Chelsea reached the Champions League final in the most dramatic of circumstances as a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou saw them progress by 3-2 over Barcelona on aggregate.
An incredible match looked to be heading Barcelona's way after first-half goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta. And with Chelsea down to 10 men, after John Terry was sent off for an off-the-ball challenge on Alexis Sanchez, there seemed no way back for the visitors. But Ramires scored an sublime goal at the end of the first half and after Lionel Messi missed a penalty, substitute Fernando Torres secured Chelsea's progress in injury time.
Pep Guardiola named a surprise starting lineup that featured a back three, including Gerard Pique, and no Dani Alves. But both sides soon had to make changes to their lineup though. Pique for Barcelona and Gary Cahill for Chelsea were both forced off with injuries in the first 45 minutes.
And what a first half it was. Barcelona dominated possession, but continued to struggle to find a way through. But the Catalans finally got their first goal in the tie 35 minutes into this second-leg. After Chelsea failed to readjust following the half-clearance of a corner, Dani Alves found Isaac Cuenca in some space down the left of the area. The youngster laid the ball across the box and Sergio Busquets was there to finish into a virtually empty net.
And things got better for Barcelona just two minutes later. Inexplicably, Chelsea captain John Terry put his knee into the back of Alexis Sanchez off the ball and was rightly sent off after the referee had been alerted to the incident by his assistant. Sanchez and Barcelona may have made the most of it, but that was a crazy act by Terry for which there can be no defense.
Trying desperately to cling on till half-time, Chelsea fell two goals behind on the night and 2-1 on aggregate with a clinical goal from Andres Iniesta. Lionel Messi finally found some space and played a perfectly timed ball through to Iniesta who side-footed the ball past Petr Cech and into the bottom right corner.
And that seemed to be that. But Chelsea had other ideas and came back into the game in sensational fashion in first-half injury time. Out of nowhere Frank Lampard slipped the ball through to Ramires who unleashed a sublime chip over the head of Victor Valdes and into the back of the net. It was a crucial goal that meant the 10-man Blues were leading the tie on away goals going into the break.
It looked as if Barcelona would restore their advantage after the restart when Drogba brought down Fabregas for a clear penalty. But, incredibly, in a tie of missed chances for Barcelona, Messi of all people hit his spot-kick back off the cross bar.
Chelsea continued to defend resolutely and when Barcelona did break through, Cech saved them. The closest Bacelona came to getting what would surely have been a decisive goal coming when Messi's low drive was brilliantly tipped onto the post by Chelsea's Czech keeper.
All that was left was for a fairytale ending as substitute Fernando Torres, who has cut a forlorn figure during his 14 months at Stamford Bridge, sprinted clear and rounded Valdes to slot into the empty net and send all at Chelsea into jubilation.
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