Chelsea advanced into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Lille

Chelsea beat Lille 2-1 (4-1 on aggregate) to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals. Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta scored the goals.

The European champions put their off-field issues aside and put forth a solid performance to defeat the Ligue 1 team.

Chelsea took a first-half lead when Burak Yilmaz scored from the penalty spot after Jorginho was sent off for handball, but Pulisic equalised in the first-half added time.

With less than 20 minutes remaining, Azpilicueta put the game out of reach by converting a replacement Mason Mount with his knee.

Chelsea has shown no indications of being distracted by the club's sale, winning their fifth game in a row since Roman Abramovich announced his ownership would be ending.

Lille made a strong start, but Chelsea weathered the storm, even though Andreas Christensen, who appeared to have a hamstring injury, had to be replaced by Trevoh Chalobah.

During a dreary first period, the hosts took their chance to get back into the game. After a VAR check, referee Davide Massa was instructed to watch the event on the pitchside monitor and was penalised for handball. Yilmaz scored a stunning side-footed penalty kick into the top-right corner to cut the lead to one goal.

On the other hand, Chelsea maintained their cool, and after a patient passing move, Jorginho slipped in Pulisic to slide in a critical equaliser with the last kick of the half.

Lille should have taken the lead in the second leg in the second half, but Xeka's close-range header hit the post from a Yilmaz cross.

When Mount ran down the left side and crossed for the outstanding Azpilicueta, who converted at the back post to put the tie beyond doubt, Chelsea punished the error.