Result: Marcos Alonso goal gives Chelsea win over Slavia Prague in Europa League
A late goal from Marcos Alonso has earned Chelsea a 1-0 win over Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.
The Blues struggled for large parts of Thursday’s game at the Sinobo Stadium, but Alonso’s header four minutes from time has provided the Blues with a potentially-decisive advantage ahead of next week’s second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Slavia Prague netted six times over two legs against Sevilla in the previous round, and the Czech outfit went close to their first of this tie after less than two minutes as Simon Deli sent a header wide of the far post from eight yards out.
Maurizio Sarri had made seven changes to his starting lineup and the alterations perhaps contributed to a disjointed opening from the visitors, although Willian was offering a threat down the left side of the pitch.