Slavia Prague 0-1 Chelsea: Alonso bails out the Blues

Europa League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 11/04/2019

Marcos Alonso bailed out Chelsea in the Europa League against Slavia Prague on Thursday evening as he scored the only goal of the game to give away team an edge ahead of the second leg.

Chelsea enjoyed a spell of possession against Slavia Prague but they are yet to find the back of the net, Mateo Kovacic pushed the attack for Chelsea but his aggression was noted by the referee.

Slavia Prague stepped up their game to match Maurizio Sarri's men, but the Blues controlled the game as Willian smashed the ball against the crossbar in the 25th minute of the encounter.

Chelsea was unable to find the back of the net as Slavia remained compact and impregnable for Chelsea to crack down in the opening 45 minutes.

The first half ended half in 0-0 as the home team held Chelsea.

In the second half, Chelsea was more aggressive as they aim to get an away goal, Sarri made his first substitution as Pedro was withdrawn for Eden Hazard in a bid to get a goal.

Willian was close to get a goal for Chelsea but his effort went inches wide the post, Peter Olayinka combined well with his teammate at the edge of the box but they not the right position to get a shot on goal.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was forced into a fine save to prevent Slavia Prague from taking the lead after he denied Ibrahim Traore shot after the Slavia Prague playwer danced his way through the defense.

Chelsea made another substituion as Ross Barkley made way for Ruben Loftus-Cheek with 15 minutes remaining.

Marcos Alonso found the back of the net with four minutes to go, after the defender connected well with a fine cross from William.