Europa League: Chelsea Survive Scare To Secure Semifinal Berth
Premier League giants Chelsea are through to the last four of this year’s Europa League after they survived a scare against Czech side Slavia Prague.
The Blues had to overcome a second-half fightback in their Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash with the team from Czech Republic.
Chelsea won the first leg 1-0 away from home courtesy an 86th-minute goal from Marcos Alonso and they wasted no time in adding to that advantage when Spanish international Pedro Rodriguez gave the hosts an early lead in the fifth minute.
The West Londoners were 2-0 up when Slavia Prague defender Simon Deli put through his own net.
Olivier Giroud added another goal for his 10th goal in the Europa League this season before Tomas Koubek pulled one back for the visitors.
Pedro Rodriguez was the star man for Chelsea after he added his brace for the Blues to make it 4-1 at the halftime interval.
Slavia Prague fought back in the second half with two goals from Petr Sevcik but it was too late as they succumbed to a 4-3 loss to Chelsea and a 5-3 aggregate defeat.
Europa League favourites Chelsea will now face Eintracht Frankfurt in the final four of the competition with a spot in the final up for grabs.