Posted by News Express | 8 April 2014 | 2,913 times
The sky is blue tonight! Chelsea FC and their fans across the world are on cloud nine. Minutes ago the Blues literally case back from the dead, muscling out tough Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge in London in the European Champions League quarter-final second leg.
Chelsea needed two unreplied goals to overcome the 1-3 first leg loss and make it to the semi-final. And that was exactly what happened, with a goal in each half giving an aggregate 3-3 result and qualification courtesy of the away goal rule.
Hope rose for the Blues when Schurrle, who replaced injured Hazard, netted the opener in the 32nd minute. “A long throw from Ivanovic on the right, a flick on by the head of David Luiz, and a calm first-time finish from 12 yards by Schurrle as the ball dropped onto his right foot. He took that really nicely. As things stand Chelsea, who have been hopeless thus far, are one goal from the semi-final.” That was how one report described the opener.
When the match seemed destined to end on that score, substitute Demba Ba struck in the 87th minute to seal qualification. A long ball into the box had met back Azpilicueta, whose 20-yard shot deflected across the box. Ba, lurking at the far post, reacted quicker than Maxwell and dragged it over Sirigu from six yards. And with that the Londoners zoomed into the semi-final of Europe’s most glamorous club competition.
In the other second leg quarterfinal, Real Madrid survived Borussia Dortmund’s scare to secure a place in the semi-finals, losing 0-2 but beating the German side 3-2 on aggregate.
•Photo shows Demba Ba in action.
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