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Chelsea advanced to the Champions League quarterfinal with Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund, but it didn’t come without controversy.
The Blues advanced with a 2-1 aggregate victory, with Kai Havertz scoring the winning goal on a 53rd minute penalty:
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Kai Havertz gives Chelsea the lead on aggregate. 🎯
Chelsea score twice in a game for the first time since December 27th, 2022. pic.twitter.com/YZavcnbCAy
However, the score came on the second attempt after Havertz missed his first shot. Officials gave the forward a second opportunity after a questionable encroachment call:
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Chelsea retook their penalty due to encroachment after Havertz’ shot hit the post.
Havertz scored on the second attempt. pic.twitter.com/0e1Q66U4R4
Michael Reid @michaelreid52
It will be a disgrace if Chelsea progress much further in @ChampionsLeague Enzo and João Felix in their team breaks the so-called financial fair-play rules. And the VAR decisions have been nonsensical
Si Lloyd @SmnLlyd5
Stuttering run-ups encourage encroachment. It’s particularly rubbish Dortmund are punished there when there’s a couple of Chelsea players who have also encroached before they have
That encroachment call is funny because the Chelsea players were the first ones to run in the area. But I guess that’s not part of the rule?
Taylor Twellman @TaylorTwellman
Encroachment on penalties is so confusing for me.
Chelsea players were further in the box then BvB players. I.
Ian McCullough @IanMac08
Three Chelsea players encroaching and they make them take the kick again. Is that the rule?
Ryan Whitney @ryanwhitney6
Even as a chelsea fan I can admit that’s a complete joke he gets to re take that penalty kick
The initial call was also debated after Marius Wolf committed a hand ball. Chelsea received the penalty after a lengthy VAR check, and fans didn’t all agree:
Gordon Hill @gordonhill54
Absoulutley disgrace VAR is totally ruining the game and Chelsea get out of jail again.
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VAR turns controversial issue in favor of Chelsea #GTVSports
The goal still counted on the scoresheet and helped Chelsea win the tie.
Added to the opening goal scored by Raheem Sterling, the Blues were able to come from behind after a 1-0 loss in the first leg in Germany.
This season certainly hasn’t gone to expectations for Chelsea, which sits 10th in the English Premier League. A matchup against a red-hot Borussia Dortmund squad seemingly ruined the hopes of a deep Champions League run.
A fortunate ruling in the latest match has turned the tides, however, and Chelsea will advance in the UCL with a shot at winning another trophy.