Chelsea beat Porto 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to book a place in the Champions League Last 16 yesterday.
Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır was joined by Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun, Mustafa Eyisoy, Hüseyin Göçek and Barış Şimşek for the Match Day 6 clash.
The Blues ended up winning the game convincingly but were fortunate that the additional Barış Şimşek referee spotted that the ball had crossed the line.
The decision – as to be expected – went down very well with Chelsea fans and one tweeter went as far to claim that Şimşek saves Chelsea’s season.
Meet Baris Simsek, additional assistant ref & Chelsea's potential season saver: 39, and a construction engineer from Trabzon. Teşekkürler!
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) December 9, 2015
The victory ensured that Chelsea booked a place in the Champions League Last 16 finishing Group G in first place.
Çakır and his team had a reputation for being harsh on English club players in European competition and famously sent of Chelsea star John Terry a few seasons back but he made the right tall last night.
Şimşek was also recently praised by Mesut Özil for awarding his goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League under similar circumstances.