Tuesday 24 April 2012

Chelsea shock Barca to reach final

Ten-man Blues overcome loss of John Terry to stage remarkable comeback and win semi-final

Chelsea produced a performance of courage to see off Barcelona

UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg

Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (agg 2-3)

Chelsea reached the final of the UEFA Champions League in extraordinary fashion, producing an immense performance to overcome Barcelona.

Sergio Busquets put the Catalans ahead on 35 minutes after being played through by Isaac Cuenca, then John Terry was sent off moments later for a foul on Alexis Sanchez.

When Lionel Messi set up Andres Iniesta for Barca's second before half-time, Chelsea's hopes looked to be in tatters.

But Ramires produced a quite stunning lofted finish in the dying moments of the first half to make it 2-1 and bring the aggregate scores level - but with Roberto di Matteo's men ahead on away goals.

After the interval, Messi sent a penalty against the bar following a foul in the area on Cesc Fabregas.

Barca pressed on, but Chelsea produced a brilliant rearguard action, with Petr Cech tipping a Messi shot on to the post to deny the Argentine a seemingly-certain goal.

And in the closing moments, Fernando Torres raced clear with Barca pushing forward, keeping his composure to level on the night.

It completes an aggregate win which means Chelsea will play in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich on May 19th in Munich.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate to reach UEFA Champions League final
  • Blues were 2-0 down on the night and down to 10 men after John Terry sent off
  • Ramires and Fernando Torres completed remarkable comeback
Tags: Chelsea