg of the round of 16 games in the UEFA Champions League competition. The last time both teams met, the match ended in a 1-0 win in favor of the away side. Dortmund lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation while the Chelsea team started the game in a 3-4-3 formation.
The away side kicked off the game strongly as they pushed for an opening goal. Dortmund won a corner in the 1st minute of the game but could not score from it. Sterling missed a good opportunity to score in the 2nd minute. Chelsea continued to press forward as J. Felix won a corner for his team. Havertz missed a glorious chance to open the lead in the 8th minute.
The Bundesliga giants started to grow in confidence as they kept possession of the ball but could not pose any threat to Chelsea's defeat. Dortmund won a crucial free kick in the 15th minute. Kepa made a good save to deny the away side a goal.
The first 20 minutes ended with the German side as the better team in terms of ball possession. Both teams struggled to create goal-scoring attempts. Havertz's attempt hit the post in the 28th minute. Dortmund won a free kick in the 30th minute but could not find the target.
Kovacic tried a long-range effort in the 32ne minute but it was widely off target. Havertz's goal was canceled for offside in the 38th minute. The deadlock was broken in the 43rd minute as Sterling gave Chelsea the lead. The Blues won a corner in the 45+2 minutes but could not score from it. The first half ended with Dortmund trailing Chelsea by a goal to nil.
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