Chelsea overcame a sloppy second half to make it into the semi-finals of the Europa League on Thursday evening, and after the match their fans praised a key player on social media.
The Blues looked to have put one foot into the last four when they saw off Slavia Prague 1-0 in the Czech Republic last week, and after a scintillating first half at Stamford Bridge, there should have been no doubt about their progression in the competition.
Chelsea flew out of the traps in the second leg on Thursday, and were soon 3-0 up on the night as a Pedro strike, an own goal and another from Olivier Giroud, the top scorer in the competition this season, had the Londoners flying.
With the Blues being 4-0 up on aggregate at that point, the tie looked won even when Slavia pulled a goal back, and should definitely have been the case almost immediately after, when the home side scored again.
Pedro picked up his second of the evening to see Chelsea head into the break 4-1 up on the night and cruising into the semi-finals. The Czechs didn’t get that script though, and two strikes in the first 10 minutes of the second half made for a very nervy Stamford Bridge for a while.
As it was, the Blues saw out the remainder of the match very comfortably, to set up a last four clash with Eintracht Frankfurt next month, as they look to give themselves two chances of reaching next season’s Champions League, with them still fighting for a top four spot in the Premier League.
After the match, many Chelsea fans responded to a tweet from star of the show Pedro, congratulating him on his performance and singling him out for the attention that his display deserved, on what became a night of two halves in the end.
Here are the pick of their messages:
Keep the good performance up 💙💪
— mohammed alkotaifan (@MQtafan) April 18, 2019
Came from Injury and scored 2 goals. Well done
— DaveXYZ (@Redefined21) April 18, 2019
Our man was lit today😍Literally at his best!
— Shubham Shah (@Shu_07_bham) April 18, 2019
Well done on the goals 💙💙💙
— Ann Mckenzie (@annmckenzie67) April 18, 2019
2 goals 1 assist. Good job pedro. Congrats chelsea
— DD (@NorshahRosle) April 19, 2019
Fantastic 1st half best player on pitch by far 👍
— Beaky9000 (@beaky9000) April 19, 2019
You performed very well ! Thank you !
— yewwah(cool) Singapore johnny (@harmony2828) April 19, 2019
You were on 🔥 today! Well done
— Jason Alborough (@JayAlbz11) April 18, 2019
Yes sir . U did great as I know you would . This is your type of opponents . Let’s finish it and qualify for champions league .
— BlueCanuk (@r_surren) April 18, 2019
Well done, Pedro! #KTBFFH 💙
— 🐧👑 (@PenguinQueeeen) April 18, 2019