Tuesday 24 April 2012
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.