Torres & Ivanovic fire Chelsea to more European glory
Chelsea won the Europa League after a 2-1 victory over Benfica
Chelsea have clinched yet another European trophy following a 2-1 win over Benfica in the UEFA Europa League final at the Amsterdam Arena.
Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez had confirmed, prior to kick-off, that Chelsea skipper John Terry would be ruled out due to injury, which means he has now missed two successive European finals for his beloved Chelsea after missing the sides UEFA Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich last year. Chelsea were dealt another injury blow when winger Eden Hazard was also ruled out.
Benfica started much the better team, they made Chelsea's defence look incredibly unorganised at times, but although they were dominating, they never punished their opposition. Going into half-time, Chelsea were probably the happier side. Not because they had it easy, but because Benfica had never taken their chances and truly punished Chelsea's sloppy defending.
Things were much different in the second-half, Chelsea well and truly turned up their game, threatening early on in the second-half. However, the breakthrough finally occurred on the 59th minute. Who was the scorer? Well it just had to be Fernando Torres, didn't it? Torres who had been a substitute for the vast majority of Chelsea's Champions League win last year, finally had a chance to prove his doubters wrong. His strength and desire was too much for Benfica and he rounded the goalkeeper to score his 21st goal of the season in all competitions.
The goal advantage lasted just nine minutes as César Azpilicueta was guilty of a clear handball in Chelsea's area. Oscar Cardozo was the man given the responsibility to equalise for Benfica, and he didn't disappoint.
With the scores at 1-1, both teams were searching for the winner. Frank Lampard's beautiful 30-yard effort was close to sealing the victory for Chelsea, only to rattle the crossbar.
Extra-time and the possibility of penalties were looming for both teams, that was until Ramires won Chelsea a corner in the 92nd minute. Chelsea fans must have been re-imagining Didier Drogba's famous equaliser in the Champions League final last season as Juan Mata stepped up to take the corner and as always, Mata didn't disappoint. His delivery was perfect and Branislav Ivanovic was there to loop his header into the back of the net.
By winning the final, Chelsea became the first team to win the UEFA Champions League and then capture the UEFA Europa League in the following year.
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