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Wednesday 14 March 2012

Superb Chelsea book place in quarter-finals

Blues hit back to stun Napoli and reach last eight of Champions League

Frank Lampard's second-half penalty for Chelsea took the last-16 tie into extra time

Chelsea 4-1 Napoli (aggregate 5-4)

Chelsea produced a stunning second-leg comeback against Napoli in a thrilling match at Stamford Bridge to book their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Chelsea had to withstand some early pressure before Didier Drogba scored with a fine diving header from an inch-perfect Ramires cross on 29 minutes.

Chelsea doubled their lead just after the break when John Terry headed home a Frank Lampard corner only for Napoli to regain the aggregate lead through a superb strike from Gokhan Inler.

Both sides continued to attack and Chelsea took the tie into extra-time when Lampard thumped home a penalty with 15 minutes to go after Branislav Ivanovic's header was blocked by Andrea Dossena's arm.

And Chelsea's passage into the last eight was sealed in the final moments of the first-half of extra-time when Ivanovic stroked the ball into the roof of the net.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea reach Champions League quarter-finals after second-leg comeback
  • Blues were 3-1 down after first match but won second leg 4-1 at Stamford Bridge
  • Goals came from Drogba, Terry, Lampard and Ivanovic
Tags: Chelsea