On Wednesday night in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Chelsea became UEFA Europa League champions after beating Benefica 2-1 with a spectacular second goal in the 93th-minute of extra-time.
The Europa League is a second-tier tournament, and for most of last night's match it lived up to that distinction. The match was not well attended neither. Leading up to the championship match, the UEFA governing body made it difficult to get tickets. However, there were a lot of empty seats at Amsterdam ArenA; needless to say, and the game wasn't very exciting as both teams seemed to be going through the motions. Throughout the match Chelsea looked disorganized and tired; Benefica on the other hand looked like the side that wanted it more (obvious from the half dozen chances they had) but it was not meant to be.
Fernando Torres scored the first goal of the match on a miscue when Juan Mata failed to control a ball thrown to him by the goalkeeper. Nine minutes later, Benefica equalized off a penalty kick by Cardozo. Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic scored the winning goal with a header late in the 93rd-minute of extra-time.