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Champions League: 1/2 Final: 2nd Leg
Chelsea progressed to the Champions League final after a thrilling game at the Nou Camp. The tie appeared to be in Barcelona’s favour as influential captain John Terry was sent off for kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the back just minutes after Sergio Busquets levelled the tie. Chelsea’s prospects looked bleaker five minutes later when Andres Iniesta slotted home after some good build up play. However, just over a minute later, Brazilian midfielder Ramires put Chelsea ahead on away goals after a sublime lob. After half time, the home side piled on the pressure, and it almost paid off as Didier Drogba was deemed to have fouled former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas inside the box. Lionel Messi, currently on 62 goals for the season, stepped up and hit the crossbar, giving Chelsea further hope, despite being down to ten men. Chelsea were dominated throughout the half but in the 90th minute, £50 million striker Fernando Torres sealed the win by breaking down the pitch by himself and kept his cool after rounding Victor Valdes, cue huge celebrations as Chelsea reached their second Champions League final.
Chelsea will play Bayern in the final after the German side beat Real Madrid on penalties at the Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a penalty and scored another in the 14th minute after keeping cool in the box to finish well past Manuel Neuer. With this scoreline taking Real Madrid through, Arjen Robben scored a 27th minute penalty. In a match with plenty of chances for both sides, the scoreline remained 2-1 and went to the dreaded shootout in which Real seemed to fall apart. The world’s two most expensive players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, both had their penalties saved and Spain defender Sergio Ramos missed his while David Alaba, Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger all scored for Bayern seeing them into the final that will be held at their own stadium. Bayern, like Chelsea however, will have key players missing the final due to suspension. David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo will all be absent.
The final will take place on May 19th at the Allianz Arena.
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