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Lille 1-2 Chelsea: Pulisic and Azpilicueta Score as the Blues Advance to the UCL Quarter-Finals

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Lille 1-2 Chelsea: Pulisic and Azpilicueta Score as the Blues Advance to the UCL Quarter-Finals

In a raucous Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Chelsea defeated Lille 4-1 on aggregate to go to the quarter-finals of the European Champions League.

After taking a commanding first-leg lead in France, the Blues were forced to battle back from a poor start to win the return leg in a match played amid persistent doubt about the club’s future.

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Burak Yilmaz scored a penalty after a video assistant referee (VAR) determined that Jorginho had handled the ball, only for Christian Pulisic to equalize in first-half injury time.

César Azpilicueta, Chelsea’s captain, scored a goal at the back post to put the match beyond the grasp of the French champions with only 19 minutes remaining in the game.

The opponents for Thomas Tuchel’s team’s final eight games will be revealed in Friday’s draw.

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